Australia in South Africa 2011-12 September 28, 2011

Mitchell Marsh in line for T20 debut

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Mitchell Marsh, Matthew Wade and Patrick Cummins are all in line to make their international debuts after being named in Australia's squad to tour South Africa next month. Australia's selectors have chosen separate 14-man groups for the Twenty20s and ODIs in South Africa, with Mitchell Johnson axed from the Twenty20 outfit and David Hussey cut from the one-day side.

Cricket Australia are still in the process of choosing their new selectors, so the squads were picked by an interim panel led by the outgoing chairman Andrew Hilditch, along with Greg Chappell, Jamie Cox and the stand-in coach Troy Cooley. The captains were also part of the panel - Michael Clarke for the ODI squad and Cameron White for the T20 group.

A serious shoulder injury that ruled the allrounder John Hastings out of the trip opened the door for Marsh, 19, who is set to follow his older brother Shaun and father Geoff in representing Australia after being picked in the Twenty20 squad. A promising allrounder who played for Australia A on the recent tour of Zimbabwe, Marsh had been earmarked for higher honours since captaining Australia to the Under-19 World Cup title in 2010.

He's not the only teenager in the touring party, with Cummins, 18, having made both the T20 and ODI groups. A fast bowler who was the bolter in Cricket Australia's contract list this year, Cummins would be Australia's youngest ODI debutant if he plays in the series, beating his New South Wales team-mate Josh Hazlewood, who played at 19 last year.

It has been a remarkably quick rise for Cummins, who has played only two one-day matches for his state and has not yet taken a wicket in the format. His inclusion in the ODI squad means he will miss the first two rounds of the Sheffield Shield season.

The retirement of Brad Haddin from Twenty20 internationals, combined with Tim Paine's finger injury, meant Wade was the logical wicketkeeping choice for the shortest format. Wade, 23, has been third in line behind Haddin and Paine since playing for Australia A last year, and he confirmed his credentials with a standout summer in the Ryobi Cup.

But the news wasn't so good for two of the older members of the side. David Hussey, 34, lost his ODI place despite being part of the World Cup squad earlier this year and winning a CA contract, while the selectors preferred Doug Bollinger to Johnson in the Twenty20 side.

"Mitchell [Johnson] has struggled in this format of the game to date," Hilditch said. "Most Twenty20 internationals have been at the start of tours and Mitchell has not always been at his best in these matches. Obviously Mitchell has a great skill set for Twenty20 cricket and we are sure he will put a lot of pressure on us to pick him in the future in the Twenty20 team.

"We consider we have picked an extremely strong Twenty20 squad, which has a good balance of experience and exciting young talent. There is flexibility in the squad to deal with conditions in South Africa as we continue to prepare for the ICC World Twenty20, which is only a year away."

A key man in the T20 squad is David Warner, who has also been given a chance to resume his career in the 50-over format, having not played an ODI in more than two years. Hilditch described Warner's recent form as "irresistible", including three centuries in first-class and one-day cricket on the recent Australia A trip to Zimbabwe.

The inclusion of Warner comes after Haddin, who opened with Shane Watson during the World Cup, moved down the order during the recent ODIs in Sri Lanka. That could mean a battle between Warner and Shaun Marsh to become the next long-term opening partner for Watson in the one-day international side.

Australia play two Twenty20 internationals, in Cape Town on October 13 and in Johannesburg on October 16, before the series of three ODIs in Centurion, Port Elizabeth and Durban. The squad for the two Tests, in Cape Town and Johannesburg in early November, will be announced in the coming weeks.

ODI squad Shane Watson, David Warner, Shaun Marsh, Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke (capt), Michael Hussey, Brad Haddin (wk), Steven Smith, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Xavier Doherty, James Pattinson, Patrick Cummins, Doug Bollinger.

Twenty20 squad Shane Watson, David Warner, Shaun Marsh, Aaron Finch, David Hussey, Cameron White (capt), Matthew Wade (wk), Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Steve O'Keefe, Brett Lee, James Pattinson, Patrick Cummins, Doug Bollinger.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • sumscorer on September 30, 2011, 10:20 GMT

    I would like to see an Eleven from Australia for T20 that looks like this. I only wish. I don't know if this will ever happen. But this to me is the most explosive batsmen in Australia for the future. I choose to have Michael Klinger as captain because, he has some great success in this form of the game. Don't get me wrong, I think he's a brilliant tactician. I have chosen to push him down the order, just in case of a collapse.

    My XI Matthew Wade (WK) Philip Hughes Daniel Harris (Spinner) Aiden Blizzard David Warner Shane Watson Michael Klinger (Capt) Moises Henriques or Brett Lee Daniel Christian or Dirk Nannes Steve O'Keefe Doug Bollinger

    Bench: Brett Lee Dirk Nannes Chris Borgas Tom Cooper Nathan Lyon

  • hyclass on September 29, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    @RightArmEverything...Why would I emphasise the second part of a statement from an Argus Review that I took the time to read at length.This article is all about an occurence of selection on potential and my reply reflects a common sentiment.Its a rebuttal,implying an opposing view and evidence to support that view.Selections over the last 4 years have been replete with players chosen on potential,to what success?Simply using the term,'potential'doesnt make it true.Simply choosing on youth,doesnt prove potential.Anyone could do that.Selection is supposed to be professional.The vast current of comment from Argus and the viewing public indicates that it hasnt been so.There must be a reasonable sample of evidence to support any gamble,intuitive or otherwise.To approach it in any other fashion,is frivolous, unprofessional and discriminatory towards those who do have a supporting record.

  • line.and.length on September 29, 2011, 2:01 GMT

    It is an absolute farce that Hilditch has anything to do with selecting. Callum Ferguson should also be a definite inclusion for one day squad, even test squad... still frustrating, I guess the Argus review wasn't clear enough...and Watson shouldn't be playing T20, make a few more test hundreds first consistently, then play around with T20, and no matter where Aus are in the rankings currently, a 2 test series between SA and Aus is just not cricket

  • RightArmEverything on September 29, 2011, 0:59 GMT

    @hyclass, it's true Argus does emphasise selection based on performance "It is critical that superior performance is rewarded at all levels..." but this is followed directly by "At the same time, potential cannot be overlooked: there must be room for some intuition in selections". If you're going to bang on about the first part in every post I don't think you should omit the second part. Argus is about greater accountability by players and selectors, and selections backed up by performance, but he clearly believes there are cases where it is justified to select players based on potential. I do agree with quite a few people's opinions about the squads but I think once Hilditch is completely out of the picture we'll see better selections.

  • TeamRocker on September 28, 2011, 14:22 GMT

    @tdobbo: Both Hussey sisters?

  • on September 28, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    Its commendable that CA and CSA have decided to organize a series in the FTP Window available.However though this is a "compensation" series would have preferred 3 tests to 2 tests.2 t20 games and 3 odis seem fine but 2 tests?Last time in India Australia opted for a 2 test series and hosted Sri Lanka for 3 odis.

  • tfjones1978 on September 28, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    "Twenty20 squad Shane Watson" Its good to see that the selectors have prioritised test cricket by removing all test players from the T20I side. However, cricket australia you missed one. Unless you have a surprise up your sleeve, Shane Watson is still a test player. I think its about time that you allowed the test team's players to focus on Test & ODI matches. The skill set difference between test and T20I's is huge. Watson has lost form recently whereas other test players are starting to perform ... anyone want to take a stab at why that is?

  • on September 28, 2011, 10:37 GMT

    I really think cricket fans are missing a point here.Not many comments about SA and Aus playing only 2 test matches(by Aus/SA readers)...BCCI is often blasted for making T20 their primary interest (and rightly so) BUT what is worrying is that even the non sub continental boards seem to think alike and worse they get away with that..especially for a country like Aus which has great following for test cricket this is quite worrying...CA should be blamed not only for mismanagement/wrong policies which led to Ashes debacle but also for setting up a 2 test match away series with the No:2 test nation in the world.CA did this previously (2 test match tour to India)just before Ashes and it definitely contributed to their 'ashes' soon after..any takers.....

  • bestbuddy on September 28, 2011, 10:24 GMT

    Dont understand the selection of Cummins - sure he is a promising youngster, but how is he ever going to reach his potential if he never plays first class cricket?? The guy should be playing for his state side for a few more years instead of missing matches going on a tour he may not play on.

    Secondly, Mike HUssey has average 57+ in his last 9 innings in T20, he is currently the best batsmen in this form of the game, worldwide. He is exactly the sort of guy who should be in the squad, to show the youngsters what it takes to succeed in every form of the game

  • Dashgar on September 28, 2011, 10:23 GMT

    I definitely wouldn't give up on Cameron White just yet. He made a quickfire 39 in his last game when nobody did anything apart from Watson. He's a good skipper and is the most destructive batsman in the country at his best. Less than a year ago he really should have been in the Test squad after a hundred for Aus A vs England.

  • sumscorer on September 30, 2011, 10:20 GMT

    I would like to see an Eleven from Australia for T20 that looks like this. I only wish. I don't know if this will ever happen. But this to me is the most explosive batsmen in Australia for the future. I choose to have Michael Klinger as captain because, he has some great success in this form of the game. Don't get me wrong, I think he's a brilliant tactician. I have chosen to push him down the order, just in case of a collapse.

    My XI Matthew Wade (WK) Philip Hughes Daniel Harris (Spinner) Aiden Blizzard David Warner Shane Watson Michael Klinger (Capt) Moises Henriques or Brett Lee Daniel Christian or Dirk Nannes Steve O'Keefe Doug Bollinger

    Bench: Brett Lee Dirk Nannes Chris Borgas Tom Cooper Nathan Lyon

  • hyclass on September 29, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    @RightArmEverything...Why would I emphasise the second part of a statement from an Argus Review that I took the time to read at length.This article is all about an occurence of selection on potential and my reply reflects a common sentiment.Its a rebuttal,implying an opposing view and evidence to support that view.Selections over the last 4 years have been replete with players chosen on potential,to what success?Simply using the term,'potential'doesnt make it true.Simply choosing on youth,doesnt prove potential.Anyone could do that.Selection is supposed to be professional.The vast current of comment from Argus and the viewing public indicates that it hasnt been so.There must be a reasonable sample of evidence to support any gamble,intuitive or otherwise.To approach it in any other fashion,is frivolous, unprofessional and discriminatory towards those who do have a supporting record.

  • line.and.length on September 29, 2011, 2:01 GMT

    It is an absolute farce that Hilditch has anything to do with selecting. Callum Ferguson should also be a definite inclusion for one day squad, even test squad... still frustrating, I guess the Argus review wasn't clear enough...and Watson shouldn't be playing T20, make a few more test hundreds first consistently, then play around with T20, and no matter where Aus are in the rankings currently, a 2 test series between SA and Aus is just not cricket

  • RightArmEverything on September 29, 2011, 0:59 GMT

    @hyclass, it's true Argus does emphasise selection based on performance "It is critical that superior performance is rewarded at all levels..." but this is followed directly by "At the same time, potential cannot be overlooked: there must be room for some intuition in selections". If you're going to bang on about the first part in every post I don't think you should omit the second part. Argus is about greater accountability by players and selectors, and selections backed up by performance, but he clearly believes there are cases where it is justified to select players based on potential. I do agree with quite a few people's opinions about the squads but I think once Hilditch is completely out of the picture we'll see better selections.

  • TeamRocker on September 28, 2011, 14:22 GMT

    @tdobbo: Both Hussey sisters?

  • on September 28, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    Its commendable that CA and CSA have decided to organize a series in the FTP Window available.However though this is a "compensation" series would have preferred 3 tests to 2 tests.2 t20 games and 3 odis seem fine but 2 tests?Last time in India Australia opted for a 2 test series and hosted Sri Lanka for 3 odis.

  • tfjones1978 on September 28, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    "Twenty20 squad Shane Watson" Its good to see that the selectors have prioritised test cricket by removing all test players from the T20I side. However, cricket australia you missed one. Unless you have a surprise up your sleeve, Shane Watson is still a test player. I think its about time that you allowed the test team's players to focus on Test & ODI matches. The skill set difference between test and T20I's is huge. Watson has lost form recently whereas other test players are starting to perform ... anyone want to take a stab at why that is?

  • on September 28, 2011, 10:37 GMT

    I really think cricket fans are missing a point here.Not many comments about SA and Aus playing only 2 test matches(by Aus/SA readers)...BCCI is often blasted for making T20 their primary interest (and rightly so) BUT what is worrying is that even the non sub continental boards seem to think alike and worse they get away with that..especially for a country like Aus which has great following for test cricket this is quite worrying...CA should be blamed not only for mismanagement/wrong policies which led to Ashes debacle but also for setting up a 2 test match away series with the No:2 test nation in the world.CA did this previously (2 test match tour to India)just before Ashes and it definitely contributed to their 'ashes' soon after..any takers.....

  • bestbuddy on September 28, 2011, 10:24 GMT

    Dont understand the selection of Cummins - sure he is a promising youngster, but how is he ever going to reach his potential if he never plays first class cricket?? The guy should be playing for his state side for a few more years instead of missing matches going on a tour he may not play on.

    Secondly, Mike HUssey has average 57+ in his last 9 innings in T20, he is currently the best batsmen in this form of the game, worldwide. He is exactly the sort of guy who should be in the squad, to show the youngsters what it takes to succeed in every form of the game

  • Dashgar on September 28, 2011, 10:23 GMT

    I definitely wouldn't give up on Cameron White just yet. He made a quickfire 39 in his last game when nobody did anything apart from Watson. He's a good skipper and is the most destructive batsman in the country at his best. Less than a year ago he really should have been in the Test squad after a hundred for Aus A vs England.

  • haj_pappa on September 28, 2011, 10:06 GMT

    why is hilditch still picking the side???

  • palla.avinash on September 28, 2011, 9:53 GMT

    i am expecting andrew mcdonald and adam voges and white seems to be out touch,what i personal feel is shane watson needs to be as skipper,i think james patterson is not a good prospect in t20s,cummins inclusion very good and now it is time for white to prove his presence in t20s.

  • tdobbo on September 28, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    I agree, both Hussey sisters should have been picked.

  • Ianbaggygreen on September 28, 2011, 8:43 GMT

    @Naren, @jonesy2 and @Greg Ranger, good to see you guys watch your cricket. Callum Ferguson was one of the more consistent players during the 2009 ODI series against South Africa. He is versatile, has a good attitude and his performances have been worthy of recognition in all forms of the game. For Australia A not only did he deliver credible performances but also served as Vice-Skipper. I still don't see our selection policies as consistent or fair. Ferguson is just an example. So I'm not jumping around all stoked.

    As for Ryan Harris, good chance they spared him to ensure he is fit for the test series. Damn sure of it cause he is our best bowler. We could even talk about Nathan Lyon. His performances for the Redbacks worth remembering were in limited overs games and for Australia A in limited overs. He was punted to the test side. Supported him 100% though. And yes, seeing Hilditch still being quoted with selection is frustrating.

  • on September 28, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    Cummins hasn't even got a ListA wicket and he's in the One Day side!

  • hyclass on September 28, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    @jeremy Cole...The defining principle of Argus,was to select on performance.To see these squads,you wouldnt believe it.Mitch Marsh belongs in the ODI squad.He was picked on List A form.White has no form and is captain of the T20I squad.O'Keefe is a long format specialist.David Hussey is a long format specialist with a record to rival Ponting,has never played a Test and was dropped from ODI.Smith has no recent form at all.In the ODI squad,Cummins has never taken a List A wicket and Smith has no recent form.Warner made 2 hundreds in 1st class and List A in Zimbabwe,not 3.His' irresistable' form was 173 runs at 34.60.Hodge,who topped the Ryobi Cup run scoring,was never anywhere to be seen.No McDonald-again.I often get the impression,that after making particlurly poor selection decisions,over the last 4 years,these selectors have gone out of their way to validate them by hobbling the careers of players who might them look bad.What other explanation fits so many of the facts,so often?

  • Winsome on September 28, 2011, 7:54 GMT

    I suppose if you give a kid a CA contract you have to make him earn it, but Pat Cummins in the one day team? I sincerely hope that he doesn't get a game. And it just seems wrong to have him miss the early matches of Sheffiield Shield when there are so few of them in the second half of the season. Same with Mitch Marsh, though he would have been a better pick for the ODI team, he has excellent stats more so than his T20 stats.

  • on September 28, 2011, 6:47 GMT

    So the selector's read the Argus report, noted the part about rewarding success, and figured that meant picking a kid from NSW who hasn't taken a wicket yet.

    I think everyone agrees Cummins shows real talent, but shouldn't we give them at least some kind of apprenticeship in first class cricket before throwing them into an international?

  • HatsforBats on September 28, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    @ All those people calling for Mike Hussey to be in the squad, give it a rest. He's 36 and you want him to keep playing all 3 forms?! He's in brilliant test form and we need him to be fresh and switched on for the SA tour. T20 can be left to the up & comers.

  • unregisteredalien on September 28, 2011, 6:29 GMT

    @Osman Khan: "australia also are trying to groom youngesters. hussey's what, 36?" ... So what would we want to groom youngsters for? Ah yes, being successful international cricketers. Like Hussey, who is not only a class act but also seems to have rediscovered the best form of his life. Why put off until tomorrow what you can have today? Plus, with these selectors' records it's far from guaranteed that these future bets will pay off.

  • Gupta.Ankur on September 28, 2011, 6:23 GMT

    First things first, i think these 2 sides should have been playing a extra test instead of these 2 T20's.........can't believe these 2 sides will only play 2 tests..........which will be great dis-service to all cricketing fans.......

    Secondly, i think people here have rightly pointed out omission of Ferguson and Mike Hussey from ODI and T20 squad respt.....

    I think White is little too over-hyped in my opinion and should not have been picked....

  • DAHSUT on September 28, 2011, 6:17 GMT

    why no ferguson is a big question for the aussi selectors to answer.also i cant understand why david hussey is not been selected in the odis

  • bobagorof on September 28, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    I agree - Cummins needs more Shield matches rather than ODIs at this point. With Lee, Johnson, Bollinger and Pattinson in the squad, it's unlikely Cummins will get a game anyway. Interesting about Smith - has he been able to show the required improvement since getting droppedin SL, despite not having played a game since? Bit harsh on D Hussey too - picked up some wickets in SL and held the innings together in his last match.

  • ajayrcs on September 28, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    This T20 match is a team build match for world T20 cup.So why Aussie selectors are not experimenting. Give captaincy some one young like Mitchell Marsh who captained australia in U19 cup win, Or Steven Smith who will have more bigger role to play and can apply himself better. And Brett Lee and Cameron White should be dropped instead Kane Richardson in place of Brett Lee and Moises Henriques in place of Cameron White.

  • on September 28, 2011, 6:01 GMT

    MIKE HUSSY shud have been der in T20 squad... Currently He`s d best player in d world who can play any format f d game.

  • Marcio on September 28, 2011, 6:00 GMT

    The only reason I can think of for Mike Hussey's exclusion is that they are using T20 to blood youngsters. i.e. They don't really see it as being as important as ODIs and tests. Hussey is obviously one of the best T20 players going round, so there is no other reason for his omission. Marsh is a great prospect as talented batsman who can also bowl 140 km/hr. Cumings should be interesting. I saw him bowling (TV) last year at 17 years of age, and he was already over 145 km/hr, i.e same speed as Mitchel Johnson. Of course Johnson has more variety - one on leg stump, one way down leg, one 3 feet outside off etc etc. ;-)

  • on September 28, 2011, 5:37 GMT

    Desperate to finish on a high note, showing that there is talented cricketers around and need to be given exposure.The last hooray be the poorest team that has ever represented Australia.......that is the past team of selectors!

  • hris on September 28, 2011, 5:29 GMT

    still no Ferguson?. good teams apart from that.

  • indianzen on September 28, 2011, 5:26 GMT

    Despite a good show by hussey in Chennai super kings, its not right on Aussies to drop him from the T20 squad.. say for another couple of years, he can be in all the formats of the game...

  • on September 28, 2011, 5:16 GMT

    Not too keen on Cummins but it is well overdue for Wade and Mitch Marsh to make their debuts - I am expecting big things from them and for them both to be a fixture in all 3 Australian line ups in the future. Cummins might surprise, you never know, and worth a shot. If he fails then at least he has had some experience. Age 18, 23 and 19 respectively for the 3 debutants - good news indeed.

  • on September 28, 2011, 5:14 GMT

    Mitchell got the chance because Hastings now got injured. I dont think he will get a game either. David Hussey is lucky to get the nod ahead of inform Ferguson and his brother. Cummins is good pick in South African pitches, that will definitely boost his confidence.

    Has Mike Hussey also announced retirement from International T20 like his team mates Ricky, Pup & Haddin ? I did't exactly remember.

  • RightArmEverything on September 28, 2011, 5:12 GMT

    @Andrew Balding, I'm a big fan of Ferguson too. Just wondering who you would drop to include him in the squad though?

  • skkh on September 28, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    I think the sides look pretty good. The presence of Steve Smith in both teams is puzzling as he has not done anything so far and probably will never. The absence of Mike Hussey despite being the top notcher from the twenty20 is understandable and the chance given to youth is appreciated. Johnson too ought to have been dumped. Mitchell Marsh despite having not done anything appreciable so far is a welcome addition as is Cummins and Wade. White should do something to deserve a place in the team. Aaron Finch ought to have been in the ODI's too.

  • katandthat3 on September 28, 2011, 4:43 GMT

    I think if Hussey continues the form he is in he'll get picked for the next T20 WC, doesn't hurt to see how a few other guys go ( I think he'll be a given for when the big games come up). Who is going to remember the results of these T20 games v SA? Good to use them to see who can step up or get more international exposure. Glad to see Mitch Marsh & Cummins in there as well as Wade and Finch. See how Warner goes in the ODI's. Interesting to see what they do with Ponting for ODI's and how long to keep him there. I still want to win ODI series we play but we also have to have a bit of a peak at the next WC here in Australia/NZ, same goes for Haddin. Doherty has done well in ODI's so happy to see him there. Still hoping either McDonald or Butterworth can crack a test squad place. Including the guys who aren't in these squads but playing Tests like Hughes, Harris, Copeland etc we're starting to get a good cross section of talent getting more international experience which is important.

  • on September 28, 2011, 4:31 GMT

    mike hussey ain't part of the t20 squard (despite performing for chenna) because not only is there a huge quality different b/w ipl and international cricket, australia also are trying to groom youngesters. hussey's what, 36?

  • jonesy2 on September 28, 2011, 4:30 GMT

    some really good decisions and some really extremely weird one. great that marsh and cummins are there, but ryan harris, the best limited overs bowler in the world not included, steve smith in the t20 squad? he is good in one day form but not t20 thats a joke. callum ferguson, one of the best one day batsmen in the world not even included? and do they realise that shaun tait is still playing t20? they havent included the fastest bowler in the world by a long long way in a team thats going to be playing on some of the fastest pitches in the world????

  • on September 28, 2011, 4:24 GMT

    Nd i guess mitchell starc should hav been selected ahead of pat cummins. .he iz more experienced. .Nd i guess mitchell starc should hav been selected ahead of pat cummins. .he iz more experienced. .

  • HatsforBats on September 28, 2011, 4:23 GMT

    Cummins would be much better served by playing in the 1st two rounds of shield matches then going (and mostly likely not playing) to SA. He should just be left alone for a couple of years to see how he develops; there are bowlers in their early to mid 20's who could be given that spot.

  • on September 28, 2011, 4:16 GMT

    Where is Callum FERGUSON. He is the next big thing, but, he plays for the wrong state. Wake up Aussie selectors!!

  • getaclue on September 28, 2011, 4:11 GMT

    I've taken as many List A wickets as Cummins (none) in two less games!! Give me a game too. I have 'potential.' Seriously though, what a farce.

  • Naren on September 28, 2011, 4:10 GMT

    Stunning Omission of Callum Fergusson. He was the next best Test Prospect before he got injured and currently a batsman capable of scoring at a brisk pace. I don't see any reason persisting with David Hussey or Steve Smith. Both don't play like proper batsmen. And neither are decent bowlers.

  • Wozza-CY on September 28, 2011, 4:09 GMT

    In the T20 squad, unfortunately (based on recent form) Cam White is the weakest link in the batting, but it's unlikely he'll be dropped because he's the captain! If he regains form there are no real weaknesses and it is a powerful batting line up. The number of all rounders gives it great flexibility.

  • Naren on September 28, 2011, 4:04 GMT

    Mike Hussey should have been picked instead of Cameron White and he should have been made captain for the T20 team. He is the best player in this format for Australia and probably in the World at the moment.

  • on September 28, 2011, 4:01 GMT

    where iz callum ferguson??why do u need both steve smith and doherty in south african condition??r u going to play 2 spinners?? Ferguson should have been there. .where iz callum ferguson??why do u need both steve smith and doherty in south african condition??r u going to play 2 spinners?? Ferguson should have been there. .

  • tomaussies on September 28, 2011, 3:59 GMT

    omg why no ferguson in the squads and why the hell is steve smith in the squads he cant bat or bowl he lik a 7 and half and also no david hussey in the ODI's wth

  • AshLee99 on September 28, 2011, 3:58 GMT

    Where is Mike Hussey? He is the best player of Australia in all 3 formats of the game. He cana play all sorts of role in T20 too as he's shown with chennai.

  • gzawilliam on September 28, 2011, 3:56 GMT

    This is a terrible idea taking cummins and making him miss 2 first class games.. The kid doesn't need 50 over fast pace matches with crap all recovery time between matches.. he needs to build up his endurance and bowling action through first class cricket. The idea is correct in wanting him to play the short forms.. But the theory is wrong. He needs to get overs under his belt.

  • on September 28, 2011, 3:50 GMT

    These squads are pretty bad to be honest. Cummins? In the one day squad? Without a one day wicket... Fergusson left out, despite finding some form recently (Zim tour and CLT20). Glad to see Warner in the ODI squad, hope he plays. I am so over T20, I don't even care who is in the squad anymore, they should just pick performing state players... ODI Squad looks light on bowling a little.... We shall see though

  • RightArmEverything on September 28, 2011, 3:49 GMT

    Always a bit perplexed as to how they determine how some players are suitable for 50 over and not T20 or vice versa. Particularly with spinners Doherty and O'Keefe. I think D Hussey unlucky and M Hussey would be great in T20. Good thing I don't care much for T20 I guess.

  • on September 28, 2011, 3:33 GMT

    Good to see newcomers in the side. Will love to see how Mitch Marsh goes.

  • Heisenburg on September 28, 2011, 3:31 GMT

    Three openers in the ODI squad? Warner isn't bad but D.Hussy's place could have been taken by Ferguson, also Doherty still in? Lyon should be taken out of tests and put in the ODI squad, where he is the best at, or at least O'keefe who is a better spinner also and knows how to bat.

  • PulaR on September 28, 2011, 3:03 GMT

    I cant understand why Mike Hussey is not part of T20 squad.

  • on September 28, 2011, 2:51 GMT

    Great work by Aussie selectors! Mitchell Marsh is the most promising Australian Youngster!

  • Dashgar on September 28, 2011, 2:45 GMT

    Oh and can someone explain why a fast bowler without a List A wicket is in our ODI squad. Thats just a joke

  • Blazedragon on September 28, 2011, 2:43 GMT

    Smith in front of Dussey in ODIs? Ridiculous. When does Hidilch officially step down for good so we stop seeing these kinds of stupid decisions?

  • Dashgar on September 28, 2011, 2:41 GMT

    Why no Wade in the ODI squad? That's his best format. How has Steven Smith got back into the team ahead of Ferguson? Not sure why we're persisting with Brett Lee either. Overall pair of disappointing squads. The NSW boys once again get a chance at the national team before all other states.

  • on September 28, 2011, 2:35 GMT

    why Shaun Tait is not in the T20 squad

  • cecil89 on September 28, 2011, 2:28 GMT

    I'm quessing teams will be something like: ODI: Watson, Warner, Marsh, Ponting, Clarke, Hussey, Haddin, Johnson, Lee, Doherty, Bollinger

    20/20: Watson, Warner, Finch, Wade, White, Hussey, Smith, O'keefe, Lee, Cummins, Bollinger.

    Great to see Warner in the ODI squad & Cummins getting an opportunity.

  • cmonaussiecmon on September 28, 2011, 2:23 GMT

    What about Mike Hussey for the T20 squad? He averages more than 35 with a strike rate of over 150 for T20 internationals, and did fantastic for CSK.

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  • cmonaussiecmon on September 28, 2011, 2:23 GMT

    What about Mike Hussey for the T20 squad? He averages more than 35 with a strike rate of over 150 for T20 internationals, and did fantastic for CSK.

  • cecil89 on September 28, 2011, 2:28 GMT

    I'm quessing teams will be something like: ODI: Watson, Warner, Marsh, Ponting, Clarke, Hussey, Haddin, Johnson, Lee, Doherty, Bollinger

    20/20: Watson, Warner, Finch, Wade, White, Hussey, Smith, O'keefe, Lee, Cummins, Bollinger.

    Great to see Warner in the ODI squad & Cummins getting an opportunity.

  • on September 28, 2011, 2:35 GMT

    why Shaun Tait is not in the T20 squad

  • Dashgar on September 28, 2011, 2:41 GMT

    Why no Wade in the ODI squad? That's his best format. How has Steven Smith got back into the team ahead of Ferguson? Not sure why we're persisting with Brett Lee either. Overall pair of disappointing squads. The NSW boys once again get a chance at the national team before all other states.

  • Blazedragon on September 28, 2011, 2:43 GMT

    Smith in front of Dussey in ODIs? Ridiculous. When does Hidilch officially step down for good so we stop seeing these kinds of stupid decisions?

  • Dashgar on September 28, 2011, 2:45 GMT

    Oh and can someone explain why a fast bowler without a List A wicket is in our ODI squad. Thats just a joke

  • on September 28, 2011, 2:51 GMT

    Great work by Aussie selectors! Mitchell Marsh is the most promising Australian Youngster!

  • PulaR on September 28, 2011, 3:03 GMT

    I cant understand why Mike Hussey is not part of T20 squad.

  • Heisenburg on September 28, 2011, 3:31 GMT

    Three openers in the ODI squad? Warner isn't bad but D.Hussy's place could have been taken by Ferguson, also Doherty still in? Lyon should be taken out of tests and put in the ODI squad, where he is the best at, or at least O'keefe who is a better spinner also and knows how to bat.

  • on September 28, 2011, 3:33 GMT

    Good to see newcomers in the side. Will love to see how Mitch Marsh goes.