Champions Trophy 2013 May 1, 2013

Mitchell Marsh recalled for Champions Trophy


Mitchell Marsh will return to Australian duty for the first time in more than a year after being named in the squad for the Champions Trophy ODI tournament that precedes the Ashes in England. Marsh was named in Australia's 15-man squad alongside the uncapped fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile, while the leader of the national Twenty20 side, George Bailey, was named vice-captain to Michael Clarke.

The inclusion of Marsh, 21, follows a year in which he was sent home from the Centre of Excellence in Brisbane and then disciplined further for his part in the Perth Scorchers' Champions Trophy misadventures, but a handful of storming domestic limited-overs displays for Western Australia earned him his place. Marsh played five Ryobi Cup games last summer for 278 runs at 69.50, including his maiden century.

The Warriors narrowly missed the final despite that innings, 104 from 96 balls against Tasmania at the WACA, which also followed a hamstring injury that cruelled a significant portion of Marsh's summer. Marsh, whose most recent international was a T20 in February 2012, played his lone ODI in South Africa in late 2011. He has largely flattered to deceive in first-class matches thus far, but it is in 50-over fixtures that he has been most consistent, averaging 39.90 with the bat and 24.85 with the ball across 27 matches.

"We all know what a talented batting allrounder he is," John Inverarity, the national selector, said of Marsh, "and we look to him to fulfil the faith we have in him because he's a very talented cricketer."

Marsh will be joined in the squad by his state team-mate Coulter-Nile, who made his T20 international debut during the summer but is yet to play an ODI. Coulter-Nile, 25, was second only to Kane Richardson on the Ryobi Cup wicket tally last season with 16 victims at 23.18, and Inverarity also described him as "one of the three or four best fieldsmen in Australia".

"Nathan Coulter-Nile is an emerging cricketer as a fast-medium bowler and explosive lower-order batsman," Inverarity said. "He is also one of the finest fieldsmen in Australian cricket and the energy he brings to his game is impressive. While Nathan has played a T20 International for Australia, we are looking forward to seeing him take his very good domestic limited overs form onto the world stage."

The remainder of the Champions Trophy squad was largely as expected. The experienced batsman Adam Voges was included following his maiden ODI century against West Indies at the MCG, while Bailey was preferred to Matthew Wade as vice-captain.

"That was discussed," Inverarity said of Wade as a potential vice-captain, "but we went with George last [summer] and he captained three of the ODIs and two victories there, and as T20 captain he's had captaincy experience and is very highly regarded by the players."

Mitchell Starc and Clint McKay, both of whom are recovering from injuries, were named and are expected to be fit for the tournament, but injury concerns ruled out the Queensland fast bowler Ben Cutting. The squad does not include numerous players taking part in the concurrent Australia A tour of the British Isles, including James Pattinson, Steve Smith, Ryan Harris and Brad Haddin.

"As discussed last week at the Ashes squad announcement, James Pattinson and Ryan Harris haven't been selected but will play for Australia A to prepare them for the Ashes," Inverarity said. "Some who were close to selection included Steve Smith, Aaron Finch and Moises Henriques. However Steve and Moises will play for Australia A while the ICC Champions Trophy is being played.

"The ICC Champions Trophy is another important step in our aim to get back to the number one ranking. As the two-time defending champion, the squad has been selected with the aim of winning the tournament, starting against England at Edgbaston on 8 June, while also keeping the 2015 ICC World Cup firmly in mind."

Champions Trophy squad Michael Clarke (capt), George Bailey (vice-capt), David Warner, Shane Watson, Phillip Hughes, Adam Voges, Matthew Wade, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, James Faulkner, Xavier Doherty, Clint McKay, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Coulter-Nile.

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

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  • Sachin on May 3, 2013, 22:35 GMT

    Steven Smith is suppose to be the next captain of Australia and he even doesnt found a place in squad of 15. What's happening there in Australia?. I see Smith as one of good batsmen for future and he should be given continuos chance at number 4 position for atleast 3-4 series, he will settle himself.

  • Adrian on May 2, 2013, 19:20 GMT

    Just so long as you don't notice Philip Hughes's major technical flaws, he is fine. The fact that quality bowlers from England, New Zealand and India have found him out to have him average sub-20 in tests against them, doesn't matter, does it? The fact that England were the first team to discover his huge technical flaws, doesn't matter, does it? I mean, just so long as you are looking at stats, rather than cricket, you'd think that Phil Hughes was a big chance to do well, wouldn't you?

  • Frank on May 2, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    @DragonCricketer Totally agree with you 100%. If Philly Hughes finds form and averages over 50-60 in ashes we will win.

    Has anyone notices that whenever Hughes has a good performance Australia wins, still believe he is the saviour.

  • Lou on May 2, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    Steve Smith has done next to nothing in a number of games to suggest that he should be an automatic pick. Strange seeing all these people who think Hughes should be dropped. They obviously haven't even considered his record for Aus in the format.

  • Dummy4 on May 2, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    Would have loved to see: Steve Smith instead of Phillip Hughes, Nathan Hauritz instead of Xavier Doherty, Brad Haddin instead of Matthew Wade, Ben Hilfenhaus instead of Nathan Coulter-Nile

  • Pushpakumara on May 2, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    I don't know what is maxwell doing there.fetching water?heniques should be in.however a good sqard!

  • Ajay on May 2, 2013, 3:56 GMT

    No Steven Smith? but Hughes finds a place...

  • Mick on May 1, 2013, 22:01 GMT

    @Jacob Kiran: Voges made a stunning hundred in his (most?) recent ODI and McKay (despite the fact I don't like they guy) has been probably our most effective ODI bowler in the past 2 years. For all the stick the selectors cop, there's an awful lot of speculative rubbish getting thrown around by fans on selections.

  • Mick on May 1, 2013, 21:20 GMT

    Is there anyone left who knows the difference between Test and limited overs cricket? Hughes is in because he was our best in my recent ODIs. Doherty, despite hopeless test performance has served Australia fairly well in ODIs. Finch wasn't even close to up to it in recent ODIs despite a generous run. So, just because of your loud outrage, doesn't mean it's based on any facts.

  • David on May 1, 2013, 20:52 GMT

    Phillip Hughes: SICK OF PEOPLE SAYING HE SHOULDN'T BE IN Test, ODI and T20 sides. They obviously haven't followed his 12 months prior to India. He has been one of the in form batsmen of the world. Topping or near top of aggregate and aggregate for 4 day, 50 over and T20 for South Australia + 4 day, 40 over and T20 for Worcestershire. + he did well in Tests against Sri Lanka. Yes Yes Yes failed in India like everyone else.

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