Commonwealth Bank Series 2011-12 January 30, 2012

Marsh dropped, Forrest called up

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Shaun Marsh has been told to return to the Sheffield Shield to regain his form after being dropped from Australia's ODI squad. The Queensland batsman Peter Forrest has received his first call-up and Ryan Harris will resume his one-day international career after both were named in Australia's 14-man squad for the first three games of the tri-series with India and Sri Lanka.

As reported by ESPNcricinfo, Brad Haddin has been rested from the start of the series, his place taken by the Victoria gloveman Matthew Wade. And there was no place for the allrounder Steve Smith, who the national selector John Inverarity said "needs to do more" to establish himself.

The squad includes four men aged over 34 - Ricky Ponting, Michael Hussey, Brett Lee and David Hussey - and Inverarity said it was vital for the development of newer players that they had the chance to play alongside such experienced men. He said next year the focus would shift more towards developing a squad for the 2015 World Cup, but for now including a few younger players was adequate.

One of those was Forrest, 26, who is leading the Sheffield Shield run tally this summer with 581 at an average of 58.10, justifying his decision last year to head north from New South Wales for greater opportunities. His Ryobi Cup form this season has been less impressive, with 176 runs at 29.33, but Inverarity said it was a matter of giving Forrest a taste of the top level.

"With Peter Forrest, we've been looking and saying there will be some time in, say, the next three years when we're going to be without Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey," Inverarity said. "So we're looking to develop three or four or five young batsmen and invest some opportunity there. Peter Forrest has had a very good Sheffield Shield season thus far, I think it's three centuries that he's made. He's certainly a player at the moment who we're looking for all-round development."

Mitchell Marsh, Clint McKay and Daniel Christian were among the other players who will be given an opportunity, but others weren't so lucky. Shaun Marsh is coming off a horror Test series against India and Inverarity made it clear Marsh had not simply been rested, but needed to go back to Western Australia and prove himself again.

"Shaun as we've all seen is a very talented player," he said. "At the moment he's in a difficult period. We've all seen that. We think the best way that he can recover his form is out of the spotlight in Shield cricket. We look forward to him doing well in that and coming again."

Nor was there room for Smith, who was ranked highly in Cricket Australia's contract list last year but now finds himself out of the team in all three formats. And the South Australia batsman Callum Ferguson was not included, his strong early-season form in the Ryobi Cup seemingly having been overshadowed in the selectors' minds by a disappointing Big Bash League.

"Callum's form this year has not been convincing," Inverarity said. "In terms of his general batsmanship and being in good nick, he's not. I don't think it's wise selecting somebody when they're actually not playing well.

"Steve Smith is a very promising player, with his potential for batting and fielding and bowling, we really hope he will develop in the future. But I think he needs to do more. He needs to do more with his batting and his bowling to establish himself."

The only specialist spinner in the squad is Xavier Doherty, which could mean a greater bowling workload for David Hussey. And in the pace attack, Harris will play his first ODIs since 2010. At the top of the order, Michael Clarke will need to decide who opens with David Warner, with no obvious opening partner named. One possibility is Wade, who will make his ODI debut with Haddin resting for the first three games - and possibly more.

"We've got an open mind about that," Inverarity said when asked if Haddin would return later in the series. "Brad has had a pretty gruelling time, being a wicketkeeper-batsman. He had the Test matches in Sri Lanka and South Africa, against New Zealand, against India, and Brad is due for a bit of a lighter load."

No vice-captain was named with Haddin rested and Shane Watson still unavailable due to injury, and a decision on Clarke's deputy was likely to be made once the squad assembled. Initially the squad won't include Mitchell Marsh, who is joining the group ahead of the third match in order to allow him to play Western Australia's next Shield fixture. The ODI series starts on Sunday at the MCG when Australia take on India.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • zenboomerang on February 1, 2012, 2:29 GMT

    @dunger.bob... Re: Punter... Actually his ODI record is v.g. & run average is similar to Clarkes & Watson... If anything he has been much more consistent at this level than he has at Test level... I think he will retire at both levels after the Ashes, but really could keep going in the BBL, IPL as Hayden has shown... That will leave 2 years until the WC ODI's...

  • Dashgar on February 1, 2012, 1:12 GMT

    @cricketmaan wade is a regular opener. And one of the best in ryobi cup in recent times. And everyone needs to calm down. This squad will change through the series. Hopefully there are a number of young batsmen who get a look in. I'm looking forward to Finch

  • smith49 on January 31, 2012, 21:05 GMT

    Steve should be in the team. And NO dan christian

  • Mary_786 on January 31, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    Agree with shamlaatu, great to see Marsh dropped after an average of 2.6, but where is Khawaja

  • CricketMaan on January 31, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    So who opens batting with Warner? is it Forrest or Marsh? Why couldn't they pick a regular opener even though Watto will b back at that slot?

  • thectexperience on January 31, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    Yes, concur with wix99, bring on Michael Clarke as to open the batting with Warner. Clarke's placement is superb. Combine that with the fact that he's never been an outright power hitter and you see that he's perfectly suited to batting during the first 15/20 overs.

  • bobagorof on January 31, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    Whenever I watched Forrest play 50-over cricket for NSW, he seemed to be a slow scorer and appeared out of his depth. He's had a good season for Queensland so far, particularly in the Sheffield Shield, so hopefully he's able to justify his selection with some good performances.

  • class9ryan on January 31, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    Ferguson could also have made it. I dont understand why is his T20 record is been taken into consideration.he has proved in the RYOBI and he deserves a great outlook. Where is James Hopes?? He could surely have captained the T20 side-a handy batsman, a medium paced tight bowler and most importantly a well worsed captain however his captaincy record may stand,

  • theswami on January 31, 2012, 0:01 GMT

    Aussie will possibly go with Warner, Wade, Ponting, Clarke, M.Hussey, P.Forrest, D.Hussey, D.Christian, R.Harris, B.Lee, X.Doherty/M.Starc.

  • Meety on January 30, 2012, 23:09 GMT

    @ICC-BCCI - fundamental difference between Oz "oldies" & Indian oldies, is that Oz oldies would run the youngest Indian players into the gorund with their fitness whereas India's oldies are just shy of requiring a walking stick & pace-maker!!!!

  • zenboomerang on February 1, 2012, 2:29 GMT

    @dunger.bob... Re: Punter... Actually his ODI record is v.g. & run average is similar to Clarkes & Watson... If anything he has been much more consistent at this level than he has at Test level... I think he will retire at both levels after the Ashes, but really could keep going in the BBL, IPL as Hayden has shown... That will leave 2 years until the WC ODI's...

  • Dashgar on February 1, 2012, 1:12 GMT

    @cricketmaan wade is a regular opener. And one of the best in ryobi cup in recent times. And everyone needs to calm down. This squad will change through the series. Hopefully there are a number of young batsmen who get a look in. I'm looking forward to Finch

  • smith49 on January 31, 2012, 21:05 GMT

    Steve should be in the team. And NO dan christian

  • Mary_786 on January 31, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    Agree with shamlaatu, great to see Marsh dropped after an average of 2.6, but where is Khawaja

  • CricketMaan on January 31, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    So who opens batting with Warner? is it Forrest or Marsh? Why couldn't they pick a regular opener even though Watto will b back at that slot?

  • thectexperience on January 31, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    Yes, concur with wix99, bring on Michael Clarke as to open the batting with Warner. Clarke's placement is superb. Combine that with the fact that he's never been an outright power hitter and you see that he's perfectly suited to batting during the first 15/20 overs.

  • bobagorof on January 31, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    Whenever I watched Forrest play 50-over cricket for NSW, he seemed to be a slow scorer and appeared out of his depth. He's had a good season for Queensland so far, particularly in the Sheffield Shield, so hopefully he's able to justify his selection with some good performances.

  • class9ryan on January 31, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    Ferguson could also have made it. I dont understand why is his T20 record is been taken into consideration.he has proved in the RYOBI and he deserves a great outlook. Where is James Hopes?? He could surely have captained the T20 side-a handy batsman, a medium paced tight bowler and most importantly a well worsed captain however his captaincy record may stand,

  • theswami on January 31, 2012, 0:01 GMT

    Aussie will possibly go with Warner, Wade, Ponting, Clarke, M.Hussey, P.Forrest, D.Hussey, D.Christian, R.Harris, B.Lee, X.Doherty/M.Starc.

  • Meety on January 30, 2012, 23:09 GMT

    @ICC-BCCI - fundamental difference between Oz "oldies" & Indian oldies, is that Oz oldies would run the youngest Indian players into the gorund with their fitness whereas India's oldies are just shy of requiring a walking stick & pace-maker!!!!

  • Meety on January 30, 2012, 23:08 GMT

    @Fitzy16 - that's what I reckon. I think they are using the ODIs to see whether Forrest has the ability to compete against International players. They've done that in the past with Clarke, Martyn & Hussey even Katich. @ wix99 - I think Clarke is very well suited to the middle overs, playing spin, rotating the strike. He would do well as an opener, but Ithink his best fit for the team is commanding the middle overs.

  • dunger.bob on January 30, 2012, 23:01 GMT

    Have to agree with everyone who said "why Punter". Unless he plans to go all Indian on us there is no way he will be at the next World Cup. Beyond trying to win this tri-series its hard to see how he fits into medium or long term plays. ... I'm really worried about the batting I've got to say. .. there could not be a better time for some young tyro to jump out of the box and grab himself a permanent position in the Test and ODI teams - but I just can't seeing any of the current blokes doing that , not convincingly anyway. .. Hope I'm wrong

  • Busie1979 on January 30, 2012, 23:00 GMT

    I'm sorry guys. Forrest is a terrible pick. He has only 2 one day 50s in his career and no hundreds, with an average of only 26, and his strike rate is only 61. There is no hint of a future in those numbers and if Inverarity thinks Steve Smith needs to do more to prove himself, he surely must recognise the same applies for forrest. We have a wealth of one day batting talent we are wasting while we pick a guy who would struggle to make the Bangladesh squad. I'm sure he is a wonderful guy, and has a lot of potential - but you have to earn your spot. In fairness to Forrest, it is not his fault he got picked. Good luck to him - he's going to need it.

  • shamlaatu on January 30, 2012, 22:48 GMT

    Marsh dropped! Excellent, but where the HECK is Usman Khawaja ????

  • Winsome on January 30, 2012, 22:27 GMT

    jkaussie, Coulter-Nile has been one of the best bowlers in the BBL for the Scorchers, what are you like?

  • on January 30, 2012, 21:52 GMT

    this a joke what happened to kawaja this country only picked family members of retired cricketers family first then if they do better good luck next will be the others please look Enganld Ponti Panersar/south africa AMILA/Newzeland they all give them a fair go to multicultural kids please give kawaja go again

  • on January 30, 2012, 21:39 GMT

    beggars belief as to y hopes is missing, but as for smith, at least the selectors can get something right this time

  • on January 30, 2012, 21:17 GMT

    nick maddinson should be in there the kids a gun. fergo is unlucky and i thought coulter nile would get a chance. my squad for 2015 world cup. 1.watson 2.warner 3.Paine 4.maddinson 5.clarke 6.ferguson 7.M.marsh 8.pattinson 9.starc 10.cummins 11.doherty 12.wade 13.s.marsh 14.smith 15.coulter nile

  • Digimont on January 30, 2012, 20:12 GMT

    Arrow011 guess what? Australia doesn't care! Pyjama cricket is a joke, it means NOTHING if India wins the one dayers, we already have the Border/Gavaskar trophy, that IS what is important. This is India's problem, thinking that the shorter formats matter more than test cricket. You are basing your entire cricket philosophy on a fallacy. The fact is - if you concentrate on producing quality test players, the shorter formats take care of themselves.

    But India are the world champions in 50 overs. Yeah, well Australia held that too (for 15 or so years uninterrupted) and still we focussed on test cricket. The World Cup is a nice trinket, but it doesn't mean that much.

  • Charindra on January 30, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    Marsh! Forrest! And they say Sri Lankan surnames are funny!

  • on January 30, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    werzzz travis birt?????got to think of him poor selectors...

  • Adoh on January 30, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    The Australian selectors seem to be dropping people based on form, yet including new people based on...astrology??? I really hope both Bailey in the T20's and Forrest in the ODI's perform well. It's baffling and frustrating for us fans though, when we can all see and even mostly agree that there are better form based selections available for both these roles. That said, good luck and congrats.

  • on January 30, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    Cant descride the feeling, knowing that steve smith is finally gone from the aus side, way to early a selection. But to not see james hopes still missing out is beyond beggars belief

  • on January 30, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    Also, where is Simon Katich? Sure him and Clake have had their problems, but they have to sort it out. Kato is an amazing player.

  • on January 30, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    Screw it, I want Callum Ferguson. I seriously see him as a very good future Australian player. Who cares about T20? I take it as a joke to be honest, first class, and I guess list-a is where it is at, and Callum Ferguson is brilliant in these aspects. I don't see why you would say he was good in the one dayers but he did poorly in the T20's so no go. Why contract these players and never give them a game? And he already has a very good track record for Australia, so why not get him? I don't understand the call up of Peter Forrest? Why not Marcus North or Travis Birt or Cameron White? Also for a spinner, I would seriously give Cameron White another stint, couldn't hurt. Or even Steve O'Keefe or Jon Holland.

  • on January 30, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    Kavitha Seethamsetty where is michea; clarke in ur XI????? Captain is misiing

  • AKS286 on January 30, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    many comments about khawaja that he is a huge talent he is the best & all that bla bla blaaaaah. khwaja is a very ordinary batsman.khawaja is a big flop star of bbl. i think forrest selection is v.gud decision & no smith is another best decision .jaques ,voges ,rogers,bailey,hodge,thornely,cosgrove,klinger are far far ahead of khawaja. where is copeland?

  • AidanFX on January 30, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    Doherty ? Gee wiz no Smith or O'Keef - ten times better options - this Aus side looks old and boring, save for Mitch Marsh

  • AidanFX on January 30, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    I also agree about Couter-nile and Ferguson - I still don't know what Ferguson needs to do

  • AidanFX on January 30, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    This side would be oh so strong if Pattinson were on the list of bowlers (and Watson was fit) - comon don't rest the young lad forever - he isn't that badly injured anyway (the former not the latter)

  • AKS286 on January 30, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    warner,wade,ponting,forrest,clarke,hussey,christian,siddle,coulter nile,mckay,beer

  • rohitab_bash on January 30, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    where is callum ferguson??????gud tat Wade gets a chance...and nice 2 c dan christian as well..it wud certainly hav been among the best aussie odi squads in recent tyms had ferguson b selected ahead f forrest

  • rohitab_bash on January 30, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    where is callum ferguson??????gud tat Wade gets a chance...and nice 2 c dan christian as well..it wud certainly hav been among the best aussie odi squads in recent tyms had ferguson b selected ahead f forrest

  • on January 30, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    i want this team to t20 for aussies .....

    shane watson david warner shuan marsh brad haddin cameron white david hussey mitchel marsh steve okeefe brett lee ryan harris douge bollinger

    douge bollinger

  • Dashgar on January 30, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    Kind of disappointed not to see Aaron Finch get a go, him opening with Warner would be deadly, although Wade may do an even better job. Good to see Mitch Marsh get more opportunities and Forrest and Christian are deserving of a call ups. I feel going with both Husseys and Ponting is a step backwards though. No Ferguson, Cooper or Bailey? Doesn't seem like we're really moving forward at all sometimes. This squad will get updated at some point as they've been talking of adding Haddin after three games. Hopefully Wade makes some big runs and prevents that and some younger players get included instead. Also Brett Lee? Come on we can do better. Nathan Coulter-Nile should be there.

  • venkatesh018 on January 30, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    Callum Ferguson in my books, is the best batsman in Australia, ideally suited for all forms of cricket. By ignoring him repeatedly I am afraid the selectors are making the same mistake they did with Stuart Law. At least during Law's time, the selectors had the excuse of a solid performing batting line up. The present top six is woefully short of high quality players especially the top three.

  • class9ryan on January 30, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    Its really something sound 2 bring up Peter Forrest as he seems one of who can take place of Damien Martyn in Australia though we cant compare him with the great Martyn but surely he can succeed and may prove as a player for the future . Very nice 2 see Dan Christian and the younger Marsh both. Hope Shaun will come back strongly.

  • Fitzy16 on January 30, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    its actually not the worst choice in forrest. i think ODI series are a great opportunity to show faith in all sorts of form within domestic cricket. Marsh needs shield runs not ODI.

    Steve smith has not grabbed his opportunities, im a huge fan of fergy, but the past year he has been terribly inconsistent with his form, as has cooper.

  • wix99 on January 30, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    Who knows when Shane Watson will be back? As long as he is absent I suggest Michael Clarke should open the batting. Clarke is in superb form and his talents would be wasted lower down the order

  • riteshjsr on January 30, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    I'm no expert on Australian domestic cricket. Maybe Peter Forrest has done enough in the Sheffield Shield to merit a place in the ODI squad; however, whatever little I've seen of Callum Fergusson has impressed me a lot. He looks classy and his strokemaking is pleasing to the eye. I'm not quite sure why the Australian selectors have ignored him. It is sad to note that Watson is not fit as yet. His absence takes the sheen off this Australian batting line-up. Maybe David Warner will be able compensate for it with his fiery strokeplay.

  • satish619chandar on January 30, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    Callum is by far the best middle order bat in Australia.. I guess they are going miss a Voges or Hopes.. Never knew on what grounds Hopes and Callum were dropped first of all.. Voges never got proper chances too.. These three are the best committed cricketers in Australian domestic teams.. Picking Forrest looked a bit premature to me.. Wade to open with Warner?

  • SamAsh07 on January 30, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    It makes absolute sense guys, first Australia drops a Marsh and in tandem pick a Forrest, DEFINITELY makes sense.

  • on January 30, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    Would've loved to see Maddinson and Ferguson get the nod over Forrest. Oh well, exciting times, alot of new players being blooded. Looking forward to Mitch Marsh's batting.

  • RVC-38 on January 30, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    Sorry about my previous post everyone (wrong article) (pass us another bourbon will ya)

  • jkaussie on January 30, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    @jonesy2 - Coulter-Nile has been injured mate, hasn't played much the last couple of months. Nick Maddison isn't in great form either, like Ferguson. At least this panel picks guys who have form, and that's a good thing.

  • RVC-38 on January 30, 2012, 10:35 GMT

    seems its not only the indians who cannot tell the difference between the three games. comparing t20 stats to one day come on.

  • axe_hay on January 30, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    Where is Adam Voges,Mark Cosgrove,Travis Birt and Callum Fergusson? Why they get ignored always in the limited overs squad? Or are they all going the Brad Hodge way???

  • James_10 on January 30, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    MY BEST ODI TEAM FOR AUS: Warner, Watson, Ponting, Clarke, C.Ferguson, S.Smith, M.Wade, M.Marsh, X.Doherty, B.Lee, R.Harris...... Unlucky: Both Hussey's Hodge and Christian............ MY BEST TEST TEAM FOR AUS: Warner, Cowan, Khawaja, Ponting, Clarke, Watson, Paine, S.Smith, P.Siddle, J.Pattinson, B.Hilfenhaus/R.Harris

    These teams are injury free

  • Busie1979 on January 30, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    There are 33 guys outside the team who are clearly better batsman than Forrest - and many of them can bowl. I am not exaggerating. This selection is rubbish. The guys are: Victoria - Finch, Quiney, McDonald, Rogers, Hodge, Maxwell, White. WA - North, Birt, S.Marsh, Pomersbach, Voges, Ronchi, Liam Davis. NSW - S.Smith, Maddinson, Jaques, Henriques, Hughes, Katich, Khawaja, Maddinson, Neville, D.Smith. Tas - Bailey, Cowan. SA - Blizzard, Klinger, Cooper, Cosgrove, Ferguson. Qld - Hopes, Lynn.

  • Busie1979 on January 30, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    Peter Forrest? Peter Forrest? You've got to be kidding me! This is ridiculous. It is a slap in the face for 85% of state batsman - who are all better than Forrest. Forrest should be dropped from the Qld one day side - his average return in shield cricket is worth a couple more games. I want a serious Australian team picked - this means Ferguson, Voges or Cooper need to be ready when the Forrest experiment inevitably fails and the selectors come to their senses (if they have any - lets hope they do). How can this happen? On what rational basis can you possibly argue Forrest is the 6th best one day batsman in the country? He wouldn't even be in the top 30. Bizarre!

  • on January 30, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    far out. We are going to be SMASHED. Mckay? So-So. Coulter-nile would be the better selection. Marsh is good to be "dropped", dropped is code for go back to shield so your good to go for the windies. Smith over christian. No way should forrest play, poor OD batsman. And Ronchi over Wade. 2 hundreds in the shield. and class hundreds at that

  • on January 30, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    What happened to picking players based on form and sheer amount of runs made/wickets taken?

  • on January 30, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    thank god steve smith the most overated player in aus has not been selected they talked him up as the next best thing pathetic

  • world.cricketer on January 30, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    @Kavitha Seethamsetty:= where is captain clark 1.warner 2.ponting 3.clark 4.david hussy 5.m.hussey 6.christan 7.M.wade 8.lee 9.starc 10.doherty 11 R.harris

  • yuio3456 on January 30, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    @Kavitha Seethamsetty, where is clarke, the captain, the man in good form, in yout line-up?

  • on January 30, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    callum Ferguson not selected is something which cant be describe. Steven smith......Where is james hopes?????????/

  • on January 30, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    how can a player be called with 26 avg?joke

  • Arrow011 on January 30, 2012, 8:36 GMT

    Australia this time will be steam rolled by India & SL in ODIs.

  • Mary_786 on January 30, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    Terrible decision, Khawaja should have been picked ahead of Forest. And how is Marsh class, punter is class, hussey is class, marsh has an average of 35 in sheild cricket, that doesn't exactly mean he is class. Bring Khawaja back in to the team and stop the Western Australian bias.

  • on January 30, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    interesting. Forrest hey. well at least the selectors are thinking about things. Would have liked to have seen O'keefe in the squad. I thought maybe a tom cooper would be good if you want to build for the future. James Faulkner as well. maybe mcdermott. otherwise not too bad.

  • dnarmstrong on January 30, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    Don't understand why you'd take into account ferguson's T20 form when picking this side - he's all class and T20 is for sloggers. Hope they give wade a chance to open and it's time to give Dan Christian a good run as well, can play the game.

  • on January 30, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    1.D Warner 2.M Wade 3. R ponting 4.Michael Hussey 5.David Hussey 6.Peter Forrest 7.Daniel Christian 8.Brett Lee 9.Mitchell Marsh/Andy McKay(from 3rd match onwards it will be Marsh while match 1 and 2 would be McKay as marsh said that he will not play first 2 games because he needs to play first-class games)10.Xavier Doherty 11.Ryan Harris

  • Hand0 on January 30, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    Smith will be back. He is a good kid with loads of talent and is Australia's best fielder bar none.

    Great cricket brain, the rest may be a good thing for now, especially for the bowling.

  • jonesy2 on January 30, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    wow what a joke. unbelievably harsh on ferguson who is one of the finest one day batsmen in the world. cant understand dropping marsh, that makes little to no sense. peter forrest? why the hell would he get a chance, why not nick maddinson? nathan hauritz? coulter nile should have been one of the first picked, great to see mitch marsh in the side he should obviously be picked ahead of christian

  • Sutiro on January 30, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    Great to see some needed introduction of new batsmen into the future equation and the focus moving away from NSW which is long overdue. Forrest was a great choice. He has been in excellent form for Qld which is the tearaway leader in the Sheffield Shield. His batting in the BBL was also superb. Dan Christian deserves his chance and thank goodness they are finally moving on Haddin by giving Matthew Wade a go. Mitch Marsh is a trade off for his brother, not sure if he is up to it yet but we will see. Finally the selectors are starting to do their job and not just talk about some silly rotation policy that never came about anyway. Advance Australia!

  • rawr94 on January 30, 2012, 7:21 GMT

    Warner should open with Mike Hussey

  • on January 30, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    That's what i call forward vision and i am sure one of the two, Ponting or Mike Hussey will be sitting out on the bench giving room for more youth. Krish Srikanth and Mohinder Amarnath should take a leaf out of this and should think aggressively and forward like their playing days and not fall to the whims of BCCI and try and keep seniors happy.

  • podichetty on January 30, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    where is the complete squad ?

  • Ozcricketwriter on January 30, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    Peter Forrest has got to be the dumbest inclusion in history. List A record: avg 26.47 S/R 61.19. Sure so he is averaging 50 or so this year in the sheffield shield (which is first class, not one day) but even there his first class average is an ordinary 36. This is just plain dumb. If youngsters are to be considered, there are plenty of better options. Aiden Blizzard? Nic Maddison? Michael Klinger? Daniel Harris? Mark Cosgrove? There is a wealth of other players to choose from.

  • anshu.s on January 30, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    In this current selection lack of a 2nd specialist opener is quite glaring,i know they can push Wade to open alongside Davy Warner but no Shaun marsh n Shane watson (till when is he going to be fit ??)i know i am going to incur the wrath of test purists over here but seriously Shaun Marsh should be playing in one day series an not preparing for the West Indies series,even Aus u-19 team would give them a run for there money !!!! not quite sure Ricky Ponting fits in 50 overs format,it wld be better if they go with younger player like A.Finch,Nick Maddinson,Tom cooper or older lot like M.Klinger or Rob Quiney who can score a lot quicker....but good to see P.Forrest given a chance, what a relief to see Brad Haddin out n M.Wade in !!,S.O Keefe should be there and i am very impressed by Moses Henriques ,he just needs some confidence in his bowling. Overall a decent squad only worrying point for me is that in middle order only Dan Christian seems to be the bloke who can hit big sixes ..

  • on January 30, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    The key for the coming series for Australia will be how the experienced guns and Warner fire in the triangular series it will be a great series despite India facing a 4-0 test lost because ODI is limited over game and one good inning can do a lot Srilanka very poor show needs to be break if they want to make to finals otherwise it will be Aus vs India final best wishes

  • TRAM on January 30, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    People are saying Indian players should get trained in Eng & Aus pitches. I say the real need is that Indian selectors should visit Australia and get trained by the Australian selectors on how to drop non-performing players and give chance to youngsters.

  • on January 30, 2012, 6:40 GMT

    Peter Forrest Mitchell Starc Matthew Wade Mitchell Marsh and David Warner's selections are the best possible thing to happen to this country. We will be far more competitive now than we were with the old farts at the WC

  • Busie1979 on January 30, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    Steve Smith "needs to do more". I agree. However, Forrest only averages 26, strike rate 61, highest score 81, and doesn't bowl. What a joke! I've never seen someone picked on the back of such underwhelming numbers. Is this Hilditch all over again? Callum Ferguson and Voges average over 40 in ODI cricket and will be available for the world cup. Or if they aren't good enough, try Quiney, Cooper or Finch.

  • TimFez on January 30, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    I think it's great the selectors are sending a clear message that you need to perform to be part of the team. Compare their actions regarding Marsh to the actions regarding Mitchell Johnson, who should have been pushed back to Shield cricket two years ago. Great work CA. I hope Wade can perform and put real pressure on Haddin.

  • FatBoysCanBat on January 30, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    It's good to see Wade and Forrest given an opportunity in this series. And I'm glad Steve Smith has not been considered. He is just a bits and pieces cricketer who might score 20 with the bat and take 1/35 off 7 overs - which Australia don't need because they have the talent pool to have specialist players instead.

  • BustIPL on January 30, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    Invaririty is right these senior players are still the role models and playing alongside them can help the new faces. At the same time he is dropping some players who could not perform which is the right approach. In case of India, persisting with seniors will create negative role models juniors will get furresterated by the non performing seniors.

  • anver777 on January 30, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    Talented Shaun will need to regain some form in domestic level so that he can be considered for later stage of the tournament..... I wish he will comeback soon in Aus Odi XI !!!!!!

  • satish619chandar on January 30, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    Fall of Smith in wondering.. He did decently in the roles which were offered to him.. Far better than David H for sure.. Wade, M Marsh and McKay deserve places along with Doherty..

  • rohanbala on January 30, 2012, 5:52 GMT

    Good decision by the selectors in dropping Shaun Marsh. If he has really got the potential, he should force his way back into the team when the opportunity comes next. Also the decision to include Mathew Wade in place of Brad Haddin is a wise move. It is up to Wade to make useful runs and keep wickets tidily in order to secure a permanent place in the team.

  • mondotv on January 30, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    "Initially the squad won't include Mitchell Marsh, who is joining the group ahead of the third match in order to allow him to play Western Australia's next Shield fixture" Funny - I thought we were selectign the National one day squad - not tryign to boost WA's shield prospects. Inverarity needs a kick up the backside on that decision - Mitch Marsh has done enough to be straight into that squad.

  • PRAKASAM_PANTHER on January 30, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    No matter how best the australian composition is,indians would surely bounce back

  • Nightwing32 on January 30, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    Oh great to see in the new guys in. Shaun will find his feet in WA soon and hopefully Harris doesn't get injured.

  • Okakaboka on January 30, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    What do you mean no place for Metcard Smith???? ......Durrrrr!

  • sumitfreak on January 30, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    Where in the world is Shane Watson ?? No injury can hold you back for as long as he has been out !!

  • kempy21 on January 30, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    How is Haddin rested when he is captaining the PM Xi's game? Seems like a slight contradiction to me.

    Glad to see Steve Smith now out of all three forms of the game for Australia. Clearly not ready for international cricket in any form. Good to see that for these selectors talent is required and not just being young.

    Forrest is a surprise. His record in the Ryobi Cup isn't all that good. I would have liked to have seen Ferguson back in the team - his performances this season in 50 over cricket have been impressive. Christian is a great selection and probably held out James Faulkner.

  • on January 30, 2012, 4:23 GMT

    Looks like some good selections. Who opens the batting with Warner? Also, no mention of Siddle? Granted, his ODI record is sub-par, but on form he would have to be considered? I think the first game XI will exclude Marsh (released to WA), Forrest and McKay...

  • Android4 on January 30, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    Forrest? Really????

    He has 176 runs averaging 29 in the Ryobi one day cup at a stricke rate of 67.

    Callum Ferguson has 286 averaging 71 with a S/R 86

    Rob Quiney 286 runs averaing 57 S/R 100

    What a debacle!!!

  • ajayrcs on January 30, 2012, 4:11 GMT

    Good squad could have been better, I would have picked James Faulkner instead of Daniel Christian and Callum Ferguson instead of Lee.

  • azzaman333 on January 30, 2012, 3:59 GMT

    Forrest, 176 runs, average of 29, strike rate of 67 this year. That's in form? Why not Ferguson or Quiney, with 286 runs each, averages of 71 and 57, with strike rates of 90 and 100? Surely that's more in form than Forrest?

  • s.sreekant on January 30, 2012, 3:59 GMT

    pter forrest wt a bizzare selection are these new selectors going in the path of their previous ones, wr is cooper or ferguson this is ridiculous.

  • Sthilanka on January 30, 2012, 3:53 GMT

    bad time for Marsh family

  • simonyue on January 30, 2012, 3:35 GMT

    Your link to Steve Smith is to Steve Barry Smith, not Steven Peter Smith.

  • bobagorof on January 30, 2012, 3:24 GMT

    No obvious partner for David Warner in the squad, so it looks like a makeshift opener. I hope they don't decide that wicketkeeper = opener, and instead make a decision based on each player's abilities and track record. I also hope that they try to build some stability into the side, so that whomever they pick has a reasonable expectation that they will open for the next series or so at least.

  • zenboomerang on January 30, 2012, 3:20 GMT

    Like this ODI team - Wow, picking players on form... lol... Its amazing what an Argus review can do :P ... OK, they rest Haddin because of his workload (not his poor form) but manage to shove him into a 4 day game against SL then give him a couple of days off then resume into the Tri-series... lol... Where is the R&R break?... Come on selectors, give us all a break - Haddin gets to bat on the flat track of Manuka oval in a warm up game rather than prove himself in Shield... Old boy's club still alive & healthy...

  • Dismayed on January 30, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    No Faulkner,No S.Smith,No S.Okeefe, No T.Birt.No T.Cooper??? Nothing much has changed in the selection room. Forrest started the sason well and has dropped of markedly, not to mention is not real fit. Another season of missed opportunities. What do we have to gain from playing Ponting in ODI's?

  • VivGilchrist on January 30, 2012, 3:14 GMT

    Just checked Forrests "form" in Ryobi Cup - 176 runs @ 29, SR 68.... Wow! Good news for club cricketers everywhere.

  • on January 30, 2012, 3:09 GMT

    what has happened to Doug Bollinger???Isn't he in the reckoning???

  • on January 30, 2012, 3:09 GMT

    Ferguson?

  • on January 30, 2012, 2:57 GMT

    No Siddle, Hilfenhaus or Lyon for the One Day side. Looks like they'll be test specialists only.

  • ammiel on January 30, 2012, 2:56 GMT

    still no shane watson wow thats a worry.... i guess mike hussey must be vice captain? disspointingly no ben hilfenhaus.....

  • on January 30, 2012, 2:51 GMT

    so out of ferguson, Quiney, ronchi, Klinger, Cooper, Reardon, Cowan, Faulkner, Hughes, Henriques and Khawaja they choose Forest? averaging less than 30 this season? seriously how is he in form? he made a couple of hundreds in shield cricket SO WHAT? ITS NOT ONE DAY CRICKET!!! on another note good to see Wade in the team, best wicket-keeper batsmen in the country.

  • Meety on January 30, 2012, 2:51 GMT

    Sorry for S Smith, I think his bowling confidence is shot, very happy for McKay.

  • Meety on January 30, 2012, 2:50 GMT

    Good squad, Inverarity is pretty much on the money. I'd like to have seen Faulkner, O'Keefe & A McDermott get a shot but it's not a complaint. Happy for Forrest, but I would of preferred Ferguson (ODIs only). Cannot argue though that Forrest is having a great season.

  • on January 30, 2012, 2:48 GMT

    If form is temporary (while class is permanent) why do we pick players like McKay and Forrest on the basis of flurries of form against weak opposition? Why not see if Hilfenhaus, Siddle, even Cowan, who have shown class over a sustained period (weeks, rather than the odd day here and there) as well as form, can replicate this in ODIs? It is too easy to get an Australian cap in ODIs and T20. Also, is Lee included simply because he is a celebrity?

  • on January 30, 2012, 2:44 GMT

    I'd love to see Clarke open with Warner...similar to Warner-Cowan in the Tests; Clarke a little more steady-as-she-goes than Warner is. I remember he opened a one-day game for Australia at the SCG a few seasons back and was quite successful at the top of the order.

  • JasonG_123 on January 30, 2012, 2:43 GMT

    It looks as if these selectors are as clueless as the last. Peter Forrest has been in excellent form in First-class cricket, but sadly is not really suited to the limited overs format, his career and season average and strike rate are both sub par. Callum Ferguson is second from top in the Ryobi Cup runs list and should feel very hard done by for this snub, Alister McDermott and some of the Test stars probably also deserved a look in.

  • VivGilchrist on January 30, 2012, 2:39 GMT

    Good to see Harris back as he has an awesome ODI record. I hope Forrests good form proves me wrong as an average of 26 and a SR of 61 probably wouldn't get you in the Canadian team.

  • Boba_Fett on January 30, 2012, 2:38 GMT

    "There was no place either for the young NSW allrounder Steve Smith, who will need to concentrate on stronger performances in the Sheffield Shield before he can return, despite his lofty ranking in last year's round of Cricket Australia contracts."

    What on earth does Shield form have to do with limited overs credentials? Smith's omission after a stellar BBL season is bizarre, particularly as his record is better than Forrest's.

  • whitesXI on January 30, 2012, 2:37 GMT

    I really thought that Rob Quiney was a chance of making this squad, his form over the summer so far has been phenominal, his strike rate is almost 100 and his carreer average and experience is far above Forrests, while being only 3 years older.

  • Ms.Cricket on January 30, 2012, 2:35 GMT

    Ricky Ponting, David Hussey, Michael Hussey, Brett Lee... Are the Aussies copying the Indian thinking and retaining oldies who have no chance in playing the next World Cup in 2015??

  • dsig3 on January 30, 2012, 2:33 GMT

    I dont rate Marsh as a test player but he could of found some form in the shorter formats which suits his game. Would have liked to see him play the ODI's and 20/20 but dropped from the tests for Khawaja. Tough break for Smith, he seems to have lost a lot of confidence after the ashes fiasco. Hopefully he will be back.

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  • dsig3 on January 30, 2012, 2:33 GMT

    I dont rate Marsh as a test player but he could of found some form in the shorter formats which suits his game. Would have liked to see him play the ODI's and 20/20 but dropped from the tests for Khawaja. Tough break for Smith, he seems to have lost a lot of confidence after the ashes fiasco. Hopefully he will be back.

  • Ms.Cricket on January 30, 2012, 2:35 GMT

    Ricky Ponting, David Hussey, Michael Hussey, Brett Lee... Are the Aussies copying the Indian thinking and retaining oldies who have no chance in playing the next World Cup in 2015??

  • whitesXI on January 30, 2012, 2:37 GMT

    I really thought that Rob Quiney was a chance of making this squad, his form over the summer so far has been phenominal, his strike rate is almost 100 and his carreer average and experience is far above Forrests, while being only 3 years older.

  • Boba_Fett on January 30, 2012, 2:38 GMT

    "There was no place either for the young NSW allrounder Steve Smith, who will need to concentrate on stronger performances in the Sheffield Shield before he can return, despite his lofty ranking in last year's round of Cricket Australia contracts."

    What on earth does Shield form have to do with limited overs credentials? Smith's omission after a stellar BBL season is bizarre, particularly as his record is better than Forrest's.

  • VivGilchrist on January 30, 2012, 2:39 GMT

    Good to see Harris back as he has an awesome ODI record. I hope Forrests good form proves me wrong as an average of 26 and a SR of 61 probably wouldn't get you in the Canadian team.

  • JasonG_123 on January 30, 2012, 2:43 GMT

    It looks as if these selectors are as clueless as the last. Peter Forrest has been in excellent form in First-class cricket, but sadly is not really suited to the limited overs format, his career and season average and strike rate are both sub par. Callum Ferguson is second from top in the Ryobi Cup runs list and should feel very hard done by for this snub, Alister McDermott and some of the Test stars probably also deserved a look in.

  • on January 30, 2012, 2:44 GMT

    I'd love to see Clarke open with Warner...similar to Warner-Cowan in the Tests; Clarke a little more steady-as-she-goes than Warner is. I remember he opened a one-day game for Australia at the SCG a few seasons back and was quite successful at the top of the order.

  • on January 30, 2012, 2:48 GMT

    If form is temporary (while class is permanent) why do we pick players like McKay and Forrest on the basis of flurries of form against weak opposition? Why not see if Hilfenhaus, Siddle, even Cowan, who have shown class over a sustained period (weeks, rather than the odd day here and there) as well as form, can replicate this in ODIs? It is too easy to get an Australian cap in ODIs and T20. Also, is Lee included simply because he is a celebrity?

  • Meety on January 30, 2012, 2:50 GMT

    Good squad, Inverarity is pretty much on the money. I'd like to have seen Faulkner, O'Keefe & A McDermott get a shot but it's not a complaint. Happy for Forrest, but I would of preferred Ferguson (ODIs only). Cannot argue though that Forrest is having a great season.

  • Meety on January 30, 2012, 2:51 GMT

    Sorry for S Smith, I think his bowling confidence is shot, very happy for McKay.