Australia v India, CB Series, Adelaide February 11, 2012

Hussey rested for Adelaide ODI

ESPNcricinfo staff

Peter Forrest's chances of making his ODI debut on Sunday in Adelaide have been boosted after the Australian selectors confirmed Michael Hussey would be rested. Australia will take only 12 men to Adelaide for the match against India, with Hussey to remain in Perth and Ben Hilfenhaus heading home to Hobart.

The allrounder Mitchell Marsh will join the squad after missing the first two games so he could play in Western Australia's Sheffield Shield match against Queensland at the Gabba. It remains to be seen whether the selectors will play Marsh and Daniel Christian in the same side given their similar styles, and Christian has done his chances no harm with two solid performances over the past week.

The most likely change is a straight swap between Hussey and Forrest, who had been expected to make his debut against Sri Lanka on Friday but was ultimately left out of the side. Prior to the series, the Australian selectors named a squad for the first three ODIs, so a new group will be confirmed for the next portion of the series in the coming few days.

Australia David Warner, Matthew Wade (wk), Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke (capt), David Hussey, Peter Forrest, Daniel Christian, Mitchell Marsh, Ryan Harris, Clint McKay, Mitchell Starc, Xavier Doherty.

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  • Bob on February 12, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    @maddy20.. Nobody was talking about England... Anyone but a fool knows England are and always have been a poor ODI side, and I don't see any chance of improvement in the near future... but that wasn't the topic under discussion.. It was comparing India (many of whose avid supporters claim to be the best ODI team in the world) and Australia (who the rest of the world recognise as the best ODI team in the world) At least you are one of the few willing to admit that you are second best... That's something

  • Gordon on February 12, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    This all comes back to the fact that Mike came out and said not too long ago now that he wouldn't like to be dropped at all. To me that sounded selfish since he didn't want to do what was the best thing for the team and I put this down to the fact the coach didn't forget what Mike said. Also I think it is karma.

  • IM on February 12, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    Current Aussie team is on the way. I don't think they are there yet. Indian team is where the Aussie team has been for the past 2 years. What is interesting is the Pakistani and Sri Lankan fans on this site are trying to downplay India's team as a one shot wonder (besides English and Aussie supporters) . Guess the WC bashing is not totally forgotten in their minds. India was stronger during the World Cup - period. Get over it folks, its a game. Somebody wins and somebody loses every game. We have enough strong teams now not to have any domination like the Aussies in 2000-2004. Its an open field. If you think your team can do it, let them do it but stop spilling venom because you are a sore loser

  • Anand on February 12, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    As far indian team all of them rested when they are playing for india.. loosers very lazy to even appeal for a catch (Dhoni catch of Hussey was turned down since they forget to appeal .. even child will tell thats not a appeal)

  • Roo on February 12, 2012, 3:40 GMT

    Still finding it hard to see why M Hussey was spelled while making runs when Ponting has had 2 failures at the wkt... Surely we want to win the series & by resting out of form players sends the right message - aka Argus report & what is done in other professional sports... With Watson & Pattinson likely to be available for the 6th Oz match I guess some will be feeling the pinch sooner rather than later... Wade, Warner, Watson, Clarke, M Hussey, D Hussey, Christian/Marsh, McKay, Pattinson, Starc, Doherty would be my pick for the finals...

  • Harry on February 12, 2012, 1:00 GMT

    @maddy20. "Whipped the Aussies?". One game and you are legends? Come post in about 18 months when your side is near the bottom of the rankings. The wya they turn theiir toes up when travelling are a disgrace to your country.

  • David on February 12, 2012, 0:58 GMT

    Good to see the selectors resting Hussey and giving Peter Forrest an opportunity. I hope they rest Ponting later in the series to give another younger batsman an opportunity. While Hussey and Ponting are still batting well, their presence in the team limits opportunities for up and coming batsmen. I suggest the selectors rest one of Ponting and Hussey from every ODI to give new batsmen a chance to play. Aaron Finch, Travis Birt and George Bailey are a few players who deserve a chance to test themselves in ODIs.

  • Harry on February 11, 2012, 22:09 GMT

    @whitesXI. Totally correct. A lot of them don't even acknowledge the other side's better performnce but whine about their own team's poor showing & offer a myriad of excuses. They also conveniently forget series such as 2009 where we sent a virtual 3rdXI and whipped them in the one dayers over there! Credit to the Poms, Pakistanis, Lankans, Kiwis & Saffers, they nearly always say "Well done, see you next time", & you know they will be hard at you again.

  • V.L on February 11, 2012, 22:07 GMT

    @Pras_Punter Very easy to talk nonsense when you are beaten saying it was an easier format and what not. But the fact remains that we have whipped the OZ by 5 wickets and 14 balls to spare, which is what they call "A convincing win".

  • V.L on February 11, 2012, 22:03 GMT

    @bobmartin "Do you really believe India would have won the WC if it had been held anywhere but in India..Fat chance !!" Funny thats coming from an English supporter considering the fact that you have NEVER won a WC anywhere despite of having hosted 4 of them. We on the other hand have won one in your own backyard and one in ours. Yes Aus are the best but we can safely say that we are the second best.

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