Australia in India 2010 September 2, 2010

Hughes and Hauritz back for India Tests

Cricinfo staff

Phillip Hughes, the Australian opener, has returned to the Test squad while his New South Wales team-mate, the uncapped 19-year-old fast bowler Josh Hazlewood, has also won a place in the 15-man pool for the tour of India in October. Offspinner Nathan Hauritz, whom Ricky Ponting had termed last month as a 'lock-in' for the India series and the Ashes, reclaimed his position as Australia's No. 1 slow bowler after recovering from a foot injury but wicketkeeper Brad Haddin was deemed to have not sufficiently recovered from an elbow injury.

The trio take the place of fast bowler Clint McKay, middle-order batsman Usman Khawaja and left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe, who were part of Australia's squad for the two Tests against Pakistan in July.

"The squad we have selected sees the return from injury of Phillip Hughes," Andrew Hilditch, the chairman of selectors, said. " [It] includes a very good mix of experience and new young talent with Steven Smith, Hughes and two young fast bowlers in Peter George and Josh Hazlewood."

Hazlewood rose to prominence during the Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand, and became the youngest cricketer to represent Australia when he played an ODI against England in June. The India tour will give him a chance to win a Test cap before he turns 20, in January.

His state team-mate Haddin, the first-choice wicketkeeper, is still not available giving Tim Paine another Test series behind the stumps. "Haddin is due to commence restricted batting in the next few weeks," Australian physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said. "He is on track to be available for club cricket and for New South Wales with the possibility of being available for selection in the India or Sri Lanka one-day series."

There was also no place in the squad for Victoria fast bowler Peter Siddle, a regular till a back problem ruled him out of action for seven months ago, who will test his fitness in this month's Champions League Twenty20 tournament in South Africa.

Two Tests form the first leg of Australia's tour of India, followed by a series of three one-dayers which ends on October 24.

Australia: Ricky Ponting (capt), Michael Clarke (vice-capt), Doug Bollinger, Peter George, Nathan Hauritz, Josh Hazlewood, Ben Hilfenhaus, Phillip Hughes, Michael Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Simon Katich, Marcus North, Tim Paine (wk), Steven Smith and Shane Watson.

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  • Dummy4 on September 8, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    whatever be the bowling line up,VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar are going to pulverize it for sure.I expect both to raise their current 55 + batting average against australia to somewhere around 65,simply because this is the weakest australian bowling line up they are ever going to face in their career and under conditions extremely favouring the last 15 years they are the only 2 batsmen to have averaged 55+ against australia,followed by Brian Lara,Kevin Pietersen,Sehwag,Paul Collingwood who averages in the range 50-55.Sachin has 10 while Laxman has 6 Test centuries against Australia.also in ODI's Sachin has 9 and Laxman has 4 centuries against australia and both averages 46 with a strike rate of 85+.Also in the last 15 years Laxman's 281 and Sachin 241* are the highest scores against australia(no offences to Lara's 277 at sydney).Border-Gavaskar trophy starting next month is really an uphill task for australia,compared to the Ashes which will be be a cakewalk for Aussies.

  • Dummy4 on September 6, 2010, 7:59 GMT

    agree with jonesy2 except swap ronchi with hartly

  • Bryn on September 5, 2010, 16:09 GMT

    im sick of this. why is white not in the squad? where is shaun marsh? why is hazlewood in there he has done nothing. drop paine hes obviously not the best keeper/batsman after haddin, i think ronchi is. and steve smith should be nowhere near the test team right now

  • Dummy4 on September 5, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    Either way, should be an interesting series.

    As a Victorian, its dissapointing that a fellow Vic wont be there. But, White's now pretty much a ODI speciallist, along with Hussey and others, nd they are all getting on a bit. I do think that McDonald deserves another crack, he did very well in his 3 test matches but with Watson cementing a place, his chances are less likely.

    Expect a fit and fired up Siddle to be in the test side in our summer, but who drops out. Bollinger? Harris? Johnson? . Siddle offers something different to the attack, that in your face aggression, and works all day (like Bichel), along with his handy batting at No.10!

    There are a few up and comming Victorians destined to play for Australia in the next few years though with the likes of Jon Holland, and Matthew Wade coming though the system.

  • Dummy4 on September 5, 2010, 5:46 GMT

    Wheres the argument against White? "not test player material". Great point that! Well put!. White is a leader. He's only captained Vic since he was 20, led the state to being perennial finalists in almost all forms of state cricket. Langer couldn't say enough great things about him, appointing him captain-in-waiting here: Mark Waugh doing the same on numerous occasions. He's easily one of the best fielders in the country and has shown it in plenty of ODI's, and a especially good slip fielder (do test teams need those?). Then theres his batting, that's what he is, forget the bowling. His average of 42 is deceiving with half his career being focused on bowling. Averaged 49.86 in 07/08, 57.75 in 08/09 and 47.00 in 09/10 in the four day game. You can't be an impatient slogger and still average those runs in the shield. He's like Symo after he learned how to build an innings. Dangerous!

  • Dummy4 on September 5, 2010, 3:32 GMT

    @Gilly4ever, did you just call smith (the kid with the fc ave of 50) australias no.1 spinner? I sincerly hope this has been a mistake of comunication

  • Michael on September 4, 2010, 12:55 GMT

    I'm glad to see some young guys being picked for squads. Most of them will be reserve players on this tour, with a chance to play only if there's an injury, but with a number of players in recent Australian sides being over 30 (Ponting, Hussey, Katich, North, Harris, Haddin) it is encouraging that the selectors have an eye on the future - something that didn't really happen 5 years ago. Hopefully when the next round of retirements begin, the young guys will be well-equipped to step in.

  • John on September 4, 2010, 9:13 GMT

    I think you have to be Victorian to push White or McKay as test prospects. White is a good one-dayer and an excellent 20-20 player. He is not test player material. McKay has had his chances. He did okay to start with but is, essentially, toothless at the international level.

    I ask you, in all honesty, apart from North, who would you replace?

    The only Victorian who was robbed in recent memory was Hodge. Now there is a tragic case. Scores runs in test cricket and gets dropped. Scores runs at state level and gets ignored.

  • Adrian on September 4, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    I don't mind Hughes being given another chance, while Hauritz deserves another shot to see if he can be the 2nd spinner behind Smith (or 1st, if Smith starts failing) but I don't know about Hazlewood or George - neither of whom have done enough to warrant this selection. It looks like, barring injury, they will just be on the tour for the sake of getting experience. I would rather see players who could genuinely make the side, like White, David Hussey or McKay, being in the squad. With Marcus North's position surely being extremely tentative, Michael Hussey somewhat out of form and Watson not exactly stable, I think that we need that backup - which Hazlewood and George simply cannot provide. Now is not the time to blood youngsters.

  • Runster on September 4, 2010, 1:34 GMT

    @Sachin_da_yaar What r u thinking? Sehwag has awful leadership for international level. He should be the last resort. Dhoni may be inconisistent with the bat but is a brilliant captain, and i reckon currently he is the best wicketkeeper captain and arguably the best test captain now (maybe ponting or whoever is captaining england could contest for this) plz sumbody who is playing fantasy gaming champions league post their LPIN here! I really wanna play in sombody elses league (btw, my screen name is Runster1 as u shud knw)

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