Champions Trophy 2013 May 1, 2013

Mitchell Marsh recalled for Champions Trophy

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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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  • POSTED BY QingdaoXI 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.

  • POSTED BY Ozcricketwriter 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?

  • POSTED BY Broken_F-ing_Arm 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.

  • POSTED BY Winsome 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.

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY hotcric01 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!

  • POSTED BY ajaygodbole on | May 2, 2013, 3:56 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY Mitcher 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.

  • POSTED BY Mitcher 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.

  • POSTED BY DragonCricketer 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.

  • POSTED BY QingdaoXI 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.

  • POSTED BY Ozcricketwriter 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?

  • POSTED BY Broken_F-ing_Arm 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.

  • POSTED BY Winsome 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.

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY hotcric01 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!

  • POSTED BY ajaygodbole on | May 2, 2013, 3:56 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY Mitcher 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.

  • POSTED BY Mitcher 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.

  • POSTED BY DragonCricketer 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.

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    Steve smith should have been included for maxwell ,Haddin for wade and finch for mitchel marsh

  • POSTED BY blink182alex on | May 1, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    The reason Hughes is selected ahead of Steve Smith is because Hughes has 416 runs at 52.00 in 9 odi innings, whilst Smith has 380 runs at 21.11 in 33 odi's. Pretty obvious selection. Resting Harris and Pattinson makes sense considering the excellent work McKay, Johnson and Starc did last summer, Doherty may be playing his last odi's with Fawad Ahmed and Agar taking his spot soon.

    Cutting may be a miss as he did well but NCN is a wicket taker, the only other option would of been Richardson over NCN.

  • POSTED BY shuvo_bba on | May 1, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    Good Selection including Mitchell Marsh. But i feel really Sorry for Steve Smith & David Hussey. Wouldn't be surprised if both of them were selected. Smith has come out of his early nightmares and matured enough and Dave is supposed to do something good in English breeze.

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2013, 14:06 GMT

    Steve Smith and Shaun Marsh should have been included instead of Voges and Mckay......

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    Should have included Shaun Marsh a head of Adam Voges....Cant win the cup with this team

  • POSTED BY Winsome on | May 1, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    There isn't that much of a problem with batting apart from Warner, not that they are brilliant but they are solid in this format. Voges is a good batsman to have in waiting, and Marsh is an extra all-rounder whose strength is batting - his bowling will probably go around the park in international ODIs. See far more problems with lack of spin options but so it is the same in every format for Aus. Death bowling also will be dodgy as unless Watson or Faulkner can keep their heads.

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    Expected david hussey and shaun marsh in the squad and can't believe they bought in phil hughes in for steve smith its in England guys and its pacer friendly pitches you need to have batsmen who can play pace very well I don't think Australia stand a chance this time

  • POSTED BY Thefakebook on | May 1, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    Good squad but again short on batting again, no USMAN as well?D.Hussey is never going to play for Australia again I guess.Tim Paine and S O'Keefe would been great choices but SO'K won't be selected as there are better option in Xaiver and Maxwell,again WOW!

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | May 1, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    Disgraceful that Doherty is anywhere near our national side. This is why we will loose the series.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | May 1, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    @Fan1969 on (May 1, 2013, 10:44 GMT) - you might wish to check out Starc & McKays ODI stats. They are two of the best strike bowlers you'll find with sub 30 S/Rates. Lyon hasn't really proved himself in ODIs & really is being groomed as a Test specialist. As for Marsh & DHusse, Oz don't have batting problems when it comes to 50 over cricket, the batsmen selected are better than them!

  • POSTED BY Fan1969 on | May 1, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    Thanks Cricket Australia. Atleast you guys do not want to win the Champions Trophy. Good.

    Amazed to see Doherty and not Lyon who is anyday a better spinner. Not having Shaun Marsh or David Hussey also amazes me given their ability to accelerate scoring.

    Hughes over Steve Smith. Maybe as an Indian reading too much into Hughes ability against spin.

    A speedster like Pattinson or Cummins needed to get a few wickets upfront.

    The only correct decision is to knock out Cameron White

    However I still see this side beating SL, NZ and reaching semis. Batsmen of SL, NZ seem completely off colour.

  • POSTED BY MathewParambil on | May 1, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    Where is Henriques? where is Steve Smith?

  • POSTED BY Markdal on | May 1, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    Ferguson has a lot of support here, but the fact is, he doesn't score enough runs! Doherty is still a good OD bowler, as is Johnson, despite their Test form.

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    couter nile and maxwell should be dropped and finch shaun marsh and camerone white deserve in the squad

  • POSTED BY Hashim_Amla on | May 1, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    Hope he does well for Aussie. At the moment they lack good all rounder. Hope he does well.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | May 1, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    @jazza Singh Brar - Ferguson & Marsh were basically fighting for a spot against Bailey & Voges. Voges took his most recent opportunities & Bailey has too at ODI level. Ferguson & Marsh miss out because at the moment Oz have better options. As much as I prefer other spinners, Doherty is a good economical ODI spinner, so he is a decent defensive option, which COULD be argued to be a good foil to Oz's pacers who are Strike bowlers.

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    Be honest,not a good side, where is shaun marsh? ferguson? and how does Doherty make it? johnson, there's so much better, team wont match up to india or S.A

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    Steven Smith should be in.. Maxwell should be dropped..

  • POSTED BY CSpiers on | May 1, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    I'd bring another bat along, most likely Ferguson. It's a good squad in the all rounder and bowling department, just one light on batsman.

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    @SKT G i understand the selection of mitchell marsh in the team bt dont understand the non selection of steve smith and why not mitchell jhonson is given another chance???

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    Suraj Pal. Steve Smith . Talented ? he can neither bat consistently or bowl consistently. He has had his changes. Marsh is a quality all rounder and deserves another chance and Coulter-Nile has had a good season so he deserves another chance, yet againa squad full of experience and youth

  • POSTED BY Broken_F-ing_Arm on | May 1, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    Good squad. All 6 batsmen deserve there places in the XI. Good choice only picking Haddin for tests as well.

    Unlike tests batting looks very strong. Warner , Watson sole match winners clarke and Hughes great ODI innings builders, Bailey and Voges showed very strong summer form.

    Only problem is sticking with Doherty, Michael Beer looks like a very strong limited overs bowler and he would of been a better option

    1st XI (from squad) - Warner, Watson, Hughes, Clarke (c), Bailey, Voges, Wade, Faulkner, Starc, Mckay, Doherty

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | May 1, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    marsh being in is a no brainer, finch unlucky as is ferguson but love to see voges given a well deserved spot as well as coulter nile. great squad that just happens to feature the three best seaming allrounders in the world, should bring home the trophy for the 3peat! my XI would be: warner, Watson, Clarke, bailey, marsh, Faulkner, wade, Johnson, starc, McKay, Doherty.

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | May 1, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    I must always miss Coulter-Niles good games, as he looks average to me. I would've liked to see his spot go to a batsman by the name of Callum Ferguson. Over all a pretty good squad considering the Ashes are to follow, so the bowling selections are slightly compromised. Xavier Doherty should get the chop and replaced by anyone - OKeefe, Lyon, anyone. The only Xavier I'd pick would be Xavier Rudd.....at least there would be some cool tunes on the team bus.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | May 1, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    @Chris_P on (May 1, 2013, 7:13 GMT) - Finch definately missed a Golden opportunity to nail down a place in the National side, but it seems he just froze. He seems to be doing well in the IPL - for whatever that is worth to a Champ Trophy in England? re: MMarsh - I am hoping this is a positive turning point for him. A good run in the Champ Trophy MAY make him more switched on in Shield cricket - dunno, can only hope! Would of liked to see Harris in the Champ Trophy squad - but given his current injury & his history, the right decision was made. I find it interesting that since Smith has had a reasonable Test tour of India & then has also done well in a crud team in the IPL, the Indian masses are puzzled to his absence from the Champ Trophy & Ashes squad.

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | May 1, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    @Meety, pretty good summary overall. I would keep Smith for the Aussie A tour as well. Although he doesn't rate in fc games, I guess Finch's failures, when given the opportunity have come back to haunt him, but otherwise his overall Ryobi Cup form was outstanding. Mitch Marsh, for all his talent does deliver in this format, he is still, sadly, a long way from test standard with his performances to date. It is hit or miss a little given the form they were selected on would be 5 yo 6 months ago, so hopefully, they can retain it.

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    It's not too bad a lineup for sure. Marsh has earned his spot and I hope he does well enough to continue being selected. I've seen commenters here post negative things about Doherty and Johnson but their inclusion in the ODI team is well warranted - Johnson is an exceptionally good 50-over bowler with the power to run through a batting lineup especially if he gets swing, while Doherty is a miserly spinner. They are too inconsistent and too innocuous respectively for the first-class matches. The lucky man in the squad is Maxwell, who simply hasn't shown enough in this format (but has the stats behind him to be a part of the longer form of the game).

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    Strong and Balanced Aussies Squad after a long time. Still Missing Hussy, Steven Smith and Finch. Mark Taylor usually speaks to bring young and talented boys in and now dropping Smith out, which is something odd. But they are strong contender for Champions Trophy. McKay and Starc would be the key as pacers and especially in English Summer. Faulkner finally has got the place in the final 15. Let's see how Clarke is going to lead from the front to reach the destination

  • POSTED BY SKT_G on | May 1, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    I don't understand what type of problem Australian selector have with steve smith. He is performing in Tests, ODI, and even in T20 also. He is also playing good in IPL also.Still Australian selector dont think that he is capable of making it to the national side.

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    steve smith.......cant ignore such talented cricketer,such a shame on the selection.

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    where is steve smith ...............they are mad or What he is one of the best talent they ................CA selector gone mad

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    where is david hussey??????????

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    Commenting on squad,i need to say that there had to be Shaun Marsh,Callum Ferguson,Steve Smith &Ryan Harris in place of Phillip Hughes,Adam Voges,Xavier Doherty &Nathan Coulter-Nile .....

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    Strong and Balanced Aussies Squad after a long time. Still Missing Hussy, Steven Smith and Finch. Mark Taylor usually speaks to bring young and talented boys in and now dropping Smith out, which is something odd. But they are strong contender for Champions Trophy. McKay and Starc would be the key as pacers and especially in English Summer. Faulkner finally has got the place in the final 15. Let's see how Clarke is going to lead from the front to reach the destination

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2013, 6:35 GMT

    my playing xi will be ; Warner,Watson,wade,Clarke,Bailey,Maxwell,Marsh,Johnson,Starc,Faulkner & McKay .....IMO this playing xi will play final of C.T;with two spinners (Maxwell&Clarke) and 3 right-arm+ 4 left-arm not-spinner bowlers;to add all of them(not-spinners) can bat too ... u can't get more than this ..................

  • POSTED BY Winsome on | May 1, 2013, 6:26 GMT

    I wouldn't have picked Mitch Marsh either, but he's very consistent in the Ryobi and is one of WA's best batsman in the format. He can be used in the top 6, he's easily good enough. I doubt he'll get any games anyway. Warner is the lucky one, he's not done much his entire career but is set in stone in the ODI side.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | May 1, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    @ PFEL on (May 1, 2013, 3:43 GMT) - I really don't think it is A-tour versus Champ Trophy. It is Ashes v Champ Trophy. IMO - only Harris (maybe Pattinson) would of been picked in the Champ Trophy if there wasn't an Ashes to follow.

    @Davo234 on (May 1, 2013, 4:16 GMT) - thanks champ.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | May 1, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    @nathangonmad - makes you wonder? == == == If the Ashes wasn't being played straight after, IMO it would of been a mistake not to pick Harris. This probably means MJ is in the starting XI.

  • POSTED BY I-Like-Cricket on | May 1, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    LOL @Ozcricketwriter um you suggest that we have too many all rounders and you want to throw in 2 batting all rounders and a bowling one at the expense of a batsman, bowler and an all rounder. Please explain?!

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    I don't think we'll win this but who knows, at least some of our guys are getting competitive cricket in the lead up via the IPL. Starc's lack of game time is a worry as I feel his bowling will be critical to our success. Its about time one of these Marsh lads steps up and does something to warrant their selection. Disappointed Henriques isn't there but you can't have everything. ENOUGH of Doherty already.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | May 1, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    @Mitty2 on (May 1, 2013, 3:30 GMT) = pretty sure that Cutting was ruled out of the Ashes with injury, so he is unable to play Champ Trophy.

    @goldeneraaus on (May 1, 2013, 3:49 GMT) - a lot of the people gunning for SO'K in the ODI side know that his List A stats aren't good, but given he does well in the shorter & longer versions - then maybe the List A numbers are a product of not being utilise or an anomoly. As for Doherty, apart from a good E/Rate, he tends to just get milked with no risk to the batsmen. At least SO'K can bat.

    @GlinnMgraw on (May 1, 2013, 4:51 GMT) - I thought that entire comment was humour, I mean he wanted to drop Clarke!

    @Ozcricketwriter on (May 1, 2013, 5:33 GMT) - you would drop a bloke (Hughes) who averages around 52 in the format? Interestingly if you add Steve Smith & D Husseys averages together it equals 53, JUST ahead of Hughes 52. Hughes kicked butt in the County limited over season last year, now drop him?

  • POSTED BY google_torture on | May 1, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    My 11's--> Warner,Watto,Hughes,Clarke,Bailey,Wade,Coulter-Nile,Faulkner,Mckay,Starc,Doherty

  • POSTED BY Shaggy076 on | May 1, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    I cant believe people are calling for Hughes to be dropped from the Australian one-day team. He scored 2 * 100's and a 90 in AUstralia and was by far the most productive batsman. I believe it is a decent squad the biggest surprise being Mitch Marsh - cant really see him getting a game.

  • POSTED BY Ozcricketwriter on | May 1, 2013, 5:33 GMT

    For me the following changes need to be made.

    OUT: Hughes, Maxwell, Coulter-Nile IN: Steve Smith, David Hussey, Steve O'Keefe

    As with so many squads, this has mostly good selections but a few odd ones. We don't need 3 all rounders and we need more than 6 specialist batsmen.

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2013, 5:27 GMT

    Australia are making a big mistake by not picking Callum Ferguson..... Inverarity is still confused about Steve Smith's ability....

  • POSTED BY KingofRedLions on | May 1, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    Never seen someone accuse of selector of not being good because he thinks too much. Amazing.

  • POSTED BY Cricket_Man on | May 1, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    Mitchell Marsh is an extremely talented cricketer. He bowls with good pace and can hit big sixes. He just needs apply himself properly.

  • POSTED BY Abbas67 on | May 1, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    They are a batsman short for sure, instead of coulter-nile, they should have gone for Finch, Ferguson, Birt or Blizzard

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2013, 4:29 GMT

    Yeh lets not pick anyone from the team that won the Ryobi cup.....

  • POSTED BY Davo234 on | May 1, 2013, 4:16 GMT

    @ Meety, good summary.. couldn't agree more

  • POSTED BY Sachit1979 on | May 1, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    Steve Smith would have been better choice then Mitch Marsh.

  • POSTED BY Deepakrio278 on | May 1, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    Dropping Steve smith is real bad.After all he is proving to be good across all formats he has played this season and still the selectors do not pick him.And O keefe is a better choice than Doherty.

  • POSTED BY goldeneraaus on | May 1, 2013, 3:49 GMT

    A lot of people commenting here are showing a bit of ignorance. Steve Smith is on the Aus A tour so is getting valuable FC experience, O'keefe has a DREADFUL domestic one day record (averages, 62!!), and Doherty while inept at test level has been pretty good in ODI's and a tournament is hardly a time to blood a young spinner, so not much else could be done there. Ferguson is extremely unlucky to not be here, and for some reason the selectors seem to have forgotton about him since his knee surgery, he has a very good record in ODI's and ODD's and could well be our Hussey for the future.

  • POSTED BY PFEL on | May 1, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    Why is Australia A tour more important than Champions trophy? Wouldn't you want your best team in the Champions trophy? I know I would

  • POSTED BY Mitty2 on | May 1, 2013, 3:30 GMT

    It was funny how all our complaints preceding the Indian tour about bit-part all rounders in the SL and WI ODI series' (before the indian squad was announced) were ignored and the allrounder selection in limited overs cricket was proved as a precedent for test selection.... And although inverarity has realized these mistakes with the ashes squad... He's still persisting in these players for ODI's.

    With the obvious knowledge of SOK and agar (not to mention Ahmed, zampa and holland) being far superior to Doherty in terms of ability in the longer format - and with the knowledge that ODI's aren't preferred and are used as a stepping stone - why can't we use them and finally give up on Doherty ?

    Maxwell hasn't performed in his ODI's and his ryobi record is mediocre. PLEASE get him out. Would appreciate MJ retiring and blooding mcdermott/sandhu. Happy with vogues, NCN and Faulkner though.

    The best XI (overall): hughes Watson Warner Clarke Bailey wade Faulkner starc cutting McKay o'keefe

  • POSTED BY Meety on | May 1, 2013, 3:22 GMT

    Interestingly a QLD newspaper says that Wade will be named VC.

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | May 1, 2013, 3:20 GMT

    A decent squad with a mixture of youth and experience. They should be able to give a good account of themselves.

  • POSTED BY Big_Maxy_Walker on | May 1, 2013, 2:59 GMT

    Doherty? Maxwell? There has gotta to be better than that. O'Keefe can replace Doherty, and Maxwell and his ego won't be needed. No Big Hoaxes please

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2013, 2:58 GMT

    Why do the selectors keep picking Doherty, he is clearly not good enough for international or state cricket and should not be in any team, and then they go and forget all about Steve Smith.. We need to adopt Shane Warne's plan.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | May 1, 2013, 2:34 GMT

    So IF I ruled the NSP - the team/squad I would select is 1. Warner, 2. Watson, 3. Hughes, 4. Clarke, 5. Wade (w/k), 6. Bailey, 7. Maxwell, 8. O'Keefe, 9. Starc, 10. Harris, 11. McKay 12th Johnson, 13th Voges, 14th Faulkner, 15th Marsh. My only concern is as to whether there are too many Left arm seamers in the squad. The top 4 would be the equal of any other ODI top 4. The seamers would have EASILY the best combined S/Rate of any other side in the world (YES - better than Steyn & Phillander & co). The middle order would have a whole lot of punch one way or another. The player most unlucky (IMO) would be Ferguson.

  • POSTED BY bleedingice on | May 1, 2013, 2:33 GMT

    idk y they would not consider Henriques? hes a really good all rounder, also steve smith, they deserve an opportunity ahead of Mitchell Marsh and Mitchell Johnson

  • POSTED BY Meety on | May 1, 2013, 2:26 GMT

    My only changes to the squad would be 1) Harris in for Coulter-Nile. Stat-wise - Harris has an alltime greatest S/R in ODIs. 2) I would go O'Keefe ahead of Doherty. I know SOK's List A stats are underwhelming, but under the assumption he performs well in 20/20s & FC cricket, he should be able to perform in ODIs & he is a better bat & fielder. Doherty isn't too bad, but I would like a bit more penetration than his stats suggest he has got. == == == Mitchell Marsh is a good selection, hopefully IF he stays fit (big IF), & IF he stays committed (bigger IF), this COULD be the making of him & he'll step up a notch. IMO - our top 4 select themselves, our 3 best pacers are an auto selection (appears I may be wrong re Harris), & Wade is nearly an auto choice (should bat @ #5). The middle 3 + the spinner is the hardest selections (the NSP will almost certainly select Doherty). At #5 I'd have Wade, #6 Bailey (with Voges close), & #7 is a battle between Marsh & Maxwell.

  • POSTED BY Heisenburg on | May 1, 2013, 2:25 GMT

    Good squad except Doherty, he needs to go for someone like O'Keefe, Lyon or Holland if he's come out of injury.

  • POSTED BY InsideHedge on | May 1, 2013, 1:47 GMT

    I thought the squad hasn't been officially announced. Aussies making a mistake excluding SHAUN Marsh. How does Phil Hughes make the squad? Clarke shouldn't be there either.

    And where's Steve Smith? Or even Brad Hodge? Beggars belief. The problem with Inverarity is that he *thinks* too much.

  • POSTED BY stickboy on | May 1, 2013, 1:47 GMT

    I think Mitch is and has been overrated for quite a while. His skills are great, but I think he will have the same fate as Steve Smith and Moises Henriques, who had the same degree of overratedness, which led to high expectations (and probably a big head - which is typical for a guy in their early 20's) and when they didn't do well they got dropped and lost confidence. Also, if he has the same sort of attitude as his brother, if he does have failures that don't match up to his high ratings, these will ultimately lead to criticism and hit him twice as hard. I ain't no psychologist, so hopefully I'm wrong, but I think Steve Smith whose matured quite a bit recently would be a far better option.

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2013, 1:46 GMT

    If this is the final squad, like the Ashes squad this is a good effort from the selectors. Only issue would be the continued selection of Doherty, what the selection continue to see in him as a player in any format i'll never know.

    AUS don't have a good ODI spinner who can be a wicket-taking threat of even be a good stock bowler since Hogg retired. Maxwell as the spin-bowling/all-rounder + Voges can roll over their arms in match & that will be enough.

    Doherty's place should have gone to Henriques or Ben Cutting.

  • POSTED BY Heisenburg on | May 1, 2013, 1:36 GMT

    Another great squad, good to see the selectors making good decisions for once.

  • POSTED BY Ozcricketwriter on | May 1, 2013, 1:35 GMT

    Good to see Mitch Marsh in the mix again. He is such a big talent. I feel he should be in the test squad too, but fair enough his FC results haven't shown that he is ready yet. Hopefully it won't be too far away though.

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2013, 1:32 GMT

    Good side. Hope they achieve a hat trick of wins!

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2013, 1:25 GMT

    Not a bad squad. With those players my team for the first game would be Watson, Warner, Hughes, Clarke, Bailey, (either Maxwell or Marsh, probably Marsh), Wade, Coulter-Nile, Johnson, McKay, Doherty. No room for Voges, Starc or Faulkner whom im a big fan of.

  • POSTED BY jeauxx on | May 1, 2013, 1:23 GMT

    Pretty good-looking squad.

    Warner Watson Hughes Clarke Bailey Maxwell/Marsh Wade Faulkner Starc McKay Doherty

    That's a very good batting line-up. Very good to see M Marsh in and getting his chance, his ODD stats are brilliant - although Maxwell may get his spot, as we already have three seamer all-rounders in Faulkner, Watson and Starc, and only one spinner.

    Not sure Coulter-Nile & Johnson both need to be there, they play very similar roles - the spot might have been better used for another specialist bat, someone who can open like Finch or Khawaja.

  • POSTED BY zeus_kris on | May 1, 2013, 1:22 GMT

    The batting department is weak. I would include Shaun Marsh in the squad.

  • POSTED BY nathangonmad on | May 1, 2013, 1:11 GMT

    So why did they hide their 30man squad? I assumed their would be a controversial pick, but it doesn't seem their is one.

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  • POSTED BY nathangonmad on | May 1, 2013, 1:11 GMT

    So why did they hide their 30man squad? I assumed their would be a controversial pick, but it doesn't seem their is one.

  • POSTED BY zeus_kris on | May 1, 2013, 1:22 GMT

    The batting department is weak. I would include Shaun Marsh in the squad.

  • POSTED BY jeauxx on | May 1, 2013, 1:23 GMT

    Pretty good-looking squad.

    Warner Watson Hughes Clarke Bailey Maxwell/Marsh Wade Faulkner Starc McKay Doherty

    That's a very good batting line-up. Very good to see M Marsh in and getting his chance, his ODD stats are brilliant - although Maxwell may get his spot, as we already have three seamer all-rounders in Faulkner, Watson and Starc, and only one spinner.

    Not sure Coulter-Nile & Johnson both need to be there, they play very similar roles - the spot might have been better used for another specialist bat, someone who can open like Finch or Khawaja.

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2013, 1:25 GMT

    Not a bad squad. With those players my team for the first game would be Watson, Warner, Hughes, Clarke, Bailey, (either Maxwell or Marsh, probably Marsh), Wade, Coulter-Nile, Johnson, McKay, Doherty. No room for Voges, Starc or Faulkner whom im a big fan of.

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2013, 1:32 GMT

    Good side. Hope they achieve a hat trick of wins!

  • POSTED BY Ozcricketwriter on | May 1, 2013, 1:35 GMT

    Good to see Mitch Marsh in the mix again. He is such a big talent. I feel he should be in the test squad too, but fair enough his FC results haven't shown that he is ready yet. Hopefully it won't be too far away though.

  • POSTED BY Heisenburg on | May 1, 2013, 1:36 GMT

    Another great squad, good to see the selectors making good decisions for once.

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2013, 1:46 GMT

    If this is the final squad, like the Ashes squad this is a good effort from the selectors. Only issue would be the continued selection of Doherty, what the selection continue to see in him as a player in any format i'll never know.

    AUS don't have a good ODI spinner who can be a wicket-taking threat of even be a good stock bowler since Hogg retired. Maxwell as the spin-bowling/all-rounder + Voges can roll over their arms in match & that will be enough.

    Doherty's place should have gone to Henriques or Ben Cutting.

  • POSTED BY stickboy on | May 1, 2013, 1:47 GMT

    I think Mitch is and has been overrated for quite a while. His skills are great, but I think he will have the same fate as Steve Smith and Moises Henriques, who had the same degree of overratedness, which led to high expectations (and probably a big head - which is typical for a guy in their early 20's) and when they didn't do well they got dropped and lost confidence. Also, if he has the same sort of attitude as his brother, if he does have failures that don't match up to his high ratings, these will ultimately lead to criticism and hit him twice as hard. I ain't no psychologist, so hopefully I'm wrong, but I think Steve Smith whose matured quite a bit recently would be a far better option.

  • POSTED BY InsideHedge on | May 1, 2013, 1:47 GMT

    I thought the squad hasn't been officially announced. Aussies making a mistake excluding SHAUN Marsh. How does Phil Hughes make the squad? Clarke shouldn't be there either.

    And where's Steve Smith? Or even Brad Hodge? Beggars belief. The problem with Inverarity is that he *thinks* too much.