Champions League 2013 September 30, 2013

Voges flies home from Champions League

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Australia's plans for the forthcoming limited-overs tour of India have been complicated by the news that the middle order batsman, Adam Voges, has flown home from the Champions League due to a back complaint.

Having been ruled out of the Perth Scorchers' final match in the tournament against Mumbai Indians on October 2, Voges returned to Western Australia early, alongside another injured batsman, Liam Davis.

"Voges has an ongoing lower back complaint, and has returned to Perth for further investigation and management," the Scorchers said in a statement.

While Voges will attempt to be fit in time for the departure of the national squad at the end of this week, his injury could leave the selectors thinking more widely about possible replacement batsmen. The captain, Michael Clarke, is already expected to withdraw from the trip due to a chronic back condition.

The most obvious candidates to go to India include Steve Smith and David Warner, but both are marked down to play full schedules with New South Wales ahead of the home Ashes series, a ploy which will help them get used to Australian pitches before the first Test against England.

Other potential candidates for the subcontinent include another New South Welshman, Nic Maddinson, and the South Australia batsman Callum Ferguson, who retains a handsome record for Australia in 50-over matches, despite being called up sporadically by the current selection panel.

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

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  • ScottStevo on October 1, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    @landl47, in real trouble for batting a seriously tidy player in our brittle middle order? Yeah, makes sense, although he's been playing beautifully lately. Surely he couldn't do much worse than your number 6 or numbers 1,2,3 and 7 who also did very little in the last series...Personally, I'm hoping he continues his success in ODIs with a few good innings and starts the shield season big as I'd love to see him in the test side. Certainly I'd have chosen him before Smith, who averaged roughly the same as he did last shield season. He didn't do too bad in the last ashes when compared to the Eng top 6, did he?

  • hhillbumper on October 1, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    Tell me again why the best way to prepare for the Ashes is to play in India? Given the strength of the Aussie batting they should be used enough to batting for 50 overs already

  • Kangroos.Proteas.Monkeys.Lions on October 1, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    He is an important player and has provided stablity to lower order. We hope that he gets his fitness and joins in due course.

  • kdevil3 on October 1, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    Cricketis not just wining ashes or wining the test at home or T20 or ODI. its winning all matches. we can understand some experiment .but here that is not the case.So Please dont rest people unless it is really required. Lose ashes in England& win Back in Australia that was the plan of Aurther & clarke was just a nonsense. England have developed a nice bunch of players which they can rotate ,so they are the only team who can rest people for the Test ,ODI & T20 .

  • cricketsubh on October 1, 2013, 4:55 GMT

    if australia want to win ashes they need to take this odi series seriously i think this aus team can beat india in india . they have got strong bating line up and also worlds best odi pace attack ind is no 1 odi team in the world if aus beat them they go to australia being worlds no 1 odi team and boost their confident and go to ashes super confident .ckarke need to tour india becoz this is a young aus team this team need expereance player like clarke and also as a captain .i also pick smith to tour india .my 1st odi match team 1.haddin(wk).2.finch.3.watson.4.clarke(cap).5.berly6.voges/smith.7.henrices.8.dhoherty.9.mekey.10.fulkner.11.jhonson.

  • dummy4fb on October 1, 2013, 3:08 GMT

    Players now choosing to stay home rather than tour abroad to get used to their own home pitches????? Now thats a new one - we have all heard first class cricket being chosen over ODIs to get fitness back or to get form back or to go early on an abroad tour to acclimatize to conditions or to just focus on upcoming tests rather than "pointless" ODIs but acclimatizing to home conditions is surely a weird way to put it. How times change....

  • espncricinfomobile on October 1, 2013, 3:04 GMT

    Don't know why people keep calling for D.Hussey to be in the squad. He's 36 now. Has played 69 ODI's for an average of 30. He's still a decent player. Just not International quality anymore. Selectors should try a youngster such as Maddison or Burns .

  • OneEyedAussie on October 1, 2013, 2:08 GMT

    D.Hussey, White, Ferguson - take any of these but not someone who may play in the Ashes.

  • Dangertroy on October 1, 2013, 0:40 GMT

    I'd prefer to see smith play as much shield as possible, he is likely to play a substantial role in the ashes, so let him play 4 day cricket. I'd add Burns to the squad, even though his form isn't wonderful, I'd have him a spare around the team for some international experience. Hussey is a good choice if they want some overs out of him, although I'd love him to make a strong start the shield and get called into the test squad. Otherwise, Ferguson or Doolan?

  • Bonehead_maz on September 30, 2013, 22:33 GMT

    Now our batsmen are all getting injured in sympathy to the fast bowlers ! lol The obvious replacement is Smith. He was in the squad until injured and batted very well on Sunday. If both Clarke and Voges are out, I'd like to see Joe Burns spend some time in the senior squad.

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