Pakistan v Australia 2012 July 16, 2012

Australia name Maxwell for Pakistan series

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Australia have called up the uncapped allrounder Glenn Maxwell for their ODI and Twenty20 matches against Pakistan in the UAE. The batsman Callum Ferguson has also been recalled to the one-day side, having last played for Australia more than a year ago, and Cameron White has been named in the T20 squad, six months after losing the national captaincy to George Bailey.

Michael Hussey will return in both formats, having missed the tour of England due to the premature birth of his child, and Peter Forrest has been dropped. The selectors have also decided to rest Shane Watson and Ben Hilfenhaus from the one-day portion of the trip - the same squad has been named for the one-off ODI against Afghanistan - and they have deemed that Pat Cummins will be fit enough to take part in the three T20s despite his early exit from the England tour with a side strain.

The squads are also without the veteran Brett Lee, who retired from international cricket on Friday, and the offspinner Nathan Lyon has been overlooked after being part of Australia's T20 squad in the Caribbean. The inclusion of Maxwell, 23, has come after his impressive performances for Hampshire in the Friends Life t20 this year - he has made 178 runs at 59.33 and a strike rate of 178.

In February 2011, Maxwell scored the quickest half-century in Australia's domestic one-day history when he brought up his fifty in 19 balls for Victoria against Tasmania, and his powerful striking has proved useful in all formats. Also a handy offspinner and an agile fieldsman, Maxwell has now emerged as a potential selection for the World T20 in Sri Lanka in September, along with fellow spinners Brad Hogg and Xavier Doherty, who will also play in the UAE.

"Glenn Maxwell is a relatively inexperienced player who debuted for Victoria in 50-over and T20 cricket in the 2009-10 season and in the Sheffield Shield the following season," John Inverarity, the national selector, said. "He's a versatile and lively off-spinning allrounder and brilliant fieldsman that has caught the eye of the national selection panel.

"An injury last January somewhat halted his progress but in recent months he has impressed in the IPL and with Hampshire. Glenn will provide another spin bowler option on the slow, low, turning wickets in the UAE."

The three T20s are Australia's last outings in the format before the World T20 and there are unlikely to be any major changes to the 15-man squad for that tournament. The veteran spinner Hogg, 41, has been in the selectors' plans for the World T20 for six months, while the inclusion of Cummins is not surprising, his recent injury notwithstanding, given the desire for him to be part of the world tournament as well.

The inclusion of White came after he revived his lagging form with a strong display for Deccan Chargers in the IPL this year and for Northamptonshire in the Friends Life t20. A year ago, White was expected to be the man who would lead Australia to the World T20 in Sri Lanka but his form led to a reassessment from Inverarity's selection panel.

"Cameron White has recaptured some form in recent months," Inverarity said. "He scored particularly well in the IPL and with Northamptonshire in the county T20 competition. His experience and striking ability resulted in him winning favour with the NSP and shading Steve Smith for a place. Further, he will be able to provide invaluable support to George Bailey and Shane Watson, captain and vice-captain respectively."

Watson has been named in the T20 squad but not for the ODIs, having been sent home early from the England series due to a calf strain. David Warner will be Michael Clarke's vice-captain for the three ODIs, which will start at 6pm local time to avoid the extreme daytime heat, and the series will also provide an opportunity for Ferguson to resume his international career.

"The ODI squad has a strong development aspect to it," Inverarity said. "Shane Watson and Ben Hilfenhaus have not been included and Brett Lee has retired. This will provide development opportunities for others and allow Shane and Ben to complete a more thorough strength and conditioning program before embarking on a very demanding schedule.

"Callum Ferguson played very well at times for the Australian ODI team in 2009 before a serious knee injury halted his progress at international level. The NSP is keen to facilitate Callum's return to consistent good form and has included him in the squad and anticipates that he will benefit greatly from being in the team environment and any opportunities that may come his way.

"Michael Hussey's return to the fold in both squads will be welcomed. His all-round batting skills, the outstanding manner in which he prepares, and his unrelenting quest for excellence will add greatly to the team dynamic.

"The conditions in the UAE will be very demanding. The pitches will be different and it will be extremely hot, necessitating ODIs beginning at 6pm and ending after 1am. The players will be able to add further to their kitbags of experiences."

ODI squad David Warner, Matthew Wade (wk), Michael Clarke (capt), George Bailey, Callum Ferguson, Michael Hussey, David Hussey, Daniel Christian, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Johnson, Xavier Doherty, James Pattinson, Clint McKay, Mitchell Starc

T20 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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  • Meety on July 18, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    @kensohatter - funnily enough, I've never really been much of a fan of White. I used to get very annoyed by the Victorian push for him to be captain of the Test, ODI & T20 sides during & just after the Ashes, despite being in pretty awful form. I would like to see Christian given a top order/pinch hitting role, he is unorthodox in his hitting & I think with the field up, he could be a trump card.

  • zenboomerang on July 18, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    Interesting that Ferguson & Christian didn't get the Eng series, but now picked for UAE tour that may not be their best fit... Last 3 OD matches that Ferguson played he was out to spin - Krejza, White, Holland... Going to be much tougher against Ajmal & Hafeez - which makes the dropping of Watson seem like protecting him against the best, which surely is counter productive (or old boys school)... Christian was poorly used by Watson (knife in the back comes to mind) so be interesting to see if Clarke uses him more efficiently...

  • zenboomerang on July 18, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    @unregisteredalien :- "Does anyone know how Andrew McDonald is running at the moment?"... Ronnie is running normally atm; also batting & bowling well ;) ... For the few matches he played for Punjab he was very economical bowling & even opened the batting once... Too often been under-rated by Oz... Ronnie & Smith have similar List A stats atm, but Christian has better List A stats both with both bat & ball... Still, I don't see a great deal of difference between them...

  • kensohatter on July 18, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    @Meety - The advantage that White holds is his ability to score runs quickly which is useful in 20/20. I think he has been confused over his role in the team for way too long. If he is used he should be used as either a floating batsman who can up the tempo or a finisher in the last 5 or so overs. I just feel this role could also be given to a player like Dan Christan or Pattinson and with them you get 10overs of bowling as well. Im happy hes in form and if he was 5yrs younger id say fair enough still I appreciate your ability to put your opinion forward... we all have players that for some reason we want to see do well and so will excuse poor performances... mine was marcus north!

  • Meety on July 17, 2012, 23:37 GMT

    @Dashgar - high risk strategy, but one I think could work, particularly in T20s (so maybe Warner + White?). In T20s - breaking the ryhthm up can be half the trick, so bowling part timers in one over spells can often sneak up on the batsmen.

  • Meety on July 17, 2012, 23:34 GMT

    @kensohatter - oops! Didn't mean for it to sound like I rate White as a great batsmen. I think he has had a good ODI career - with some great periods. I meant more emphasis on when "in form". Problem iis - he was out of sorts in all formats for about 2 years. Definately don't want him in the test team, unsure about ODIs, but I have to say he has had really good T20 form over the last 6 mths from IPL to Friends T20, & I think he is well picked in the T20 squad. I would be picking White primarily as a batsmen, probably instead of Bailey - IMO White & Christian are NOT mutually exclusive, meaning they (IMO), can be selected in the same side. To reduce the International wworkload on Watto, I'd actually consider Christian opening the batting in place of Watto, (for T20s) particularly if we stacked the side with batting options deepdown the line (say Maxwell @#8). Love to see Butterworth get a chance, although I rate him more of a bowling allrounder.

  • gerachi on July 17, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    Sooooo brad Haddin still 'the number one choice wicket keeper'?

  • kensohatter on July 17, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    @Meety Think we can both agree calling him great is a over assesment of his career to date! He just seems to be categorised as an allrounder when he never bowls even when he is captain. In my opinion we just have better options in this category Mcdonalds been mentioned a few times in this forum, Christian is another who offers the same sort of strike rate as white and offers more with the ball. Luke Butterworth offers something in both forms and of course we have Watson. If you class him as just a batsman hes not in the top 6 (or 10) and hes not exactly a young rookie they are trying to blood... I just dont get the selection... Agree with your opinion of ferguson though... quality bat deserves his spot

  • Dashgar on July 17, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    With Maxwell, Dave Hussey and Clarke in the squad they may not even pick Doherty. That way they can bat Maxwell at 8 and still use 3 quicks.

  • on July 17, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    @Landl47. Indeed the no.3 slot is one of intrigue. Perhaps Clarke will open for the Aussies in a move to negate the Pakistanis opening the bowling with Hafeez and then bat Wade at 3? That would be an interesting tactic for sure, probably won't happen though. @Steven Andrews, really like that top seven, i guess from there you can only pick who's in the squad!

  • Meety on July 18, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    @kensohatter - funnily enough, I've never really been much of a fan of White. I used to get very annoyed by the Victorian push for him to be captain of the Test, ODI & T20 sides during & just after the Ashes, despite being in pretty awful form. I would like to see Christian given a top order/pinch hitting role, he is unorthodox in his hitting & I think with the field up, he could be a trump card.

  • zenboomerang on July 18, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    Interesting that Ferguson & Christian didn't get the Eng series, but now picked for UAE tour that may not be their best fit... Last 3 OD matches that Ferguson played he was out to spin - Krejza, White, Holland... Going to be much tougher against Ajmal & Hafeez - which makes the dropping of Watson seem like protecting him against the best, which surely is counter productive (or old boys school)... Christian was poorly used by Watson (knife in the back comes to mind) so be interesting to see if Clarke uses him more efficiently...

  • zenboomerang on July 18, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    @unregisteredalien :- "Does anyone know how Andrew McDonald is running at the moment?"... Ronnie is running normally atm; also batting & bowling well ;) ... For the few matches he played for Punjab he was very economical bowling & even opened the batting once... Too often been under-rated by Oz... Ronnie & Smith have similar List A stats atm, but Christian has better List A stats both with both bat & ball... Still, I don't see a great deal of difference between them...

  • kensohatter on July 18, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    @Meety - The advantage that White holds is his ability to score runs quickly which is useful in 20/20. I think he has been confused over his role in the team for way too long. If he is used he should be used as either a floating batsman who can up the tempo or a finisher in the last 5 or so overs. I just feel this role could also be given to a player like Dan Christan or Pattinson and with them you get 10overs of bowling as well. Im happy hes in form and if he was 5yrs younger id say fair enough still I appreciate your ability to put your opinion forward... we all have players that for some reason we want to see do well and so will excuse poor performances... mine was marcus north!

  • Meety on July 17, 2012, 23:37 GMT

    @Dashgar - high risk strategy, but one I think could work, particularly in T20s (so maybe Warner + White?). In T20s - breaking the ryhthm up can be half the trick, so bowling part timers in one over spells can often sneak up on the batsmen.

  • Meety on July 17, 2012, 23:34 GMT

    @kensohatter - oops! Didn't mean for it to sound like I rate White as a great batsmen. I think he has had a good ODI career - with some great periods. I meant more emphasis on when "in form". Problem iis - he was out of sorts in all formats for about 2 years. Definately don't want him in the test team, unsure about ODIs, but I have to say he has had really good T20 form over the last 6 mths from IPL to Friends T20, & I think he is well picked in the T20 squad. I would be picking White primarily as a batsmen, probably instead of Bailey - IMO White & Christian are NOT mutually exclusive, meaning they (IMO), can be selected in the same side. To reduce the International wworkload on Watto, I'd actually consider Christian opening the batting in place of Watto, (for T20s) particularly if we stacked the side with batting options deepdown the line (say Maxwell @#8). Love to see Butterworth get a chance, although I rate him more of a bowling allrounder.

  • gerachi on July 17, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    Sooooo brad Haddin still 'the number one choice wicket keeper'?

  • kensohatter on July 17, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    @Meety Think we can both agree calling him great is a over assesment of his career to date! He just seems to be categorised as an allrounder when he never bowls even when he is captain. In my opinion we just have better options in this category Mcdonalds been mentioned a few times in this forum, Christian is another who offers the same sort of strike rate as white and offers more with the ball. Luke Butterworth offers something in both forms and of course we have Watson. If you class him as just a batsman hes not in the top 6 (or 10) and hes not exactly a young rookie they are trying to blood... I just dont get the selection... Agree with your opinion of ferguson though... quality bat deserves his spot

  • Dashgar on July 17, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    With Maxwell, Dave Hussey and Clarke in the squad they may not even pick Doherty. That way they can bat Maxwell at 8 and still use 3 quicks.

  • on July 17, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    @Landl47. Indeed the no.3 slot is one of intrigue. Perhaps Clarke will open for the Aussies in a move to negate the Pakistanis opening the bowling with Hafeez and then bat Wade at 3? That would be an interesting tactic for sure, probably won't happen though. @Steven Andrews, really like that top seven, i guess from there you can only pick who's in the squad!

  • straight_drive4 on July 17, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    @okakaboka - yeah you are right... mcdonald is the best all rounder in the world. better than kallis too. actually, come to think of it, i reckon bryce mcgain was robbed as well. he should have been picked in the australia team after shane warne retired, not stuart macgill!! typical victorian

  • zenboomerang on July 17, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    @landl47 :- "I just don't see the thinking here" - Unusual post & sounding confused?... Oz has picked 4 backup players so 4 are going to miss out... Bailey is normally a top order batsman in domestic comps... Maxwell bats up the order in OD/T20 - Hampshire no.5 or 6... Smith? He is a batsman with average bowling atm - D Huss is a better option... Smith & Maxwell are both 23, so expecting to see more of them in the years to come... As this series is in UAE, Oz may pick 2 spinners...

  • Okakaboka on July 17, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    @jonesy2...I think Andrew MacDonald IS the best alrounder in the world. He is a better bowler than Watson and I would argue a better bat. Watson....as we all know ...has 2 shots: The wack and the block. MacDonald has more shots and is even a better fieldsman....End of story. Unfortunately for him, someone seems to have painted him Beige since the 'North' and 'Smith' experiments blew up!

  • AKS286 on July 17, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    ajmal, hafeez, rehman are the real threat to Oz. and the clarke bowling is the key for oz. the common thing about hafeez,rehman & clarke is the wicket to wicket bowling.IMO Oz must go for 2 pace bowler (MJ & hilfy) one all rounder pace bowler(butterworth) and two specialist spinners. deherty or kreja will be a good option. and as a 2nd spinner who is steady, accurate bowls wicket to wicket with tight line & length is M.BEER. Pak players are not comfortable against left arm spinner. so i think butterworth, MJ, hilfy, kreja/doherty & Beer is a good pair. and Oz young players will not handle the spinners in uae so they required batting depth ie why butterworth as a third pace bowler, rest clarke, hussey, warner will handle.

  • Rafelgibt on July 17, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    @gunnerr4life on (July 16 2012, 16:42 PM GMT) what makes you think that BPL is going to hire very ordinary bowler like DOHERTY???Belive me brother we have better left arm spinners in our under-19 team than Doherty........So all the best to AUSSIE............Last few days are coming.......

  • unregisteredalien on July 17, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    Does anyone know how Andrew McDonald is running at the moment? He's looked to be a sensational performer at times but he seems to be out of the selectors' thoughts. If he's fit, I'd definitely take him over Smith, probably over White, and possibly over Christian too.

  • Meety on July 17, 2012, 2:30 GMT

    @kensohatter - IMO, White is batting very well in T20s, he's been selected in the T20 squad, I think his IPL & Friends T20 form has justified his selection. In form, White is a good/great limited over batsmen. @MinusZero - 364 (inc 1 ton), runs in 9 games for Sth Oz @ 52 with a S/R of 86! That form enuff?

  • kensohatter on July 16, 2012, 23:32 GMT

    Excellent news...Ferguson was starting to really find his feet at international ODI level so hopefully he can pick up where he left off. Hes a talented player and id like to see him push on for a test spot cause Australia is a tad light on quality bats at present. As for White I just dont see his value... same goes for smith. They dont really give any quality in any area (aside from maybe slips fielding). Why not just pick a quality bat or quality bowler rather than a guy who does both below average!?!

  • MinusZero on July 16, 2012, 23:07 GMT

    So ferguson's form justifying selection is where exactly?

  • on July 16, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    Batting looks like a better force with ferguson finally back in the squad. Let's just hope it's not too late for him, it would be a massive shame. I think White will return to form, leaving the Aussies with a much stronger batting line-up. The bowling looks good, except for Doherty, I still think that O'Keefe has his measure and can do a whole lot better. Even such, Lyon can do a better job than Doherty. Pace attack needs better guidance IMO, but the batting is sorted for mine.

  • jonesy2 on July 16, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    mitch marsh not being picked over dan christian is a horrible joke considering he is the best allrounder in the world after s watson

  • marlon17 on July 16, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    still no Shaun Marsh... disappointing... deserved to be in the ODI & T2o squads...

  • HadleeCrowe on July 16, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    wow some more one-dayers ...simply riveting

  • on July 16, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    This is a good chance to Pakistan to prove to the whole world that they are still 'tops' in world cricket, despite the unfortunate situation of not having enough internationals, for real ( but non-cricketing) reasons. I wish Pak all the success.

  • on July 16, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    well,it is always match worthwatching betw. these countries, but unfourtunatly bretlee has retired and akhtar too , as i love chin music, ...

  • on July 16, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    Australia should / could have picked KP. He is available. He is desperately waving the flag to the whole world, announcing that he is missing international cricket (with the same intensity, he was missing his family earlier) and that he is available (any nation will do --he is used to it). "Bell" seems to have tolled for him in the English ODI cricket!

  • aarfeen on July 16, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    Where is R.harris ?? Is he is injured ??

  • on July 16, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    the selectors are getting things a bit closer. good selections with Ferguson replacing forrest. i like the bold move on bringing Maxwell in. ODI team for this series would be Warner, Wade, Clarke, Ferguson, Hussey, Hussey, Maxwell, Johnson, Pattinson, Mckay, Starc (if a decent spinner was available in for johnson) 20/20 team Warner, Watson, White, M Hussey, Maxwell, D Hussey, Christian, Hogg, Starc, Mckay, Cummins. Bailey can captain from the bench. better still captain from back in tassie

  • Ozcricketwriter on July 16, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    Thank God that Peter Forrest is finally gone! This squad would have had a chance of winning in England - plus Shane Watson instead of Glenn Maxwell of course. It just highlights how stupid the squad to England was.

  • reddawn1975 on July 16, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    Someone please tell me why Steve smith is still in any format of Australia's international teams.I think his skill level he's dam lucky to be playing state cricket.Good to see Callum Ferguson back in the side he played very well for Australia before he injured his knee.And i think we are still lacking a top 5 batsman in there it's not as if Australia dont have the talent in the state teams to pop someone in there.

  • RandyOZ on July 16, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    Shame Hughsey didn't get picked because he is carving up the (albeit weak) county system, but I guess its good to give him the rest of the county season. Really good to see another South Aussie in the team. Hope he loves up to his potential.

  • ihaq1 on July 16, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    i must say that several players in this team have been underperforming...like david warner, steve smith and doherty who was not given a chance in england...obviously teh aussies have buttressed their batting with christian, white, mike hussey and callum ferguson, maxwell..they are probably looking at several players to play as alrounders like maxwell and christian after steve smiths failure...doherty while initially a lame duck has bowled well against pakistan and they are probably looking at taking two left armers to teh world t20 plus maxwell..pattinson and cummins are becoming known injury risks and teh heat in teh UAE could take its toll on the fast bowlers

  • RandyOZ on July 16, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    Did we just drop Peter Forrest because of poor performance? What are the selectors thinking?!?!

  • Gordo85 on July 16, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    Finally Ferguson gets a chance yet again !! I have been waiting a long long time for him to come back into the Australian Cricket Team. Not to mention it is really good to see Cameron White back also which is great. Johnson shouldn't have made it and the same goes with Doherty. You can not tell me that Doherty deserves his spot in the squad and that they could have gone for someone else. Maxwell is an interesting one that is for sure I hope he does well.

  • landl47 on July 16, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    Interesting squad, although I don't see what direction the selectors are taking with the ODI selections. Warner and Wade to open, but who is #3? Bailey was the most successful Aus batsman in Eng but his last innings was at #7. There's Ferguson but who does he replace if not Bailey? Clarke #4, the Husseys 5 and 6. Where does Maxwell bat? His stats say he's a batsman who bowls a bit, but he bats at #8 for Victoria. If the bowling is three from Johnson, Pattinson, McKay, Starc plus Doherty, it's one of Maxwell, Smith and Christian at 7. Counting Bailey, Aus's #7 in their last ODI, that's 4 #7s in the squad. 3 of them aren't going to play, unless Bailey is pushed up to #3 and Ferguson is left out. I just don't see the thinking here. Lots of people are dumping on Smith. The kid's just turned 23. I think Aus has messed him about- in Eng he batted #6, didn't bowl in the first ODI, was left out twice then batted #5 and bowled 2 overs. How is he supposed to develop if he's treated like that?

  • venkatesh018 on July 16, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    Glad to see that Callum Ferguson is at last getting his much deserved chance...Mitchell Starc's recall is also a welcome move. But whey they keep picking Steven Smith is baffling?

  • azzaman333 on July 16, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    Ferguson was on the verge of becoming one of the best ODI batsmen in the world before he did his ACL. Hopefully he can revisit that sort of form in this upcoming series. Great to see Maxwell included, one of the most destructive batsmen in the world on his day. And even better, White back in the frame after a stellar IPL season. Good to see that if you perform in domestic cricket, you get rewarded.

  • on July 16, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    where is shane watson !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Meety on July 16, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    @Terry Wise - Ronchi? He is trying his luck with NZ! "...Ferguson had been tried and tried again..." - why is that such a bad thing? He may fail in the series v Pakistan - however at this point he is nothing but a success at International level. @Rafelgibt - I'm a fan of Bangladesh cricket, but bagging Doherty does not do you any good. Doherty is on about par with Shuvo (but behind Razzaq & Shakib),- with Doherty probably better as Doherty has played better opposition. So I'm pretty sure he would get a gig in Bangladesh domestic cricket should he choose to.

  • on July 16, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    it is good to see the match between these two sides ,as aus is the epitome of ckt. And pak, is the biggest entertainer ,i 'ike the ckt betw, these two count. as they have produced the wor'ds bestbowlers along with wi , i like chin music , but unfourtunately lee is not around and akthar has also retired some where ago..?

  • derpherp on July 16, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    @ Terry Wise sorry mate, Ronchi is now officially a New Zealander, so he will never play for Australia. anyway, interesting squad, hopefully the bowling is up to scratch with cummins and lee out

  • Farrukh.91. on July 16, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    Aussies made a mistake judging players by the IPL & Friendslife T20!

  • whatawicket on July 16, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    Dan Christian dont make me laugh. his ipl price tag alone should say, he would be in every short form game of cricket for the aussies. in reality with him,the preferable cannot bat Cannot bowl. and by him sitting out the 2nd 1/2 of his ipl franchise they know it to. how would anyone pay close to a million $ for this guy.

  • Rafelgibt on July 16, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    Good to see Cameron White and Ferguson in the team.......Both desrved to be in the team..........But why Doherty is in the team???Just left arm spinners are doing well in world cricket that doesn't mean you will take a very ordinary bowler like Doherty!!!!Believe me this guy is not going to get his place in any of our (Bangladesh) national cricket league team..........AUSSIE cricket is dimming this shows it long way.......

  • on July 16, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    Smith and White are 'all-rounders' not good enough to be allowed to bowl. Ferguson had been tried and tried again. As for Johnson. Ronchi could get a chance if sorts out his other problems beyond the game. What is wrong with giving others a chance? Butterworth, Cutting, Faulkner, Bird, Townsend to name but a few.

  • Meety on July 16, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    @R_U_4_REAL_NICK - nobody is/was saying Lyon is the best spinner in the world, I think he has great potential, & am stoked he is not playing ODIs or T20s. I think Oz have better options than Doherty in ODis, although statistically he isn't too bad in that format. He should improve in T20s. @ jeauxx - Ferguson's FC stats are terrible when it comes to conversions, as he tends to bat more @#4/5 or 6 in List A's, opportunies to get 100s are more limited. (BTW - I am a fan of Ferguson & felt he should of been playing in the tri-series ahead of Forrest & Bailey). As far as Cooper, he is a prospect, although I like the fact he plays for the Netherlands & I only want him selected (as if it were up to me), for Oz if the NSP were convinced he was the real deal & they give him an extended run. Serves world cricket (IMO) better that he plays for the Netherlands. With ten Doeschete - the Dutch have a statistically great middle order in ODIs.

  • on July 16, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    this is the best chance pak has to whitewash aus in an odi series. aussies are pretty weak team at the moment with bret lee gone shane watson injured

  • popcorn on July 16, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    As a strategic preparation for The World Cup 2015, it is good that the Selectors are giving opportunities to different players to perform.But I simply cannot understand why the Selectors persist with the worthless Steve Smith.

  • satish619chandar on July 16, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    @R_U_4_REAL_NICK : Lyon was never a ODI spinner for Australia whereas Doherty is..

  • Syed_imran_abbas on July 16, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    hussy,s inclusion is a big boost for aus but wil miss lee. wont be playing pak spin in deserts.

  • Simoc on July 16, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    The ODI team looks very weak in the bowling department. It's high time Christian did something worthwhile but I guess he's a fringe player at best. The T20 side looks to be the goods and is capable of beating any team that C Gayle isn't playing for.

  • Yevghenny on July 16, 2012, 8:36 GMT

    Why is Steve Smith selected when clearly nobody in Australia, including the people selecting him or his captain, think he can bowl

  • on July 16, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    Doherty is the biggest joke of a spinner I've seen but knowing Pakistan's troubles against left arm spinners, I expect him to have the series of his life.

  • jeauxx on July 16, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    That said, I wish all the best to Fergy. It'd make my winter to see him rack up a lot of runs for Australia and earn himself a spot.

  • EvilOverlord on July 16, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    Amazed Rob Quiney isn't even being considered so far-led the Sheffield Shield run tally, top ten in the ryobi cup with a strike rate of 97 (only Hodge and Luke Ronchi scored more runs with a strike rate over 90) and led the Melbourne Stars run scoring in the Big Bash. Surely has to be thought about?

  • jeauxx on July 16, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    @Meety - ah, didn't realise. Still, 1 century to add to his career's 2 just doesn't seem to justify his spot with me. I feel like they're picking him on a reuptation which he's never lived up to. E.g. Cooper performed better and provides a bowling option, why wasn't he picked? His recent matches scores reads very similarly to Ferguson's. On top of that you have Khawaja, who, in the '12 Ryobi Cup, nabbed twice as many tons in a third as many innings, plus one in his most recent knock for Derbyshire. For me there are numerous reasons he'd be the better option over Ferguson.

  • ajayrcs on July 16, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    Brad Hogg and no Ponting come oonnnnnnnnn! How low Australia can go? If Pakistan Batsman plays well another series loss for Australia on the cards.

  • Sak-pakifan on July 16, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    aussies are gonna be whitewashed by us . and we are gonna be on the top of the t20 rankings table

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on July 16, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    First Hauritz, and now Lyon! This is unbelievable. Most of the Aussies on this site were touting Lyon as being the next best spinner in the world only last year. I mean Xavier Doherty... come on! What is wrong with the selectors?

  • Ramsespd on July 16, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    Great to see Maxi get his chance and good to see Christian back in. Dan should have been taken for the ODI series in England too. Just because Johnson has a 2 year contract doesnt mean you should include him in the squad, especially as he's a mentally fragile dud. As for Smith, PLEASE a supposed all rounder who bats at 8 and doesnt get a bowl. Cam White, Andrew MacDonald or even Luke Butterworth are all better all round options. Damn shame that Mitch Marsh is on the piss, he'd be a great inclusion. Coulter-Nile probably should have got a look in too...

  • on July 16, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    Good to see Glenn Maxwell he is a dynamic player, a more the handy offspinner and a devastating batsman when he's on song. Cam white should help the T20 side no end, but i would like to see him in the ODI's too instead of steve smith, Ferguson coming back is the best thing ever for the aussies he is very suited to ODI and will do a great job, this aussie team can actually win games haha......its awesome forrest got dropped he is not good in ODI's

  • Bilar on July 16, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    very weak bowling attack compared to what pakistan have ........batting seams to be equal in abbsence of shane watson.

  • on July 16, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    I think Ricky Ponting ought to be in the ODI squad for AUSTRALIANS, Brett Lee will be missed aswel.

  • Swiz26 on July 16, 2012, 7:52 GMT

    About time Maxi got his chance. Bats, bowls & is a fantastic fielder. Looks like the new selection committee might finally pick a team worthy of representing Australia and not just New South Wales.

  • Meety on July 16, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    @jeauxx - Ferguson was one of the better performers in the Ryobi last year, & got 1 ton. @RyanHarrisGreatCricketer - re: Starc, he has been bowling brilliantly in T20s in England, where he bowls a bit at the end, his E/R is about the best in the league, so I don't think your opinion of his "death" bowling is currently accurate. @Jono Makim - I really do think White's form over the last 3 or 4 mths across the IPL & in England has pretty much demanded selection. @Okakaboka - AB Mac is invisible. @Always-positive - had to laugh at your comment compared to your nickname! Not very..... @CricHorizon - Khawaja imo coming along nicely in List As, & has just got a ton, but I'm happy for him to keep plugging away over in England & worry about making the National side after a good start to the Shield.

  • on July 16, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    Mitchell Johnson. Are you kidding me Mitchell Johnson

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on July 16, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    Well ... a bit more like an ODI squad after the team that was in England which was all about experience and acclimatisation for potential Test players. Hopefully we will see a more aggressive team with Wade up the order and some oomph in the batting. I share the bemusement at the continued selection of Johnson and Smith. Particularly good to see Ferguson whose injury came at the worst possible time when he was establishing himself and has effectively knocked his career back for 2 years.

  • emmersonne on July 16, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    But he'll be back with Hampshire in time for the T20 finals, right?

    RIGHT???

  • satish619chandar on July 16, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    Finally some sensible decision.. Ferguson back is just awesome news.. Not sure about Maxwell.. He is decent but Aussies have not other way as there is lack of options.. I would still prefer Smith over Maxwell any day..

  • Always-positive on July 16, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    ODI team is pretty much same team that got smashed by England, can't wait to see every team blow apart their paper thin batting and toothless bowling.

  • ozwriter on July 16, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    i agree with ferguson coming in. khawaja should come in too based on his List A records. in 19 innings, he has 4 centuries, 2 fifties and averages 45. Early on but that is some 50-over format record. ferguson for comparison has 3 centuries and 20 fifties in 80+ games

  • raj_24 on July 16, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    Places still there for Steve Smith and Johnson ? There must be some huge shortage of players for ODI cricket for Aus

  • PrasPunter on July 16, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    And why on earth are Smith and Mitchell Johnson in squad ? strange are the selectors' ways !! Why not use this opportunity to groom new guys ? Or atleast Cam white would have been a better choice than Smith for the ODIs for that matter !!

  • Okakaboka on July 16, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    Glad to see Ferguson and White return. Maxwell is really promising and this is the first bit of common sense shown for a while. What about McDonald instead of Hilfenhaus in T20 and Smith in the ODI? Would have been a much smarter thing to do! For how many years, woops, decades, does Smith have to fail for him to be deselected?

  • AKS286 on July 16, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    OMG only one spinner. no voges, beer, mcdonald. by looking above squad my team will be for odis warner, m.hussey, fergusion, clarke, bailey, wade, maxwell, MJ, deherty, mckay,starc

  • on July 16, 2012, 6:36 GMT

    Very pleased to see Maxwell and Ferguson in there. I just hope Fergie is in a bit of form. Dan Christians selection also adds a bit more hittig ability to the lower middle order. Interesting to see that Mitch Johnson has only been selected for the odi's. It's pretty difficult to see what the selectors have in mind for him. Can't agree with the selection of White but there will always be one I suppose.

  • jmcilhinney on July 16, 2012, 6:35 GMT

    I see a few names in those squads that people were calling for during the ODIs in England. I do wonder whether there's any chance of White getting back into the ODI squad. There's no Hughes, who would presumably be being left to finish the county season at least, if he was being considered at all at this point. No Khawaja either, which doesn't really seem a surprise. If they didn't think that he could take control of a Test then they're unlikely to see him a big threat in ODIs right now as he seems to be more of long-form-style player.

  • ali00 on July 16, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    That is a good thing by Australia picked up the young players and Glen Maxwell should be given a Test opportunity because if he performs well in ODI.

  • zenboomerang on July 16, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    A bit surprised at these squads (did someone wake up the NSP?) & happy to see some changes... Christian must be scratching his head atm... With Watson out we may see some stability in the openers which should help team balance... Glad to see Maxwell in, his spin allrounder ability should help in UAE & hopefully on to the T20 WC...

  • RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on July 16, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    Starc Christian Doherty and Hilfenhaus poor selections for t20. Hilfenhaus might be good with the new ball but he is horrible in the slog overs. How on earth Ryan Harris can not find a place in an aus odi team losing 4-0? John Inverarity, instead of using sugar coated words in ur quotes , first check Ryan Harris's odiu stats. And what wrong did Lyon do?Much better than Doherty 24x7. Though Christian has been decent for SA recently, he is just not good enough for international cricket.His medium pace will be easy pickings in asian piutches and as a batsman he is good only when the pitch is ewasy paced.Faulkner and Mitch Marsh are much better. Starc , just like Hilfenhaus , horrible death bowler. Australia , u r going to pay the price, unless you pick the following for t20: Watson (c), Warner, Finch, D HUssey, C White, M Hussey, Wade, Faulkner, Harris, Hogg, Lyon

  • rezmata on July 16, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    still dont know how Jhonson is making the team. Eventho expirienced for to lead the youngsters, all he does is add preasure by leaking runs in his 4 long hop bad balls to every over.

  • on July 16, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    good selection by australia................pakistani players should take responsibility specially batsmen like azhar ali, asad shafiq,hafeez and umar akmal etc.and captain misbah should perform well. In my opinion watson and brad hogg will be big threat for pakistani players. Saeed ajmal, junaid khan and gul can be threat for them..................Afridi plz score fifty against them u havent did that in ur career.

  • jonesy2 on July 16, 2012, 5:53 GMT

    good. maxwell is a star. ferguson in the ODI team should have happen as soon as he was fit. faulkner and coulter nile should be in the t20 squad if mitch marsh isnt fit but im not sure how shaun marsh has missed out on either team considering he is probably one of the top 3 best t20 openers in the world behind warner and gayle.

  • jeauxx on July 16, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    Ferguson? What? Seriously? Yeah, he had an alright time in the ODI side last time he was there, but I'm not sure the guy has put on a decent score since. I'm a big fan of Ferguson (he and Khawaja are the classiest batsmen I've ever seen, even classier than Damien Martyn) but the guy's stats are appalling. Big mistake leaving out Hughes and Khawaja again.

  • maddinson on July 16, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    why no mitchell marsh in either of the squad? He is far better than useless and over hyped Christian in each and every cricketing aspect.

  • on July 16, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    Except for Maxwell this squad is just a mixture of the same old faces (that failed in England) or once again revived players. Ferguson? Christian? Johnson? White? Hogg? etc... How Steve Smith keeps getting in the national squad in any format of the game is a mystery. There must be good other players out there like Butterworth, Faulkner, Cutting, Bird, Townsend to name a few. Can't be part of the 'clique'.....

  • on July 16, 2012, 5:32 GMT

    M SOOOO HAPPPY FR WHITE..FINALLY HIS PERFORMANCES IN IPL N FLT20 WERE RECOGNIZED BY SELECTORS....BT FEEL EQUALLY SORRY FR STEVE SMITH...POOR CHAP, NEED TO IMPROVE UPON HIS BATTING TO MAKE IT TO OZZZ & MAXWELL AGAIN A GOOD UTILITY PLAYER IN T20 FORMAT....GOOO OZZZ, TIME TO GEAR UP FR WORLD T20.....

  • Dashgar on July 16, 2012, 5:19 GMT

    All good selections. Much more confident about these squads than the one that went to England. Maxwell will be a star in the near future and White and Ferguson are back in top form and are definitely good enough to play internationals.

  • on July 16, 2012, 4:52 GMT

    yes Inshallah Pakistan Will Won This Series

  • on July 16, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    Is that a hint of change from the selectors? Hopefully, because Australia needs it. I'm half surprised we didn't see 2 or 3 more names called up to the squad though.

  • on July 16, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    thankfully Forrest has been dropped and Ferguson has been picked...a few more changes in the batting line up like briniging White to the ODIs and adding Voges to the group will give Aussies the best batting line-up that the country can produce at the moment

  • Meety on July 16, 2012, 4:44 GMT

    This is one of the best developments in recent times. I have to say (given Lee's retirement), this ODI squad is pretty close to spot on in my books! If anything, Smith's spot is the only dubious position as he really isn't bowling much & there could be an arguement for someone like Voges or Burns. The inclsion of Maxwell in both editions is IMO just reward for excellent performances (more so T20s). I can't get over his career S/R in List A's, IF he brings that to ODIs, he'll leave Afridi in the shade. White's return to the squad for T20s is deserved too. I'd have him captain the side & drop bailey from the T20 side, (Bailey is looking good in ODIs). I think Doherty is slightly fortunate to both the ODI & T20 squads, but happy for him to get more of a chance - particularly as his BBL stats would suggest he should be doing better in int. T20s. Pleased that Christian has returned. I wouldn't mind seeing him as a "counter-puncher" at the top of the order during power plays coming in at #3!

  • on July 16, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    The world rankings not withstanding, the cupboard is bare

  • kevinpp24 on July 16, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    Pretty much better squad than the one that went to England. Maxwell has been impressive in 'A' tours and counties and inclusion of Ferguson is a very good move as I find him very much similar to Clarke. Bailey and David did well in England, but I would have preferred Mitch Marsh against Dan Christian. Clarke need to give some overs to justify Smith's selection. Overall a decent squad.

  • Samiiiii on July 16, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    VERY GOOD SIDES BOTH FOR ODI'S & T20's. BT I THINK STEVEN SMITH SHOULD B IN T20 & DANIEL CHRISTIAN SHOULD BE IN ODI'S . SMITH HAS ALREADY SHOWED HIS CLASS IN IPL FOR PUNE WORRIORS. HE IS THE GOOD ALROUNDER. THIS IS GOING TO VERY GOOD SERIES AGAINST PAK.BT I THINK PAK IS FAV BCOZ ABU DHABI , DUBAI , SHJ, IS LIKE LAHORE , KARACHI, & MULTAN FOR PAKISTAN.

  • bobagorof on July 16, 2012, 4:14 GMT

    I see Mitchell Johnson is in another ODI squad, following his 1 match in the series against England. Presumably he is there to provide some experience to the bowling line-up, with Christian, Pattinson, McKay and Starc all having played 60 matches between them. Not sure if he's the ideal guy to have there while he's still a fringe player himself, but fingers crossed the gamble will pay off. Good to see Ferguson back after too long a break. Along with Hussey, the batting looks a lot stronger than in the recent debacle.

  • straight_drive4 on July 16, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    glen maxwell?? really? the guy can only slog sweep over cow corner - he has no other shots. i remeber watching a one day game last year where hey hit like 80 odd off about 40 something balls and every shot was over cow corner. the next game they bowled to him wide outside off stump and he swung at a million of them trying to slog sweep them until eventually he skied one straight up trying to go over cow corner yet again...

  • Heisenburg on July 16, 2012, 3:49 GMT

    excellent selections, great to see Hogg, white and Ferguson back, Maxwell in and Forrest out. Not happy about smith or Johnson in the ODI squad, but still a good selection

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  • Heisenburg on July 16, 2012, 3:49 GMT

    excellent selections, great to see Hogg, white and Ferguson back, Maxwell in and Forrest out. Not happy about smith or Johnson in the ODI squad, but still a good selection

  • straight_drive4 on July 16, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    glen maxwell?? really? the guy can only slog sweep over cow corner - he has no other shots. i remeber watching a one day game last year where hey hit like 80 odd off about 40 something balls and every shot was over cow corner. the next game they bowled to him wide outside off stump and he swung at a million of them trying to slog sweep them until eventually he skied one straight up trying to go over cow corner yet again...

  • bobagorof on July 16, 2012, 4:14 GMT

    I see Mitchell Johnson is in another ODI squad, following his 1 match in the series against England. Presumably he is there to provide some experience to the bowling line-up, with Christian, Pattinson, McKay and Starc all having played 60 matches between them. Not sure if he's the ideal guy to have there while he's still a fringe player himself, but fingers crossed the gamble will pay off. Good to see Ferguson back after too long a break. Along with Hussey, the batting looks a lot stronger than in the recent debacle.

  • Samiiiii on July 16, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    VERY GOOD SIDES BOTH FOR ODI'S & T20's. BT I THINK STEVEN SMITH SHOULD B IN T20 & DANIEL CHRISTIAN SHOULD BE IN ODI'S . SMITH HAS ALREADY SHOWED HIS CLASS IN IPL FOR PUNE WORRIORS. HE IS THE GOOD ALROUNDER. THIS IS GOING TO VERY GOOD SERIES AGAINST PAK.BT I THINK PAK IS FAV BCOZ ABU DHABI , DUBAI , SHJ, IS LIKE LAHORE , KARACHI, & MULTAN FOR PAKISTAN.

  • kevinpp24 on July 16, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    Pretty much better squad than the one that went to England. Maxwell has been impressive in 'A' tours and counties and inclusion of Ferguson is a very good move as I find him very much similar to Clarke. Bailey and David did well in England, but I would have preferred Mitch Marsh against Dan Christian. Clarke need to give some overs to justify Smith's selection. Overall a decent squad.

  • on July 16, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    The world rankings not withstanding, the cupboard is bare

  • Meety on July 16, 2012, 4:44 GMT

    This is one of the best developments in recent times. I have to say (given Lee's retirement), this ODI squad is pretty close to spot on in my books! If anything, Smith's spot is the only dubious position as he really isn't bowling much & there could be an arguement for someone like Voges or Burns. The inclsion of Maxwell in both editions is IMO just reward for excellent performances (more so T20s). I can't get over his career S/R in List A's, IF he brings that to ODIs, he'll leave Afridi in the shade. White's return to the squad for T20s is deserved too. I'd have him captain the side & drop bailey from the T20 side, (Bailey is looking good in ODIs). I think Doherty is slightly fortunate to both the ODI & T20 squads, but happy for him to get more of a chance - particularly as his BBL stats would suggest he should be doing better in int. T20s. Pleased that Christian has returned. I wouldn't mind seeing him as a "counter-puncher" at the top of the order during power plays coming in at #3!

  • on July 16, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    thankfully Forrest has been dropped and Ferguson has been picked...a few more changes in the batting line up like briniging White to the ODIs and adding Voges to the group will give Aussies the best batting line-up that the country can produce at the moment

  • on July 16, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    Is that a hint of change from the selectors? Hopefully, because Australia needs it. I'm half surprised we didn't see 2 or 3 more names called up to the squad though.

  • on July 16, 2012, 4:52 GMT

    yes Inshallah Pakistan Will Won This Series