Australia tour of Ireland and England 2012 May 10, 2012

Cummins, Steven Smith back in Australia squad

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • django 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.

  • Anupam 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.

  • Vinod 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!

  • Adrian 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.

  • 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!

  • Kynan on May 11, 2012, 11:35 GMT

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

  • Andrew 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.

  • Rakesh on May 11, 2012, 9:57 GMT

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

  • rob 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.

  • Chris 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 :-)

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