ICC World Twenty20 2012 August 16, 2012

Maxwell and Hogg in World Twenty20 squad


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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  • Dummy4 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.

  • Roo 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...

  • Dummy4 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.

  • mythily 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.

  • Roo 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...

  • Bobby 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 :)

  • Andrew 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!

  • Rahul on August 16, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    Aus wil kick out Pak easily

  • mythily 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.

  • Dummy4 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

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