Pakistan v Australia 2012 July 16, 2012

Australia name Maxwell for Pakistan series


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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  • Andrew 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.

  • Roo 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...

  • Roo 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...

  • Kenso 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!

  • Andrew 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.

  • Andrew 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.

  • jack on July 17, 2012, 11:54 GMT

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

  • Kenso 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

  • Tim 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.

  • Dummy4 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!

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