Commonwealth Bank Series 2011-12 February 6, 2012

Hilfenhaus replaces Lee in ODI squad

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Ben Hilfenhaus, the leading wicket-taker in Australia's Test series victory over India, has been recalled to the national ODI squad to replace the injured Brett Lee - his first limited overs duty in more than two years.

The national selector John Inverarity and his panel chose an experienced name to cover for Lee rather than picking another youthful pace bowler, affording Hilfenhaus the chance to play his first 50-over internationals since a tour of India in late 2009.

On that tour Hilfenhaus suffered from knee tendinitis that would subsequently keep him out of international cricket for most of the 2009-10 season, and had been employed exclusively in Test matches since.

While naming Hilfenhaus, Inverarity suggested the XI for the Perth match against Sri Lanka on Friday was likely to be unchanged from the one that defeated India in Melbourne on Sunday. However Hilfenhaus may play in the third match, against India in Adelaide on Sunday at Adelaide Oval.

"The NSP has named Ben Hilfenhaus in the squad for the game against Sri Lanka in Perth on Friday," Inverarity said. "Ben will replace the injured Brett Lee. The bowling attack for Perth is likely to be the same as the one that did so well in Melbourne and Ben will be in Perth to provide cover."

Hilfenhaus and Peter Siddle have been resting in reserve since the completion of the Test series, which reaped 27 wickets at 17.22 for the Tasmanian after he was recalled for the Boxing Day Test.

Siddle (23 wickets at 18.65) is likely to come into contention for the second half of the ODI series, his exertions in nine consecutive Test matches deemed worthy of a longer break than Hilfenhaus' four.

As previously flagged by the selectors, Mitchell Marsh will join the ODI squad after the completion of the Sheffield Shield fixture between Queensland and Western Australia at the Gabba. Two of the other mooted contenders for Lee's spot, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Alister McDermott, are also taking part in the match.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • POSTED BY TeamRocker on | February 7, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    I think Hilf is a good enough choice for the series, he gets swing and has a good line and length. But I just don't see him in the squad. I can't see Harris, Starc or McKay being dropped after what they did in the first game. Starc took early wickets, McKay got 4 and Harris kept things tight and troubled the Indian batsmen. I see no reason to mess around with a bowling line-up that bowled so well in tandom.

  • POSTED BY kensohatter on | February 7, 2012, 4:48 GMT

    Agree with Busie and others on this comments page that Hilfy is not the right choice for ODIs. We need to pick guys who are geniune potential world cup ODI players and I cant see Hilfy or Siddle being involved. They were great in the tests and should definitley be involved with the next test series but success here does not translate to automatic ODI selection. Bolinger is def a forgotten man as is callum ferguson whose injury almost certainly cost him a test place... Heres hoping both fight their way back

  • POSTED BY Bone101 on | February 7, 2012, 2:59 GMT

    I agree with so many others here, this is a terrible decision. Should be Coulter-Nile.

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | February 7, 2012, 2:19 GMT

    Seems a lot of comments are looking at past stats of Hilfy (I regularly look at stats), but forget about current form... & Hilfy is in form... He probably wouldn't get a ODI run if Pattinson, Cummins, Johnson were fit - but they aren't... Hilfy was the main destroyer at the WACA Test taking 8 wkts with a economy of 2.69 & the WACA is the next ODI for Oz... Seems like a reasonable back-up bowler to me...

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | February 7, 2012, 2:16 GMT

    @Busie1979 :- "although I'd like to see a big first class season for him to be in the test team" ... By your logic on Starc, then neither Pattinson or Cummins should have ever played a Test for Oz... Not trying to sound rude, but do you know what happens in the background? Pattinson was picked 3 years ago as a good Test prospect & spent that time building his skills up to the point he was picked - he was ready to go... Similar story goes for quality young fast bowlers...

  • POSTED BY Meety on | February 7, 2012, 2:11 GMT

    @smudgeon - ALSO, as a variation of your "core" idea, what about if Oz play an ODI at the Gabba, they select local plaers like Cutting & McDermott, travel to Perth, Coulter-Nile & Hogan etc? Whilst I think Howard was investigating shoes as a cause for the injuries, I tend to think it is the amount of travel in air planes. A few years back there use to be double header week ends (triple header in Adelaide on Oz day week end). I think it would be easire for a bowler to play back to back ODIs, instead of play one day, rest two (half the time taken in air travel & buses etc).

  • POSTED BY Meety on | February 7, 2012, 0:52 GMT

    @Busie1979 - Bollinger hasn't played since Xmas. So he would not of been considered. When fit he is a worthy ODI & T20 selection, I think his days as a Test bowler are over. His test stats are a bit misleading as I think from memory he only has taken about 6 wickets against a top 4 side. @smudgeon - I don't mind the core idea. I suppose it depends on when the respective W/Cups are scheduled. So as for T20 atm, you'd be wanting to select your best players available as it's due later in the year in SL. As for ODIs, I'd say experiment with youth/performers atm. When you look at this list 1.MJ, 2. Bollinger, 3. Hazlewood, 4. Cummins, 5. Pattinson, 6. Cutting, 7. Coulter-Nile - they all have had significant injuries this year, Bracken's career was cut short recently due to injury, I think the workload needs to be shared. That's why I like Lee still playing (when NOT injured). Share the load, limit the travel for the big men!

  • POSTED BY Dismayed on | February 7, 2012, 0:52 GMT

    I agree with Meety, a missed opportunity I think. Great opportunity to bring some of the younger or less tried guys, we know what Hilf can do, lets look at the younger guys. Likewise I dont see the point of playing Ponting in the ODI's if he is to continue let it be in tests, but now would be agreat time for him to retire.

  • POSTED BY Busie1979 on | February 6, 2012, 22:24 GMT

    Donda - Warner didn't get picked for the test team based on T20 form. He has performed at state level in all forms of the game and that is why he was picked in all forms of the game. A player is more likely to be a consistent performer at international level with a good state track record behind him in the same format. I am not talking about a flash in the pan couple of series. I'm talking about over the course of a career. Hilfy has had a good test series. My hat goes off to him - he has been outstanding. Can he sustain for 4 to 5 years? I wouldn't pick him in the ODI side based on a couple of good test performances. It should be based on domestic one day form. He still has work to do to convince me he is a better and more worthy replacement than bollinger, NCN, Mitchell Johnson, Pattinson, Faulkner, etc at ODI level. Same goes for Siddle, whose 50 over record is average. My view may change with some good domestic 50 over performances over a season or two.

  • POSTED BY Wozza-CY on | February 6, 2012, 21:38 GMT

    @Smudgeon- I think a 'core' of players for the three different formats would be a great idea. Players like Warner & Watson can float between the three.

  • POSTED BY TeamRocker on | February 7, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    I think Hilf is a good enough choice for the series, he gets swing and has a good line and length. But I just don't see him in the squad. I can't see Harris, Starc or McKay being dropped after what they did in the first game. Starc took early wickets, McKay got 4 and Harris kept things tight and troubled the Indian batsmen. I see no reason to mess around with a bowling line-up that bowled so well in tandom.

  • POSTED BY kensohatter on | February 7, 2012, 4:48 GMT

    Agree with Busie and others on this comments page that Hilfy is not the right choice for ODIs. We need to pick guys who are geniune potential world cup ODI players and I cant see Hilfy or Siddle being involved. They were great in the tests and should definitley be involved with the next test series but success here does not translate to automatic ODI selection. Bolinger is def a forgotten man as is callum ferguson whose injury almost certainly cost him a test place... Heres hoping both fight their way back

  • POSTED BY Bone101 on | February 7, 2012, 2:59 GMT

    I agree with so many others here, this is a terrible decision. Should be Coulter-Nile.

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | February 7, 2012, 2:19 GMT

    Seems a lot of comments are looking at past stats of Hilfy (I regularly look at stats), but forget about current form... & Hilfy is in form... He probably wouldn't get a ODI run if Pattinson, Cummins, Johnson were fit - but they aren't... Hilfy was the main destroyer at the WACA Test taking 8 wkts with a economy of 2.69 & the WACA is the next ODI for Oz... Seems like a reasonable back-up bowler to me...

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | February 7, 2012, 2:16 GMT

    @Busie1979 :- "although I'd like to see a big first class season for him to be in the test team" ... By your logic on Starc, then neither Pattinson or Cummins should have ever played a Test for Oz... Not trying to sound rude, but do you know what happens in the background? Pattinson was picked 3 years ago as a good Test prospect & spent that time building his skills up to the point he was picked - he was ready to go... Similar story goes for quality young fast bowlers...

  • POSTED BY Meety on | February 7, 2012, 2:11 GMT

    @smudgeon - ALSO, as a variation of your "core" idea, what about if Oz play an ODI at the Gabba, they select local plaers like Cutting & McDermott, travel to Perth, Coulter-Nile & Hogan etc? Whilst I think Howard was investigating shoes as a cause for the injuries, I tend to think it is the amount of travel in air planes. A few years back there use to be double header week ends (triple header in Adelaide on Oz day week end). I think it would be easire for a bowler to play back to back ODIs, instead of play one day, rest two (half the time taken in air travel & buses etc).

  • POSTED BY Meety on | February 7, 2012, 0:52 GMT

    @Busie1979 - Bollinger hasn't played since Xmas. So he would not of been considered. When fit he is a worthy ODI & T20 selection, I think his days as a Test bowler are over. His test stats are a bit misleading as I think from memory he only has taken about 6 wickets against a top 4 side. @smudgeon - I don't mind the core idea. I suppose it depends on when the respective W/Cups are scheduled. So as for T20 atm, you'd be wanting to select your best players available as it's due later in the year in SL. As for ODIs, I'd say experiment with youth/performers atm. When you look at this list 1.MJ, 2. Bollinger, 3. Hazlewood, 4. Cummins, 5. Pattinson, 6. Cutting, 7. Coulter-Nile - they all have had significant injuries this year, Bracken's career was cut short recently due to injury, I think the workload needs to be shared. That's why I like Lee still playing (when NOT injured). Share the load, limit the travel for the big men!

  • POSTED BY Dismayed on | February 7, 2012, 0:52 GMT

    I agree with Meety, a missed opportunity I think. Great opportunity to bring some of the younger or less tried guys, we know what Hilf can do, lets look at the younger guys. Likewise I dont see the point of playing Ponting in the ODI's if he is to continue let it be in tests, but now would be agreat time for him to retire.

  • POSTED BY Busie1979 on | February 6, 2012, 22:24 GMT

    Donda - Warner didn't get picked for the test team based on T20 form. He has performed at state level in all forms of the game and that is why he was picked in all forms of the game. A player is more likely to be a consistent performer at international level with a good state track record behind him in the same format. I am not talking about a flash in the pan couple of series. I'm talking about over the course of a career. Hilfy has had a good test series. My hat goes off to him - he has been outstanding. Can he sustain for 4 to 5 years? I wouldn't pick him in the ODI side based on a couple of good test performances. It should be based on domestic one day form. He still has work to do to convince me he is a better and more worthy replacement than bollinger, NCN, Mitchell Johnson, Pattinson, Faulkner, etc at ODI level. Same goes for Siddle, whose 50 over record is average. My view may change with some good domestic 50 over performances over a season or two.

  • POSTED BY Wozza-CY on | February 6, 2012, 21:38 GMT

    @Smudgeon- I think a 'core' of players for the three different formats would be a great idea. Players like Warner & Watson can float between the three.

  • POSTED BY Busie1979 on | February 6, 2012, 20:55 GMT

    Is Dougie Bollinger fit? He has been the forgotten guy in the team. Test average 25, ODI 23. Those are amazing stats! As much as I like Hilfy, I can't see what he's done that Bollinger hasn't. On performance, the best ODI bowlers are Johnson, McKay, bollinger, and Harris. Starc is a very good one day prospect (although I'd like to see a big first class season for him to be in the test team), and a good alternative. But as far as I can tell, Bollinger has done nothing wrong other than not being fit enough for a test about a year ago almost immediately after coming back from injury. He led the attack really well before getting injured and now he's a nobody. How does that happen?

  • POSTED BY Busie1979 on | February 6, 2012, 20:55 GMT

    Is Dougie Bollinger fit? He has been the forgotten guy in the team. Test average 25, ODI 23. Those are amazing stats! As much as I like Hilfy, I can't see what he's done that Bollinger hasn't. On performance, the best ODI bowlers are Johnson, McKay, bollinger, and Harris. Starc is a very good one day prospect (although I'd like to see a big first class season for him to be in the test team), and a good alternative. But as far as I can tell, Bollinger has done nothing wrong other than not being fit enough for a test about a year ago almost immediately after coming back from injury. He led the attack really well before getting injured and now he's a nobody. How does that happen?

  • POSTED BY stormy16 on | February 6, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    With so many injuries to fast bowlers these days I would have throught Hilfy would have have been rested and what's more Aus seem to be growing fast bowlers on trees these days. Scary to think that a first pick Aus fast bowling unit of Cummins, Pattenson and Johnson (yes Mitch - I know - dont think he is done yet) are all injured and the next choice have blown away India in their absence and there is more to come in the form of Starc, Makay ETC.

  • POSTED BY quogequox on | February 6, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    NSP haha I bet Brad Hodge, Simon Katich reckon its about right.

  • POSTED BY whitesXI on | February 6, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    I thought it would have been a two horse race between NCN and McDermott. With the experience of Harris, McKay and Christian its a good idea to use the youth of Starc, Marsh and either of Nathan or Alister. I will reserve judgement due to Hilfy's improved fitness, technique and control, he really is a brand new bowler, he may surprise many, just like he did in the tests.

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | February 6, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    Good to see Hilfy back.. He is now definitely a reformed bowler.. Personally, i would have loved to see McDermott into the team.. He was really lovely in Bigbash both at the start of the innings as well as in death.. Australia really has a great depth in fast bowling..

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | February 6, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    stupid. makes no sense. as great a bowler as hilf is, why would you not choose a debutant, nathan coulter nile..

  • POSTED BY Clyde on | February 6, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    The important question is whether this will help his Test cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | February 6, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    Lee should quit cricket for the good, He is one of the best bowlers i have seen but the thing is that he is no longer the one who can win matches for Cricket Australia, young guns should be given more chances and Lee should retire from national side.

  • POSTED BY smudgeon on | February 6, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    I have to admit, I agree with most people here that Hilf may not have been the best selection on record. WHat I do find interesting is that the selectors are looking at players' worth beyond the stats. The fact that so many names have been offered up in this comments section is simply more evidence that Australia currently has an embarrassment of bowling riches. Perhaps the case could be made to have three completely separate Australian sides for the three formats - not to say that each player should stick to their format, but perhaps a greater separation. Only problem is, that despite the good batsmen that are doing the rounds domestically, I'm not sure they're quite on par with the bowlers. Still, I'm glad to see Hilf has the confidence of selectors. Also, can they please stop calling themselves the "NSP"? I seem to recall another group could have claimed such an acronym once upon a time :) And they certainly don't want to be like that lot!

  • POSTED BY soumyas on | February 6, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    he was an average bowler when he toured India, now in Australia he is threatening bowler. India is a team for opponent players to come back in form...it's been the same way before, now also continuing...

  • POSTED BY HatsforBats on | February 6, 2012, 6:04 GMT

    I agree with the nay sayers I'm afraid. Now is the time for rebuilding the odi side for the next WC, particularly against this Indian side. NCN should absolutely be getting a crack along with Faulkner (who was unlucky to get just the one T20).

  • POSTED BY donda on | February 6, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    I believe this is good selection on the basis of international performance. Ben bowled very well against india in test matches and opposition is same in ODI and even batting style of both oppositions are same. So what's wrong in selecting some body who is in form against this type of batting.

    Every cricketer should be rewarded for his performance in any form of cricket. David warner now plays test, odi and T2020 but a year ago he was only T2020 specialist. You got to give chance to deserving player to play in all forms of the game.

    I think fair selection.

  • POSTED BY on | February 6, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    How times change.... and then change back. Ryan Harris, Hilfenhaus, Lee.... Names that have been around for ages. It shows the younger pace bowlers along the way haven't quite made it yet. Hopefully they are better for the experience.

  • POSTED BY Busie1979 on | February 6, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    He doesn't deserve it. Another case of test form influencing the thinking of ODI selection. He could be a good one day bowler, but has plenty to prove at state level. His limited overs record is average of 38 in ODI and 35 at state level. He should be required to prove his worth at state level before being picked in the national team. I dont think the selectors have learned much from the hilditch era.

  • POSTED BY on | February 6, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    His record in the shorter form of the game doesn't do him justice. Could have the opposite effect where India could handle him with ease.

  • POSTED BY ammiel on | February 6, 2012, 4:58 GMT

    great to see hilfy get a go, he and siddle and co. were outstanding in the test series and really have got a huge mental edge over the hapless indian batsmen that remained here after the test series.

  • POSTED BY Marcio on | February 6, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    A great selection. I saw him bowling in domestic one dayers before the test series started and he looked in great form then, so I was surprised he didn't get the nod right away for this ODI series.

  • POSTED BY dsig3 on | February 6, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    The Hilf is in the Haus! No reason why he wont be effective in this format. Finally living up to his potential and its great to see.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | February 6, 2012, 3:13 GMT

    This is a backward step IMO. I am all for Hilfy to be in the test squads, he was very very good against the Indians. However, his overall career as an ODI bowler has been below par. There are gazillions of untapped potential across Oz atm, (although I concede not many are genuine swing bowlers). Interested to see Alister McDermott has been noted as a potential selection down the track, Nathan Coulter-Nile is a no-brainer. I really hope Siddle DOES NOT get selected for the ODI side, like Hilfy, he should be pigeon-holed as a Test specialist. Like what I saw of M Marsh with his bowling in the T20s. He could go well being played as a specialist bowler batting @#8 in the ODI side. == == == As an aside, I always prefer S/R when discussing bowlers - particularly in ODIs. The Oz side that beat India on Sunday, has THREE pace bowlers with sub -25 S/Rs atm (I know the career span is limited). Anything under 30 is in the GREAT category. So sub 25s is amazing (& we have 3 currently!)

  • POSTED BY Matt.J13 on | February 6, 2012, 3:05 GMT

    Stupid choice. McDermott or NCN would have been much better. Oh well. Doesn't matter since there is no way he'll play in place of either Harris, McKay or Starc.

  • POSTED BY on | February 6, 2012, 3:02 GMT

    thank god no dravid for odis

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  • POSTED BY on | February 6, 2012, 3:02 GMT

    thank god no dravid for odis

  • POSTED BY Matt.J13 on | February 6, 2012, 3:05 GMT

    Stupid choice. McDermott or NCN would have been much better. Oh well. Doesn't matter since there is no way he'll play in place of either Harris, McKay or Starc.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | February 6, 2012, 3:13 GMT

    This is a backward step IMO. I am all for Hilfy to be in the test squads, he was very very good against the Indians. However, his overall career as an ODI bowler has been below par. There are gazillions of untapped potential across Oz atm, (although I concede not many are genuine swing bowlers). Interested to see Alister McDermott has been noted as a potential selection down the track, Nathan Coulter-Nile is a no-brainer. I really hope Siddle DOES NOT get selected for the ODI side, like Hilfy, he should be pigeon-holed as a Test specialist. Like what I saw of M Marsh with his bowling in the T20s. He could go well being played as a specialist bowler batting @#8 in the ODI side. == == == As an aside, I always prefer S/R when discussing bowlers - particularly in ODIs. The Oz side that beat India on Sunday, has THREE pace bowlers with sub -25 S/Rs atm (I know the career span is limited). Anything under 30 is in the GREAT category. So sub 25s is amazing (& we have 3 currently!)

  • POSTED BY dsig3 on | February 6, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    The Hilf is in the Haus! No reason why he wont be effective in this format. Finally living up to his potential and its great to see.

  • POSTED BY Marcio on | February 6, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    A great selection. I saw him bowling in domestic one dayers before the test series started and he looked in great form then, so I was surprised he didn't get the nod right away for this ODI series.

  • POSTED BY ammiel on | February 6, 2012, 4:58 GMT

    great to see hilfy get a go, he and siddle and co. were outstanding in the test series and really have got a huge mental edge over the hapless indian batsmen that remained here after the test series.

  • POSTED BY on | February 6, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    His record in the shorter form of the game doesn't do him justice. Could have the opposite effect where India could handle him with ease.

  • POSTED BY Busie1979 on | February 6, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    He doesn't deserve it. Another case of test form influencing the thinking of ODI selection. He could be a good one day bowler, but has plenty to prove at state level. His limited overs record is average of 38 in ODI and 35 at state level. He should be required to prove his worth at state level before being picked in the national team. I dont think the selectors have learned much from the hilditch era.

  • POSTED BY on | February 6, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    How times change.... and then change back. Ryan Harris, Hilfenhaus, Lee.... Names that have been around for ages. It shows the younger pace bowlers along the way haven't quite made it yet. Hopefully they are better for the experience.

  • POSTED BY donda on | February 6, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    I believe this is good selection on the basis of international performance. Ben bowled very well against india in test matches and opposition is same in ODI and even batting style of both oppositions are same. So what's wrong in selecting some body who is in form against this type of batting.

    Every cricketer should be rewarded for his performance in any form of cricket. David warner now plays test, odi and T2020 but a year ago he was only T2020 specialist. You got to give chance to deserving player to play in all forms of the game.

    I think fair selection.