Australia in India 2013-14 September 19, 2013

Haddin back in ODI side, Wade axed

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Matthew Wade has been axed as Australia's one-day wicketkeeper in favour of Brad Haddin and Fawad Ahmed has also been dropped for Xavier Doherty for the upcoming tour of India. The 14-man squad will be led by Michael Clarke, if his back injury allows him to, and he will be one of three certainties for the first Test at the Gabba - along with Haddin and Shane Watson - on the near month-long trip in the lead-up to the Ashes.

The selection of Clarke, Watson and Haddin means they will all miss the first round of Sheffield Shield matches, leaving them only two matches each to readjust to the longer format and the Australian conditions before the Brisbane Test. England's cricketers, by comparison, will have three games to acclimatise and it is not a dissimilar scenario to the disastrous 2010-11 Ashes, when England's players were better prepared than the Australians.

However, it is still possible that Clarke will not take part in the Indian trip after he suffered a recurrence of his ongoing back problem at the end of the limited-overs series in England. In India in March, Clarke missed a Test due to his back injury for the first time in his career, and he was also troubled by his back in the lead-up to the Ashes in England.

"After a long tour Michael Clarke's back condition has flared up again and he has been selected subject to fitness," John Inverarity, the national selector, said. "He has returned to Australia for further assessment and the national selection panel hopes that it will improve in time for the Indian tour."

The dumping of Wade caps off a difficult few months for him after Haddin reclaimed the Test wicketkeeping position for the Ashes in England. In the one-day series that followed, Wade made 0, 36 and 0 and collected three dismissals, and Haddin's return could be a long-term option for the selectors after Haddin expressed his desire last month to play on in international cricket until the end of the 2015 World Cup.

"Matthew Wade has been omitted due to lack of form and has been replaced by Brad Haddin, who captured an Ashes series record of dismissals in July and August," Inverarity said. "Matthew is 25 years of age and has a great deal of natural ability both as a batsman and as a keeper. The NSP is confident that Matthew will regain form and press hard for selection in the not too distant future."

That Wade is no longer the incumbent in any format due to poor form - there is a T20 international in Rajkot before the seven-match ODI series - raises the question of whether he would remain next in line behind Haddin over the Australian summer. The Tasmania wicketkeeper Tim Paine could force himself ahead in the queue with a strong start to the domestic season, while Queensland's Chris Hartley could also find himself in contention if a Test replacement is needed.

The return of Doherty for the Indian trip was not unexpected but the omission of Ahmed was perhaps surprising, given he had been blooded on the England tour. Instead, he will have the chance to press for Ashes consideration in three Sheffield Shield outings, although Nathan Lyon is likely to remain the first-choice spinner for at least the beginning of the Ashes.

"Fawad bowled well with his limited opportunities in the rain-affected series and better than his figures would suggest," Inverarity said. "The NSP looks forward to Fawad getting plenty of bowling in the busy domestic schedule that begins at the end of this month."

Also gone from the ODI squad that toured England are Josh Hazlewood and the injured Shaun Marsh, while the allrounder Moises Henriques has been recalled. There will also be a significant change in the off-field staff for the Australians, with the fielding mentor Steve Rixon to lead the tour as head coach while Darren Lehmann spends time at home.

"As with the successful tour of the UAE last year we will have Steve Rixon acting as head coach in India," Pat Howard, Cricket Australia's general manager of team performance, said. "Darren has been on the road and away from home for a considerable amount of time. This is a great opportunity for Darren to refresh, work with the states and provide others with opportunities."

Australia squad Shane Watson, Aaron Finch, Phillip Hughes, Michael Clarke (capt), George Bailey (vice-capt), Adam Voges, Brad Haddin (wk), Moises Henriques, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Johnson, James Faulkner, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Clint McKay, Xavier Doherty.

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

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  • KishoreMalladi on September 19, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    Sad that Clarke might have to miss out on the Indian tour. He has been a decent batsmen against the Indian bowlers. However, with Aus playing against India in our own backyard always tells a different story. But the real surprise is in dropping Fawad Ahmed. This man after the grooming he received in the Ashes should have been in the squad which would have given him loads of confidence and who knows, he might just be successful too. The likes of David Hussey and Steven Smith could have also featured in this side. Starc could have been recalled and even the young Ashton Agar could have been included in the squad. Atleast the inexperienced get to learn on foreign tours. Phil Hughes is a good selection and Aus will hope he does justice to his selection. As far as India is concerned, it is their own backyard and they would be rearing to go at these Australians.

  • on September 21, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    didn't australia learn anything ? Playing on dust bowls in India didn't help prepare for the ashes last time and it won't this time. 7 ODI's in India in between back to back ashes series !?

    I'd send the under 21 team.

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on September 21, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    Cricket australia just won the award for 'worst way to prepare your team for ashes' , Andy flower and England team will be quietly enjoying this , i thought Australia showed some real intent and improvement towards end of the ashes and they have a fair chance of upsetting England in more familiar condition , but if this is how they are going to do it ,am afraid its going to be more pain and agony for Aussie fans

  • xtrafalgarx on September 21, 2013, 1:19 GMT

    @Naman Gupta, Rod Marsh once said keepers arn't like the other players, they get BETTER with age, and i agree. Heals, Gilly and now Prior, Haddin they ALL get better as they get to the end of their careers than at the start, it's not like a fast bowler where you will definately slow down or a batsman where you can't pick it up as well as you once did.

  • scarab666 on September 20, 2013, 23:19 GMT

    @ Terry Wise.....spot on man, you're right the Aussies have no idea who to play in which format and the CLT20 should be moved from country to country for hosting purposes.....not in India all the time and only the best 2 teams from each country unlike 4 from India. This tournament should be to define the best domestic T20 side in world cricket, not India v rest of the world and definitely each team should be free of being dominate through the use of foreign players.

  • on September 20, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    It will be a boring series , Playing with the same opposition 7 +1 times within 3 weeks Instead of that they should have played a triangular series or 5 one dayer with Aussies & an another 5 with South Africans. As far as Aussies are concern they should have gione for a better preparation towards the Ashes than this series.

  • on September 20, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    Wade and Haddin are both ordinary keepers, but decent bats. But with wade he is young, has a lot to learn and is only going to get better. Haddin on the other hand is old, only will be getting worse and worse. Plus although Haddin is a better batsman to watch for spectators, Wade bats with a lot more sense and atleast u won't see him stepping down the track to give the ball a slog when team is 5/15 on a green top like Haddin does. So I don't understand this regressive approach taken by Cricket Australia.

  • on September 20, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    I think it is pretty obvious that the Aussie selectors haven't a clue who they want in what squad for either formats. In, out, in, out.... They are just going from tour to tour and match to match just waiting for something to happen. Surely a fairly pointless ODI series is the way to bring players on. No one, a few weeks after the tour, will care or even recall the results so why not blood a few new players. What a way to prepare for the Ashes when the test players should be playing Shield cricket not lining the ACB's coffers in India.

  • Charlie101 on September 20, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    Wade did not have a good series with the gloves or the bat hence he is being dropped however this was a good time for Tim Paine to be selected and tried.

  • on September 20, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    Fawad has been saved of the embarassment of being mauled. Hughes is luckiest in Aussie team

  • KishoreMalladi on September 19, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    Sad that Clarke might have to miss out on the Indian tour. He has been a decent batsmen against the Indian bowlers. However, with Aus playing against India in our own backyard always tells a different story. But the real surprise is in dropping Fawad Ahmed. This man after the grooming he received in the Ashes should have been in the squad which would have given him loads of confidence and who knows, he might just be successful too. The likes of David Hussey and Steven Smith could have also featured in this side. Starc could have been recalled and even the young Ashton Agar could have been included in the squad. Atleast the inexperienced get to learn on foreign tours. Phil Hughes is a good selection and Aus will hope he does justice to his selection. As far as India is concerned, it is their own backyard and they would be rearing to go at these Australians.

  • on September 21, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    didn't australia learn anything ? Playing on dust bowls in India didn't help prepare for the ashes last time and it won't this time. 7 ODI's in India in between back to back ashes series !?

    I'd send the under 21 team.

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on September 21, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    Cricket australia just won the award for 'worst way to prepare your team for ashes' , Andy flower and England team will be quietly enjoying this , i thought Australia showed some real intent and improvement towards end of the ashes and they have a fair chance of upsetting England in more familiar condition , but if this is how they are going to do it ,am afraid its going to be more pain and agony for Aussie fans

  • xtrafalgarx on September 21, 2013, 1:19 GMT

    @Naman Gupta, Rod Marsh once said keepers arn't like the other players, they get BETTER with age, and i agree. Heals, Gilly and now Prior, Haddin they ALL get better as they get to the end of their careers than at the start, it's not like a fast bowler where you will definately slow down or a batsman where you can't pick it up as well as you once did.

  • scarab666 on September 20, 2013, 23:19 GMT

    @ Terry Wise.....spot on man, you're right the Aussies have no idea who to play in which format and the CLT20 should be moved from country to country for hosting purposes.....not in India all the time and only the best 2 teams from each country unlike 4 from India. This tournament should be to define the best domestic T20 side in world cricket, not India v rest of the world and definitely each team should be free of being dominate through the use of foreign players.

  • on September 20, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    It will be a boring series , Playing with the same opposition 7 +1 times within 3 weeks Instead of that they should have played a triangular series or 5 one dayer with Aussies & an another 5 with South Africans. As far as Aussies are concern they should have gione for a better preparation towards the Ashes than this series.

  • on September 20, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    Wade and Haddin are both ordinary keepers, but decent bats. But with wade he is young, has a lot to learn and is only going to get better. Haddin on the other hand is old, only will be getting worse and worse. Plus although Haddin is a better batsman to watch for spectators, Wade bats with a lot more sense and atleast u won't see him stepping down the track to give the ball a slog when team is 5/15 on a green top like Haddin does. So I don't understand this regressive approach taken by Cricket Australia.

  • on September 20, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    I think it is pretty obvious that the Aussie selectors haven't a clue who they want in what squad for either formats. In, out, in, out.... They are just going from tour to tour and match to match just waiting for something to happen. Surely a fairly pointless ODI series is the way to bring players on. No one, a few weeks after the tour, will care or even recall the results so why not blood a few new players. What a way to prepare for the Ashes when the test players should be playing Shield cricket not lining the ACB's coffers in India.

  • Charlie101 on September 20, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    Wade did not have a good series with the gloves or the bat hence he is being dropped however this was a good time for Tim Paine to be selected and tried.

  • on September 20, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    Fawad has been saved of the embarassment of being mauled. Hughes is luckiest in Aussie team

  • cric_gates on September 20, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    @ SirViv1973 whats wrong with u man...This series is not between Aus n Zim or India or Bangadesh.its between the two best ODI team in world cricket.What else u want other than this.I appreciate your Ashes desire but there is competitive cricket outside ashes world man. Now i have a feeling that Aus fans believe that this series will 7-0 or 6-1 or 5-2 in the favor of India. when Aus was in its peak dominance, I as an Indian fans loves to watch India plays against Aus in any format n beats them.AND believe me there were millions of Indian who had a similar thought like me. It was such a pleasant feeling.

  • kartcric on September 20, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    To all those who want fawad ahmed in your national side,I have a question.What has he done to impress all you guys?

  • Dashgar on September 20, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    Wade has really struggled in one dayers. Maybe he should stay a test specialist. His record there recently has been far better, better than Haddin as well. I'd prefer to see Tim Paine replace Wade in the ODI squad though as Haddins batting has all but abandoned him in the last few years.

  • Green_and_Gold on September 20, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    Good News - give Clarke a rest and get him into FC cricket which will better prepare him for the return ashes series.

  • SirViv1973 on September 20, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    @cric_gates, the problem is that normally in a 7 game series 1 team dominantes then by game 4 or 5 every1 has lost interest. The other thing is within a couple of months no one will remember or care who won or what the score was as the games are really quite meaningless.

  • Big-Dog on September 20, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    People who say Doherty shouldn't be in the side are simply showing their ignorance. He has been Australia's most economical one day bowler for the past twelve months & economy in ODI's is just as important as taking wickets. Ahmed on the other hand, is neither a wicket taker or economical.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on September 20, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    Still no Switch-Hit-And-Out-Warner? One of the best players of the shorter formats and he's still being shunned? Why?

  • SirViv1973 on September 20, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    I don't know why so many are against Hughes selection. He hasn't actually played much odi cricket & with warner more likley to play in the first test then he will be better served staying at home & playing some fc games.

  • BKyogi on September 20, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    I just would like to know, why the selectors are pursuing with Philip Huges. He had been a failure and many chances were given to him, which some others did not get.

  • on September 20, 2013, 4:00 GMT

    another useless series with australia

  • farkin on September 20, 2013, 3:23 GMT

    7 odi's in india is just a waste of time for Australia when coming up to the home series which starts with the long form of the game . this just shows india and Australia are just after the money 7 odi's in india will bring in

  • cric_gates on September 20, 2013, 3:19 GMT

    I don't know Whats wrong with some English n Aussie fans ???? Cricket is not only about Ashes. And if that sot of attitude Eng and Aus have then they should only play with each other and that too a test match. All can understand why Engalnd have never won a world cup? With such kind of attitude they can never won a world cup. Aus needs to be realistic about ODI and T 20 just like Ashes, otherwise they too will be bitten by the likes of Ireland, scotland afghanistan etc just like England. Whats wrong with 7 Odi bilateral series if you can play 5 test bilateral series??? The way Aussies fans are saying, it seems like their batman are getting more injured than their bowlers.Where are fittest, strongest aussies???? Why in triangular VB ODI series every team play each opponent thrice?Why there is three finals between the two qualifying teams.Is this not boring???

  • Liquefierrrr on September 20, 2013, 3:12 GMT

    Suddenly this squad, and the Australia bid in international cricket, is looking much sunnier.

    I'm not talking about instant and huge successes, however at least now they are picking the right people for the right formats and sticking with them.

    England have shown the way by sticking with Broad and Anderson through the 'thin' and are now reaping the 'thick'. Both players had averages of 38ish around 3 years back and look at them now.

    Behind this current squad is Harris, Cummins (perpetually injured as he may be), Cutting, Starc, Ahmed, Maddinson, Burns, S Marsh, M Marsh. Finally we are returning to a point where at least the informed cricketing public of Australia know who the players are and why they were selected. It was always going to take some years to right the wrongs of the Merv Hughes-era of selection disasters.

    Wade has been horrible for a while now in all formats - he needs to spend 2 years in domestic cricket scoring big runs and cleaning up his keeping.

  • Mary_786 on September 20, 2013, 3:12 GMT

    I am ok with Doherty coming in but i would have gone for SOK over both him and Ahmad. And how does Hughes get back in the squad over Warner, surely this is not rewarding performance.

  • Liquefierrrr on September 20, 2013, 3:02 GMT

    @Ms.Cricket - whilst against Scotland he did hammer 156 in an ODI and also hit a run-a-ball 45 and 26 (32) in the series against England.

    Marsh scored 0 and 25 (40 balls) in the same series and didn't yet look ready for a full return to international cricket.

    Moreover - Marsh is injured and will miss the champions trophy.

  • sportofpain on September 20, 2013, 2:53 GMT

    What is the point of these 7 ODI's? Who cares about them? If the Aussies are here for two weeks, play two test matches, beat them black and blue and send them home. But 7 ODI's - utterly pointless.

    If you want to play ODI's have a tri series with Oz and SA - a wee bit more interesting. But wait - we aren't on talking terms with SA. Shame on me for suggesting something so outrageous.

  • Matth on September 20, 2013, 2:36 GMT

    Steve Smith is obviously being groomed for the tests at the moment, and to be honest a middle order of Watson, Clarke, Bailey, Voges and Haddin is more than adequate, with Henriques and Maxwell also in the mix.

    I can't see Hughes doing well here so would prefer Watson to open with Finch to allow Henriques or Maxwell to come in lower down the order.

    Fawad Ahmed is obviously being kept at home to see if he can have a big start to the season in the Shield and possibly have a part to play in the Ashes. I have no problem with that. Also he is not realoly an ODI player at this point.

  • landl47 on September 20, 2013, 2:36 GMT

    This appears to be what the Aus selectors consider to be Australia's best ODI side, among those who are fit to play. It's certainly not a development side, given that 8 players are over 30 and those 8 (Watson, Clarke, Bailey, Voges, Haddin, Johnson, McKay, Doherty) are likely to play every game if fit. Since there are only 5 specialist batsmen plus Watson as an all-rounder, Finch and Hughes pretty much have to play, leaving one spot for Faulkner, Henriques, Maxwell and Coulter-Nile to fight for. I suppose Hughes and/or Voges could be dropped for one of the all-rounders, but that leaves the batting pretty thin (and it wasn't that deep to begin with). NCN, as the worst batsman of the seamers, seems to be there only as cover.

    Whether this will interfere with Aus's preparation for the Ashes, there's no way of knowing. Australia is going to India with its best available side to try and win this series. If it's a good series and there no injuries it will have been a success.

  • dalboy12 on September 20, 2013, 1:51 GMT

    I so agree with all the comments already here --- this tour is driven by greed not by cricket sense and certainty not by any concern for the Aussie cricketers. They have been in England on tour for what seems like forever. They have a massive tour coming up with England coming over. And they have to go play these ODIs --- this is nothing more than money making --- I'm sure 90% of the Aussie team would much prefer a bit of time at home with there families. This is not just an Aussie problem -- all teams at different times seem to put dollars ahead of player welfare. Even as a cricket fan sometimes "less is more".

  • on September 20, 2013, 0:25 GMT

    Its strange, but I generally think that the test team and ODI squads should be as similar as possible, but in this instance, I'd prefer that all the test players were preparing back home. Get into the preseason with their state teams. This tour is surely about money, but with the record TV rights deal in OZ, surely CA has half a billion reasons to concentrate on domestic cricket, especially ahead of the Ashes. Clarke should be preparing at home, let Bailey lead the team. Same with Watson. Haddin I don't mind so much, especially if he is the frame for the next world cup. But I agree with calls for Burns and perhaps Maddinson to get some experience. It also seems odd to send Doherty over Ahmed, given that Doherty hasn't played any ODI's in india, and his test record there was shocking... Hope he proves me wrong.

  • on September 19, 2013, 23:58 GMT

    That means Australia is visiting without a real spinner on spinning wickets. Have not they tried all those spinners twice and they failed them? Fawad was good option as he knows better such conditions then any other spinner. Seems Australia has already lost the war before starting it and they are not even going to give it a try.

  • OneEyedAussie on September 19, 2013, 23:39 GMT

    Meaningless ODI tournament. But it's not a bad squad for it. Only three players in the squad will be certain starters for Brisbane (Haddin, Watson, Clarke) and Clarke may not go - and I would have sent Paine instead of Haddin. This is a good opportunity for those staying home to play some long form cricket and push their candidacy for the Ashes. I doubt many Aussie fans care too much about this series, so it won't be tragic if we lose.

  • on September 19, 2013, 23:24 GMT

    People calling for Tim Paine yo be selected. He is s great talent yes. But he has struggled for form with both gloves and bat for Australia A in tours this year. His form doesn't justify being selected for Australia yet.

  • Ms.Cricket on September 19, 2013, 23:18 GMT

    With all respect Aaron Finch has had lots of chances over the last year and flopped miserably conistently except for one outstanding T20 innings. Shaun Marsh would be better off instead of Finch as Marsh has more experience and a reasonable record.

  • __PK on September 19, 2013, 21:55 GMT

    Smart selections. The series means nothing, why give the Indians a free look at Ahmed under no real pressure? The more test players left at home the better to get used to real cricket conditions, instead of the tricked-up unique pitches in India. Just select the ones who are in form (Clarke, Watson) so they keep their eyes in.

  • Harry_Kool on September 19, 2013, 21:26 GMT

    @HatsforBats . Totally agree with you on the fact very few of our test players are picked, this series is a waste of time & Wade being disposed. Hopefully, Clarke will rest his back & save himself for the real cricket & let the rest play. Hughes's selection means he is out of reckoning for the first test, & all the probable first test bowlers haven't been selected. From this squad, only Watson & Clarke look to be the only ones set to play at the Gabba, so pretty wise selections from the NSP (finally). I would have liked to see MoHen play all the shield matches, but this will help his development.

  • Thefakebook on September 19, 2013, 20:41 GMT

    I think OZ should learn from England and rest all Test players for the ODIs.To make this long ODI series of any sense..um OZ should blood some of the young guns in here along with vets like Haddin,Bailey,Voges,Johnson and Mckay.I don't want to see Clarke or Watto get injured and another 3-0 or 4-0 loss at hand of poms!Give Joe Burns,Ferguson,Agar,Turner,Patterson,Bosisto,Zampa,Lynn any bright young talent.They can all get a game with 7 ODIs and 1 t20.Its OK if OZ loose 5-2 but at least these young guys will get used to the sub-continent conditions!

  • Number_5 on September 19, 2013, 19:49 GMT

    It is mind boggling that in the lead up to the most important series Aus play we are sent to India to play 7 pointless ODIs and a T20. Its a match up cricket fans will be looking fwd to but you have to question the wisdom in such a tour. With Aus cricket going through a re-building phase why not include more fringe players to give them a chance to experience sub-continent conditions in preparation for playing Test matches? Christian, Ferugson, Sayers just to name a few. Keep the Test players home, send a mix of experience and youth and at least take some positives from the tour.

  • Jaffa79 on September 19, 2013, 19:30 GMT

    This entire series is an exercise in futility; I don't think much will be achieved apart from swelling the coffers of the BCCI. England, India and Aus seem to have established a self serving cartel as they only seem to play each other! I have enjoyed the Test series between each country but I have had my fill of these pointless ODIs. People ask about the health of the 50 over format and the reason it is being pushed out is and the reason is these types of boring sideshows. Clarke in particular should not be anywhere near India! They have bigger fish to fry and preparation for a big series down under is not to play on dustbowls in India. If he or Watson get injured, the ACB need to resign immediately.

  • on September 19, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    Those calling for Warner I guess it has something to do with his average of 29, not good enough for a top order position. Could be a blessing for the next ashes series as he will have had lots of prep time.

    As a neutral can't say i am interested in these matches, If the BCCI were desperate to get Tendulkar's last test in India I would rather it was at the expense of matches against a side who I doubt will really want to be their than a really interesting series against South Africa

  • nandisht on September 19, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    Doherty in place of Ahmed isn't a big issue. Both are decent spinners. One of the reasons for dropping Ahmed could be to groom him for Ashes, and also indian tour can be tough on spinners, and that too inexperienced. But on the contrary, if selectors did want doherty and didn't drop Ahmed because of his England performance, then why did they pick Ahmed in the first place. Bizarre! Hughes is a surprise considering he has been consistently under performing. Maybe some youngster could be groomed in like Travis Head or Bosisto. Even Ferguson and Doolan are good choice, because think this team is one batsman short, especially after Smith's injury. Also, tough choice between Haddin and Paine. I personally like Paine more, as he is younger, and plays anywhere in the order. Haddin could be saved specially for Tests. Also hard luck to Starc, Hazlewood, Ben Cutting and Kane Richardson. Although these four are probably just a little better than the others.

  • Thefakebook on September 19, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    Are you kidding me?So Ahmed is dropped for condition that favor him?Xavier really?Glen Maxwell?Phillip Hughes GOODNESS ME!On the bright side Wade being dropped is good and Tim Paine should replace him for ODIs and T20s.Haddin is good for tests and Hartley should be the back up for test!

  • PAK_CricFan on September 19, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    i think David warner and fawad ahmed must be on this tour as indian pitches are best suited for bastmen like him and spinners.

  • on September 19, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    Sad that Clarke might have to miss out on the Indian tour. He has been a decent batsmen against the Indian bowlers. However, with Aus playing against India in our own backyard always tells a different story. But the real surprise is in dropping Fawad Ahmed. This man after the grooming he received in the Ashes should have been in the squad which would have given him loads of confidence and who knows, he might just be successful too. The likes of David Hussey and Steven Smith could have also featured in this side. Starc could have been recalled and even the young Ashton Agar could have been included in the squad. Atleast the inexperienced get to learn on foreign tours. Phil Hughes is a good selection and Aus will hope he does justice to his selection. As far as India is concerned, it is their own backyard and they would be rearing to go at these Australians.

  • on September 19, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    where the hell is David Warner ? Why philip hughes included instead of Warner ?

  • on September 19, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    Well, I am lost of words for the Austrailian team after the 4-0 test defeat against India. A victory against England won't make up to the fact that India made history, a 4-0 victory vs Aus. 7 match series should be banned, is this the best excuse that can be made as the Aussies are going to face India once again. India also the ICC CT winners plus Aussies losing the Ashes 3-0 to England, I think the Austailian team has lost its touch. We are fans and we want the Aussies to gain its form back as it was when they were undefeated for 10 years. Losing the Ashes, being kicked out shamefully of the CT, losing to India, so what but atleast don't make excuses. We are your fans and we'll always support you Austrailian cric' team. You'll get another chance to make history.

  • on September 19, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    It would be a disaster for the Aussies if Clarke's fitness doesn't allow him to play in India, as he is the only player who is comfortable against spin in sub-continent conditions among the current Australian squad. They physio should may be give him a few extra tips to get ready and bash India :P

  • on September 19, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    a very good / positive move from CA.. Haddin is miles ahead from wicket-keeping from Wade.... And as a cricketer also... Wade is just show off but Hadding let his skills talk.... good luck hadds...

  • on September 19, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    @ jonesy2: Really? You'd select Agar? He didn't spin a ball during the Ashes. Or are you selecting him as a batsman?

  • cricpanther on September 19, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    Clark dont dare to come to India as Loosing Captain which cause him for questioning on his captaincy and he doesnt like if some one in aus replace him as captain.

  • PFEL on September 19, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    So glad most of you guys aren't selectors. Doherty has done a fantastic job since being selected and he never should have been left out against England. Fawad is way out of his league in international cricket. And Voges is averaging nearly 50 in ODI cricket, he should be one of the first picked.

  • cricpanther on September 19, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    Clark is very smart cricketer, even though he has good track record in India but this time he wont take any chances to be on loosing side, one loose in India cause him to leave captaincy. He liked so much of captaincy and he dont like to loose at this moment. I dont know, how captaincy replacement policy works in Australia? Aus should have to loose more matches then you will replace Clark? Why not direct appoint Shane Watson as Captain???? He makes win the series in England. Need to paid off to him. Clark is not a right choice.

  • SirViv1973 on September 19, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    I wish the ICC would ban 7 match series. When such series are played 1 team normally dominates the other which normally means the last 2 or 3 games end up being dead rubbers. I understand why the BCCI want 7 games as Ind is a big country which is not easy to travel around and has a lot of fans who want to see the national team but it's just overkill. If we must have 7 game series then it should be a tri series with a double round robin & final. Re Wade I get why Aus have dropped him, his keeping has been shocking and perhaps he would be better advise to concentrate on his batting in future. However I don't get why they have gone back to Haddin. IT would make sense to try a younger keeper. The WC is still 18 months away so if a younger keeper dosen't work out then they could have recalled Haddin nearer the time.

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on September 19, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    To be clear the next ODI that means anything is in March 2015 with the start of the World Cup. The next important test day is November 21 2013. The squad should have been selected on that basis. Again I would say after his nightmare in the Test series in India how could taking Phil Hughes be considered useful for Australia or the player himself? I would happily see a weakened team lose 0-7 here if it meant a good start in the Brisbane Test. We are now in the 2010/11 situation where the English team will be in Australia preparing before many Australian players arrive home. Ludicrous

  • jonesy2 on September 19, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    typically bizarre selections. im a western warriors fan but why on earth is voges in the team? where are maddinson and ferguson? and agar should be in the squad at the very least

  • on September 19, 2013, 14:39 GMT

    Don't know about Haddin or Heatley, but from whatever i have seen of Tim Paine, he looks a good player and probably a better keeper than wade, and goes without saying that he is younger than Haddin... And it is not a meaningless series, nor is it forced by BCCI. The bilateral series between Ind and Oz in India has usually been a 7 match affair, just like the Tri series that follows the tests between Ind and Oz in Australia. The timing may be wrong due to the Ashes following this series, but that is the fault of CA, not BCCI.

  • BlackkIce on September 19, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    In my opinion, Fawad Ahmed was left out of this tour so he can get familiar with the Aussie pitch conditions for the upcoming Ashes.. I think Phil Hughes was an excellent addition to the ODI side, however i would have liked to see Usman Khawaja's name there somewhere.. hopefully Hughes can get some runs in India.. looking forward to a 4-0 whitewash of the Indian team..

  • on September 19, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    @john smith: what would you like to say about ricky" best after bradman???" ponting... just take a look at his stats against India on indian pitches... I guess Dravid would have fared better against Oz on australian pitches...

  • calcu on September 19, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    Why is everyone blaming BCCI for bullying Australia to play this series? This series was aldready planned in FTP. The last time a 7 match ODI series was held was long ago and I am sure this is going to be a exciting series.

  • ProdigyA on September 19, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    Having won the ODI series in England, the Aussies are going to have their tails up and Indians have not played cricket for a while so they could be a little rusty. But still Indians are going to win pretty easy in India. Aussies should be happy if they could at least 2 matches. 5-2, in favour of India.

  • popcorn on September 19, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    Goopd riddance to bad rubbish. Wade never did deserve to be in the Aussie Side. Can't bat,can't catch,can't stump. Patience, and performance pays,and Brad Haddin did just that.is around.Tim Paine and Chris Hartley are better than Mathew Wade.That said,from the point of view of the forthcoming Ashes,I don't think Michael Clarke, Shane Watson, George Bailey,Mitchell Johnson should be touring India. Meaningless. Slow pitches.A second string squad would have been enough.An Australia A side would give the Selectors options for the World Cup in 2015.

  • on September 19, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    good to see michael clarke leading Aus back to India

  • Bubba2008 on September 19, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    You have to feel bad for Matthew Wade. He's proven that he's got tonnes of potential, but at this point Brad Haddin is more likely to have the confidence of the selectors.

  • playfaircricket on September 19, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    Atlast Australian selctors(NSP) Opens their eyes by selecting haddin over wade...i thought wade got as many chances as a poor technic n great lucky fellow can get....from now on competition between paine n haddin..wade international career enda

  • ScottStevo on September 19, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    Wade isn't anywhere near the batsman that he's hyped up to be, but more alarmingly, his keeping has been woeful, at best, for some time. Def time for him to prove his worth at domestic level before consideration for int'l duties. As for Ahmed, he shouldn't have been picked in the last squad for Eng, although he didn't do too badly. Why aren't we getting a young spinner in that we want to use in test cricket learning his trade and learning craft and guile against the worlds best when they're coming at you? Someone like young Agar seems perfect. We've obviously earmarked him as our future spinner, so let's develop him now. Keep Lyon wheeling in tests until Agar is ready and hopefully he'll turn up in the test side with at least some form of an education in int'l cricket. We could've played him and another spinner (SOK) and dumped Maxwell, who like Wade, has loads of hype with few to no performances. Would envisage Agar and SOK could take over responsibility for his runs quite easily...

  • Raggie on September 19, 2013, 12:31 GMT

    Why repeated chance for Hughes, where is Ferguson,Doolan and Maddinson ?

  • gsingh7 on September 19, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    clarke just dont want to captain aus odi team in another whitewash after 4-0 loss in tests . that is all that prevents him from facing world champions india.haddin or doherty wud not make any difference as india have best batsmen in the world against spinners. looking forward towards some easy wins for indian senior team.

  • eyballfallenout on September 19, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    @nutcutlet, agreed.... I would hope all the test player would not go to india but return back to Aus and play as much first class as they can.... this is just a quick spin for some cash tour. give you young blokes a crack and keep the test players focused on the ashes please.......

  • SirViv1973 on September 19, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    Interesting that Fawad has been left out, after the great pains CA went to, to push through his eligibility. I guess there are 3 ways of looking at it. Firstly, Perhaps CA have already seen enough & feel he isn't the right man to play the lead spinner role. Secondly, perhaps they feel he is a genuine chance for the ashes & feel he would be better playing in the opening rounds of the shield. Thirdly they are looking to protect from the Ind batsman. Personally I feel that the only valid reason to have left him out would be because he is in ashes contention. 2 games isn't enough time to make a call on a player particularly seeing he was protected by Clarke in both ODI's he played. his opeing 2 over spells went for 23 & 18 respectivley & he was then brought back later in the inns when the games were effectivley over. Having been protected in those games it makes no sense to protect him further by not taking him to Ind. At some point he needs to prove if he's genuinley up to the job or not.

  • on September 19, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    @KishoreMalladi Clarke's average of 53 against India is "decent"? Tendulkar's average against Oz is 55, so what would he be? Rahul "substandard against Australia" Dravid av: 38... Except for Wade, everyone not picked for this tour should be pleased. Clarke and Watson, in particular, should be rested. All the fast bowlers picked are Ashes candidates and they, as well as Hughes, wont be getting any closer to the first XI at the Gabba by playing ODI's in India. Cricket Australia should call off this ridiculous tour as an act of solidarity with South Africa

  • sherishahmir on September 19, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    Wade performance so far except in debut T20 against against India, when he scored 70 odd runs remain below average, I have not seen any impact of him as batsman, in comparison to B Haddin, who played so many innings of class whenever he got chance to perform and cricket Australia made a definite right choice to drop wade. Fawad Alam should also be included against India as he played in similar conditions in Pakistan throughout his life and could be v useful against Indian bats as compared to X Doherty. Rest of squad looks balance and could be more balanced, if D Hussey and D Warner would have been included too. Difficult tour for Australia young side having their recent 4-0 test defeat in India.

  • PrasPunter on September 19, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    @CalmIndiaFan ,a very very sane thought indeed - not just CA, but almost every board is being bullied !! But they must have to take the blame as well - it is all about money. 7 ODIs before Ashes is nothing but down-right stupidity. Back in 2010, we scheduled meaningless ODI games before Ashes and paid the price . Wondering what is going to happen this time.

  • wiseshah on September 19, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    tired of india matches, no more indian match plz

  • on September 19, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    What has Henriques done to be consigned to India tours and nothing else? It's pretty much the worst conditions for him to bowl... a very odd selection... especially when you look at the squad and he seems to be in for Shaun Marsh. Surely Callum Ferguson would be the next bat in line for the ODI side? I'm not stunned that Haddin is back in but we need an eye on the future. That's why Wade was brought in in the first place...

    And Doherty AHEAD of Ahmed makes sense... to a point. But why just the one spinner for an Indian tour? You have a guy placed third in line for the spinner spot you've invested a lot of time in through the year... why not give him a spot in the squad at least?

  • Nutcutlet on September 19, 2013, 12:04 GMT

    Does anyone care about this series? It's an absurd piece of scheduling & is living testimony to the cynical so-called thinking that dominates two cricket boards that should know better. Anyone who cares about cricket won't give this garbage house-room.

  • on September 19, 2013, 12:00 GMT

    Dropping Wade is a very good decision

    fawad should have been given another chance .. doherty doesnt take wickets .

    Giving hughes one more chance is also a poor decision . He should be dropped . Some other players like nick maddinson or ferguson should have been given a chance ...

  • Dhoni333 on September 19, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    Finally wade has been removed from the Australian squad . It shud have been fone a much earlier ... Similarly dont know y Hughes is stil in the squad . Cant remember wen he scored his last fifty . Fails to rotate strike, has never played spin well. Poor selection . Instead Warner or Marsh was a better choice . They hv played a lot in indian conditions n habe scored well . Doherty was a good selection over fawad. Fawad failed to make any impact against India A or in England .

  • kartcric on September 19, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    @correctcall. Don't have high hopes on fawad ahmed.Look at his bowling figures against England.He has has been hyped up,that's all

  • CalmIndiaFan on September 19, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    I am sick of these meaningless bilateral one-day games, that too 7 matches !!! I know that BCCI is stupid and incompetent but what was CA thinking ??

    As a fan I will not even watch 1 match live. Canceling my HD Cricket channel. I watched every game of the Ashes test and looking forward to the return series as stupid BCCI is going to cancel the Ind vs SA series anyways.

  • on September 19, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    Matthew Wade was a worse wicket keeper than Paul Collingwood's stand-in job for Prior during that 2009 Test against WI.

    He's a rubbish limited overs batsman too. As Mitty2 says, justice for Australian fans is done, sort of. Not sure about the decision to drop Fawad Ahmed for Xavier Doherty - I think Ahmed's seam is a bit too diagonal at present, but he still gets some spin and while he was expensive in the ODI's, at least he didn't bowl too many shockers.

    This may be controversial, but I would actually drop David Warner, and Shaun Marsh I've never been convinced with.

  • Iddo555 on September 19, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    As an England fan I'm delighted to hear Oz are sending over test players to play in this meaningless 7 game cash cow. I'm sure the dust bowls in India will be perfect preparation for the pitches in Oz (not)

  • on September 19, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    Why does Steve Smith not get in the squad? By far one of their best players of spin. If he is good enough for the Aussie test team, odis and t20 should be an easy inclusion

  • tanstell87 on September 19, 2013, 11:05 GMT

    @HatsforBats - no mate it is not ridiculous scheduling...India played 8 ODIs & 2 T20Is in Australia last year after 4 tests...Australia played only 4 tests on their Indian tour earlier in the year...this is the remaining ODI leg of that tour...

  • hyclass on September 19, 2013, 11:04 GMT

    I've long been a fan of Hughes but recognise that his persistence with proving technical competency and leg side ability have turned him from a prodigy with his own unique and excellent method, into someone who instills no confidence and is barely selectable. I've heard every excuse. Indeed, I've spent most of the last four years writing about him being forced to change his game by members of his own squad, on joining the 2009 Ashes and then being blamed for the consequences.That was four years ago and while he's been in the invidious position for most of it, of having to play text book, leading to almost certain failure,or play his game and risk not being selected, the time for indecision has long passed. Hughes must return to his original game plan. As unpolished as it appeared, it was peerless as a method. Hughes against spin in India has not been a successful combination. I admire his courage and empathise with his plight, but if ever a player needed to heed his instincts, its now.

  • correctcall on September 19, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    Fawad is better served playing long form cricket in Aus in preparation for a possible Ashes role. Further he will be gaining further experience on the type of pitches that will be used for the next World Cup rather than the Sub Continental dust bowls that are likely to be prepared for these 7 minor ODIs

  • kartcric on September 19, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    Davy warner can really impose himself on his day,especially in limited overs.He should keeping in mind,the World Cup

  • PutMarshyOn on September 19, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    They can't seriously want MJ to play all 7 games? He was brilliant in the recent Eng ODI. Crazy to tire him out and risk injury before the Ashes just when he now looks the bowler Lillee said he would be 16 years ago. There's no way they will get 5 consecutive tests out of Harris so MJ needs looking after. I can understand the Ahmed decision - Indian batsmen could seriously stress his confidence. Looks to me as though he is a serious chance for the Brisbane test. Would be hard on Lyon, but the Gabba is a great place to bowl leggies.

  • Mitty2 on September 19, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    Oh god justice is done. Wade is a worse keeper than Kamran Akmal - he is that bad. The amount of stumpings he's missed, the amount of catches dropped - we'd struggle to find a worse keeper in the domestic circuit. Unless he does something dramatic in the Shield and never drops a catch for six years in a row, I never want to see him play for Australia as a keeper again.

    Extremely disappointed that Doherty is back - he adds nothing. This is yet another perfect opportunity to play SOK - a pointless, meaningless bilateral series with no consequence - and yet we ignore him again. Surely we need to blood test potentials rather than the useless Doherty who will never had, and never has had a meaningful contribute to an Australian victory. Ridiculous to drop Ahmed regardless, especially considering the conditions.

    Not sure about Maxwell and Henriques - they don't add much. Batting looks strong, and Hughes needs to get the first five ODIs guaranteed before being released to the Shield.

  • hyclass on September 19, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    I find it amusing to watch endlessly predictable scenarios, play out in their inevitability. Warner, Marsh and Finch were all selected on the premise that form on the absurdly flat, drop in wicket in Pretoria, against lesser attacks had value. The hype for Warner's inclusion on the basis of his 193 there, approached hysteria. Yet it equated to 138 runs at 23 against quality opposition.Four players exceeded 150 in that match and scored personal bests, rendering that form irrelevant to quality cricket. Marsh was no different. His form there and against the amateur Scottish side equated to 0 and 25 at 12.5 against quality opposition in ODI's. He has remained a 4 game proposition at best re injuries in legitimate formats and his overall record is appalling. Finch managed 45, 0 and 26 for an average of 23 in the proper games after the hype over his Scottish runs and talk of Tests. His 1st class record is appalling. Its all so blindingly predictable.The selection malaise continues unabated.

  • rock.rockyin on September 19, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    OMG.the obsession for Test cricket has become too much among these comments I find here.come on guys.. why do you blame this as a meaningless series.I agree it could have been a 5 ODI series not 7 but what is this bashing abt ODI Cricket ?These days I think it has become a trend talking too high abt Test cricket and feeling that I know the game better and more knowledgeble than others.Every country visits other country once in 4 yrs for Test crick. WI,NZ,Aus,Eng,SA have all visited India in past 4 yrs.. and we visited Aus,Eng,WI,SA,SL in past 4 years.and it was such a balanced Itenary India met all the teams and viceversa.And you guys know why we dont meet Pakistan for obvious reasons.and what should India do now ? being free for more than 2 months.k Shud we play another meaningless IPL 2nd season with in an year? Move on guys.India has 5 Tests confirmed in England and 5 Tests in Aus in 2014.. whatelse u need.. playing with Zim and Bangla ?

  • HatsforBats on September 19, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    Ridiculous scheduling again before a difficult home summer. Is CA really that cash poor that we have to play yet another too-long and meaningless ODI series against India? SEVEN matches! The sooner these kinds of series are scrapped the better. World cricket would profit more from having a set schedule of home-away tours that are used to qualify for the world cup. On a positive note, there aren't too many test players going and Wade has been dropped.

  • PFEL on September 19, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    @KishoreMalladi, almost all the players that you suggested should have been selected are out injured.

  • npc_cricketlover on September 19, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    where're Ben Hilfenus, Siddle, Boulinger, Pattinson......are they axed or recovering from injury or rested keeping ashes in mind??

  • on September 19, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    As an Englishman I'm thrilled, Having Clarke and Watson going over there for a 7 match series is excellent news given their recent injury records, sadly it means that Australia will have a problem with their test side for the Ashes, no skipper and no Watson, two players most likely to do damage will be injured, their quicks are dropping like flies, they still don't have a spinner, England just need to turn up and it'll be 5-0, totally baffling as to why there is such a long ODI series scheduled before a bigger test series, England are going to be better prepared than the aussies at this rate!

  • ravi_hari on September 19, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    Team looks balanced on paper. However, it would be interesting to see who will replace Clarke in case he is dropped to rest his back. Haddin should have been the VC so that he could have led in case Clarke misses out. His return will add the much needed experience element to the side. It is wise to drop Fawad. He needs to hone his skills much more before attempting to bowl at the Indians who are the best players of spin. Doherthy and Maxwell can share a few overs whenever selected in the team. Moises is rewarded for his good showing in the test series and his experience in IPL will help. If Watson, Bailey and Finch continue their recent form, it would be an even battle otherwise Indians can aim at another white wash. Jhonson will love bowling here after his good showing with MI and will have enough match practise after CL. I feel Aussies look a better ODI side now and a couple of the present lot like Finch and Bailey can stake claim for the return ashes in case they do well here.

  • UAETigers on September 19, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    this is really mind blowing, how can the include tried and failed Doherty in specialists Fawad's repalcement. Again they left out Warner!!! Clarke is surely a great politician a part from a looser skipper.

  • wix99 on September 19, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    If Clarke can't play who will replace him? Steve Smith, David Warner or somebody else?

  • on September 19, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    how long will people persist with Hughes, he is a failure in all forms. why there is no callum Fergusson,chris lynn or madinson. I would expect fergusson to regain his spot. my 11 would be Aaron finch,Chris Lynn,Watson, Fergusson, Bailey, Voges, Paine, Hazelwood,Jhonson, Mckay,Doherty

  • on September 19, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    Why dont the Australians bring Cameron White back!!!If he plays well now he has the capability to continue his form till World Cup 2015!!

  • on September 19, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    This ODI series is great scheduling for England. Although only three (if Clarke goes) Aussies are likely to start in the Ashes, they are three big players and this will limit their preparation to only two shield matches while a big series win for India will only undermine any new confidence that the Aussies have acquired.

  • DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on September 19, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    as i said earlier, odi is best form of cricket which really tests stroke making abilities of batsmen and wicket taking abilites of bowlers. It provides evenly matched contest by limiting overs to 50. Waiting for this series for a longtime, and could be a close context between two best teams.

  • sifter132 on September 19, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    Doherty is the Tredwell of Australian cricket, generally does a good job - but good batsmen don't see him as a threat at all. I wish Haddin hadn't been picked really, I'd rather Clarke/Haddin/Watson spend their time at home preparing for the Ashes with red ball cricket. This would have been a good tour to give another keeper a run - Paine or Hartley most likely.

  • on September 19, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    clarke chickening out considering what indians did to his test team previously.I cod yet be second whitewash for australia in india in a matter of few months.expecting world champions to prepare tracks which suit their style of cricket and go for the jugular

  • RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on September 19, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    was steven smith not considered at all or os he still injured????

    surely, if fit, he is the perfect no.6 for aussies

  • DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on September 19, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    eagerly waiting for the series, seven odi's are cherry in milk. 1st ranked and 2nd ranked team playing each other, what a treat. Expecting close matches.

  • Gordo85 on September 19, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    Are you serious they still pick Doherty, I don't know why. The Wade one was not surprise as it was very painful to watch him in the series but in the tour game in England he made some runs and of course he didn't get a chance to play a Test thanks to this random guy Haddin who just took over his Test spot. I think the days of him playing ODI cricket are nearly gone because Wade doesn't do enough at ODI level, but I do feel he is best in the Test arena. Poor Cosgrove and Ferguson Cricket Australia obviously don't care about them as players and basically don't rate them by the looks of things. Other keepers like Hartley also must be feeling hard done by even though his One Day Domestic record isn't that great but he needs to get a start somewhere. Bradman Hughes still gets a spot for some unknown reason. Wake up Cricket Australia or you will loose me forever the way things are going at the moment. Come on Darren Lehmann stand up and get the players you have seen play well get a chance.

  • cric_gates on September 19, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    Well I have read some of Aussies calling this 7 odi tour with India an irelevent.Guys dont take this tour lightly or irrelevent as it will be more painful for u guys to digest 7-0 whitewash again and at the very moment i still can predict this.Aussie send your strongest side to avoid this whitewash otherwise it will be a big humiliation and mind it this humiliation will definitely affect your Winter Home Ashes.

  • malepas on September 19, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    A un-necessary series which both the teams could do without, common, players are not machines, a 4 month away Ashes and next one is round the corner, what sense this ODI's make? BCCI is obsessed with ODI's and killing its Test cricket, surely they could arrange a decent 2/3 tests series with somebody or keep this to just 3 ODI and 2 T20. 7 ODI's is like killing the geese.

  • mzm149 on September 19, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    If Fawad was a decent spinner he would have been automatically selected for India tour because spinners get much assistance from subcontinental pitches. But he is not impressive at all. Why did he not get selected in Pakistan national side is now clear.

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on September 19, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    Personally I would leave all the Test players (Clarke, Watson, Haddin & probably Johnson) in Australia for Ashes preparation and give players who are a fair way away from Test selection ie Paine , Cosgrove, Pomersbach , Ferguson etc the nod for this utterly pointless series. Ashton Agar could get some more games as well. Hughes needs to be in Australia too ..... a one day series in India as preparation for his Ashes hopes? Cruelty by the selectors.

  • Reverend-Cavalier on September 19, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    Is Steven Smith injured. Surely he should be picked as an ODI player first, but definitely after the way he played recently in India

  • ramli on September 19, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    The role of spin in ODIs is merely containing job ... so Aussies need not fear about past test results in India ... they should score more than 300 every time they bat first and be prepared to chase more o make the series interesting ... otherwise, it advantage India ... good luck to both teams

  • on September 19, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    This series is definately avoidable for both the side,,,,, 7 ODIs?? both cricket board should think twice,,, Aussie just returned from UK,, again they have Ashes,,,

    India should arrange test series rather than ODIs,,, Have we ever seen Eng and Aussie clashing for one off ODI series except they meet for Ashes??? Teams playing excessive ODIs should reframe their schedule,,,

  • EnglishCricket on September 19, 2013, 8:13 GMT

    A t20 and 7odis is far too much. Next time might as well play a 9 match odi series and get lots of records.

  • stonecoldb4u on September 19, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    if watson bats well india dont have any chance to win d series..........but i feel fawad should givn a chance to prove....dat too dropping him 4 doherty......voges is also slow left arm....soo i think doherty should nt giv a chance in 11.....maxwell can bowl offbreak...soo we should pick 4 fast n watson all rounder n maxwell n voges....if its damn spin track then we dont hav any option other then doherty.....my team is......1)Shane Watson,2) Aaron Finch, 3)Michael Clarke (capt), 4)George Bailey (vice-capt), 5)Adam Voges, 6)Brad Haddin (wk), 7)Glenn Maxwell, 8)Mitchell Johnson, 9)James Faulkner,10)Clint McKay,11)Nathan Coulter-Nile/Xavier Doherty.....if they want xtra batsman instead of Nathan Coulter-Nile/Xavier thn they can gv to some other batsman...series decider would be watson if not clarke.....

  • xtrafalgarx on September 19, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    @Blake Houston, The thing about coming into a side at 30+, you need to hit the ground running. No point giving a 31 year old experience when someone else could be getting it who could do as good a job and is younger. Also, Fawad didn't play cricket for four years and just bowled against a wall, he has a lot of catching up to do and time ain't on his side, Australia were hoping to get a ready made match winner not another work in progress, there are enough of those already.

    Wade is dropped, and rightly so, terribly out of form. He better work his butt of to get back into the grove, he has potential but it's tough for him. Good to see the selectors sticking with Hughes, he needs to deliver soon though.

  • Micky.Panda on September 19, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    I think team selected is much improved. Wade and Marsh out is definitely correct. Hughes needs a performance soon. Not sure I would pick Doherty over Admed though. Better give Admed another chance. I am sure Starc would be picked, if fit over Coulter-Nile. Starc is definitely better in one day format than in tests. Agree with Henriques coming back.

  • venkatesh018 on September 19, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    Without Clarke, the Aussie batting will be woefully inadequate and it will be a cakewalk for India. Also, why pick only 14 players for such a long series? At least 15 fit players are needed !

  • on September 19, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    Have the selectors learned nothing? They are taking just three spin options: one full-time (Doherty), one all-rounder (Maxwell) and one part-timer (Voges) to India! Ahmed did not distinguish himself recently but he certainly wasn't disgraced either and he needs a few more outings under various conditions to see what he can do. The dropping of Wade was not a minute too soon but the omission of Paine is a puzzler as he would now be the most likely to understudy Haddin. Series prediction: India have a brutal ODI team with plenty of talent and home advantage, a 3-1 scoreline is fair.

  • Zac89 on September 19, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    Clarke looks like is still carrying previous Australian test humiliation in India personally. Does not show a confident captain in him when the squad is on its way up in building confidence and momentum after the ODI series win in England. Observe Clarke complaining Injury before a series begins and showcases playing when injured. Is it a strategy?

  • wiseshah on September 19, 2013, 7:40 GMT

    tired of seeing cricket played by only india. where is other series. indias dominance is so bad for cricket

  • Big-Dog on September 19, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    Not suprised they dropped Ahmed. He's have to be the most overrated player of all time. Suprised Hughes is still in the squad. He is another who has passed his useby date.

  • PanGlupek on September 19, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    I tend to agree with most of the posters here, leaving out Fawad Ahmed doesn't seem logical.

    I can only imagine that they fancied him to get stackloads of wickets against England because they don't play spin brilliantly, and think that India's batsmen will be another matter (although by that logic, they could have just picked Doherty against England).

    Even so, India are likely to produce a couple of dustbowls and Doherty might be a good defensive option on flat tracks, but he surely won't get wickets unless batsmen look to smash him.

    Bad luck, Fawad.

  • Smithie on September 19, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    Clarke, Watson , Johnson and Haddin should not be risked on this irrelevant tour. Boof gets a break why not these four?

  • on September 19, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    good selection. best squad available. wish Maxwell will play .right decision to leave fawad as if he comes to Ind his career would have finished. Doherty is far better odi performer.I think fawad will be only useful in t20.love to see burns and agar in the t20. my 11 watto,finch,Clarke, Bailey, voges,Maxwell, haddin,mj,McKay, Faulkner, Doherty. this will beat Ind if pup and watto stay fit.

  • on September 19, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    I think this is a real 50/50 for guys like Fawad and Hughes, they would probably like to be in India, as Hughes is, but they would also probably enjoy every chance to push their claims in the shield comp, as Fawad will be.

    I am not overly disappointed that Fawad has been left out, for mine he looks more like a 4-5 day bowler and he does not field or bat well, then again nor does Doherty!

  • SyedAreYouDumb on September 19, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    Well once again Australian selectors fail to surprise me, dropping Fawad. His skill would have been tested against Spin happy players and especially on pitches that support TURN. You fast-tracked him for what? Atleast give him a few series, it would have been understandable if the tour was against SA in SA but it's in INDIA. I doubt he is ready for tests yet and I would be super surprised if he got ahead for Lyon in tests... Xavier Doherty, will get whipped by India no doubt. Anyway Wade being dropped was expected.

  • binnoy on September 19, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    i wud like to see mitchell starc instead of nathan coulter nile..he wud hav been handy.wid johnson

  • on September 19, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    Steven smith is injured ...... but ahmed should have been in the squad..

  • on September 19, 2013, 6:32 GMT

    Why did they drop Ahmed, he needs experience

  • on September 19, 2013, 6:32 GMT

    that's pretty strange, putting so much efforts into Fawad & now dropping him when its time for him to show up in dust bowls of subcontinent, this would surely have been an acid test for him. secondly where is steve smith again i say he is being given so many chances at bigger level so must have been kept fr this tour.

  • on September 19, 2013, 6:32 GMT

    Haddin: "Had him in", had him out! "Waded" in faded out.! "Had him in", once again! Paine between, somewhere there! Yes, pain between in the guts, to see this musical chair! Is that shelf, so bare?. Gilly, where are you? Do you know anyone who can wear your shoes. Whom, we can at least bear! Should be there, somewhere!

  • Philippe on September 19, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    If clarke doesn't come then it is sure that aussies are loosing the series by big margin. He was the only batsmen during last test tour who seem to play spin bowling well..

  • Sachit1979 on September 19, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    I am astonished to see Philip Hughes ahead of David Hussey or Steve Smith in Indian conditions. Do selectors really believe batting conditions along with form also matter a lot and those should be considered while selecting the squad?

  • on September 19, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    R U Kidding in turning pitches like India, they have axed Fawad Ahmad too..... tested his ability in not favouring tracks of eng is not a good show.

  • Biggus on September 19, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    No surprises here, Wade's in atrocious form and needs to go back to the local comp and sort himself out.

  • OZ_CRICKETLOVER on September 19, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    where is steve smith.. is he still injured ??

  • OZ_CRICKETLOVER on September 19, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    where is steve smith.. is he still injured ??

  • Biggus on September 19, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    No surprises here, Wade's in atrocious form and needs to go back to the local comp and sort himself out.

  • on September 19, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    R U Kidding in turning pitches like India, they have axed Fawad Ahmad too..... tested his ability in not favouring tracks of eng is not a good show.

  • Sachit1979 on September 19, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    I am astonished to see Philip Hughes ahead of David Hussey or Steve Smith in Indian conditions. Do selectors really believe batting conditions along with form also matter a lot and those should be considered while selecting the squad?

  • Philippe on September 19, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    If clarke doesn't come then it is sure that aussies are loosing the series by big margin. He was the only batsmen during last test tour who seem to play spin bowling well..

  • on September 19, 2013, 6:32 GMT

    Haddin: "Had him in", had him out! "Waded" in faded out.! "Had him in", once again! Paine between, somewhere there! Yes, pain between in the guts, to see this musical chair! Is that shelf, so bare?. Gilly, where are you? Do you know anyone who can wear your shoes. Whom, we can at least bear! Should be there, somewhere!

  • on September 19, 2013, 6:32 GMT

    that's pretty strange, putting so much efforts into Fawad & now dropping him when its time for him to show up in dust bowls of subcontinent, this would surely have been an acid test for him. secondly where is steve smith again i say he is being given so many chances at bigger level so must have been kept fr this tour.

  • on September 19, 2013, 6:32 GMT

    Why did they drop Ahmed, he needs experience

  • on September 19, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    Steven smith is injured ...... but ahmed should have been in the squad..

  • binnoy on September 19, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    i wud like to see mitchell starc instead of nathan coulter nile..he wud hav been handy.wid johnson