Commonwealth Bank Series 2011-12 February 28, 2012

Pattinson returns at Harris' expense


James Pattinson has been recalled to Australia's ODI squad for the final phase of the triangular series at the expense of Ryan Harris, after proving himself fit to return from more than a month out of action due to a foot injury.

Having delivered a hostile display for Victoria's Futures League team against South Australia in Adelaide, where he returned match figures of 6 for 37, Pattinson was deemed the right man to replace Harris, who has struggled for rhythm during his ODI appearances in the triangular series.

However John Inverarity, the national selector, stressed that Harris remained a part of Test match plans for the forthcoming tour of the West Indies in April. He was subsequently named as part of the Queensland squad for Thursday's Sheffield Shield fixture against New South Wales at the SCG.

"James Pattinson is fit again and after impressive recent form in a Futures League match in Adelaide, comes into the squad at expense of Ryan Harris, who has been dropped," Inverarity said. "Ryan remains strongly in contention for selection for the Test matches on the tour of the West Indies."

Pattinson was a staunch performer for Australia in the home Tests, winning match awards in Brisbane against New Zealand and Melbourne against India for his fast, aggressive outswing bowling and tidy lower-order batting.

However, he complained of foot soreness during the SCG Test and missed the remainder of the India series as medical staff took care to ensure his stress hot spots did not bloom into fractures.

The other quandary facing the selectors is whether or not to play the captain, Michael Clarke, in Friday's final round-robin fixture against Sri Lanka in Melbourne.

Clarke missed Australia's previous match against India in Sydney due to a back complaint, and after Shane Watson led the side ably at the SCG there may be cause to let Clarke rest until the first final on Sunday in Brisbane.

Inverarity said another player may yet be called into the squad if the circumstances dictated it.

"Michael Clarke is making a good recovery and is likely to resume on Friday," he said. "The selectors will consider adding an extra player to this squad for the Finals matches, if conditions warrant it."

Edited by Brydon Coverdale

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

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  • AYush on March 1, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    @abbas mahmood

    If this series saw 'Annhilation', it was India that did it.

  • AYush on March 1, 2012, 3:48 GMT

    @abbas Mahmood .. No team has had an upper hand on any other team in the Cb series... If anyone did any sort of Annhilation, it was India ..

    Go and enjoy pakistan in Abu Dhabi

  • Nick on March 1, 2012, 3:01 GMT

    @ dunger.bob - Don't get me wrong. I can see the logic in it. I just don't think dropping players so quickly is the best thing for the bowling unit. When Australia were the #1 ranked test team, McGrath, Gillespie, Warne and Lee picked themselves and were hardly ever dropped after a bad game. Same should apply here. The team needs consistency and guys need to know their position is secure. It sends a message to the other guys as well - take wickets or you'll be dropped very quickly. It reminds me of the time they were rotating Symonds, Shane Lee and Ian Harvey through the ODI side. Symonds complained that if he didn't score runs in any given game, he would lose his spot and that was affecting his cricket. Then he had that breakaway innings at the world cup, the selectors gave him a permanent spot and the rest is history. Whether it is Harris, Pattinson, McKay or anyone else, the selectors should make guys feel secure in the team so they have confidence to produce their best.

  • Andrew on March 1, 2012, 0:23 GMT

    @Chris_P - just on MJ, I'd have no dramas with him being in the ODI & T20 sides - he has done well there! @Tumbarumbar - know what you mean - but Oz haven't been having the starts that SL have had in this series. With Punter in we were often 2 or 3 down for not many this summer. So Forrest has had some restrictions on how he can play. He seems to be able to clear the ropes & hit 4s - his problem is not getting the singles & I agree he does seem to increase the chance of a run out (for his partners)! I think the jury is still out on him as an ODI batsmen - & it really does appear that he his trialling for a Baggy Green.

  • Dummy4 on February 29, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    Whatever happens i can't wait for india to be annihilated in this series....

  • John on February 29, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    Got to agree with a number of posters that Forest just isn't a one day batsman. The era of the anchorman is done and dusted and he has to bear the blame for Clarke in particular getting out in the two partnerships he's had with him because Clarke has had to play up tempo the entire time, as have all his partners, to compensate for his restrictions. And he always seems on the verge of running someone out. He is the obvious one to drop for Clarke.

  • Peter on February 29, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    Rhino is a far better test bowler with the figures to back this up. (And in Sri Lankan dry wickets as well, Kavindeven). He is a great back up to Pattinson, Hilfy, Siddle, Cummins. With Starc, Faulkner, Copeland (also proved his worth on sub continent wickets), Cutting (please no more MJ, please selectors!) we got pace bowling cover tied up. Now if only some top shelf batsmen start to emerge.............

  • Dummy4 on February 29, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    any bowller play friday match sri lanka wii win, do or die match for sri lankans, not easy for aussis

  • rob on February 29, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    @ Busie1979: that's the thing though. Ryan has looked the least of the bowlers in every game he has played. .. it's a matter of opinion I guess but I never at any stage felt that he was in control. He was putting the ball there, rather than sending it down confidently. ... it's hard to explain but I will stick with the right call was made in the end. .. it's not over for R. Harris, but he will have to work very, very hard to get back in from here. .. can't see a spot for him at the top level until he starts to get back to his old self. .. maybe not even then in the ODI side .. too much young fast bowling talent around atm to need the older blokes.

  • Kavin on February 29, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    Shave the Grass off, and they all are bunnies...!

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