Australia tour of Ireland and England 2012 May 10, 2012

Cummins, Steven Smith back in Australia squad

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Fast bowler Pat Cummins has been named in the Australia squad for the one-day matches against Ireland and England scheduled for June this year. Allrounder Steven Smith and quick Mitchell Johnson have also made a return.

Cummins had been sidelined by a bone stress injury in his foot since Australia's tour to South Africa in October-November 2011. He then missed the series against New Zealand, India and West Indies, and made a return to competitive cricket for Australia Under-19s in a quadrangular series in April. Johnson too has been out of action with an injured foot - he had done severe damage to his ligaments after being struck on the foot while batting in the Wanderers Test last November, resulting in a condition commonly referred to as 'turf toe'.

Smith, who had also last played for Australia during that tour to South Africa, is being rewarded for the fine form he showed late in the domestic season, according to national selector John Inverarity.

"He [Smith] has come into strong contention for the Australian ICC World Twenty20 squad to be named in August and the national selection panel is keen to have him in the set-up in England as the reserve batsman, noting that his legspinners would provide good variation to our attack," Inverarity said. "He [Johnson], also, is in strong contention for the ICC World Twenty20 and needs to be in the set-up and have some quality competitive cricket leading into this.

"We are also excited about the return of Pat Cummins and we are looking to ease him back into the team. He will not be expected to play in all of the eight scheduled games." Australia are scheduled to play one one-dayer against Ireland, followed by five against England, interspersed with two tour games.

The players to miss out from the squad that played the limited-overs games in the West Indies are Daniel Christian, Peter Forrest, Nathan Lyon and Peter Nevill. Mitchell Starc, who featured in the Commonwealth Bank Series against India and Sri Lanka, also missed out. However, Inverarity said, Christian remained in the mix for the World Twenty20.

"Dan Christian has shown what a useful allrounder he is, and is making some strong contributions. He has been omitted to make way for Mitchell Johnson, but remains very much in our plans for the ICC World Twenty20, and a distinct possibility for the ODIs and Twenty20s against Pakistan in August-September.

"Nathan Lyon and Peter Nevill have not been included as Xavier Doherty has been preferred as the only spinner and Matthew Wade is the only keeper. It is a great deal easier getting replacements to England than to the West Indies, and both Nathan and Peter will be on standby should they be required."

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  • POSTED BY dsig3 on | May 12, 2012, 2:07 GMT

    What about Christian? I thought he performed nicely during the summer. Hope he keeps his ODI spot. Johnson will again be under pressure because he has been favoured.

  • POSTED BY AKS286 on | May 11, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    gud luck for johnson. sure he will shut down the criticize. i wish that he can make ashes too. i think VOGES must be in the team test as well odi. voges is the best alternative of hussey. @ hareendra six pace bowlers definately almost 3 of them will be face injury specially cummins thats why? smith has to follow katich forget bowling and work upon his batting. shaun marsh will be in the playing 11 against ireland. warner, wade, shaun marsh, bailey,smith/ forrest, d. hussey, butterwoth, johnson, coulter nile, cummins/harris, beer. bring jaques back in the team and replace with cowan.

  • POSTED BY IndianInnerEdge on | May 11, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    Am no expert on Oz cricket, am happy 2 c Cummins back, dunno what steve smith has done exceptionally well other than @ IPL ...but i felt Lyon was decent in the india series.....I feel Oz selectors need to look @ the future....Beyond the likes of Brett lee (I like him a lot, my fav oz cricketer) and Mike Hussey(my 2nd fav oz cric)....mitch johnson deserves a 2nd go although he is whinging nowadays about planning to retire etc....but Cummins - yeah-here is a future star, i hope CA handle him with care and he does not have 2 many injuries etc...i feel the eng/ireland series was the perfect time to try out youngsters like maxell, hazelwood, cutting, quiney, christian, the younger marsh etc....seriously CA which i felt is gadzillions better than the cement heads @ BCCI, is still making mistakes....and huge ones!

  • POSTED BY o-bomb on | May 11, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    @Meety - just to agree with one of the things you said about Ireland getting a game. A mini-tournament (akin to a smaller version of the tri-series tournament in Aus a few months ago) with England, Australia and Ireland would have been a fantastic idea. Yes it's great that Ireland are getting a game, but the mini-tour could have been given a bit more meaning by involving a third team. Ireland would seemingly be a perfect team to fit into that. Perhaps the powers that be can consider that for the future. When Australia played Pakistan here 2 years ago there was an opportunity for a tri-nation ODI series then too. Instead there were 2 bi-lateral series, which whilst closely fought could have been 1 sided and would have (IMO) felt more like a tournament if there had been 3 teams contesting it.

  • POSTED BY Hareendra on | May 11, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    SIX fast bowlers + Watson in the squad! In one word I would describe the squad as: Ridiculous!

  • POSTED BY Cric12345au on | May 11, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    Are the AUS A team going to play FC matches or is it ODI and T20 matches?

  • POSTED BY Meety on | May 11, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    @Dashgar - re: Smith, he wasn't bowling "garbage" before the Ashes - he was outbowling Hauritz, who is of at least - was/is a decent standard. I do agree his bowling has dropped off - mainly since being dropped from the ODI side.

  • POSTED BY maddinson on | May 11, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    One of the good thing from these two two squads is the omission of legendary Christian.

  • POSTED BY dunger.bob on | May 11, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    @RauhlF : Good on you and your son. I hope he's a batsman ! .... @Land47 : I agree with you about Lee. I'm actually a bit of a fan of his, but I can't see where its going either. It looks for all the world as if there are no plans at all to replace Lee before the WC. Seems as though they plan to take him. .. as for the young players, its all going to happen this coming Australian domestic season. .. more or less back to back Ashes are looming and there is no bigger incentive for an Aussie to start getting serious. One or two young blokes will burst from the pack and give our selectors some solid options. ... I hope.

  • POSTED BY SugarFoot on | May 11, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    Really? Mitchell Johnson - we are going back to that are we? He can't swing a ball or provide enough economy in his spells. I suppose it's only 10 overs a game :-)

  • POSTED BY dsig3 on | May 12, 2012, 2:07 GMT

    What about Christian? I thought he performed nicely during the summer. Hope he keeps his ODI spot. Johnson will again be under pressure because he has been favoured.

  • POSTED BY AKS286 on | May 11, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    gud luck for johnson. sure he will shut down the criticize. i wish that he can make ashes too. i think VOGES must be in the team test as well odi. voges is the best alternative of hussey. @ hareendra six pace bowlers definately almost 3 of them will be face injury specially cummins thats why? smith has to follow katich forget bowling and work upon his batting. shaun marsh will be in the playing 11 against ireland. warner, wade, shaun marsh, bailey,smith/ forrest, d. hussey, butterwoth, johnson, coulter nile, cummins/harris, beer. bring jaques back in the team and replace with cowan.

  • POSTED BY IndianInnerEdge on | May 11, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    Am no expert on Oz cricket, am happy 2 c Cummins back, dunno what steve smith has done exceptionally well other than @ IPL ...but i felt Lyon was decent in the india series.....I feel Oz selectors need to look @ the future....Beyond the likes of Brett lee (I like him a lot, my fav oz cricketer) and Mike Hussey(my 2nd fav oz cric)....mitch johnson deserves a 2nd go although he is whinging nowadays about planning to retire etc....but Cummins - yeah-here is a future star, i hope CA handle him with care and he does not have 2 many injuries etc...i feel the eng/ireland series was the perfect time to try out youngsters like maxell, hazelwood, cutting, quiney, christian, the younger marsh etc....seriously CA which i felt is gadzillions better than the cement heads @ BCCI, is still making mistakes....and huge ones!

  • POSTED BY o-bomb on | May 11, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    @Meety - just to agree with one of the things you said about Ireland getting a game. A mini-tournament (akin to a smaller version of the tri-series tournament in Aus a few months ago) with England, Australia and Ireland would have been a fantastic idea. Yes it's great that Ireland are getting a game, but the mini-tour could have been given a bit more meaning by involving a third team. Ireland would seemingly be a perfect team to fit into that. Perhaps the powers that be can consider that for the future. When Australia played Pakistan here 2 years ago there was an opportunity for a tri-nation ODI series then too. Instead there were 2 bi-lateral series, which whilst closely fought could have been 1 sided and would have (IMO) felt more like a tournament if there had been 3 teams contesting it.

  • POSTED BY Hareendra on | May 11, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    SIX fast bowlers + Watson in the squad! In one word I would describe the squad as: Ridiculous!

  • POSTED BY Cric12345au on | May 11, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    Are the AUS A team going to play FC matches or is it ODI and T20 matches?

  • POSTED BY Meety on | May 11, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    @Dashgar - re: Smith, he wasn't bowling "garbage" before the Ashes - he was outbowling Hauritz, who is of at least - was/is a decent standard. I do agree his bowling has dropped off - mainly since being dropped from the ODI side.

  • POSTED BY maddinson on | May 11, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    One of the good thing from these two two squads is the omission of legendary Christian.

  • POSTED BY dunger.bob on | May 11, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    @RauhlF : Good on you and your son. I hope he's a batsman ! .... @Land47 : I agree with you about Lee. I'm actually a bit of a fan of his, but I can't see where its going either. It looks for all the world as if there are no plans at all to replace Lee before the WC. Seems as though they plan to take him. .. as for the young players, its all going to happen this coming Australian domestic season. .. more or less back to back Ashes are looming and there is no bigger incentive for an Aussie to start getting serious. One or two young blokes will burst from the pack and give our selectors some solid options. ... I hope.

  • POSTED BY SugarFoot on | May 11, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    Really? Mitchell Johnson - we are going back to that are we? He can't swing a ball or provide enough economy in his spells. I suppose it's only 10 overs a game :-)

  • POSTED BY Okakaboka on | May 11, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    Geez, I'll say there has been some dodgy comments here. So, some of you would actually pick old 'Spray-gun' ahead of Mackay. The proof of this being wrong is the fact you know who spray gun is! The only good thing about playing Johnston would be to watch the spectacular diving and scrambling by young Matty Wade to keep the Bye total below triple figures.....good luck with that Wadey. Smith....um, here we go again. Bob Quiney.......must have done a Hodgy and told Inverarity his mother wears Army boots. Dan Christian....???? What did he do wrong? Why no Andrew MacDonald???? He definetly deserves a go...... Better bowler than Watson and probably a better batsman. At least he has more shots than Watson who employs either the Wack or the Block!

  • POSTED BY Dashgar on | May 11, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    @Harry_Kool, Smith's form was in no way good enough to warrant a spot in the Australian team, it was better than White's yes but it was worse than a heap of players (Quiney, Christian, Hopes, Maxwell, Faulkner, Butterworth, Voges, Cooper to name a few), no matter what role Smith is set to play these guys were going better. It is only his IPL run that has put him back into contention, I think fairly, but White should also be in contention as he has not just been good, he has been dominant. Remember Smith has been bowling garbage ever since his ashes call-up (before too), so he's there as a batsman and part timer much like DHussey and White, not a serious allrounder like Christian would have been.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | May 11, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    Mitchell Johnson is still ranked fairly high as an ODI bowler despite not having played much for a while, which is a testament to how well he was playing before that. It will be interesting to see whether he can maintain that or his ODI form goes the way of his Test form. I think that one thing in his favour is that batsmen don't have quite the same luxury of leaving all his wide deliveries in ODIs, so pace, movement and angle will come into play more often. His batting is obviously a plus in ODIs too. I'm not quite sure why so many people are so hard on Doherty. He was a flop in Test cricket but has been doing well in ODIs so bringing in Lyon just because doesn't seem justified. Steve Smith is one of the ugliest batsmen you will ever see at representative level but his stats do seem to justify his selection.

  • POSTED BY Mary_786 on | May 11, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    @RahulN is correct, Khawaja is an inspiration to all the sub continent youngsters here in Australia and i hope he gets some runs in County for Derby and in Shield later in the year as he belongs in the Aussie team. My son and daughter even make me go to the state games to watch him play, he is good for the game here.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | May 11, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    @crow_eater - regarding Lyon, I'm happy for him to be "pigeon-holed" as a Test bowler. If you have a look at the Harbhajan Singh comparison, I really think bowling endless short form matches, really affected his Test/FC credentials (started bowling a lot flatter). The answer to "...what's Lyons done wrong?" - would be absolutely nothing (IMO). I would say Doherty needs to ensure he has a reasonable series otherwise I think Beer or others may take his place. Bear in mind Lyon is on standby. As for Christian, yep, that is very dissappointing, they better pick him in the WC T20 squad!!!! @Harry_Kool - agree with you, but regarding White, this is the first time in nearly two years he is patching together a series of good knocks. I am excited about that, as an in-form White, is one of the better ODI batsmen around, even a Test roughie, with the exception of the T20 WC, I'd rather wait & see if he brings it back to the domestic summer.

  • POSTED BY RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on | May 11, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    by the way i cant believe the exclusion of rob quiney in aus a squad nothing against klinger but quiney has scored big runs in difficult situations in da previous summer and forget the stats for a moment quiney is a much better and much more classy batsman actually he should bbe in aus test team very good player of short pitched bowling and a classy driver too

    my OZ top-6 for ashes : Quiney, Watson, Clarke(if he is brave enough to lead from the front), Joe Burns, Michael Hussey and Tom Cooper(OR Ricky Ponting)

  • POSTED BY unregisteredalien on | May 11, 2012, 5:31 GMT

    Meety: you have now attained guru status!

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    It is perfect time for Michael hussey to retire from all formats in international cricket.....and aus selectors it's high time you start looking for the exact replacement for mike.........someone like cameron white

  • POSTED BY Bone101 on | May 11, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    It's excellent Cummins is back! He's a bowler I really enjoy watching. Talking of watching, when is some decent cricket going to start again?

  • POSTED BY RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on | May 11, 2012, 3:58 GMT

    Dont understand what australia like about doherty He is a decent bowler only when it is a really turning pitch OR when the pacemen have made early inroads Nathan Lyon is a champion and if he can play tests then he can certainly play odis because he first made a mark only in odis and big bash and he is a handy batsman too

    AUSTRALIA's Best XI: Watson Wade Clarke Shaun Marsh David Hussey Smith Mitchell Marsh Faulkner Harris Lyon Cummins

  • POSTED BY Gilliana on | May 11, 2012, 3:24 GMT

    @Behind_the_bowlers_arm, me thinks that Lee is still Australia's no.1 strike bowler. Perhaps he has lost confidence because the selectors always keeps him in doubt of his selection. Given some assurance of his position, Lee will come back to his normal self for at least another season or two.

  • POSTED BY Harry_Kool on | May 11, 2012, 3:08 GMT

    @Dashgar. This may come as a slight shock to you, but let me assure you, IPL form means squat to the Australian selectors. Smith's form in the last Aussie domestic season in ALL formats were infinitely superior to White's, and that, my friend, is the reason Smith was selected. Having read the Argus report, not one mention of IPL or other cricket outside of Australian domestic was mentioned. The fact Smith carried his form over to IPL is a bonus for both the league and his team. @Sir Viv, agreed, another meaningless ODI series. The Aussie A matches will mean much more.

  • POSTED BY Raja183 on | May 11, 2012, 2:27 GMT

    Steve smith really good player. All the best steve smith

  • POSTED BY crow_eater on | May 11, 2012, 2:26 GMT

    Give me a break! "The passenger" Smith back again? And I also thought we'd seen the back of Johnson to. The ghost of Hilditch rises again! What happened to Christian & what's Lyons done wrong, this is taken me back to the bad old days................

  • POSTED BY disco_bob on | May 11, 2012, 1:22 GMT

    It looks like all the people who mocked at the selections of Hilf and Sid in the summer have moved on to Johnson now that the former two proved the doubters wrong and the selection panel right. In the light of the Argus review we made the changes and we now have a respected selection committee who have shown the know how to do their job. Hilf successfully reinvented his action and Johnson was never a bad bowler merely a bit erratic.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | May 11, 2012, 1:10 GMT

    As we can't comment on the A-squad article page, I'll mention some thoughts. Firstly, I am surprised Cowan captains the A-tour ahead of Bailey. For that matter somewhat surprised Forrest is VC ahead of Bailey too! My previous post I stated I didn't rate Bailey as high as others, but I do think he is a good captain, particularly in the longer formats, & his experience is a lot more than the C & the VC. Secondly - very happy to see Paine go, but would of preferred he work his way back via the Shield season. Thirdly, I was curious to see how seriously the selectors thought of Bird as a genuine Test candidate, I now have my answer. Fourthly, stoked for the new faces (Holland, Bird & Burns mainly), they have a real chance to stake a claim. Finally - I am happy for Cooper, but I have to admit, whilst he deserves to be there on merit, I like the fact he helps make Netherlands competitive & so I have a few minor misgovongs about his selection, but good on him! Dissappointing re: NC-N!!!

  • POSTED BY Meety on | May 11, 2012, 1:01 GMT

    @Behind_the_bowlers_arm - well said. The best bit about the ODI leg, is that Ireland gets an International which is a great thing for the game globally. IMO, what the format should of been, was a tri-series between Ireland, England & Oz, where they play each other twice & a winner takes all final. Far more interesting than 5 straight wins v the Poms (LOL!). @Geoff Curruthers - agree re: Forrest, IMO, that is the ONE thing he needs to work on to be a good ODI batsmen. He has the big hits & the temprement, to me he looks like he belongs, but needs to add a flick off the hips or dabble to 3rd man. @Dashgar - I agree that White is finally starting to look the goods again, however bear in mind that domestically speaking, the last Oz summer, Smith was very good across all formats, White was not. I am hoping White continues his form, as I would prefer either him or Clarke to lead us at the next T20 W/C, (no intended disrepect to Bailey, just don't rate him as much as others).

  • POSTED BY Meety on | May 11, 2012, 0:54 GMT

    @Chris_P - agree with your thoughts on the Husseys, although I think DHussey could/should play a lot longer into the future than MHussey, as the desire to play internationals (& maybe a Baggy Green) & less jet-lagged than his older brother will drive him, (the comment about "jet-lagged" is just about the near constant travel for hom over the last 5/6 yrs). @JG2704 - don't worry about what the topic is, news articles worth commenting on are a bit sparse of late!!!! @SirViv1973 - "...Good to see It the aussies are still struggling on the spin front Doherty is cannon fodder for any half decent batting lineup..." - in case you haven't noticed - this an ODI series. SINCE Doherty's DEBUT, he has the 14th best E/R in the world in ODIs AND compares well to Swann (Doherty E/R 4.6, S/R 40.9 versus Swann E/R 4.4 & S/R 39.4). So looks like Oz is going to enjoy batting against Swanny????? I do however agree that a bilateral ODI series v Poms is a waste of time other than for recon purposes!

  • POSTED BY Meety on | May 11, 2012, 0:13 GMT

    @landl47 - re: squad (cont). As far as genuinely young batsmen, look at the ODI stats for L Davis, Finch, Lynn (IMO artificially low due to sporadic injuries), Maddinson, Hughes (some people say he is better suited to ODIs than Tests), Maxwell (allrounder), MMarsh (allrounder & very young). These guys plus the ones mentioned like Ferguson & Voges can do a job for Oz, that will keep us winning more games than we lose. I mentioned in my first post, I wish that Christian was selected in the squad, as I think he is a great talent & would only improve by being regularly involved. Of the players I have just mentioned, very few are immediate test candidates atm. regarding the Hussey bros, I think David may/will be around for the 2015, not sure about MHuss, we just culled one legend, so I think MHussey has an increased value for the short term. @Marcio - spot on re: Smith. I would like to see him working on his Leggies more, he has so much upside!

  • POSTED BY Meety on | May 11, 2012, 0:03 GMT

    @landl47 - re: the squad. Not sure what the goals are. If it is to maintain the #1 ranking, we are not selecting our best batting line up (IMO). If it is to plan for the next W/Cup, we are starting the culling process (Ponting). If it ad hoc with a view to getting International exposure to some potential Test candidates, the selectors are doing a good job. I think pace bowler injuries is a hot potato, England in particular are also having some issues here, (IMO Broad needs to drop a format). Selecting 5 pacers is not a major problem. IMO, the selectors are juggling the 3 goals I mentioned earlier (Ranking, next W/Cup, Test exposure), rightly or wrongly. Prefer there to be a bit more statement in the public domain on them in regards this. As far as "batsmen", I think Oz is far better stocked in the Shorter forms of the game than in Tests in that regard. I personally would have Ferguson in the squad, Voges too (although not "young". TBC

  • POSTED BY Meety on | May 10, 2012, 23:54 GMT

    @landl47 re: Lee. First thing - I'd slightly adjust the comment about him being the best ODI bowler in Oz, IMO (not a jonesy2 statement) he is statistically the greatest ODI bowler of all time. I make that BIG statement based on his S/R over his entire career. NOBODY has taken 300 ODI wickets as quick as he has. So whilst he is in decline, I would say ONLY Malinga is a better pace bowler in ODIs in the world atm. Secondly, given the issues surrounding workload & injuries, I think it's great having two blokes in McKay & Lee (assuming McKay is about 12th on the list of test candidates), who are not in contention for test duties who do well in this format. Thirdly, & this is a LONGSHOT, I for one am NOT writing Lee off from the 2015 w/cup. He is about one serious injury away from International retirement, but assuming the gods smile on him, (he deserves a bit of luck there), his general fitness & speed is not far from peak. IMO - the 2015 is his "secret" goal.

  • POSTED BY Behind_the_bowlers_arm on | May 10, 2012, 22:23 GMT

    SirViv, Its my theory that Australia are using players like Lee & Johnson in ODI's to protect the up and comers from over work. As i mentioned in an earlier post the most interesting part of this two part tour by Australia/Australia A will be the longer format games against the Lions where Cummins, Pattinson, Starc & Cutting are in the squad. The ODI's are a good little money maker for both Boards but we are 3 years away from the 2015 World Cup (as you said) so they are of little consequence in themselves.

  • POSTED BY errol1233 on | May 10, 2012, 22:06 GMT

    Gosh SIMOC has a poor opinion of AUST. cricketers. Doherty by performances is the best short game bowler we have. Well up in world rankings. Forrest proved he can be a more than capable player of the future.... stop knocking the young bloke. Then he picks on WADE... for heavens sake. He is the future... far better than Haddin. I do agree about Johnson. Starc has not done much wrong as a kid. Lee and Mackay are there to mentor the young blokes so he could have been a better bet. Smith is a great short game player... great fielder . Very important. The only knock is that no younger batsman has put his hand up for selection....

  • POSTED BY Dashgar on | May 10, 2012, 22:00 GMT

    @Geoff, this is Australia, not Victoria, forget your state biases for a moment. One player, Smith, has already been picked based on IPL form but White's IPL form is a lot better. White also has a significantly better ODI record and with the T20 world cup coming up should really be included here because he'll be a key player for us in that tournament. Cameron White is one of the best limited overs batsmen in Australia. He has shown he is back to top form do should be one of the first players picked.

  • POSTED BY SirViv1973 on | May 10, 2012, 21:58 GMT

    @Tabaqi, trust a deluded Ind fan to pop up this board which has nothing to do with his team, Land47's comments regarding Ind's T20 ranking really didn't need any sort of response from you. For the record though yes Ind may not have played that many T20's recently but your players play more T20 than anyone else with the IPL and therefore should really do better. It's also laughable you bring up the 5 nil ODI series win over us last year as this board is for the Eng/Aus series both teams have beaten 4 nil in test series in the past year!

  • POSTED BY SirViv1973 on | May 10, 2012, 21:33 GMT

    A few comments on here saying players who have done well in the IPL should be selected, I would just like to point out that that competition is played in a different format & in completely different conditions. Also saw Oz selectors saying they were looking at this series as prep for World T20, well if that's the case why are they playing Eng in Eng in ODi's & not playing SRL in SRL in T20s ? I think this series is a complete waste of time any true cricket fan would have preferred to have seen an extra test against SAF. in the 2 yrs between 2013 & 2015 we play Aus in 3 ashes series & countless ODI's & T20's this series we can really do without!

  • POSTED BY Behind_the_bowlers_arm on | May 10, 2012, 21:19 GMT

    It will be nice to win these ODI's but i'd look at this squad and the Aust A one together and I think THOSE matches are actually more important. Naming of Forrest in the A squad is important and its interesting that Cowan captains and Joe Burns has been named. Excellent to see Lyon, Cummins, Pattinson, Starc and Cutting all in that squad too. Massive opportunity for players to put their hands up to come back for the Ashes a year later.

  • POSTED BY SirViv1973 on | May 10, 2012, 21:18 GMT

    I've said this before and I will say it again why do the aussies still keep picking Lee? If this was a T20 series & he was planning to have one last hurray at the WC later this year then I would say fair enough, but the 50 over WC is still nearly 3 years away & there isn't any prospect of of him being around. I also found it strange how Ponting was still getting picked up until a few games ago. You could maybe say the same about the Husseys although I think there may be a chance MH is still around 2015 even though he will nearly be 40. Good to see It the aussies are still struggling on the spin front Doherty is cannon fodder for any half decent batting lineup, Eng will enjoy batting against him just as they in the 1st 2 tests of the last ashes series!

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 10, 2012, 20:13 GMT

    @Mozenrath Tabaqi on (May 10 2012, 19:18 PM GMT) - The rankings are calculated by dividing the number of points a team has acumulated by the number of matches a team plays. You are right that India has played less matches than other nations but had India won more of those 9 matches they would be higher up the table. They could play another 100 matches and if their win percentage was the same , their ranking would remain the same , if the percentage increased they would rise and if it decreased they would drop. So basically it has nothing to do with the amount of matches a team plays , it is calculated by results and who those results are against. Nice try though HUH! Apologies to Oz fans as I know this is an Oz post

  • POSTED BY DeekshaSpeaks on | May 10, 2012, 20:06 GMT

    Excellent to see young Stevie Smith on the team, I've always thought that he was one of Australia's finest young all-rounders of the present generation. Surprised to see Johnson there, not to mention Brett Lee. I think Starc could have done a good job, and maybe it's time to give Ben Cutting a look in? Disappointing for Christian, of course - honestly I think the guy's shown that he has what it takes to succeed at that level. At any rate, it's good to see Australia so spoiled for choice. And seeing the kind of form that both the Husseys are in, it would be sheer stupidity from the selectors to drop them.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    @JG2704 HOW MANY INT"L T20S DOES INDIA PLAY OUTSIDE THE WT20? HUH? IT IS THE "LOWEST" OF ALL TEAMS INCLUDING ASSOCIATES. how do you expect them to top the rankings barely playing Int'l t20s ? I don't like Jadeja but Eng lost 5-0 Jadeja comprehensively outbowled Swann and Outbatted Bopara. Where were you then?

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    @ Geoff Carruthers Indians pitches have been slow and low and Some have been grassy as well in this IPL ,70% of the games have been low scoring. Get those biased goggles off, not every pitch in India is 'flat'.

  • POSTED BY Gordo85 on | May 10, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    Mitchell Johnson should not have made the squad since to me he looked like he was finished at International level. The guy is shocking with the bat about 70% of the time he fails and 30% of the time he makes some runs but not alot. Doherty shouldn't have made it either to be honest. Good to see that Forrest is out since he only got in due to luck alone. I agree with what another person said that I don't understand this stuff with Brett Lee they should stop picking him I mean what is the point of blocking youth and not letting youth get experience. I was worried because I thought Wade would make the squad but in other terms he would be dropped meaning they would have had picked two of them. Well done Cricket Australia not picking Khawaja and Hughes for this squad because it just shows you need to earn your spot not just get picked out of luck for no reason at all.

  • POSTED BY Simoc on | May 10, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    Good selections. Smith has improved and has the chance to show it as an international. White had the worst of seasons and (despite current form) is paying the price. At last we have sensible people on the selection panel which helps the players know where they're at. The future will be better in the longer term.

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | May 10, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    @landl47. While waiting for Meety's response, I'll toss my 2 cents worth. For what's its worth, the 3 you mentioned also raised my eyebrows, however, the Argus report was specific in stating the merit of selecting form players. Lee, although on the slide, still merits a place in the starting line-up, and by all reports, is enveloping his mentoring role with the young quicks. His term in the OD side surely can't be too long. Both Husseys are there for one reason. They deserve to be there on merit. Unfortunately, there are not enough young guns there with the form to shoulder their way past these 2, form should be the over riding factor, and simply put, Michael & David Hussey are outperforming the young stars by sheer consistency. The fact none have put up their hand in the OD format does present some issues for the near future when the Husseys eventually move on. The "A" team looks more interesting as they will play fc fixtures.

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | May 10, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    Not a great squad as Khawaja should be there, as should Coulter-Nile. However I still don't see us losing a single game to the poms. Their batting is woeful.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    Sorry to disappoint all those rabid Victorians, but White isn't there because apart from the IPL he has been totally out of form, and as India recently showed, form on India's flat tracks means squat anywhere else. Forrest isn't there because he has a singular inability to rotate the strike.

  • POSTED BY Marcio on | May 10, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    ...and Steve Smith is no surprise to me. Some AUS fans obviously haven't watched him play much of late. he's just 22 and has already capatined NSW in the OD format. The shorter the format, the better he is. he;s not a test player at this point, as we all know, but he is a damn fine short format player. I'd have him in the T20 WC squad for sure. His fielding is sensational. He and Dave Warner in the field would be a batsman's nightmare.

  • POSTED BY Marcio on | May 10, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    @landl47 the squad has obviously been picked with the T20 WC in mind. The Hussey brothers are still fantastic T20 players, as is Lee. I would have liked to see Starc in there. He is a really good short-form bowler, especially in conditions where the ball moves - I've seen him destroy several teams. He should be there instead of Johnson. It's not just Johnson's bowling which deteriorated, but his batting went to hell as well. If he is selected for the T20 WC, let's hope his Mum isn't on the tour.

  • POSTED BY unregisteredalien on | May 10, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    @landl47, those are good questions. Lee, I would say he is there as a reliable strong performer and to mentor the younger bowlers in the group. As for the batsmen, it's not quite the case that there aren't any young'uns, but that many of the promising young'uns are not ready, and it's been deemed more harmful than beneficial to have them hone their craft in the unforgiving spotlight of international cricket. Instead, domestic cricket (in both Aus and Eng) will be their proving ground. This to me suggests that the lessons of the Hilditch years, as articulated in the Argus report, have been taken on board. Kudos once again to Inverarity and co.

  • POSTED BY Dazako on | May 10, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    Remember this is the One day team not test team, Forrest is VC of Aust A which is long format which he is better suited to, Lyon is also in that team and realistically a test player. So dont feel sorry for them, Although we are verry light on the batting and Aus A games are after ODIs so Forrest could have played. And yes Johnson is no good in the Test format because you dont need to score off every ball, good players left him alone outside off and waited for him to give them something to hit. One dayers are a different story, we missed his fast swinging irratic bowling in the last few one day series. His experience will be welcome as long as he never dons the baggy green again.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 10, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    @WilliamFranklin on (May 10 2012, 09:24 AM GMT) To be fair Australia are number 1 in ODIs for a reason and while they may look average on paper their performances tell a different story. Just like England on paper look an average T20 side but their performances/rankings tell a different story.And you'd have thought India would be near the top of the ICC T20 rankings but the reality is that they are in 7th and closer both in position and pointswise to Ireland than they are to the top. Very surprised that Swann at 400k and Bopara at 100k recd no bids when you see that Jadeja went for 2m. Apologies Aus fans - realised as I typed that this is just an OD series.

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | May 10, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    There's a lot of chat about Johnson, but the selections I find mystifying are those of Lee and the two Husseys. With 5 other quicks plus Watson, why is Lee there? He's 35 now and obviously won't be part of Australia's side in 2015. If the answer is that he's still the best ODI bowler in Australia and will lead the attack, then presumably a couple of the younger bowlers will miss out. That seems strange in a series which is pretty meaningless except as a chance for some younger players to get experience! Starc, whom I rate very highly, is already missing the tour altogether. As for the batting, I don't see the plan; the two Husseys (37 and almost 35) are in and there are only 2 batsmen (Warner and Smith, who is already designated as the reserve) plus Wade under 29. Where are the young batsmen? Could it be that the answer really is that there aren't any? Meety, you usually have some sensible answers- do you see where Aus is going with this squad?

  • POSTED BY whitesXI on | May 10, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    @dig3 - so Cam White in his only three innings as captain of Aus T20 squad makes 28 36 and 38 (one of which not out and all with a S/R over 100) and was australia's highest run scorer in ODI's in 2010 isn't good enough? White's drop in form has coincided only after his dropping from the aus squad due to injured players returning or after being overlooked despite good performances. I honestly believe White has been really hurt by selectors over the past few years. I didn't have problem with him being dropped from the T20 squad (his form in BB was awful) until Bailey was named as captain when his form was hardly any more impressive

  • POSTED BY Auscricketfan on | May 10, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    Well MJ gettin a recall cetainly surprised me since tho he hasnt played any cricket for about 4 or 5 months but i can see why they picked him caz he is a devasting Limited overs bowler and Smith should b given a chance to see if he has improved or not tho i am a bit shocked that White hasnt been given a recal 2 the t20 side atleast he has been in terrific form in the IPL and looks to have regained the touch that saw him be 1 of our top Limted overs batters in 2010/11

  • POSTED BY Dashgar on | May 10, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    Mitchell Johnson should not be picked. Where is Cameron white. If you pick smith you have to pick him cos his form has been twice as good. I don't understand any of these choices. They reek of the Hilditch era.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    If i have to pick a OD team my first player would be Smith he is probably the best fieldsman in cricket at the moment,his batting is such a big bonus if needed he can bowl a few leggies.Smith can thank the IPL for his selection,well done.

  • POSTED BY smudgeon on | May 10, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    while Forrest showed his quality in ODIs, i think the plan has always been to get him into the test team, a bit of succession planning. i don't know that his strike rate is up to snuff for limited overs (admittedly from a small sample), i'm sure we're going to see him in the test time in the next 18 months or so. he's obviously highly rated by the selectors, evidenced by his selection in the A team also touring the UK. if you're missing your favourite domestic performer in this squad, have a peek at the A side just announced - including Tim Paine! glad to see he's still highly regarded by CA, even if he's now got a lot of work to do to overtake Wade, he is a class act. looking forward to both Aus & Aus A's tours...

  • POSTED BY Naushad79 on | May 10, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    This seems like a bit better side that what they have for last few tournament, but Aus side when Hyden, Langa, Gilli, Ponting, Shane, Mc Grath, Waugh brothers this Aus side can not be replaced yet, it was the best Aus side ever produced, it was one of the best side any county would love to have.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    Whilst I am not a huge fan of either player, I can see why Smith & Johnson are being given another chance. Remember Smith is only 22! The same criticisms were being thrown at Watson a few years ago and he is now a key component in all 3 forms for Australia. Johnson has the potential to be diabolical at times, but jump on youtube and watch his performances versus SA in 2008 and you can see why they are perservering with him. It must also be remembered that T20 WC is around the corner, hence why some of the names like Forrest have missed out.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    @David_Boon...you obviuosly don't know much about cricket then. Steve Smith has an excellent batting record for NSW, one of the few to fire in 20011-12. He has been given few opportunities to settle in one day international cricket. Not sure yet about his bowling but his batting and fielding are classy.

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | May 10, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    Agree Meety, some very ill informed opinions being tossed about by a few who haven't been watching some of these guys. For all his shortcomings as a consistent performer in tests (& I believe his test days are over) MJ has always been one of the top performers in one dayers. He needed to have a hit out & this tour can give the selectors an idea on his progress. Smith deserves his place, not only for his IPL exploits, but those who obviously haven't followed the game back home, have missed his performances in all forms in the 2nd part of our summer where has addressed many of his issues. He is still very young & shows the application needed to get back to the top. Again, not the squad I would have selected, but let's see the results.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    Mitchell Johnson!!!!!, thought we had finally seen the end of this useless, erratic, spray em everywhere bowler, what are the selectors thinking? Do they not watch the same game I do??

  • POSTED BY WilliamFranklin on | May 10, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    Not a squad to have England especially worried you would think. To be fair to Smith, I think he has looks rather good in the IPL so should be given another chance.

  • POSTED BY jinoyjose on | May 10, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    where is Bollinger ..He is more suited for the onedayers and T20's .Should give a chance to him also...

  • POSTED BY Gupta.Ankur on | May 10, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    Lets see how many matches cummins plays before getting injured for 6 months again...

  • POSTED BY jasif on | May 10, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    england will win easily now....coz 2 useless players in smith and johnson had been included in the squad.

  • POSTED BY AKS286 on | May 10, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    Yes very happy to see johnson back. but i wish johnson must play the ashes. about steve smith he is a gud T20 player. i think he will be captain/ v.captain for Oz t20 side. gug to see lyon out. beer will be in the team for limited over format becoz he is very accurate, steady , and tight line and length bowler.ryan harris is gud for limited over but very bad for test cricket. and for a irish team more young players must be given chance. warner, wade, shaun marsh, bailey,smith/ forrest, d. hussey, butterwoth, johnson, coulter nile, cummins, beer

  • POSTED BY Ozcricketwriter on | May 10, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    Uhm why is Christian out? He was amazing.

  • POSTED BY Sunil_Batra on | May 10, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    I think Forrest will push his way back in with good performances in the Ryobi cup. For the sub continent community in Australia Khawaja is an inspiration and i hope he gets back in soon too. My son plays with the hope of one day representing Australia and i think that's great for the game in Aus.

  • POSTED BY Surajrises on | May 10, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    Nice to know that Steve Smith has got a chance after playing well in the IPL. I believe Australia's T20 team for the coming World Cup is going to be very strong.

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | May 10, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    Johnson is always a good pick for limited overs.. I would like the captain to use Smith more as bowler.. He looked a steady leggie and deserves to get chance as a all rounder.. His fielding in this IPL is just amazing.. How long can Cummins stay fit? Guess it could have been a bit better for him to get time to get fully fit and especially test match fit.. No point in playing some meaningless bilateral tournaments.. Because, Aussies have enough resources to get game in OD format.. Another leftie in form of Faulkner or Bollinger could have been better..

  • POSTED BY rafe01 on | May 10, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    @Daniel Hollis. Scored too slowly? I recall Forrest's century was in a match we lost because we scored too slowly on a belter.

  • POSTED BY o-bomb on | May 10, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    Wow! How many chances is Steve Smith going to get? I'm surprised not to see Peter Forrest in the squad. I thought he'd had a good start to his international career. I'm looking forward to seeing Pat Cummins over here though. I think he's a real prospect.

  • POSTED BY takenaback on | May 10, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    It's all been covered in the below comments regarding Mitchell Johnson. It seems to be a recurring theme that people don't trust the selectors to leave him strictly at limited overs cricket, and rightly so!

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    why is Lyon out ? when is CA going to settle on one spinner and give him a long run.. Lyon was decent in all the series he played.. its absurd to leave him out.. what message does that send to other spinners ?

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | May 10, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    Smith deserves a place after some good performances in the on going IPL !!!!

  • POSTED BY David_Boon on | May 10, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    Yuk.... I thought the Steve Smith experiment was over. He's terrible! He can't bat and he can't bowl! And Nathan Lyon wasn't too bad, what if Doherty gets injured?

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 10, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    Can't comment too much about selections/non selections as I don't follow the Aus game to much. What I will say is that Smith jas impressed me hugely in the IPL. He seemed to start of as a bowler who could bat a bit but it has become the opposite. Was impressed with his fielding also.

  • POSTED BY mukesh_LOVE.cricket on | May 10, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    looks OK team to me , Mitchell Johnson has always been a very good ODI bowler , i don't understand why people get so worked up seeing his name.. Steve smith is also a good limited over option

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 10, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    @rahulcricket007 on (May 10 2012, 03:55 AM GMT) Shah is hit or miss for England and is rumoured to cause dressing room unrest. He is not so talented that these factors can be overlooked

  • POSTED BY unregisteredalien on | May 10, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    @Daniel Hollis, Forrest has an ODI average of 32.09 and strike rate of 68.41. He's hit decent runs, but at a consistently glacial pace in the context of each game. He's viable, but he isn't in the best available team right now.

  • POSTED BY dsig3 on | May 10, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    @whitesXI - mate we are not playing IPL here. This is about representing your country and Cam White is not good enough. Score all the runs you want in the IPL or park cricket but that doesnt mean you are good enough to play for your country.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    The King ( Inverarity) Rob(bed) the Quiney ? Of, a position in the squad!

  • POSTED BY Meety on | May 10, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    @MinusZero - "What exactly has Johnson done to be selected?" - since Jan 1, 2009, only Malinga has taken more wickets than MJ. Of the top 20 wicket takers in the period named, MJs S/R was superior to all but FIVE, his economy, average & S/R is actually superior to Steyn. If I was to exted from Jan 1, 2007 - he has the most wickets at a S/R comparable to most other pacers, with an economy better than most. That enough for you? @whitesXI - NOW, I'm getting back on the White bandwagon. I thought he has been dismal for a long time, but I actually was a fan. Not 100% convinced yet, his IPL form has been promising, but I'd of selected him in the squad, like to see him bowl more.

  • POSTED BY elsmallo on | May 10, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    he he... not if our Visa regulations kick in they won't. ho ho ho.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    Selectors can't seem to see the forest for the cockroaches.

  • POSTED BY Digimont on | May 10, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    @vrn59 said "It's great to Mitchell Johnson back! A fantastic bowler (on his day)"

    A great pity his day comes only once every couple of years.

  • POSTED BY brittop on | May 10, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    @othello22: Can't decide if your comment is a bigger indictment against Johnson or against limited-overs cricket!

  • POSTED BY whitesXI on | May 10, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    I definitely would have had White in the 15 before Bailey, not just my bias talking here, besides Dhawan, White has been the only good thing going for DC in the IPL displaying well timed innings' with an explosive show of power. I assume Bailey's inclusion is due to wanting Bailey playing a few games and spending time with the team b4 the T20 WC, which means that White probably won't come back into contention for the T20's - IMO a real mistake

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 6:23 GMT

    I used to be critical of Steve Smith because he never really fulfilled the enormous faith Ithat the selectors showed in him for long periods of time. Basically he was given too much too soon and struggled at the highest level. But the more I watch of Smith the more I see that his temperament is really good and he has got a calm head on young shoulders and can certainly finish games for Australia. His fielding has been truly remarkable . Though most Australains would scoff the IPL , I ithink playing there is a good opportunity to test and hone your skills with the best and he has a better strike rate than more fancied players . He does not seem to be bowt as much as he used to, but can be a good change bowler who can actually surprise the opposition. Australia may not have a problem in the One days but will struggle in the tests unless some of their batsmen buckle down and make big runs. Ramanujam Sridhar

  • POSTED BY JasonG_123 on | May 10, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    Johnson is a good option for ODIs, hopefully they don't retain him for the Tests though. The squad seems a little out of balance, I mean 6 specialist batsman and 6 specialist bowlers seems a bit off.They're really going to have to rotate the bowlers around and hope none of the batsman get injured.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    I don't mind the squad, but NOT ENOUGH BATTING in there. I'm also frustrated that Ponting the legend got DROPPED FOR FORREST, who was always going to be a dud in one dayers and more of a test style batsman. I feel for Punter, he's a much better bat, and even if not in the team, should be in the squad as an extra batsman

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    everytime I see the squad, I cant find a reason why they are keeping out young batsmen like Ferguson, Quiney out...Also why no Harris and Chrsitian???This squad looks too bowling-heavy and the list of batsmen looks a bit thin..Smith has still some way to go to be selected as a pure ODI batsman

  • POSTED BY popcorn on | May 10, 2012, 5:52 GMT

    Steve Smith is a absolute waste of a choice. He was first touted as a blond leggie - the future Shane Warne. We discovered that he couldn't bowl to save his life. He may have batted well this domestic season - but has been chosen fior his batting then? Peter Forrest has been done in.He has performed better than Steve Smith - and has scored a century in an ODI International - which Stev Smith has not. The RIGHT batsman to replace Ricky Ponting's crucial position. Now who will bat at No.3? Steve Smith? Don't make me laugh.

  • POSTED BY Bruisers on | May 10, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    So no new faces among batsmen... Forrest was a real talent. Should have picked him. And Steve Smith.... He is the Jadeja of Australia.. An excellent T20 player, but struggles in ODIs.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 5:20 GMT

    What did Peter Forrest do wrong? He's played 11 ODI's for three fifties and a good hundred AND his last knock for Aussie he scored 53 on a slow turner.

    It was only a few months ago Pup was talking him up as a serious Test prospect and now he's not even on the radar for the ODI team. J

    John Inverarity, I don't know what goes on in your head.

  • POSTED BY vrn59 on | May 10, 2012, 5:19 GMT

    It's great to Mitchell Johnson back! A fantastic bowler (on his day) :P

  • POSTED BY othello22 on | May 10, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    Good to see Inverarity hasn't gotten caught up in the Mitch bashing party that's been raging for the past six months. He is a devastating bowler in limited overs cricket, his problem is test cricket where his angle across r/h batsmen means they can leave him all day long and force him to bowl too straight. I doubt he'll play test cricket again but he'll win matches for Australia in the shorter formats.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 5:16 GMT

    What did Christian and Forrest do wrong? Forrest in particular must feel hard done by. He's played 11 ODI's and has three fifties and a good hundred to his name AND his last one day innings was 53 on a slow pitch in the Windies.

    It was only three months ago that Pup was talking him up as possibility for the Test side and now he's been dumped.

  • POSTED BY MinusZero on | May 10, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    New selectors...nothing changes. Its time to move on from the tried and failed players. What exactly has Johnson done to be selected? I thought he was still injured. I think some people just have a gold card for selection, Johnson shouldnt! Shouldnt form have something to do with selection?

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | May 10, 2012, 5:03 GMT

    It seems an unbalanced squad. No reserve W/K and only one reserve batsman (and he's an all-rounder who shouldn't bat higher than #6). One specialist spinner, plus three part-timers. Six fast bowlers plus Watson. It almost seems like a squad picked on the basis that the seam bowlers will be injured. It'll be an exciting team to watch, but the batting doesn't look solid and the quicks might leak runs at an alarming rate. On the other hand, if everyone fires, they could be devastating. It certainly won't be boring!

  • POSTED BY chad_reid on | May 10, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    good to see christian and forrest out bad to see Mitch and Smith in what we need is batsman not bowlers Mitch will get hammered as usual and Smith OK ill give him another chance but selectors have to remember IPL Indian bowlers are a joke they get hammered all over the place against top quality opposition can smith deliver we saw how he failed in aus t/20 big bash though his team won with other players

  • POSTED BY Meety on | May 10, 2012, 4:55 GMT

    @boris6491 - there is a massive difference between MJ the Test bowler & MJ the ODI bowler. @rahulcricket007 - still going with full caps lock hey,? Anyways you conveniently forget that Smith has averaged 41 in the Shield, 47 in Ryobi & captained his BBL team to the title & Champ League qualification. == == == Not a bad squad - I would of tried a bit more to find a spot for Christian. That said, I am happy for Smith who I'd probably bring straight back into the starting team. Id go Warner, Watson, DHussey, Clarke, MHussey, Wade, Smith, MJ, Cummins, Lee, Doherty. I'd definately ensure McKay got plenty of games, I'd say Hilfy & Patto would be the players I'd consider swapping for Christian. Squad I would of selected 1. Wade, 2. Watson, 3. DHussey, 4. Clarke (c), 5. Ferguson, 6. MHussey, 7. Smith/Christian, 8. MJ/Faulkner, 9. Cummins, 10. Lee/McKay, 11. Doherty - 12th White (assuming the bracketed players are in a squad of 15). Id have a look at White again as there are signs he is back!

  • POSTED BY MenFromMarts on | May 10, 2012, 4:55 GMT

    Would like to see Ryan Harris instead of Mitchell but can't take them all. Smith is a good option. Lyon unlucky. I see both Hussey's bowling a bit more in the UK.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 4:50 GMT

    Why are people against Mitch Johnson? Yes, he way wayward in the tests but let's not forget he was in the top 5 ODI bowlers till he got injured, had 2 nominations in Cricinfo's ODI bowling performances of 2011 and let's just accept the fact - he was always a dangerous ODI bowler. I'm just not happy with racing Cummins back into the squad. I doubt he has recovered enough considering the U19 blokes handled his pace well. If he was being selected on the basis of the U19 performance, Gurinder Sandhu was exceptional and Harry Conway did equally well.

  • POSTED BY Mervo on | May 10, 2012, 4:44 GMT

    Great to see Johnson back. A terrific cricketer with bat and ball. But Steven Smith? Give me a break.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    I saw the name Johnson and my head dropped... but then again he has always been pretty good in the odi team. I just hope he is left to the limited overs forms and they retain the winning combination at test level. I'm pleased that Smith is getting another run, hopefully he is working hard at all three disciplines, still a young bloke with all sorts of potential, he just needs to keep grooving his game. Where's Forrest? ;)

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    Wow! Steve Smith has been selected...that's really good , how can one keep a cricketer like him out of the squad..he's simply brilliant..i hope he plays..

  • POSTED BY dananiki on | May 10, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    Mitchell Johnson???? Is that a typo???? And who has Rob Quiney upset? What does he have to do???

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | May 10, 2012, 4:26 GMT

    I DON'T GET WHY CUMMINS HAS BEEN SLECTED FOR ODIS . HE SHOULD BE PRESERVED AS A TEST BOWLER .

  • POSTED BY Boba_Fett on | May 10, 2012, 4:23 GMT

    Mitchell Johnson?!? Really?!?!?

  • POSTED BY Mary_786 on | May 10, 2012, 4:18 GMT

    Its good to see that the selectors have let Hughes, Khawaja and Marsh play in County to get their form, i predict that they will have good county seasons and will be back in time for the ashes.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 4:10 GMT

    but where cameron white he has been in terrific form recently why he nt in 1off odi match

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 4:05 GMT

    A 15 man squad with 5 fast bowlers (not including Watson & Johnson), 3 all rounders, one spinner, 5 batsmen and a wicketkeeper. Looks like australia would want to rotate the bowlers to manage their workload.

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | May 10, 2012, 3:55 GMT

    STEVE SMITH IS BACK IN ODI SQUAD . BELEIVE IT OR NOT BUT IPL PERFORMANCES REALLY MATTERS FOR SELCTION . I HOPE ENGLAND ALSO TAKE A LEAF OUT OF IT & SELECT OWAIS SHAH IN ODIS & T20S .

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    Welcome back Cummins - A definite superstar in the making.

  • POSTED BY boris6491 on | May 10, 2012, 3:49 GMT

    Johnson? Seriously? After how well we managed without him in the summer, he's been recalled? On what basis? I'm really disappointed with this decision. Johnson does not deserve to be called up, his bowling his been downright poor in the last year and we have plenty of fast bowlers who have stepped up to the plate.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 3:36 GMT

    All the selected players are playing in the IPL, except for Doherty, Cummins and the injured Mitchell Johnson .

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  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 3:36 GMT

    All the selected players are playing in the IPL, except for Doherty, Cummins and the injured Mitchell Johnson .

  • POSTED BY boris6491 on | May 10, 2012, 3:49 GMT

    Johnson? Seriously? After how well we managed without him in the summer, he's been recalled? On what basis? I'm really disappointed with this decision. Johnson does not deserve to be called up, his bowling his been downright poor in the last year and we have plenty of fast bowlers who have stepped up to the plate.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    Welcome back Cummins - A definite superstar in the making.

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | May 10, 2012, 3:55 GMT

    STEVE SMITH IS BACK IN ODI SQUAD . BELEIVE IT OR NOT BUT IPL PERFORMANCES REALLY MATTERS FOR SELCTION . I HOPE ENGLAND ALSO TAKE A LEAF OUT OF IT & SELECT OWAIS SHAH IN ODIS & T20S .

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 4:05 GMT

    A 15 man squad with 5 fast bowlers (not including Watson & Johnson), 3 all rounders, one spinner, 5 batsmen and a wicketkeeper. Looks like australia would want to rotate the bowlers to manage their workload.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 4:10 GMT

    but where cameron white he has been in terrific form recently why he nt in 1off odi match

  • POSTED BY Mary_786 on | May 10, 2012, 4:18 GMT

    Its good to see that the selectors have let Hughes, Khawaja and Marsh play in County to get their form, i predict that they will have good county seasons and will be back in time for the ashes.

  • POSTED BY Boba_Fett on | May 10, 2012, 4:23 GMT

    Mitchell Johnson?!? Really?!?!?

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | May 10, 2012, 4:26 GMT

    I DON'T GET WHY CUMMINS HAS BEEN SLECTED FOR ODIS . HE SHOULD BE PRESERVED AS A TEST BOWLER .

  • POSTED BY dananiki on | May 10, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    Mitchell Johnson???? Is that a typo???? And who has Rob Quiney upset? What does he have to do???