ICC World Twenty20 2012 August 16, 2012

Maxwell and Hogg in World Twenty20 squad

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Australia's selectors have sprung no surprises with the squad for the ICC World Twenty20, naming the same 15 men they chose for the T20s against Pakistan in the UAE. The offspinning allrounder Glenn Maxwell is the only uncapped member of the squad, which also includes the 41-year-old spinner Brad Hogg, who originally retired from international cricket four years ago, before storming back into contention through the Big Bash League last summer.

They will form a three-man spin contingent along with Xavier Doherty, while the pace duties will be shared by Pat Cummins, Clint McKay, Ben Hilfenhaus and Mitchell Starc, along with the allrounders Daniel Christian and Shane Watson. Cameron White has been included after losing his place in the side and the national captaincy in January and will be one of several middle-order choices, along with David Hussey, Michael Hussey and the skipper George Bailey.

Matthew Wade will be Australia's gloveman for the tournament - Brad Haddin retired from T20 internationals last September - and will also be an important batsman who can play in a variety of positions. There was no room for Mitchell Marsh, Ryan Harris, Aaron Finch, Mitchell Johnson, Steve Smith or a number of other fringe T20 men who were part of the 30-man preliminary squad, although that was not surprising as the selectors showed their hand last month when they named the 15 for the UAE series.

Australia's Twenty20 players have three matches against Pakistan in Dubai on September 5, 7 and 10, before the fly to Sri Lanka for some warm-up matches ahead of the World T20. They have been grouped with West Indies and Ireland in the first stage of the tournament, with their first match against Ireland on September 19 in Colombo.

"A real strength of the squad is its flexibility and versatility," the national selector John Inverarity said. "It's a well-balanced side that will provide the captain, George Bailey, with plenty of options in both the batting line-up and bowling possibilities.

"The seam bowling has depth with Clint McKay, Pat Cummins, Ben Hilfenhaus and Mitch Starc along with all-rounders Shane Watson and Dan Christian, and to a lesser extent Michael Hussey, who could be useful for an occasional over or two. Similarly there is depth in the spin bowling department with Brad Hogg, Xavier Doherty and also allrounders Glenn Maxwell and David Hussey. You can then add to that the possibility of the wrist spin of Cameron White and David Warner.

"There is a great deal of explosive strike power in the batting line-up that could see Matthew Wade at six, Cameron White at seven and either Dan Christian or Glenn Maxwell at eight. There is also a good blend of left and right handers with David Warner, Michael Hussey and Wade likely to be in the top seven.

"The ICC World Twenty20 promises to be a very exciting event as T20 cricket is so unpredictable. Our squad will be well prepared and we look forward to them playing some outstanding cricket and acquitting themselves especially well."

Australia squad David Warner, Shane Watson, Matthew Wade (wk), David Hussey, Michael Hussey, George Bailey (capt), Cameron White, Daniel Christian, Glenn Maxwell, Brad Hogg, Xavier Doherty, Clint McKay, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Ben Hilfenhaus.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • POSTED BY on | August 18, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    @ZB. Here's a nice stat, Dave Hussey averages 4 in Asian T20I's. I'd still pick him though, because I think he stands a chance. When it comes to White and Bailey I think they'll be doing their best just to try and stand up at the deep end of the swimming pool, whereas Clarke may just be able to swim. Do you really think White can hack it coming in with the score at 5-50 with Ajmal and Afridi twirling away? There's enough firepower with Wade, Warner and Watson. There needs to be some quality too, sure there is Mike Hussey, but that's about it. This was so thoroughly evident against SL last year in SL, did you watch those matches? Couldn't care less for stats, especially those built upon the BBL and IPL circuses. Moreover, i'll say it again, he'd also bring a few handy overs and has more tactical nous than any other international captain, by some margin.

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | August 18, 2012, 1:56 GMT

    @Jono Makim... Like others you fall to the assumption that Test & ODI cricket are the same as T20... Wrong & try to answer my T20 20/20 questions & replies if you can!... Clarke has played 20/20 T20 for 8 years & his stats haven't improved - his bowling is average in that format so only his batting can be a selection point - he was both the lowest scorer & slowest s.r. when he played in the Oz team - why do you think he quit?... He wouldn't make an Aust A T20 team... Clarke has 1 match experience playing T20's on the subcontinent & his only recent form was in the IPL where again he under achieved as my previous post showed up... Last T20 WC, Clarke averaged @15.3 batting & @53 bowling playing in similar subcont conditions - yeah, just what we need...

  • POSTED BY on | August 17, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    @Zenbomerang, where do i get this 'stuff'? Simply by actually watching the cricket. Last year when Australia played in Sri Lanka the T20 middle order batting was absolutely clueless. Ajantha Mendis actually took 6 wickets in one match. Australia lost 2-0. Come the ODI's Michael Clarke, man of the series, Australia take the series. He can bat on those tracks and plays spin exceptionally well. He bowled far better than Hussey and Doherty in the recent series in England. If Jaques Kallis can master T20 cricket, so can Michael Clarke. End of the day though, he's not going, simple as that. I think the Aussie middle order will get their pants pulled down against the likes of Narine, Afridi, Ajmal, Mendis and company. Only Michael Hussey can save them.

  • POSTED BY jasonpete on | August 17, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    @kiwirocker, Pakistan a team with flair and x factor? LOL. I can agree with WI though.You forgot to mention except the UAE England series win,Pakistan failed 9-0 against aus in 2009 including tests,Odis and one t20 whitewash,If you talk about ICC fair then Pakistan test status Should have been revoked by that time.Cpt.meanster said India is a better team currently compared to Pakistan.At the moment Pakistan losing to india recently in Odis like world cup ,Asia cup and you carry on with your history.good fir you.Apart from UAE win,Pakistan lost to srilanka both test and Odis and I don't see them winning outside UAE like earlier.Just by winning one England series in UAE, you think Pakistan is better team than anyone.HILARIOUS.Good luck Australia.

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | August 17, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    @Jono Makim :- "He [Clarke] is also a better bowler than Dussey"... Where do you find all these things?... David Hussey is a superior T20 bowler & batter - Huss batting av@25, s.r.@122; bowling av@19, econ @6.34, s.r.@18... Clarke batting av@21, s.r.@103; bowling av@37, econ @8.65, s.r.@26... No way can Clarke push Huss out of the team atm... Bailey is a league ahead of Clarke as a batsman in T20's - batting@30, s.r.@120... Remember Clarkes IPL successes this year?... Batting aver@16, s.r.@105 & sub-par bowling - if anything Clarkes stats even out over T20, 20/20 & IPL & over time... Clarke in T20's is like Forrest in ODI's...

  • POSTED BY KiwiRocker- on | August 17, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    Cpt.Meanster- You are right to say that I support Pakistan. I actually support teams with flair and X factor and only Pakistan and West Indies has that. They are unpredictable and extraordinary on their days. India is sure a super power that lost 15-0 in Australia and England. I mean when was last time any test playing nation did that? If ICC was fair then India's test status would have been revoked by now. India is better than Pakistan? Look at 60 odd years cricket history between these two arch rivals and you would realise that Pakistan always had an upper hand. India's so called God of cricket most rated batsman of world Tendulya has a miserable low 30's average against Pakistan! Meety: I am not little and Australia is ranked 9th in World T20 cricket? How does that feel? All Blacks in Four nations? Easy! Its a piece of cake for mighty All Blacks..Australia even with a Kiwi coach can not win against All blacks..New Zealand also ashamed Australia in olympics :)

  • POSTED BY Meety on | August 16, 2012, 23:59 GMT

    @Jono Makim - Pup (or for that matter anyone), bating @ #7 in the order, will on average face less than 9 balls (I think the last W/Cup average was 7 balls). So whether it's Bailey or Clarke (my preference too), the net difference will be on stat-trends less than THREE runs, & given Clarke's spin bowling option is tidy & can take wickets, I'd of loved that to have been an option. In the end, I hope it means he (Pup) is well rested ahead of another busy 12mths!

  • POSTED BY warneneverchuck on | August 16, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    Aus wil kick out Pak easily

  • POSTED BY jasonpete on | August 16, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    Australian team looks very solid under hussey brothers,but I am not sure about the captain bailey.@ cpt.meanster, kiwirocker indeed is a big time troll.He just post only to bad mouth tendulkar and Indian team and of course praise his Pakistan team.He forgot Pakistan lost both TEST and ODI series to srilanka under subcontinent condition with the best bowlers he mentioned.Even the indians chased 323 runs against this Pakistan attack in Asia cup and won the odi series against SL with their third rated bowlers.finally All just talk without substance.Australia can win the series if they play confidently against pak spinners as Pakistan batting is third rated against the likes of Clarke,hussey brothers.

  • POSTED BY on | August 16, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    good selection matches will be played on slow and low pitches so this group look likes a stable one. the out come will be seen against Pakistan, i hope Pakistan will outclass them. Insha ALLAH

  • POSTED BY on | August 18, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    @ZB. Here's a nice stat, Dave Hussey averages 4 in Asian T20I's. I'd still pick him though, because I think he stands a chance. When it comes to White and Bailey I think they'll be doing their best just to try and stand up at the deep end of the swimming pool, whereas Clarke may just be able to swim. Do you really think White can hack it coming in with the score at 5-50 with Ajmal and Afridi twirling away? There's enough firepower with Wade, Warner and Watson. There needs to be some quality too, sure there is Mike Hussey, but that's about it. This was so thoroughly evident against SL last year in SL, did you watch those matches? Couldn't care less for stats, especially those built upon the BBL and IPL circuses. Moreover, i'll say it again, he'd also bring a few handy overs and has more tactical nous than any other international captain, by some margin.

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | August 18, 2012, 1:56 GMT

    @Jono Makim... Like others you fall to the assumption that Test & ODI cricket are the same as T20... Wrong & try to answer my T20 20/20 questions & replies if you can!... Clarke has played 20/20 T20 for 8 years & his stats haven't improved - his bowling is average in that format so only his batting can be a selection point - he was both the lowest scorer & slowest s.r. when he played in the Oz team - why do you think he quit?... He wouldn't make an Aust A T20 team... Clarke has 1 match experience playing T20's on the subcontinent & his only recent form was in the IPL where again he under achieved as my previous post showed up... Last T20 WC, Clarke averaged @15.3 batting & @53 bowling playing in similar subcont conditions - yeah, just what we need...

  • POSTED BY on | August 17, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    @Zenbomerang, where do i get this 'stuff'? Simply by actually watching the cricket. Last year when Australia played in Sri Lanka the T20 middle order batting was absolutely clueless. Ajantha Mendis actually took 6 wickets in one match. Australia lost 2-0. Come the ODI's Michael Clarke, man of the series, Australia take the series. He can bat on those tracks and plays spin exceptionally well. He bowled far better than Hussey and Doherty in the recent series in England. If Jaques Kallis can master T20 cricket, so can Michael Clarke. End of the day though, he's not going, simple as that. I think the Aussie middle order will get their pants pulled down against the likes of Narine, Afridi, Ajmal, Mendis and company. Only Michael Hussey can save them.

  • POSTED BY jasonpete on | August 17, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    @kiwirocker, Pakistan a team with flair and x factor? LOL. I can agree with WI though.You forgot to mention except the UAE England series win,Pakistan failed 9-0 against aus in 2009 including tests,Odis and one t20 whitewash,If you talk about ICC fair then Pakistan test status Should have been revoked by that time.Cpt.meanster said India is a better team currently compared to Pakistan.At the moment Pakistan losing to india recently in Odis like world cup ,Asia cup and you carry on with your history.good fir you.Apart from UAE win,Pakistan lost to srilanka both test and Odis and I don't see them winning outside UAE like earlier.Just by winning one England series in UAE, you think Pakistan is better team than anyone.HILARIOUS.Good luck Australia.

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | August 17, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    @Jono Makim :- "He [Clarke] is also a better bowler than Dussey"... Where do you find all these things?... David Hussey is a superior T20 bowler & batter - Huss batting av@25, s.r.@122; bowling av@19, econ @6.34, s.r.@18... Clarke batting av@21, s.r.@103; bowling av@37, econ @8.65, s.r.@26... No way can Clarke push Huss out of the team atm... Bailey is a league ahead of Clarke as a batsman in T20's - batting@30, s.r.@120... Remember Clarkes IPL successes this year?... Batting aver@16, s.r.@105 & sub-par bowling - if anything Clarkes stats even out over T20, 20/20 & IPL & over time... Clarke in T20's is like Forrest in ODI's...

  • POSTED BY KiwiRocker- on | August 17, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    Cpt.Meanster- You are right to say that I support Pakistan. I actually support teams with flair and X factor and only Pakistan and West Indies has that. They are unpredictable and extraordinary on their days. India is sure a super power that lost 15-0 in Australia and England. I mean when was last time any test playing nation did that? If ICC was fair then India's test status would have been revoked by now. India is better than Pakistan? Look at 60 odd years cricket history between these two arch rivals and you would realise that Pakistan always had an upper hand. India's so called God of cricket most rated batsman of world Tendulya has a miserable low 30's average against Pakistan! Meety: I am not little and Australia is ranked 9th in World T20 cricket? How does that feel? All Blacks in Four nations? Easy! Its a piece of cake for mighty All Blacks..Australia even with a Kiwi coach can not win against All blacks..New Zealand also ashamed Australia in olympics :)

  • POSTED BY Meety on | August 16, 2012, 23:59 GMT

    @Jono Makim - Pup (or for that matter anyone), bating @ #7 in the order, will on average face less than 9 balls (I think the last W/Cup average was 7 balls). So whether it's Bailey or Clarke (my preference too), the net difference will be on stat-trends less than THREE runs, & given Clarke's spin bowling option is tidy & can take wickets, I'd of loved that to have been an option. In the end, I hope it means he (Pup) is well rested ahead of another busy 12mths!

  • POSTED BY warneneverchuck on | August 16, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    Aus wil kick out Pak easily

  • POSTED BY jasonpete on | August 16, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    Australian team looks very solid under hussey brothers,but I am not sure about the captain bailey.@ cpt.meanster, kiwirocker indeed is a big time troll.He just post only to bad mouth tendulkar and Indian team and of course praise his Pakistan team.He forgot Pakistan lost both TEST and ODI series to srilanka under subcontinent condition with the best bowlers he mentioned.Even the indians chased 323 runs against this Pakistan attack in Asia cup and won the odi series against SL with their third rated bowlers.finally All just talk without substance.Australia can win the series if they play confidently against pak spinners as Pakistan batting is third rated against the likes of Clarke,hussey brothers.

  • POSTED BY on | August 16, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    good selection matches will be played on slow and low pitches so this group look likes a stable one. the out come will be seen against Pakistan, i hope Pakistan will outclass them. Insha ALLAH

  • POSTED BY on | August 16, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    Good selection!New Era starting for them.

  • POSTED BY on | August 16, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    no shaun tait?,he is specialist t20 bowler in sub con condition..with reverse swing,no bowler in this t20 wc who can ball 140+ and struggle the batsmen.

    this squad has some big bash stars ,they are good in there conditions ,also pakisthan,india,srilanka west indies played well in subcon t20's

    bigbash stars dosnt no how to play with sub con stars.tait is da best australian bowler in ipl 2012,also last t20 wc,

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | August 16, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    @Jono Makim :- " he's clearly a much better cricketer now"... Hope you don't mind me disagreeing :) ... Clarkes highest T20 scores were in 2006 & 2008 with 37's... He hasn't scored over 30 in 30 mths... In 34 matches he has managed just 6 wkts at an average of 37.5 & economy @8.65 & has just 1 wkt bowling in the last 3 years... At 31y.o. he has passed his peak & with his physical problems he must focus on Test cricket or risk an earlier than needed retirement - though he did fall for the IPL money grab :P ... Leave him in Tests like Harris & Siddle - then we may get back a decent Test ranking...

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | August 16, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    @KiwiRocker: HAH ! What a big troll you are ?!!! Again a non-sense comment about Indian cricketers. Won't you people stop so that you can avoid a non-stop barrage of Indian retaliation on these boards ? Contrary to your name, it's very clear you are a Pakistani supporter. For your information, Indians are BETTER than Pakistan currently in world cricket. If Indians have 3rd rated bowlers then why do some of these 'stars' from Australia and other countries struggle against them ? Your comment lacks total logic. All I see is misplaced jealousy and hate towards the IPL and India's stature as a super power in cricket politics.

  • POSTED BY Sthilanka on | August 16, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    baghels.a :ipl is certainly not the best domestic t-20 tournament.big bash league is way far better than ipl.and for me both aus and pak teams have better teams .but pak will win 3 match t20 series because they have better spinners for UAE

  • POSTED BY on | August 16, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    @Zenboomerang. I simply can't agree with your assessment on Clarke. He is a class above Bailey as a batsmen and, crucially, one of Australia's best players of spin. The period he played the few T20's he did was not the best period in his career and he's clearly a much better cricketer now. He is also a better bowler than Dussey and probably Doherty too.

  • POSTED BY on | August 16, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    This is a AUSSIE "A" team. Whrz de the Original Australian team for the T20 matches ??? Except Warner, Watson & the Hussey brothers, none have shined on the Subcontinental wickets. Aussie selection panel is becoming like the Indian Selection Jokers. Ignoring the facts to some hardcore idiocy. C'mon mate, this is the world T20 and you should have a strong side. You just cant send this team to win you a world cup.....

  • POSTED BY on | August 16, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    glenn maxwell vry gud selection........why hogg.........give chances to young boy's.....only way they will get better

  • POSTED BY on | August 16, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    guys u dont understand the stratagy of cricket.comeron white @7 HUH .THE ULTIMATE BLUNDER.that gu performs gud when he ia up the order n that too ocasionally and @ 7 he will b a blunder.i think smith should have been in side for white.n bollinger too havent performed poor so he should b in the side.

  • POSTED BY on | August 16, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    Camreron white...what a waste...heard that he started as leg spinner...now neither a bowler nor a batsman.Hodge or marsh would have better prospect.

  • POSTED BY baghels.a on | August 16, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    @KiwiRocker,mate you better stick to rugby and All Blacks because quite clearely you don't know your cricket !! IPL is the best domestic t-20 tournament in the world and some of the best batsmen of your team like Taylor,McCullum and Ryder,Franklin struggled to get going against these third rated bowlers.Aussie team even with all it's questionable selections is stronger than this PAK side,who the hell apart from Imran Nazir and may be Umar Akmal has ability to hit sixes and a strike-rate over 100 ?? finally what do you think are the chances of All Blacks in 4 Nations tournament starting shortly....

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | August 16, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    @Jono Makim... Clarke is not even closely comparable to Bailey as a batsman in T20's & his bowling isn't nearly as good as David Hussey, so he would be competing with Hussey, Watson, Christian... Clarke average @21 s.r.103 batting would just unbalance the team - Bailey @30 & s.r. @120... Watched many of Clarkes T20 innings & he never looks comfortable...

  • POSTED BY veerakannadiga on | August 16, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    looks a balanced side, although like many others, I feel S.Marsh,S.Smith & Bollinger should have been selected.And yes, Watto shud lead the side. All said & done,I still feel WI will win the WC.

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | August 16, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    @RyanHarrisGreatCricketer :- "Christian ahead of Marsh?"... If you want a half decent bowler, then yes - Christian T20 average @18.8 with s.r. @12.7 to Marsh's aver @41 & s.r. @30... If anything, Marsh is competing for David Hussey's position which would be a joke as spinners will be at a premium in UAE & SL, let alone his lack of experience... Also Marsh has to show some commitment to cricket before he returns to national selection after his poor attitude to training...

  • POSTED BY on | August 16, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    i feel the aus selectors have given a sound thought while selecting the final 15....the final cut is the best of the 30(though steven smith should have been included)....good selection from the available resources

  • POSTED BY mohammedafif36 on | August 16, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    well !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WERE ARE THEE GOOOODD PLAYERS ?????

  • POSTED BY KiwiRocker- on | August 16, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    Australian selection speaks of desperation...An unknown average captain..half fit fast bowlers and average batsmen. This is not IPL with Indian third rated bowlers. You are playing against a Pakistani team that thrashed England 3-0 in test series with their spin attack. You are playing against best spin bowler in world ( Ajmal) and one of the finest new fast bowler's Junaid Khan...Needless to mention that Pakistan posesses one of best T20 all rounders of all time Shahhid Afridi. Australian selectors have made a blunder! Cameron White is a walking wicket against likes of Hafeez..Afridi and Ajmal. Pakistan Just needs to get Watson and Hussey and rest of Australian batting is as good as Indian bowling...In the bowling department where is Ryan Harris who has fine record against Pakistan. Starc, Cumminhs etc are a bread and butter for Pakistani batsmen on UAE wickets. They blunted Dale Steyn recently. Australian needed a genuine swing bowler like Harris! and worse Shaun Marsh should be IN!

  • POSTED BY on | August 16, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    pak team will be strong than Auses

  • POSTED BY Tabiee1 on | August 16, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    awwww... its bad... where is travis brit...? klinger..? daniel harris..? hodge....? finch...? mittchel marsh...? aiden bllizard...? calum ferguson...? ab macdonald..? MC henriques...? rob quieny...? bollinger..?

  • POSTED BY Ozcricketwriter on | August 16, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    Glenn Maxwell will get his debut against Pakistan and immediately back up for the World T20. If he fails, there is no wriggle room, as we are stuck with him. What a risk! For someone with a very ordinary domestic record, to name them on a hunch and then put them in the World T20 without playing a single match is either sheer genius or sheer stupidity. Time will tell which it is. Personally, I would have picked Mitch Marsh. I also would have put Steve Smith in the side as he is in mammoth form.

    My XI would be: Warner, Watson, White, D Hussey, M Hussey, Wade, Christian, Hogg, McKay, Starc, Hilfenhaus.

  • POSTED BY popcorn on | August 16, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    This is a superb Side. Very thoughtfully chosen. I am certain we will win the T20 World Cup this time.

  • POSTED BY Sk_Lee on | August 16, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    Hi... This is good one for australia but big hitter no one in the squad...where is travis birit .... he is brilliant player for t2o format..........

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | August 16, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    hoggy will dominate and australia will win and hollywood will call and make the most inspirational film in cinema history. i cant believe though that they are selecting warriors players. marsh brothers and NCN should be no brainers.

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | August 16, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    no mitch marsh i cant get my head around that insanity hes he best allrounder in the world after watson and one of the biggest hitters of the cricket ball ive ever seen. they should still win but my god how can they leave marsh out

  • POSTED BY PrasPunter on | August 16, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    would a t20 tournament really matter ? Would it match the excitement created by an Aus SA or Aus Eng test-series clash ? I pretty much doubt it ! Need not really be taken seriously. Hope the Aus players don't get injured before the real serious stuff against SA come Nov ! Who cares about t20 !!!

  • POSTED BY Aussie_nrz on | August 16, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    My playing 11 will be: David Warner, Shane Watson, Michael Hussey, George Bailey (capt), David Hussey, Matthew Wade (wk), Cameron White, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Clint McKay, Brad Hogg

  • POSTED BY on | August 16, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    @Meety, not sure if I agree about leaving Hoggy out when the bowling is getting carted. I'm expecting him to be the one man that doesn't get belted............ Like others i'm not convinced about Bailey, i'd much prefer Clarke as he could bowl a couple of good overs too, Clarke was found out a little initially as a T20 player but I believe he could be as valuable as anyone if playing as an allrounder. I'm expecting Australia to put in a decent showing here, but that depends heavily on the team that takes to the field. If we somehow see a middle order of Dussey, Bailey and White than I don't like our chances.

  • POSTED BY on | August 16, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    Whatever team AUS pick... I dont see them as a contender in SLankn conditions... Even the defending champs ENG dont satnd any chance... As per me PAK is the hot favorite.

  • POSTED BY on | August 16, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    If England takes KP back into its team, Australia could consider recalling Symonds! But, hope not! In fact, will not! Why? Because Australia is not England.

  • POSTED BY whitesXI on | August 16, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    @RandyOz - seriously mate will you not look up their international records?!!! Fine here they are: White - t20 ave 31.6 S/R 139.51 (3 50's) in 28 innings ODI's ave 35.12 S/R 80.48 (2 100's 11 50's) in 75 innings (Aus' highest run scorer in 2010) Smith - t20 ave 15.00 S/R 108.55 (0 50's) in 15 innings ODI's ave 21.88 S/R 87.11 (0 100's, 0 50's) in 21 innings In NO way is S Smith a better player than White ATM. I'm sure that if the selectors wise-up, use him properly and give him time to mature before rushing him back into the Aus team (all indications they are doing this *applause*) then Smith will be a player of the future, but get over whatever biases you have and look at the facts

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | August 16, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    @whitesXI - you're not STILL going on about White are you? Wake up mate, White has and always will be an utter failure at international level. Steve Smith has more credentials. White is one of the least deserving players to put on the green and gold in our history!

  • POSTED BY al_coholic on | August 16, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    hmm, pattinson, harris, siddle, johnson, nannes and tait able to swing it at 140+ (ok maybe not mitch) aus has a mckay in the squad ? whatup, johnny-i, a commitment to mediocrity ?

  • POSTED BY xrocks on | August 16, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    Where's Steve Smith? He really played well in the IPL n much better than White...

  • POSTED BY al_coholic on | August 16, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    Mckay over Harris ? Really ? Bring back Trevor Hohns !

  • POSTED BY on | August 16, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    my aus xi would be;warner,watson,david hussey,white,mike hussey,george bailey,wade,maxwell,pat cummins,ben hilfy,brad hogg.

  • POSTED BY on | August 16, 2012, 5:28 GMT

    Starting XI for me would be: Wade, Warner, Watson, M.Hussey, White, D.Hussey, Bailey, McKay, Hogg, Doherty, Cummins. Looks a strong team - but omitting Lyon and Pattinson from the squad is still surprising

  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | August 16, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    Just one question!! Where is your reserve keeper?? I dont see any of them keeping wickets if needed, may be warner??

  • POSTED BY straight_drive4 on | August 16, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    @okakaboka - if any team puts a man at cow corner, where will maxwell hit? thats as far as his shots go.... he only has the "agricultural close your eyes and swing"

  • POSTED BY Naren on | August 16, 2012, 4:52 GMT

    Had they made Shane Watson the captain the team combination could have been easier. Now Bailey will play every match and that will affect the balance of the side. I would not put him in the Best XI. See if he proves me wrong.

  • POSTED BY bobagorof on | August 16, 2012, 4:49 GMT

    "You can then add to that the possibility of the wrist spin of Cameron White " - Ha! He's bowled in 31 of his 128 Twenty20's. If Australia have to call on him when they have Hogg and Hussey in the side, something has gone seriously wrong.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | August 16, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    Not a convincing team by any means. I cannot help but feel they could struggle in SL conditions. A few of them have played in the IPL so that could come handy. But the most likeliest team to lift the T20 world cup 2012 could be an Asian one given the conditions.

  • POSTED BY zdrgn on | August 16, 2012, 4:10 GMT

    this team looks better than the previous t-20 team of last t-20 world cup. the pitch of srilanka is good for spinners so a very balanced spin department is chosen. the weak link of the team is captain bailey himself( like previous t-20 captain clarke).if this team can play upto their potential, they can win it.

  • POSTED BY on | August 16, 2012, 4:08 GMT

    Bits and pieces Steve Smith is finally gone. Mcdonald would have been better than Hilfenhaus.

  • POSTED BY RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on | August 16, 2012, 4:00 GMT

    Ridiculous squad, just like many more under overrated inverarity's chairmanship:

    Hilfenhaus and Starc??????????????? very good test bowlers , but the two worst death bowlers i have seen!!!!!! Christian ahead of Marsh??????? And bailey would not walk in the team given the way he bats , even if he led like mike brearley!

    This should have beeen ideal xi: Watson, Warner, Finch, Mike Hussey, Dave Hussey, Matt Wade, Mitch Marsh, Cam White, Ryan Harris, Brad Hogg and Nathan Lyon/Pat Cummins. Reserves: Faulkner, Smith and Nevill

  • POSTED BY on | August 16, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    The only real problem here is our specialist captain soaking up valuable batting overs.

  • POSTED BY theswami on | August 16, 2012, 3:50 GMT

    a problem of aplenty : Warner, Watson, Bailey, D.Hussey, M.Hussey, Wade, White, Christian, Maxwell, Hilfenhaus, Cummins 12th man: Hogg

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | August 16, 2012, 3:46 GMT

    Our captain seems to be our weakest link. I bet the selectors wish they stuck with White now. One day Australia may take T20I seriously....

  • POSTED BY derpherp on | August 16, 2012, 3:31 GMT

    HOGGGGYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY QingdaoXI on | August 16, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    IF a player with class of Mike Huss is in team than why on earth Australia named a captain called Bailey, actually if Australia plays best XI, it will hard for bailey to fins a place in team.Best xi: Wade, Warner, Watson, White, D. Huss, M,Huss, Christian, Maxwell, Hogg (Doherty), Mckay (Cummins), Hilfenhaus (Starc). But Bailey can play as replacment player for middle order not in actual middle order. He is good batsmen but other are better than him in this format. Actualy Australia needed Shaun Marsh(Easily adapts this condition), M.Marsh(Young Fast-bowliing allrounder), Nannes (T-20 Speacialist), Harris (Best Australian Bowler at the moment) and Smith(Promising allrounder with energetic fielding). So Hilf, Mckay, Bailey, Christian should have drop for aove mention players

  • POSTED BY Meety on | August 16, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    OK, assuming the 15 selected, & assuming Bailey is automatically playing as captain, my prime starting XI would be 1. Warner, 2. Watson, 3. Wade, 4. DHussey, 5. MHussey, 6. Maxwell, 7. Bailey, 8. Cummins, 9. McKay, 10. Hogg, 11. Doherty - 12th Christian. If as could be the case all bowlers are getting carted (meaning all teams), I'd drop Cummins & Hogg & bring in Christian & White for a batsmen heavy slogfest. I read somewhere that the average occupation at the crease of a #7 batsmen in T20s is about 7 balls, that would make Bailey almost a specialist captain. I commented back when Pup UNretired from T20s, that I'd have him captain the team @ #7. Really Bailey @ #7 is interchangeable with White IMO!

  • POSTED BY whitesXI on | August 16, 2012, 3:14 GMT

    @EastAttack and @Naren - Can you explain why S Smith would be a better option than White given the way White has played in IPL and to a lesser extent the England t20 this year. More than that do me a favour and look up their respective t20 batting records and compare. I agree that S Smith has been greatly misused by national selectors and often his on-field captain, but White is definitely a better choice for the upcoming world t20

  • POSTED BY Meety on | August 16, 2012, 3:10 GMT

    No real surprises as the heading says, as on the other article, not convinced Bailey is the man, but good luck to him. Also - wasn't completely convinced that Hilfy should of been included, as I'd prefer him set aside (like Siddle) for Tests. In terms of T20-League form, Finch is probably the most unluckiest player to miss out. == == == In terms of what is the best XI out of the squad, it would really depend on what the pitches in SL will offer. The biggest ?-mark I have is, how confident would we be about Christian being able to bowl 2 to 4 quality overs. If it is low, I'd probably select an extra seamer, (2 + Watto), if high, I'd consider only selecting one specialist seamer (McKay). I think McKay has to be the #1 pacer selected for 2 reasons 1) His form warrants it, 2) He is not express pace & so won't get "edged for 6" like a Lee would/could. If I picked a 2nd pacer, I'd prefer Cummins, primarily because he does the opposite of what McKay does (Starc Lefties would be good)!

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | August 16, 2012, 3:10 GMT

    Would have preferred Finch and McDonald in the squad.. However, the squad has all bases covered.. Good luck Aussies..

  • POSTED BY the_flying_squad on | August 16, 2012, 3:08 GMT

    Good squad. We desperately needed the firepower that's been added in White and Maxwell. Hilf bowled well in the IPL this year and Starc was the best bowler in the english T20 comp just recently. Would prefer M Marsh to Christian however, as I believe he is the future of cricket in Australia. S Marsh is a very good T20 player too and is proven in the sub-continent.

  • POSTED BY on | August 16, 2012, 2:52 GMT

    Disappointing squad. Mtichell Marsh, Dirk Nannes, Ryan Harris and Aaron Finch should be in instead of Bailey, Doherty, Starc and Hilfenhaus.

    Bailey will fail with the bat as a T20 captain just like how Clarke did.

    Expecting the West Indies hammer this team when they meet in group stages.

  • POSTED BY Engr.Ikramullah on | August 16, 2012, 2:51 GMT

    Great team selection, especially looking at the Sri-lankan conditions.Australia is now one of the hot favorite for the cup, provided that their batting clicks on the spinning pitches.

  • POSTED BY vrn59 on | August 16, 2012, 2:45 GMT

    Good squad; I've always liked John Inverarity's selections though I would have considered Ryan Harris. Although I consider Mitchell Johnson to be a great bowler on his day, I support his exclusion due to inconsistency and poor form.

    My AUS XI: David Warner, Shane Watson, Matthew Wade (wk), Michael Hussey, David Hussey, George Bailey (C), Glenn Maxwell / Daniel Christian (based on conditions although I'd personally pick Maxwell), Brad Hogg, Ben Hilfenhaus, Clint McKay, Xavier Doherty.

    The batting lineup is great with an explosive top three, experience in the middle order and a reasonably strong tail. Bowling looks good too, with a lot of all-round options to complement the four frontline bowlers. Bailey is also reputed to be a good captain! This team will be worth watching out for in the World T20!

  • POSTED BY Okakaboka on | August 16, 2012, 2:27 GMT

    McDonald would have been a way better option than Hilfy or Christian. Better bat and T20 bowler.....even a better option than the over hyped breakable Watson.

  • POSTED BY Naren on | August 16, 2012, 2:24 GMT

    Steve Smith played some great cameo's in the IPL. Not sure why he is not selected. He would definitely be better than White. Bailey is the weakest player in this T20 team. He always found it difficult to force the pace. Clarke himself would have been better in that case.

  • POSTED BY EastAttack on | August 16, 2012, 2:20 GMT

    Steve Smith would have been better than Maxwell...while Cameron White is lucky to be there...prefer to give Marsh or Maddinson a go.

  • POSTED BY gagans11 on | August 16, 2012, 2:16 GMT

    lol....get Warne, Hayden out of retirement as well........Aus going backward

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  • POSTED BY gagans11 on | August 16, 2012, 2:16 GMT

    lol....get Warne, Hayden out of retirement as well........Aus going backward

  • POSTED BY EastAttack on | August 16, 2012, 2:20 GMT

    Steve Smith would have been better than Maxwell...while Cameron White is lucky to be there...prefer to give Marsh or Maddinson a go.

  • POSTED BY Naren on | August 16, 2012, 2:24 GMT

    Steve Smith played some great cameo's in the IPL. Not sure why he is not selected. He would definitely be better than White. Bailey is the weakest player in this T20 team. He always found it difficult to force the pace. Clarke himself would have been better in that case.

  • POSTED BY Okakaboka on | August 16, 2012, 2:27 GMT

    McDonald would have been a way better option than Hilfy or Christian. Better bat and T20 bowler.....even a better option than the over hyped breakable Watson.

  • POSTED BY vrn59 on | August 16, 2012, 2:45 GMT

    Good squad; I've always liked John Inverarity's selections though I would have considered Ryan Harris. Although I consider Mitchell Johnson to be a great bowler on his day, I support his exclusion due to inconsistency and poor form.

    My AUS XI: David Warner, Shane Watson, Matthew Wade (wk), Michael Hussey, David Hussey, George Bailey (C), Glenn Maxwell / Daniel Christian (based on conditions although I'd personally pick Maxwell), Brad Hogg, Ben Hilfenhaus, Clint McKay, Xavier Doherty.

    The batting lineup is great with an explosive top three, experience in the middle order and a reasonably strong tail. Bowling looks good too, with a lot of all-round options to complement the four frontline bowlers. Bailey is also reputed to be a good captain! This team will be worth watching out for in the World T20!

  • POSTED BY Engr.Ikramullah on | August 16, 2012, 2:51 GMT

    Great team selection, especially looking at the Sri-lankan conditions.Australia is now one of the hot favorite for the cup, provided that their batting clicks on the spinning pitches.

  • POSTED BY on | August 16, 2012, 2:52 GMT

    Disappointing squad. Mtichell Marsh, Dirk Nannes, Ryan Harris and Aaron Finch should be in instead of Bailey, Doherty, Starc and Hilfenhaus.

    Bailey will fail with the bat as a T20 captain just like how Clarke did.

    Expecting the West Indies hammer this team when they meet in group stages.

  • POSTED BY the_flying_squad on | August 16, 2012, 3:08 GMT

    Good squad. We desperately needed the firepower that's been added in White and Maxwell. Hilf bowled well in the IPL this year and Starc was the best bowler in the english T20 comp just recently. Would prefer M Marsh to Christian however, as I believe he is the future of cricket in Australia. S Marsh is a very good T20 player too and is proven in the sub-continent.

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | August 16, 2012, 3:10 GMT

    Would have preferred Finch and McDonald in the squad.. However, the squad has all bases covered.. Good luck Aussies..

  • POSTED BY Meety on | August 16, 2012, 3:10 GMT

    No real surprises as the heading says, as on the other article, not convinced Bailey is the man, but good luck to him. Also - wasn't completely convinced that Hilfy should of been included, as I'd prefer him set aside (like Siddle) for Tests. In terms of T20-League form, Finch is probably the most unluckiest player to miss out. == == == In terms of what is the best XI out of the squad, it would really depend on what the pitches in SL will offer. The biggest ?-mark I have is, how confident would we be about Christian being able to bowl 2 to 4 quality overs. If it is low, I'd probably select an extra seamer, (2 + Watto), if high, I'd consider only selecting one specialist seamer (McKay). I think McKay has to be the #1 pacer selected for 2 reasons 1) His form warrants it, 2) He is not express pace & so won't get "edged for 6" like a Lee would/could. If I picked a 2nd pacer, I'd prefer Cummins, primarily because he does the opposite of what McKay does (Starc Lefties would be good)!