Australia in Sri Lanka 2011 July 26, 2011

Lyon the bolter in Australia's Test squad

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The offspinner Nathan Lyon is the bolter in Australia's 15-man squad for the Test series in Sri Lanka, which also includes the incumbent spinner Michael Beer. The pair will fight for the slow-bowling position for the first Test in Galle, after the selectors sprung another surprise by omitting the allrounder Steven Smith.

The uncapped fast bowlers, Trent Copeland and James Pattinson, also made the cut, while Ben Hilfenhaus missed out following a disappointing Ashes campaign. As expected, Ryan Harris was named after recovering from injury, and he looms as a key part of a pace attack whose most experienced members are Mitchell Johnson and Peter Siddle.

The selectors found room for both Shaun Marsh and Usman Khawaja, who are likely to battle for the No. 6 position. However, the major surprise came in the spin department, where Jason Krejza's poor Australia A tour to Zimbabwe cost him a certain call-up, and resulted in the selectors naming two men without Cricket Australia contracts.

Beer played the final Ashes Test in Sydney and although he only took one wicket, the selectors were encouraged by the way he bowled. The more remarkable selection was that of the South Australian Lyon, 23, who has played only four first-class matches and was not part of Australia A's four-day squad in Zimbabwe.

"Michael Beer retains his position in the squad following his debut in Sydney during the fifth Ashes Test where he bowled well, without much luck," the chairman of selectors, Andrew Hilditch, said. "It will be an important tour for Michael on grounds where we expect spin to play a major role.

"The squad also sees the inclusion of Nathan Lyon, a talented young spinner who impressed all last season and bowled extremely well on Australia A's tour of Zimbabwe. Nathan may be a surprise selection, but he impressed all who have seen him in the last year and bowled beautifully during the one-day component of the A squad's recent tour where he was named player of the series.

"He is a young man with immense potential and we feel he will take this opportunity should he get the chance to play in Sri Lanka. Steven Smith is unlucky to have missed selection in this squad. We continue to see him as player of the future for Australia in all forms of the game but at this stage we do not feel he has cemented his position as a batsman in the top six or as a legspin bowler.

"We feel he needs to continue to develop as a genuine allrounder in the shorter forms of the game and play more long-form cricket for New South Wales to push again for Test selection.

Hilditch also said Krejza, who was preferred to Beer for a central contract this year, had fallen out of contention due to his poor results in Zimbabwe. He took six wickets at 41.33 in the two first-class games in Zimbabwe but struggled severely during a two-day tour match in which he took 0 for 96 from 19 overs, while Beer grabbed a six-wicket haul.

"The intention of the national selection panel was to take Jason Krejza to Sri Lanka provided he proved he was bowling at his best," Hilditch said. "He has had very limited opportunities in Sheffield Shield cricket so the Zimbabwe tour was very important for him. Unfortunately Jason did not bowl as well as we, or I am sure he, would have liked during this tour and therefore he has not been rewarded with selection."

There is also inexperience in the pace group, although Johnson, Siddle and Harris are the front-runners to play in the first Test. But they will feel the pressure from Copeland, 25, who has been an outstanding performer for New South Wales since his first-class debut early last year, and the 21-year old Pattinson from Victoria.

"Trent has earned his position with some fine performances for New South Wales and has bowled very well on the Australia A tour," Hilditch said. "James is a young fast bowler with the potential to play an important role for Australia in all three forms of the game and we look forward to watching his further development during this tour.

"Ben Hilfenhaus did not have as good an Ashes series as he would have liked and we feel he needs to get back to his best, swinging the ball late and hitting the bat hard. We are sure he will do this and he will be very much in contention for selection on the upcoming tour to South Africa. Doug Bollinger has been left out of the Test squad. The NSP feels he needs to improve his ability to bowl spells at full intensity and maintain it over the course of a match, particularly in these days of back-to-back Tests."

The batting was a little more clear cut, given the axing of Simon Katich from the contract list. Phillip Hughes will open with Shane Watson and the Western Australia batsman Shaun Marsh will push for his first baggy green.

"Shaun Marsh comes into the Australian Test squad and has been in our minds for some time as a player who could have a real impact at international level in all forms of the game," Hilditch said. "Injury impacted at critical times last year however he has worked hard and is in our view ready to seize this opportunity."

Test squad: Shane Watson, Phillip Hughes, Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke (capt), Michael Hussey, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Brad Haddin (wk), Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris, Peter Siddle, Trent Copeland, James Pattinson, Nathan Lyon, Michael Beer

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  • hyclass on July 28, 2011, 23:35 GMT

    LMAO-Let me see if i have this right-Hilditch said Krezja was dropped because he took 6 first class wickets at 41....Thats too funny...that means that he was an improvement on his his regular game...and that got him dropped...Has Hilditch even looked at his playing record...Krezja takes his List A wickets at 45 and his first class wickets at 47...definitely one for the highlights tape.

  • hyclass on July 28, 2011, 23:21 GMT

    As i see it,the selectors dont select,the coaches dont coach,the administrators dont administrate and the Board is just bored-is it any wonder that the players dont play?

  • on July 28, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    with Johnson,Siddle,Harris along with watson and clarke (I rate him as a good competitive spin bowler) AUS have formidable attack, without any of the two spinners. Hope Aus vs SL series will be competitive one for all.

  • JawadSyed on July 28, 2011, 8:34 GMT

    Of recent, Australians have been handling the team selection process more like the Pakistanis. Too much experimentation going on. Is there panic in the ranks, Read article @ cricblogger.wordpress.com

  • Qdzy on July 27, 2011, 16:32 GMT

    Australia is now an ordinary Test side

  • dsig3 on July 27, 2011, 15:08 GMT

    Looking forward to surprising Sri-Lanka. They may play well on their own patch but they have not even won a game against Australia outside of their place. We always beat these guys in big games, I think they are ripe for plunder.

  • seagrip on July 27, 2011, 9:57 GMT

    @Meety, you say faulkner and butterworth bowling stats are skewed by playing on sub standard pitches, yet they average 28 and 30 with the bat on those very same pitches! Also Ferguson has a batting average of <36 of which the majority of matches were played on probably one of the best batting pitches in the world. He is just as bad a selection as S Marsh if not worse. The point is the selectors have made a real hash of their selection for best part of 5 or 6 years now, and this is based on their 'judgement' which has flown in the face of all reason (ie the statistical evidence that the guys they have picked have not been good enough, or as good as others). This has then been proved to be the case when these sub standard players have represented their country. So surely it is time to stop using subjective 'judgement' of a low IQ degenerate and perhaps use selection backed up by the past record of players, not the 'promise' of some non existent untapped potential yet to be realised.

  • Winsome on July 27, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    hyclass, we get it, you think the Marshes are overrated. Obviously CA and the NSP don't. I think Shaun Marsh has come into the reckoning as it is the sub-continent and he has a good international record there. Slag the IPL off all you want, but it's playing in a different environment and playing against a wide variety of spin bowlers it being an Indian comp. I suspect that is why he's on the tour. I wouldnt' take him to England but I'd certainly consider taking him to the sub-continent for the reasons stated above. You are right he has never had a huge season, but that's because he hasn't played a full season in the last four years. He has played at most 6 matches. The same stat can be used for and against a player. And considering Mitch Marsh was one of the best performers for Aus A in the tri-series and topped the bowling average and strike rate in the four day matches I don't see how you can say he failed on the tour. Just be thankful he's nowhere near being selected.

  • thebarmyarmy on July 27, 2011, 6:36 GMT

    This is the best Australia has??? LOL How times have changed.

  • RightArmEverything on July 27, 2011, 3:33 GMT

    Is Hauritz still injured? If not, he must be thinking he's the most unlucky cricketer at the hands of selectors in recent years. If anyone has a record of all Hilditch's public statements they would do him a service to send it to him so he can count how many times he's contradicted himself or given reasons for his selections that just don't makes sense to the rest of us.

  • hyclass on July 28, 2011, 23:35 GMT

    LMAO-Let me see if i have this right-Hilditch said Krezja was dropped because he took 6 first class wickets at 41....Thats too funny...that means that he was an improvement on his his regular game...and that got him dropped...Has Hilditch even looked at his playing record...Krezja takes his List A wickets at 45 and his first class wickets at 47...definitely one for the highlights tape.

  • hyclass on July 28, 2011, 23:21 GMT

    As i see it,the selectors dont select,the coaches dont coach,the administrators dont administrate and the Board is just bored-is it any wonder that the players dont play?

  • on July 28, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    with Johnson,Siddle,Harris along with watson and clarke (I rate him as a good competitive spin bowler) AUS have formidable attack, without any of the two spinners. Hope Aus vs SL series will be competitive one for all.

  • JawadSyed on July 28, 2011, 8:34 GMT

    Of recent, Australians have been handling the team selection process more like the Pakistanis. Too much experimentation going on. Is there panic in the ranks, Read article @ cricblogger.wordpress.com

  • Qdzy on July 27, 2011, 16:32 GMT

    Australia is now an ordinary Test side

  • dsig3 on July 27, 2011, 15:08 GMT

    Looking forward to surprising Sri-Lanka. They may play well on their own patch but they have not even won a game against Australia outside of their place. We always beat these guys in big games, I think they are ripe for plunder.

  • seagrip on July 27, 2011, 9:57 GMT

    @Meety, you say faulkner and butterworth bowling stats are skewed by playing on sub standard pitches, yet they average 28 and 30 with the bat on those very same pitches! Also Ferguson has a batting average of <36 of which the majority of matches were played on probably one of the best batting pitches in the world. He is just as bad a selection as S Marsh if not worse. The point is the selectors have made a real hash of their selection for best part of 5 or 6 years now, and this is based on their 'judgement' which has flown in the face of all reason (ie the statistical evidence that the guys they have picked have not been good enough, or as good as others). This has then been proved to be the case when these sub standard players have represented their country. So surely it is time to stop using subjective 'judgement' of a low IQ degenerate and perhaps use selection backed up by the past record of players, not the 'promise' of some non existent untapped potential yet to be realised.

  • Winsome on July 27, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    hyclass, we get it, you think the Marshes are overrated. Obviously CA and the NSP don't. I think Shaun Marsh has come into the reckoning as it is the sub-continent and he has a good international record there. Slag the IPL off all you want, but it's playing in a different environment and playing against a wide variety of spin bowlers it being an Indian comp. I suspect that is why he's on the tour. I wouldnt' take him to England but I'd certainly consider taking him to the sub-continent for the reasons stated above. You are right he has never had a huge season, but that's because he hasn't played a full season in the last four years. He has played at most 6 matches. The same stat can be used for and against a player. And considering Mitch Marsh was one of the best performers for Aus A in the tri-series and topped the bowling average and strike rate in the four day matches I don't see how you can say he failed on the tour. Just be thankful he's nowhere near being selected.

  • thebarmyarmy on July 27, 2011, 6:36 GMT

    This is the best Australia has??? LOL How times have changed.

  • RightArmEverything on July 27, 2011, 3:33 GMT

    Is Hauritz still injured? If not, he must be thinking he's the most unlucky cricketer at the hands of selectors in recent years. If anyone has a record of all Hilditch's public statements they would do him a service to send it to him so he can count how many times he's contradicted himself or given reasons for his selections that just don't makes sense to the rest of us.

  • hyclass on July 27, 2011, 3:22 GMT

    @katandthat3,all the stats on both the Marshes are current.Anyone can look them up.S.Marsh is number 26 on the australian first class averages.His brother Mitch has terrible first class figures in batting and bowling and would be near the bottom of all the averages.Hughes has 657 runs in his last 3 games-more than most of Marshes full seasons and ave 39.5 in tests.Where is any evidence to show S.Marsh can up the ante.His strike rate in T20I is 110 and his average 17.His oneday strike rate is only 75,which might be ok if his average was 46 not 36.The only comedy is his lack of hundreds-ten years-111 innings-six hundreds.If he put together a couple of big first class seasons with at least three hundreds each season and around a thousand runs each time,id be cheering for him.But he has NO big seasons-EVER.Both a poor average AND he doesnt score quickly.IPL is sub- standard.Thats why the older retired Warne,Hayden,Lehmann and Gilchrist played there.Its easy money and no guage of form.

  • Meety on July 27, 2011, 2:39 GMT

    @katandthat3 - I'm a big fan of M Marsh's potential, his performances in Zim were not bad for a youngster - BUT, well short of making the step to International standard. As far S Marsh, I haven't been convinced by him yet, particularly in a shootout with Ferguson, Khawaja & D Hussey. His last couple of years whilst statistically very good at State level, are on the back of limited quantity of matches, (if its a WA thing I'd rather select Beaton!). Over the last couple of years notwithstanding his 100 against the Poms, his ODI stats have declined, whereas Ferguson & D Hussey have improved. Hilditch has more or less said that Marsh is in line for the vacated #6 spot, along with Khawaja I think they are ill-suited to that position, & D Hussey & Ferguson would of been better. Select S Marsh if a top-3 position becomes available, although I think Finch & Warner are moving into line for a top order spot.

  • katandthat3 on July 27, 2011, 1:23 GMT

    I think you'll find Mitch Marsh had a pretty good tour of Zimbabwe and was a match winner with the ball on a few occasions and some of the other stats on Shaun Marsh that are being put forward on trying to discredit his ability are laughable, really clutching at straws, should think about a future in comedy. Hughes averaged 16 in his last series - wow. He deserves his spot in the side now that he's starting to get his act together, for the same reason Marsh deserves a chance as his stats of the last few years indicate (not just his last shield game-ha ha - a long bow there). Since when does strike rate matter in tests, Marsh can actually shift gears if necessary. Also on stats, throughout history of cricket there have been plenty of blokes who have dominated state cricket but not so good in International and ones that have good figures but step up in International, I'm looking forward to Marsh getting a chance to prove which one he will fall into. He can succeed.

  • hyclass on July 27, 2011, 0:15 GMT

    @BillyCC.I like the point you are making.The test side is not the place to be experimenting.Its only purpose is to see the best current eleven players in its line-up.We are not desperate and are awash with talent at first class level.The players play shield and List A cricket.We dont have to guess how many runs they scored,how quickly they scored them,how they are getting out,whether they are in form and how good they are as bowlers.Every detail is available on sites ilke ESPN Cricinfo.The selectors have a surfeit of information that they continue to ignore.If a players record is inferior to anothers,then he shouldnt be picked.If a player is good enough,their stats will say so.Fanatasy picking is totally unprofessional and ruins players careers without explanation.It doesnt happen in any other successful business in the world.Id pick O'Keefe,David Hussey,Coulter-Nile, Cosgrove over Beer,Marsh,Khawaja,Pattinson.

  • hyclass on July 26, 2011, 23:26 GMT

    The obsession with the Marshes continues.Someone suggested Mitch Marsh who averages 20 at first class level,has a hopeless first class record with the ball and was a failure on the Australia A tour will soon be in the test side.There are those calling for Shaun Marsh.He is 26th in 1st class averages in aust.Here are his career and recent stats.60 games.111 innings.6 hundreds.average.37.97.Thats one hundred every 16-17 innings and one hundred every one and a half seasons.His strike rate at first class level is only 46.Very slow.In his last first class game for WA,he made 5 in 24 balls and 50 in 124 balls.Wow thats slow.In his last T20I for australia,he made 15 in 17 balls-super slow-and averages 17 and his last ODI he made 16 in 30 balls.Riveting stuff.He averages 36 in ODI but only strikes at 75-very ordinary for that average.But then,he only averages 35 in oneday games for his state.The IPL is sub ODI and test standard.Thats why old retired players can get a game.Runs there are easier

  • Meety on July 26, 2011, 23:23 GMT

    @seagrip - that's a pretty good analysis. I am a fan of Faulkner & Butterworth - but their stats (Maher included), have been skewed a bit by sub-standard pitches. Can't fault your batting analysis, I am definately NOT convinced on Marsh, why he & Khawaja, (both top order batsmen), are cover for #6 when Ferguson & D Hussey (lower order), are better equiped in that role is beyond me. O'Keefe is miles ahead of all spinners in Oz barring Hauritz, who's Test stats are better than his 1st class record, even Warne's Shield figures were not as good as his Test records.

  • on July 26, 2011, 22:30 GMT

    The selectors have done a better job than in recent times, mainly because they haven't picked Smith. Not sure about Marsh but hopefullly he'll surprise me. David Hussey, much like Hodge and Rogers in the past, must be wondering how many more runs he has to score to get a look in, and I think it's safe to say his time has passed. But the selectors have made a huge blunder in the spin department again. Yes, they didn't bring Krejza which is a good move. But Beer and Lyon? Granted there may be potential, but seriously, how can they not pick O'Keefe? And is Hauritz injured?

  • RohanMarkJay on July 26, 2011, 21:22 GMT

    Agree with Sinhaya and Udendra L. Geeganage, this Australian bowling attack looks distinctly average. We shouldn't underestimate Australia, but the current Sri Lankan team with great batters like Mahela, Sangakkara, Samaraweera, Dilshan and the younger talent will take Australia to the cleaners in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is very strong in Sri Lankan conditions and in front of their crowds. Barring a miracle, Sri Lanka should easily win the series 2-0 or even 3-0. Sri Lanka is a tough place to come and win. Also Sri Lanka plays their best cricket in Sri Lanka.

  • BillyCC on July 26, 2011, 21:20 GMT

    This is a terrible lineup and inexperienced lineup. It seems like Australian cricket is experimenting at the moment, with both spinners and fast bowlers.

  • RohanMarkJay on July 26, 2011, 21:12 GMT

    Sri Lanka has home ground advantage. With a weakened Australia. However Australia have always been competitive opponents. So Sri Lanka can't at any stage take them lightly. I think Sri Lanka will take the series 1 or 2 Nil. Good luck to the SRi Lankan Cricket team.

  • AKS286 on July 26, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    these people talks lots about dohetry result super flop now they talk about o'keefe he is also going to flop bowling on domestic side and bowling on international side very much quite different. BEER must play in all three format he is a left arm spin bowler means very deadly bowler. left arm spinner is the best spiiners in the world. now these people again talks about copeland he is another flopstar in international cricket MCKAY will be the best option for 3rd pacer then coulter nile then bollinger. i think VOGES or P.JAQUES is better than marsh,ferguson,finch. because VOGES has best technique to face sub continent bowlers.

  • sidzy on July 26, 2011, 17:46 GMT

    this is best australian team selected to tour sri lanka.

  • Sanath-aiyya on July 26, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    Lanka should win this easily without much fuss. I am going to predict a 2-0 win for sri lanka. Hope Dilshan does not become overly defensive with his captaincy.

    Only weak links are chamara silva and chamara kapugedara. two mediocre cricketers being given an extended run because they are sinhalese.

  • CricketChat on July 26, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    For once, Aus selectors have done a good job!. But for Simon, who was unfortunate to lose his spot, they retained the core of the batters. It is only the bowling they had been tinkering about last 2 yrs since Lee was out of Test team. Good to see some new faces who will fight for their spots rather than tried old hands. I think Aus will beat SL 1-0 in Tests.

  • on July 26, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    doug bollinger, callum ferguson, steven smith, simon katich should be in team for retaining number 1 position Again

  • on July 26, 2011, 15:53 GMT

    What in the world is Cricket Australia doing ??? If you really want an off-spinner in your ranks, pick Hauritz. He's proved himself at this level, atleast by the current standards of Australian test spinners. First drop a player like Katich from your batting, then pick a group of rookies in your bowling lineup and then complain why you've dropped to number 5... are you nuts or something !??

  • on July 26, 2011, 15:45 GMT

    What's meaning of the bolter?

    Why they calling Nathan Leyon the bolter?

  • popcorn on July 26, 2011, 15:38 GMT

    Good selection - except for leaving out Ben Hilfenhaus who has experience on his side, though not current form. Steve Smith is a passenger - good he has been left out. Dougie Bollinger is fit for IPL only. He let us down in India getting unfit after lunch on the last day, when he was needed most - because he chose o focus on IPL.

  • seagrip on July 26, 2011, 15:38 GMT

    Bowling wise the selectors are just a complete and utter shambles. Only one of the 6 'best' bowlers - Copeland are in the team (and this is the first time he has appeared) and no McDonald either. We are not talking about players here who have an average of say 27.5 being compared to a player of 27.8, we are talking about players with an average of between 21-24 to players with averages of 30-46). 46!! Can I say that again, 46!!! O'Keefe 24 (from 14 matches) vs Beer 46 from 13 matches!! Admittedly 13 matches is not a lot, but exactly what have the selectors seen that is so damn promising that justifies this? And this is before you take into account O'Keefe's batting average of 36.26, just 1.7 runs less than Marsh who has been selected as a specialist batsman. I'd like to suggest that the IQ of the Australian selectors is not much higher than O'Keefe's batting average. Does anyone know who these people report to and how we can get them to wake up and smell the roses?

  • seagrip on July 26, 2011, 15:37 GMT

    So the selectors, how do they fare? Batting wise they are not too far away if you look at the current starting line-up, although how they persisted with M North for so long is anyone's guess, and how S Marsh gets anywhere near the team is also a mystery (McDonald and O'Keefe who are perceived as bowlers have just as good batting records!). P Hughes should also never have been dropped in England after one test and C Rogers, B Hodge are examples of players who have been overlooked who might be scratching their heads as to how the selectors arrive at their decisions whilst the likes of North and Clarke have been given chance after chance).

  • seagrip on July 26, 2011, 15:37 GMT

    Another Non valid flaw is that bowlers need to bowl fast to take wickets in test matches. This is the most ludicrous propaganda in public circulation. Reiterating the earlier statement, the concept of bowling is to take a wicket whilst conceding as few runs as possible. Again, give me a bowler that bowls at 120 KPH but only concedes 20 runs to take a wicket than someone who bowls at 140KPH but concedes 30 runs before they take a wicket (M Johnson anyone?). It's ludicrous to suggest that bowlers need to bowl fast as a priority to actually taking wickets by giving away as few runs as possible. Someone who was very poorly treated who falls into this category was Stuart Clarke. He didn't get to no.1 in the world rankings by luck, and it wasn't by bowling at 150KPH either. T Alderman didn't seem to have a problem taking wickets either. No other country seems to be as fixated on speed as Australian selectors. Even McGrath was no speed demon.

  • seagrip on July 26, 2011, 15:37 GMT

    Non valid flaws: That players have good/bad technique that overrides their averages. This is the most common misperception. This may be valid where a player has limited experience and therefore is covered in flaw 2, but where a player has played many games this is not true. A common example is that Phil Hughes has poor technique/cant play the short ball. Now if that were true then he wouldn't have an average of over 50 from over 50 matches because the opposition would use this tactic to get him out before he scored more than 50 runs against them. Give me a player who gets out to the short ball frequently but makes me over 50 runs before he does so over a player who has good technique (M Clarke anyone) but only gets me low 40's.

  • seagrip on July 26, 2011, 15:37 GMT

    There may be an argument for maybe one batter to go as there are a few old ones, and C. Rogers with an average of over 50 would be an acceptable replacement in this scenario (possibly for Katich given he has already been given the boot). The only flaw not examined is flaw 5 - standard of opponent/pitches is not the same for all. This is again more applicable to those with limited experience. Also when playing home test matches (therefore 50% of test matches) we can say that the pitch conditions at least are the same that the majority of these averages will be based on. There may be arguments for selecting players on the sub continent or possibly Eng that have different characteristics due to the different conditions, but there would need to be some logic behind doing this, ie having good records in those conditions/against those type of bowlers, which unless they are playing in the domestic leagues out there are non applicable.

  • seagrip on July 26, 2011, 15:37 GMT

    The first two flaws we can ignore for now as the selectors have shown that by picking Beer, Lyon & Pattinson with 4, 6 & 13 first class appearances respectively that they have ignored these factors too. And when you consider these players have bowling averages of 43, 46 & 29 over their last 4-13 games we can also too say that their form is poor in which case flaw 3 can also be ignored for now. Flaw 4 is also not applicable here as it works out that we have a left arm medium and 2 right arm fast medium and a spinner included from the 4 bowlers. Plus Katich and Watson for additional variation. Flaw 6 is also not applicable as we have players playing in positions they are used to throughout the team. Flaw 7 is not really a flaw, just that if all your players are very old they could give you a problem when they retire at the same time, or if all are very young there will be no experience to lead the side. This is not applicable here as there is a good mix of young and old.

  • seagrip on July 26, 2011, 15:37 GMT

    This first XI is based on just best 5 batters, best all-rounder and best 4 bowlers with a minimum of 10 fist class matches (therefore D Warner out for P Hughes). The main flaws with using averages for picking a team are: 1. Not everyone has same experience. 2. Related to above, those with limited experience may have averages not consistent with their skills. 3. It doesn't consider form. 4. Possibly that the variety of a bowling attack is not considered. 5. The standard of opponent/pitches is not the same for all players. 6. Batters may be selected for positions they are not accustomed to. 7. Age is not considered.

  • seagrip on July 26, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    6 best batters = Ponting, D. Hussey, Warner, Katich, M. Hussey, P. Hughes 6 best bowlers = J. Faulkner, T. Copeland, A. Maher, S. O'Keefe, L. Butterworth, J. Hastings 2 best all-rounders (where not already picked for an outright category above) = S. Watson, A. McDonald. This would give a squad of Ponting, D. Hussey, Warner, Katich, M. Hussey, P. Hughes, J. Faulkner, T. Copeland, A. Maher, S. O'Keefe, L. Butterworth, J. Hastings, A. McDonald, S. Watson. And a possible first XI of: P. Hughes, S. Katich (captain), R. Ponting, D. Hussey, M. Hussey, S. Watson, B. Haddin, S. O'Keefe, J. Faulkner, T. Copeland, A. Maher.

  • seagrip on July 26, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    A selection of (some) Aus batters/bowlers (in order) based on first class bowling averages: J. Faulkner (21.65), T. Copeland (21.68), A. Maher (22.6), S. O'Keefe (24.05), L. Butterworth (24.57), J. Hastings (24.95), C. McKay (25.84), P. Siddle (27.79), D. Bollinger (28.13), S.Watson (28.46), A.Mcdonald (29.07), J. Hopes (29.27), J Pattinson (29.47), Hilfenhaus (30.14), R. Harris (30.2), M. Johnson (30.5), S. Katich (36.63), Huaritz (41.63), N Lyon (43), M. Beer (45.96). Squad of 15 picked, minus a w/k: Haddin = 14. So 6 batters, 6 bowlers and 2 all-rounders:

  • Sigma-Eleven on July 26, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    The below team can compete with the team selected by Australian selectors - 1) David Warner, 2) Simon Katich, 3) Callum Ferguson (c), 4) Aaron Finch, 5) David Hussey, 6) Steven Smith, 7) Tim Paine (wk), 8) Nathan Hauritz, 9) Brett Lee, 10) Doug Bollinger, 11) Mitchell Starc

  • seagrip on July 26, 2011, 15:34 GMT

    The objective of test cricket is simple; when batting score as many runs before you lose your wicket, and when bowling, concede as few runs as possible before taking a wicket. Consider the following career averages: A selection of (some) Aus batters/bowlers listed in order based on first class career batting averages: Ponting (55.98), D. Hussey (54.85), Warner (53.35), Katich (53.31), M. Hussey (52.47), P. Hughes (51.37), C. Rogers (51.09), S. Watson (46.76), Khawaja (45.52), M./ Clarke (44.61), M. North (42.66), A. McDonald (39.6), S. Marsh (37.97), S. O'Keefe (36.26), C, ferguson (35.97), J. Hopes (32.63), J Faulkner (29.86), L. Butterworth(28.01), M. Johnson (23.89), J. Hastings (23.81).

  • on July 26, 2011, 15:24 GMT

    not again. Again other bowler who has hardly played much FC cricket been drafted straight into an Australian squad. Its gonna be tough for Lyon - as "he will be out of his den". Imagine for a player who has played just few matches in Australia (wich are not enough) to go all the way & play in unknown Sri Lanka. Tomorrow 12-year old's will be selected for Australian tours :P

  • on July 26, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    All those who thinks Shaun Marsh's selection is a bad idea they obiously don't know anything about cricket. He is technically solid and handles spinners well and his record in last 3 or 4 shield season is so good. So he deserves a chance.All those who thinks Shaun Marsh's selection is a bad idea they obiously don't know anything about cricket. He is technically solid and handles spinners well and his record in last 3 or 4 shield season is so good. So he deserves a chance.

  • pragmatist on July 26, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    Australia remain in disarray thanks to their hapless selectors. For those watching from England - and pretty much anywhere else in the world - this is pretty good news.

  • Roar911 on July 26, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    Two evenly matched teams that has a lot to prove, are going against each other after a long time... All the Aussies are warmly welcomed to the Island of Paradise! I won't predict anything cz I have no idea about most of the guys in the Aussie team! ......... Wish there was Murali vs. Warne, McGrath vs. Vaas, Sana vs. Gilly .... time for the youngsters to shine.... good luck to both teams! (praying for no rain and all nail-biters) Go SL \m/

  • on July 26, 2011, 14:26 GMT

    I dont think either spinner will have any impact in Sri Lanka. I expect Lankans to win the series

  • on July 26, 2011, 14:20 GMT

    Lolllzzzz.... 2 ROOKIE spinners in the side... i reckon spin bowling is eradicating from Aussie youngsters... hire some professional spinner to train at least Kreja, Hauritz & Smith for international level, otherwise its going to b a hell for Oz in Ashes......

  • on July 26, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    To me khawaja should bat at no.6.........the line up should be 1. watto 2.hughes 3.punter 4.pup 5. huss 6.usie 7.bj 8.midge 9.ryano 10.beer 11.pattinson

  • Mary_786 on July 26, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    Good squad, the selectors have taken a bold decision by getting youngsters like Lyons, Khawaja and pattinson in there. Khawaja should play 6 over marsh based on his excellent form in shield cricket. Tough decision to drop Smith, but he needs to develop his batting and bowling more in shield cricket before getting his chance in the team. My team would be Watson, Hughes, Ponting, Clarke, Hussey, Khawaja, Haddin, Johnson, Siddle, Copeland, Lyons. Ferguson doesn't deserve to be picked yet as he hasn't performed well in shield cricket with a average below 40.

  • on July 26, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    Khwaja or Marsh should open.Watson should bat at 6 and bowl more overs as the 4th bowler considering the quality of spinners.Spinners these days merely serve to But I guess Oz have an edge over Sri Lanka even with this team

  • on July 26, 2011, 13:24 GMT

    I think Doherty deserves a shot in the subcontinent. If you compare his figures to Swans in the Ashes tests they did not differ too much, the pitches he bowled on were belters. At least he was able to tie an end up with some tight bowling at times. Butterworth played well in Aus A games and could also have been given the allrounder spot.

  • on July 26, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    Lyon who? Is that the long, lost "Kimba The White Lyon?" Or is it Lyon Nathan Beer? A good drop that one. Or could it therefore be, Nathan Hauritz, in disguise?

    "God only knows", cos the Selectors sure dont!

  • on July 26, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    Wow! What is going on in Aus?! Alot of these selections stink of desperation. As everyone keeps saying show some faith in a spinner at international level, but not just the spinners the quicks aswell. In the last couple of season Aus have used johnson, siddle, hilfenhaus, bollinger, harris, mcdonald, george, mckay, mcgain now copeland and pattison. Why so many?! And not one of them seems a certainty to play. It obvious to everyone but the selectors that to rebuild a side you need to let players develop!

  • Japan.Kolla on July 26, 2011, 12:06 GMT

    i wonder why Krejza missed out in turning wickets in sri lanka ????

  • vak1997 on July 26, 2011, 12:01 GMT

    where is doug bollinger. he must be included. he's a very good strike bowler

  • on July 26, 2011, 11:43 GMT

    No no no no no no no. You've got to pick the BEST cricketers in the country, doesn't matter if they're 'in form', the best players are always going to be better options than an average state cricketer who has knocked a few good performances together. Just doesn't make sense.

  • Miley2318 on July 26, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    This is absolutely incredible... Krejza, O'Keefe, Hauritz, Beer, Doherty, Lyon. Australia Cricket has become a joke. Six spinners, clearly none is good enough to last one match. Ashes Tests will be nowhere near as competitive as they once were.

  • on July 26, 2011, 11:17 GMT

    What the hell has happend to the Australian side? not that I'm complaining! Looks very weak at the moment.

  • on July 26, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    I think david Warner should be selected as opener.

  • Samdanh on July 26, 2011, 11:09 GMT

    The team could have been stronger with players like Micthell Starc, Ferguson and Steven Smith.

  • on July 26, 2011, 10:40 GMT

    i want to know what Steve O'Keefe needs to do to get a gig? the selectors are terrible, choosing 2 spinners who have done nothing superb and only played ONE season of first class cricket and both don't have a Cricket Australia contract! everything else looks alright but they are struggling in the choosing a spinner department!

  • on July 26, 2011, 10:27 GMT

    good 2 see australia blooding young talent at the earliest but bollinger omission could prove costly. agreed he was not at his best in recent ashes but he would have been handful in sub-continent pitches with his ability 2 reverse swing with d old ball.

  • Herath-UK on July 26, 2011, 10:06 GMT

    Well whatever selection Aussies make,the results are a foregone conclusion with a 2-0 Test win to Sri Lanka.I do not think this novice team is anywhere close to beat Sri Lanka in their own den. Ranil Herath -Kent

  • on July 26, 2011, 10:02 GMT

    It will be good someone like Shawn Marsh is made to bat at No.3, Clarke @ 4 with Ponting & Hussey at 5 and 6.

  • s.sreekant on July 26, 2011, 10:01 GMT

    marsh selection is sum what not good,he is a average shield player but a good odi player, why wasn't butterworth considered ahead of pattinson,anyways copeland or pattinson wont get a chance for sure

    hope lyon gets a long run and not get dropped after playing a test or two

  • johnson49 on July 26, 2011, 9:56 GMT

    Well done selectors on dropping Steve Smith, he is definitely not good enough for Test cricket. I thought Warner batted very well for Australia A as well, but may not be a test player. What about O'Keefe and David Hussey?

  • sonicattack on July 26, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    Well, as an England supporter I and many others - will be loving this, Australian selectorial policy seems just as daft as England's some years ago. To throw Lyon into the den of Sri Lanka with so little experience ( and struggling to play in back to back state games) seems distinctly odd, if he is so talented why wasn't he touted as a spinner during the Ashes - can't remember his name being mentioned here...and will Ryan Harris get through the tour?

  • crow_eater on July 26, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    Hooray!!! Smith "the passenger" has finally gone, waited far too long for it though. Great to see Lyons in there, I only hope he's not chewed up & spat out by the selectors if he doesn't perform on his first appearance as so many other spinners in Andrew Hilditches revolving door. Looking forward to seeing Ryan Harris back as well. Disappointed to see that Furguson can't get a gurnsey, not even a spot in the one day squad. Bring on the end of Hilditches contract.

  • denwarlo70 on July 26, 2011, 9:41 GMT

    I know jack about this Aussie team but what I do know is that they are up against a wounded Sri Lankan side O/A the POMS. A wounded Sri Lankan side is as dangerous as a Lion in the wild and Lion's we are. Hope to see a full series and good cricket. Team Australia, You are warmly welcome to the land of the most hospitable.

  • PYC1959 on July 26, 2011, 9:21 GMT

    Hilditch, you are devaluing the Baggy Green by putting up a new spinner every test series. Players need to EARN the Baggy Green, not be given one because you say so. If we don't have a spinner of Test standards fine, don't pick one and go with pace, M. Clarke can bowl spin to change up every now and then. Please stop dumbing down the value of a Baggy Green.

  • Finn92 on July 26, 2011, 9:19 GMT

    Thrown in another unknown spinner who will be dropped after one test for not bagging a ten for. Face it you Aussies, you won't find another Warne! He was a once in a lifetime bowler and you can't expect every spinner to have the same results as him. You have to put your faith in one spinner and give him at least a year or two in the side. Hauritz is a good spinner but has been discarded for no apparent reason, he could have been important in the Ashes but you chose two club bowlers and they were put to the sword. Get ready to be in the field for a very long time!

  • CricketPissek on July 26, 2011, 9:17 GMT

    After a very difficult series in England, SL will be looking forward to home conditions and an Australian side that looks nothing like the ones of the past. However, it would be very foolish to underestimate these players who have a proven track record in a very intense state championship in Oz. This will be a great learning experience for the Aussie spinners and we all hope the selectors give them a fair chance as it takes years for them to perfect their art. Good luck to both teams with their rebuilding plans! JAYA WEWA!

  • on July 26, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    I must say, this AUS bowling attack looks very average & especially the spinners will be taken to the cleaners by Mahela, Sanga , Chandimal & co., who are murderers of spin!

  • indian17 on July 26, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    why they haven't included dough bolinger in test squad??? he is very talented bowler. he has all the quality required to be a good bowler. he is not that consistent but if selector shows some trust in him i am sure he'll prove himself. And what the hell they didn't included white in ODI squad. he is really good. they want to give chance to more and more players but they need to show some trust in the players.

  • johnathonjosephs on July 26, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    I feel like crying when i see this squad.... Apart from Johnson, Ponting, Hussey, Clarke, and Watson the other half of the team looks subpar. What happened to Katich? What happened to Lee? What happened to Nathan Bracken (its been a while since i've seen him)? Australia need to grit their teeth and allow Hauritz, Katich, and (yes I'm mentioning it) ANDREW SYMONDS

  • bobmartin on July 26, 2011, 9:05 GMT

    Great to see the Aussies in such a turmoil after ruling the roost for so long... Long gone are the days when the side picked itself and all the selectors had to do was announce it.. A couple of Ashes defeats and now they have to earn their corn and judging by the comments on here, they don't appear to be making a very good job of it..At this rate your climb back up the rankings ladder will be as slow as the Windies one is following their heydays.

  • on July 26, 2011, 9:01 GMT

    Where the hell is Natahan Hauritz????

  • Sinhaya on July 26, 2011, 9:01 GMT

    No way will this Aussie bowling attack get 20 Sri Lankan wickets in a test match. They are like a toothless cobra to sum it up. Aussie batting will do well thanks to Lankans sans Murali, but I think with the spinning tracks Sri Lanka should win the tests 2-0.

  • hyclass on July 26, 2011, 9:01 GMT

    No O'Keefe?really?Too good for the test side with an average of 24 and a strike rate of 51?Oh-and he bats.To put it in perspective,Beer will have to take 21 cheap wickets in his next first class game to have taken the same number of wickets in the same number of games.Oh-and he will need to score about 400 runs.Khawaja has a problem outside off stump.His average has fallen by 8 runs since he was first picked and he failed in Zimbabwe.Marsh hasnt done anything in ten seasons.He averages 37,strikes at 46 per hundred balls and scores a hundred every season and a half.The IPL is waaay below oneday and test standard.Its also played on fast small grounds and has mandated local player content.Where is David Hussey?40 centuries at 55 and striking at 70 per hundred balls.Too good for the test side?As someone has rightly said,the selectors are desperate to validate their crazy selections by denying the obvious and successful at first class,candidates a chance to prove their case at test level.

  • Rajeev129 on July 26, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    Apart from Hauritz exclusion there is nothing harsh, not sure whether he is fully fit. But this is the best possible squad Australia could get at the moment.

  • on July 26, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    After a solid but losing performance in England recently, Sri Lanka have everything to prove. Australia are a struggling team merely a shell of their selves 5 years ago. It will be a sorry tournament for Australia if they do not read the conditions well and play accordingly. I predict Sri Lanka will have a clean sweep.

  • on July 26, 2011, 8:34 GMT

    I fear for this squad once ricky ponting and mike hussey retires...!!! God save the Kangaroos

  • VivGilchrist on July 26, 2011, 8:32 GMT

    With this squad 1 Hughes 2 Marsh 3 Ponting 4 Watson (so we can get more out of his bowling nag strengthen middle order, think Kallis) 5 Clarke (where he is best suited) 6 Hussey 7 Haddin 8 Johnson 9 Harris 10 Copeland 11 Lyon. Still shake my head at OKeefes non-selection. He's got a good first class record, a great record v Sri Lanka A, and he would have strengthened the batting, coming in at 8 with Johnson at 9.

  • hris on July 26, 2011, 8:25 GMT

    @hyclass. marsh seems to have improved in the last 3-4 years. he averages 52 in the last 4 years in shield cricket. i couldn't care less what he did before that. the fact that he has been playing well in recent times is more important. would u rather pick someone who averages more than him over a career but has struggled in the last few years?

  • on July 26, 2011, 8:24 GMT

    What ever happend to the other Nathan (hauritz), he is by far a very good spinner than the rest of this group !!

  • chiefy14 on July 26, 2011, 8:09 GMT

    it's good to see the selectors have stuck with Hughes. Everyone is under the impression he cant play the short ball, but when he first cracked the aussie team he played magnificently. it wasn't until the aussie batting coaches tried to mould his technique that he started to have troubles. he went back to his batting coach outside of the australian set-up late last year and has been playing the way he played to initially make a name for himself. i see great things from him, i'm gonna tip him as the leading run scorer this series!

  • katandthat3 on July 26, 2011, 8:08 GMT

    @Hyclass, I hope the next time you go for a job or promotion they knock you back because they'll assess how you went in your early years delivering pizzas or the paper round and not the skills you've accumulated as of now. Hence, Marsh's 1st class record isn't as impressive as a few others but has averaged 50 the last 4 years in Shield, scored an amazing 100 against the Poms last summer and has a pretty good ODI record and has done well in the IPL over the last few years (he plays normal shots anyway so the size of the grounds over there is irrelavant). Can't say he's going to score more test runs than Ponting but I think he deserves a chance. You only have to look at the way he bats to see he has the game now. I agree with alot of the points you've made about CA etc but lets just say we'll agree to disagree on Marsh. Hope you don't have anything against the Marsh family cause Shaun will be joined by Mitch in the national sides in the next few years.

  • shandy657 on July 26, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    Once again the Australian selection committee are desperately grabbing at straws. No consistency in selection of their bowling line-up; especially the spin bowling department. It seems that if a player has had a poor game or two then they are discarded for another non-legend. Warnie was a once-in-a-lifetime genius - Aussie get used to be being ordinary for the next few years especially when Punter retires (or goes into terminal decline). I do hope that the next Ashes will be competitive especially as England are one victory away from being Number One...

  • on July 26, 2011, 8:04 GMT

    Ryan Harris got injured but was still selected, Simon Katich got injured and was dumped. This really doesn't make any sense at all. Harris is also in his 30s and is unlikely to last more than 3-4 years, that's exactly the same situation as katich was in, then again, you can blame the selectors. We have seen a huge turn over of spinners in Australia. Why not stick with one and let him develop say keep him for 10 tests then get rid of him if he is no good. They just want a quick fix solution. MacGill, Hogg, Casson, Cullen, White, McGain, Krejza, Hauritz, Smith, Doherty, Beer and now Lyon. 12 spinners, Australia might play the spin XI with one spinner as 12th man.

  • VivGilchrist on July 26, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    @AKS286, do you understand anything about cricket? I don't understand what Pattinson and Beer have done to warrant selection. OKeefe must have run over Hilditch's cat, burned his house down, or left his daughter at the altar because I don't see how he still has not been selected with his record. Besides these things, the squad looks sound.

  • on July 26, 2011, 7:55 GMT

    Bring the Aussies on! They are gonna get pasted!!!

  • othello22 on July 26, 2011, 7:51 GMT

    It's a step in the right direction at least with the exclusion of Smith, Hilfenhaus and Krejza who have been passengers for too long, though some of the inclusions are a worry. Michael Beer? Bad call. Sangakkara, Jayawardene, Dilshan and co will take him to the cleaners. Nathan Lyon? I have no idea who this person is. Bollinger will be dissappointed but he was terrible last summer and deserves to be dropped. At least Hughes found some form in Zimbabwe, i imagine Marsh is the contingency plan if he fails.

  • nzcricket174 on July 26, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    Nathan Lyon is awesome, same with Usman Khawaja. Unhappy with the look of the squad though.

  • archit.deshpande on July 26, 2011, 7:39 GMT

    where is callum ferguson? he is more capable at batting at number 6 than shaun marsh. and what about nathan hauritz, dohorthy and steve o'keffe? theres no point in trying a spinner one game and then binning them the after. its about getting set. pretty ridiculous how they have drafted in yet another spinner lyon. hope they make sure this time they dont bin him after just one test.

  • on July 26, 2011, 7:37 GMT

    Here we go again- throw in a spinner (Nathan Lyon), who has impressed for a short period of time, hasn't impressed for a whole season as Hilditch has said. Add to that the axing of Steven smith, who has shwon some good signs, and will only get better with more exposure at international level. Hilditch, you are delusional, get it right or get out!

  • Trapper439 on July 26, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    I'm pleasantly surprised by this squad. The emphasis on blooding youth for the future is an encouraging sign. At this point if you offered me a series loss in which one or two of the youngsters (particularly the bowlers) makes a real breakthrough and steps up to Test level, I'd happily take it.

  • on July 26, 2011, 7:21 GMT

    i think nathan hauritz would get a call...

  • RakeshDash on July 26, 2011, 7:16 GMT

    Doesn't matter which spinner is there how many seamers you have...the matches will be washed out by rain. This time in the year in Srilanks has a history of game being washed out due to rain but the scheduling always falls in June/July. So relax and think about the next tour CA.

  • on July 26, 2011, 7:14 GMT

    The Prince Alfred College under 16 team wouldn't be afraid of this squad. The scary things is that I don't think there is much better out there. Slim pickings in Oz cricket at the mo.

  • mrwaka on July 26, 2011, 7:07 GMT

    Let me start by saying that I am not an expert in all matters cricket. there are however a few things that I would like to think are pretty obvious and I cannot believe that the 'NSP,' as they like to call themselves, have not had the foresight to see them. Firstly there is the issue of Ryan Harris: surely you would sit him out for this tour and play him later in the year when the big boys come to play. CSA is going to need him come India/RSA. Secondly, as much as would love for Lyon and Beer to succeed, I think they are going to be found wanting. Pick a spinner, and stick with him!! Steve O'Keefe must have slept with someone at CSA's wife. I say that because the bloke is a decent bowler with a decent batting average and throughout this merry-go-round spinner fiasco, stll hasn't gotten a run? Anyway. I am South-African so I don't really care!

  • Harvey on July 26, 2011, 7:02 GMT

    The search for the new Shane Warne goes on! Lol. Australia has a perfectly adequate spinner in the shape of Nathan Hauritz, who would be capable of tying up one end while the seamers are rotated at the other. Giles did such a job successfully for England, and Harris for South Africa. Still I suppose if they picked him he'd have nothing to wear after selling all his kit in a garage sale a while back. :-) Seriously though, when will the Aussies face the reality that most generations simply don't produce Shane Warnes, and stop structuring their team as if he was still there? Meanwhile, if Lyon was so impressive "all last season" (in the 4 games he actually played in), how come he didn't get a contract? Those running cricket in Australia really are clueless, aren't they? I see Hughes is being persevered with, and if he scores runs on the low, slow pitches of SL will no doubt be hailed as the new Bradman, despite his total inability to deal with short-pitched fast bowling.

  • on July 26, 2011, 6:49 GMT

    Warner deservs a chance since his outstanding performance with Aus A squad in Zimbabwe.....

  • _Australian_ on July 26, 2011, 6:47 GMT

    Finally our selectors are starting to realise that bits and pieces all rounders are not the right option for Test cricket. Smith unfortunately has been selected too early and really needs to develop his bowling as a priority and let his batting be a handy addition or he will never fully reach his potential. Although I find our spin selections to be very green for this series and considering the lack of a clear front runner in this department, provided the selectors give them a fair go I suppose this is acceptable with what we have on offer as a whole. I do think O'Keefe is a better option than Beer but perhaps O'Keefe getting more state cricket under his belt will be better for him in the long run.

  • AKS286 on July 26, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    first of all my best wishes with beer go beer go u are the future of Oz spin as well as world class spin bowler. now copeland , pattinson & harris will be the weakest part of Oz team mckay, bollinger & coulter d nile will be best than them. khwaja ????? why he is in the team???? why not warner,ferguson, voges, jaques, d.hussey . WHY NOT KATICH????? KHWAJA above all.... insane joke. but a very very goooooood news the worlds second luckiest player STEVEN SMITH is not in the team yahooooo yapeeee.

  • sl_udaya on July 26, 2011, 6:36 GMT

    This is the best chance to win a series against ausies..

  • ygkd on July 26, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    Very glad to see Nathon Lyon given a spot in the squad. O'Keefe should probably be there too though and David Hussey for that matter. But this is seems like a step in the right direction from the selectors and that's a start. I'd still back SL at home though.

  • on July 26, 2011, 6:20 GMT

    This is a good squad selection, there are no passengers, everyone deserves the spot, less so for beer but there arent many other choices. I hope nathan lyon is selected in the XI instead of beer. Good to see shaun marsh in squad because his form over the last 3 years has been excellent in ODI's , for WA and IPL. Khawaja will be under pressure to perform. Phil Hughes also needs to be at his best otherwise selectors will choose marsh to open instead. The quickies should be Harris, johnson and copeland, but knowing the selectors peter siddle will be retained in the XI ahead of copeland. siddle is a good bowler, but i think copeland would give the X factor and could be one to watch. My XI, Watto, Hughes, Ponting, Khawaja, Clarke(capt), Hussey, Haddin(wk), Johnson, Harris, copeland/siddle, Lyon. I would like to see hussey and clarke bat in middle because it gives khawaja a chance to play higher up and play a long innings. Its great steve smith and hilfy got axed, they are very bad

  • Andy500265 on July 26, 2011, 6:13 GMT

    I give up. CA have completely lost the plot. Why the hell have they picked Beer and Pattinson? Pattinson has played very little FC cricket (more than Beer, but I think he's played less than 10 matches) and Beer bowled OK in his one test, but he's got a shocking domestic record and really, 1 wicket on debut is not and should not be good enough. SL are going to crush us in to the ground with ease. Anyone who supports Australia should start backing NZ, we haven't got a hope.

  • Okakaboka on July 26, 2011, 6:08 GMT

    Yep...Fasting bowling attack is correct....Johnston should be last....emergency only. O'Keefe for Beer would have had the bowling squad correct. As for the batting....Geez...........Here we go again. Katich should have been in and also Finch. Haddin should have been replaced by Paine (or Wade)!!!

  • on July 26, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    I think even Ravinder Jadeja can make Aus test squad as spinner.

  • Talubar on July 26, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    With a first class batting average of 10.87 and bowling average of 43 I guess the selectors think he's and allrounder.

  • Mossop1313 on July 26, 2011, 5:48 GMT

    You have got to be kidding!?!?!?!?!? Nathan Lyon and Michael Beer?!?!?! To Sri Lanka?!?!?!?!?!? Who eat spinners?!?!?!?!?! All praise to Nathan Lyon, but 4 first-class games? What does Steve O'Keefe have to do? Can't wait until Nathan Hauritz is fit and we have a new selection panel . . . . . . . . Good to see Trent Copeland get a go.

  • Dashgar on July 26, 2011, 5:47 GMT

    Pretty good squad. Glad to see Lyon there as he is the best spinner in the country. Good to see guys like smith and hilfy dropped as they weren't really contributing. Can't wait to see Harris bowl again.

  • JANVI11 on July 26, 2011, 5:37 GMT

    Warnes / Muralis / Kumbles do not come every overnight. CA has to understand, for a player to play well he needs to have confidence first. Its very painful to see them bombarding spinners left , right and center. Do not keep searching for the Greats. Let them become greats. Select them, keep providing chances and just watch the results.

  • Rosey86 on July 26, 2011, 5:17 GMT

    It's young yes. I would also say its promising. But its only worthwhile if they believe this is the kind of make up which will serve us for the coming series away and and home. I love the fact Copeland is going to get some squad and maybe game experience. He's a workhorse, moves the bowl both ways and bowls consistent line. With Hauritz still injured, Lyon i believe will make the most of the opportunity. I'm not expecting him to bowl to us to victory, i expect him to do his best. I am glad steve smith has been left at home, he needs more development time in batting and bowling. I would think the possibility of them playing both spinners will be high considering watson is in the side, but i worry that gives him too much to do. Harris and Johnson will lead the attack, but i worry about Harris's creeky knees holding up if he needs to bowl long spells. I would expect Khawaja to play at 6 over marsh. I would say Clarke has the team he wants

  • on July 26, 2011, 5:16 GMT

    FINALLY..SOME COMMON-SENSE! Congratulations to Marsh, Copeland, Pattinson and Lyon for making the squad. Good to see Harris back. I hope his knee doesn't cause him any more troubles (although I prefer Copeland).

  • stormy16 on July 26, 2011, 5:16 GMT

    The batting selections are as expected but not sure about the bowling. I like the idea of 'searching' for a spinner which has seen a few come and go but Krejza has been dropped too many times in my books and surely deserved a chance on spinnign tracks. Thankfully the Smith experiment has finally ended but not taking Hilfenhouse could be a mistake. There is swing in SL Hilfy could be a threat with the new ball.

  • boris6491 on July 26, 2011, 5:08 GMT

    Sure, there may be umpteen number of selections that are questionable, not least the spin attack, but, as Australians, we really need to be optimistic and looking for positives. Undoubtedly, the opportunities for Khawaja and particularly Marsh are well deserved and hopefully they make good use of them. The same goes for guys like Copeland and Pattinson, who are highly thought of but have backed themselves with results in the shield. Lyon is a curious selection, unsure as to how much game time he will get with Beer ahead of him. I recall him doing well for SA in the big bash last year but his first class credentials remain unproven. Unsure as to why the selectors insist on plucking guys out of obscurity. I still remain skeptical about Beer, but its good to see the selection panel showing faith in a spinner and not ditching him after 1 or 2 tests as has been the case for numerous slow bowlers in the post- Warne era beginning from Casson all the way to Doherty.

  • sawifan on July 26, 2011, 5:02 GMT

    I'm so very glad Copeland has been given the opportunity. At last performance at 1st-class level is back on the selection criteria. However, i still can't believe that O'Keefe keeps get over-looked for the longer format. And now they pick Lyon who wasn't part of the 1st-class leg of the Zim tour?! I have nothing against Lyon, and he bowled well in Zim, but what does O'Keefe need to do to at least get a look in?! As for the batting, well, Hughes was always going to be there, and am glad Smith has been sent back to 1st-class cricket too. Some really needs to tell the kids what they want from from him. He is currently not good enough at either discipline to be a test player, but i'm sure he has been giving no guidance as what to work on! Anyway, overall, happy to have Harris and Copeland in the squad and i think we'll win the series easily, given SL bowling woes.

  • on July 26, 2011, 5:00 GMT

    Finally some sense shown by the selectors!!! The further from the test side Smith is the better as far as I'm concerned. He may well become a test cricketer, but at this stage he most certainly doesn't make the grade. I believe Lyon is a brilliant inclusion. I watched him bowl last season and my first thought was he is going to be a test cricketer. Khwaja or Marsh (whichever the selectors go for) need to bat 3, Clarke 4, Ponting 5 and Hussey 6. I'd also have Copeland as a replacement for MJ.

  • Muzgrob on July 26, 2011, 4:55 GMT

    Pretty solid squad, I'd probably go with an XI of Watson, Marsh, Ponting, Clarke, Hussey, Khawaja, Haddin, Beer, Johnson, Harris, Siddle. With the pressure mostly on Siddle and Marsh to perform.

  • on July 26, 2011, 4:55 GMT

    I think aus wl do well in sri lanka.sl are very strong at home,but i think their bowling lacks the bite.am eager to see how ponting bats w/o the burden of captaincy,he should bat freely and i hope he has a late great flourish.my 11 would be-watto,hughes,punter,pup,huss,khawaja,haddin,mitch,harris,siddle,beer

  • tomhedley on July 26, 2011, 4:50 GMT

    Michael Beer is a club cricketer and picking a kid who has played 4 first class games reeks of desperation. What has Nathan Hauritz done to deserve this treatment, he was impressive in England and then got left out on a complete bunsen in '09. These selectors need sacking because they appear to be completely clueless! As an Englishman I actually want to see Aus compete with us, 5-0 will be a complete borefest!

  • mightymf2000 on July 26, 2011, 4:46 GMT

    With this squad this would be my personal XI 1.Shane Watson, 2.Phil Hughes, 3. Usman Khawaja, 4. Michael Clarke (C), 5. Michael Hussey, 6. Ricky Ponting, 7. Brad Haddin(WK), 8. Ryan Harris, 9. Mitch Johnson, 10. Nathan Lyon and 11. Trent Copeland.

  • on July 26, 2011, 4:43 GMT

    It astounds me why Stephen O'Keefe doesn't get picked in the Test team when he is by far the best spinner in the country in the longest format of the game. Just goes to show how stupid the selectors are.

  • on July 26, 2011, 4:43 GMT

    Argh, it's impossible to have any faith in the selectors. Even now, when finally, after years of disgusting incompetence they seem to be starting to make sensible decisions, peering out just barely through the thick smog of utter cluelessness, they are so bound by their egotistical face-saving efforts.

    Why is Beer retained? Face-saving. He was a horrible decision at the time, but they want to prove they were right. Why is Lyon picked ahead of Hauritz? Face-saving. They have already dropped Hauritz from the test side and want to try and prove this as a smart decision when he's been one of the only consistent performers in the past three years. Phil Hughes? Years of face-saving there, for a player who increasingly looks like having no potential at all in this format.

    This is simply a horrible team. It's a bad feeling when you look at the list, and have much greater faith in the complete newcomers in performing than any of the incumbents (other than Watto). Sack Hilditch now.

  • on July 26, 2011, 4:42 GMT

    Well i give the selectors credit here for once. Im happy they picked Copeland and Pattinson ahead of Starc who i dont rate anything more then a really good first class cricketer. The bowling partnerships will be key in sri lanka. i worry if siddle and johnson are off slightly they will go for alot of runs. harris will be in the IX but i think adding copeland with johnson and harris might be the best mix. it will give johnson the freedom to attack while copeland is keeping it tight down the other end. Lyon is certainly in my opinion better then beer and krejza although i believe o'keefe deserves a chance ahead of beer. Im happy to see marsh push for a batting spot. I have to say with the players available, i cant see who else would be picked in this side. I can hear the ferguson debate over marsh and maybe michael beers spot over o'keefe otherwise about time the selectors get things about right.

  • on July 26, 2011, 4:41 GMT

    Typical. Why choose a spinner based on their performances in one day cricket? Lyon may be talented but he's yet another spinner that Australia is throwing a baggy green at hoping he'll perform in his first series

  • jonesy2 on July 26, 2011, 4:38 GMT

    and just on smith, he is going to be a superstar in the future but he needs to become a bowler first in my opinion, work on becoming a world class leg spinner and he would get the number 8 spot in the years to come.

  • HatsforBats on July 26, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    The whole of Australia was telling Hilditch that Smith needed more time in 1st class cricket, and now their experiment has failed. The man is an idiot. Shaun Marsh (28yrs old) has averaged mid-30's for half a decade. Do they think he will improve when exposed to test cricket? Meanwhile, DHussey (FC average of 54 and 40 centuries with handy part-time offspin) a natural no.6 test player, is neglected again. Here's hoping Khawaja gets the spot. As for the bowlers, I feel bad for Hilf, but he just does not seem to be penetrating at the top of the order anymore. I've said before Siddle/Harris offer basically the same thing, but Harris is better. MJ, Harris, & Copeland. As for spinners, I'm giving up. I still think Katich and North are our best spinners, having either of them come in at no.8 sounds good to me. Lyon sounds promising though.

  • sifter132 on July 26, 2011, 4:23 GMT

    Like: no Smith, Marsh, Copeland Don't Like: Siddle/Pattinson. They could have chosen Bollinger for the Aus A tour of Zim so that he actually COULD prove 'his ability to bowl spells at full intensity' but they never even offered him that chance. Not sure: the spinners.

  • bobagorof on July 26, 2011, 4:19 GMT

    Judging solely on performances on the A tour, I have no objection with Krezja's omission. His career has been one of inconsistency and while he did take 3-24 in one innings he struggled in the others. Lyon was the pick of the bowlers in the shorter matches - whether this is an indicator for Test matches is questionable, but hopefully he can justify his selection. It's a pity the squads didn't allow O'Keefe to bowl in the 4 day matches; he's not in his best form but I think he would have out-bowled Krezja at least. No complaints about Smith being dropped - he's still developing and needs more work as a batsman and bowler. Glad to see Copeland in the squad - I was beginning to think he'd never get picked despite being the entire NSW attack. So an interesting squad - but I can see Australia going with a 'safety first' XI for the first Test with no debutantes.

  • jonesy2 on July 26, 2011, 4:16 GMT

    dare i say it, with hughes in form and the supreme quality of copeland and marsh pushing for a spot, this is a very very good side. spin is the only area of slight concern its a huge shame that hauritz isnt fit yet.

  • alexczarn on July 26, 2011, 4:15 GMT

    Go Nathan Lyon!! But it shows how desperate the selectors are for a spinner...

  • Devlin322 on July 26, 2011, 4:14 GMT

    now thats a start.looks almost as if the new fielding coach/administration are having a say in these matters already.3 reasons why this has the makings of a good squad 1.terrific blend of youth and experience. 2.when the experience retires aka punter huss, the likes of fergi,warner,nic maddison,finch etc can step in 3.if mj continues to underperform and when its harris's time to retire, blokes like patrick cummins, starc, jason krejza, steve smith etc. can be considered for selection based on their shield form. THIS is what they call a transition plan. well played oz. now lets lock horns with those sirils and prevail

  • jonesy2 on July 26, 2011, 4:12 GMT

    THANK YOU!!!! finally marsh instead of smith! he better get the number 6 spot over usman. very surprised to see krejza, firstly, have such a bad time in zim, but also miss out on the sri lanka tour. i would have had o'keefe and lyon not beer.

  • hris on July 26, 2011, 4:08 GMT

    come on. no doug? he was supposed to be the spearhead.

  • RakeshDash on July 26, 2011, 4:06 GMT

    It doesn't matter who is there in the team...even does not matter whether DRS is there or not....as usual all the matches gonna be washed out by rain as it happens this time of year in Srilanka...year after year the same thing happens but the scheduling goes on in June/July....Period.

  • Wozza-CY on July 26, 2011, 4:01 GMT

    Over the last number of years, since A.Symonds, M.North, C.White & S.Smith the selectors have used the number 6 position for a batsman that can bowl a bit. By picking Khawaja & S.Marsh they appear to have moved away from this line of thinking. In SL where there can be long days toiling on flat tracks, the aforementioned policy does have some credibility. If they were looking for a batsman that bowls a bit to compliment this obsession with left arm spinners, surely David Hussey would be more than useful. There seems to be a theory that he doesn't get picked for Tests due to a weakness against the short ball, but it has to be said this is largely unproven due to the fact he doesn't get selected for tests. D.Hussey would be a more than useful addition to this team at no.6 and at age 33, there are at least another two years of tests in him. He is an excellent player of spin & has good levels of fitness. A shame he's not going.

  • baldster on July 26, 2011, 3:57 GMT

    Excellent squad, finally omitted Smith, who needs time to improve. Dropped some under performing players and allowed Copeland to enter the mix. Marsh will surely get the number 6 spot, Khawaja may not play initially but can take anyones place. Hilfenhaus needs to find form.

  • MinusZero on July 26, 2011, 3:54 GMT

    Not a bad test squad, commonsense has seen Hilfenhaus finally dropped. Hopefully for good. His test record is not impressive in any way. 55 wickets at nearly 35 and no more than 5 wickets in a test is not test standard, definitely not opening bowler standard. Am glad to also see Smith dropped. Looking at the squad, you now start thinking is it too light on experience? Mitchell Johnson needs to perform or he will be next on the chopping block

  • hyclass on July 26, 2011, 3:46 GMT

    Someone please explain the Shaun Marsh fascination to me because i dont understand it at all.At last count,there were 25 batsmen at first class level in australia with better batting averages than his mediocre 37.He has 6 centuries in 111 first class innings over ten seasons or one every 16 innings and one every one and a half seasons.He has a first class strike rate in the mid 40s.In his last T20I for australia,he made 15 off 17 balls.In his last one day game for australia,he made 16 from 30 balls.In his last first class game for WA,he made 5 from 24 balls and 50 from 124 balls.He wasnt even on the australia A tour to be assessed.He has been regularly injured with soft tissue and back related problems and is a poor investment.His only recommendation for form is the sub-standard IPL competition,where a legislated local content level is required and the grounds are small and very fast.The most disturbing part is that Hilditch says he believes Marsh is ready.Im left asking-based on what?

  • Antir on July 26, 2011, 3:45 GMT

    Still no Dougie! Maybe he is injured. I would hate to think he is unwanted.

  • Crusader1980 on July 26, 2011, 3:43 GMT

    THE MUSICAL CHAIR CONTINUES....I pity the NSP and Hilditch, they are saying Lyon bowled beautifully last season, then where are the stats...cant see anything in his profile stats.

  • on July 26, 2011, 3:42 GMT

    Lyon has played 4 first class games with an average of 43 and a strike rate over 80. Now he's going to bowl to Jayawadene and co in their home conditions, good luck with that! Is Hauritz injured or have the selectors learned nothing from their disastrous spin selections in the ashes.

  • wensern on July 26, 2011, 3:40 GMT

    wow....no Brett Lee & N. Bracken..???

  • Nerk on July 26, 2011, 3:36 GMT

    Just sent off an email to Hilditch saying I am avaliable for selection as a spinner, even though I have never played first class cricket, or even grade cricket, and I bowl pace. Expecting a call up any minute now.

  • on July 26, 2011, 3:30 GMT

    Steven Smith Out is the best news. Test cricket is for specialists and not for bits and pieces "All rounders". All rounder is a guy who can score a test century and/or take 5 wickets in an innings. Smith looked incapable of doing either.

  • hyclass on July 26, 2011, 3:26 GMT

    I understand,Pattinson has his fans and good luck to him,but Coulter-Niles numbers are streets ahead and hes express which is rare.Im also wondering how a contracted bowler like Bollinger,a high quality left armer,in the midst of a squad with so many coaches and trainers,has fitness or stamina issues as Hilditch is suggesting.How can Bollinger be so poorly informed.His record suggests one of australias best bowling talents.Somebody clearly isnt doing what they are paid for.I remember Siddle being equally surprised at the level of fitness he should expect from himself,when he conducted part of his comeback training with AFL club,Carlton.There was also the issue of Johnson bowling poorly due to weak upper leg muscles.A number of the team have had soft tissue injuries.What are the staff doing?As we have seen for four years,the selecting of this squad involves different sets of rules for different individuals.The only rule that seems to be a constant is not using form as a guide.Enough.

  • Shuraim on July 26, 2011, 3:23 GMT

    My questions to selectors are, 1)Where're Steve "O Keefe and Callum Fergusson? 2) What're Khawaja and Beer doing ther?

  • donda on July 26, 2011, 3:19 GMT

    A well balanced team from Australia once again. I don't think with out Murli Srilanka is any more a threat on test cricket therefore this team has chances to play well on slow wickets in Sri Lanka.

    Sri lanka will extremely miss Murli and it's time for ponting to improve his record at subcontinent.

    I would like to see how Clarke captain this team and what is the future of Aus.

  • Wozza-CY on July 26, 2011, 3:15 GMT

    More inconsistent selections and trying to pull a rabbit out of the hat. Nothing against N.Lyon & I wish him well, but what about Krezja sitting on a big fat CA contract after showing no sign of improving his flaws over the last two seasons? Why didn't they keep Lyon in Zim & play him in the four day games? Beer with no contract to speak of gets a plane ticket to SL? The spin cycle continues & O'keefe, the only spinner with any decent numbers in the last two years is nowhere to seen? Krezja & Hilf were poor in Zim & lost positions to players that did well in Aus A games there i.e. Lyon & Copeland. Using this logic, S.Marsh & Kwaja wouldn't be in the squad and Warner or Fergusson should be the number 6 for Australia.

  • msg90 on July 26, 2011, 3:13 GMT

    Hmm...interesting squad. I would not have taken Jamie Lyon as he has only played 4 first-class games. He needs more experience under his belt before he plays again. I personally don't think that Beer bowled all that well in Zimbabwe and that his 6 wicket haul was more a fluke than anything else. However, the selectors have finally recognised the Test potential of Shaun Marsh. I would've been nice to see David Hussey finally get a run after all his years of faithful service to Australian cricket. Aussie cricket would be a whole lot better with Mike at 5 and David at 6. David could also provide a handy spin option on the spin-friendly pitches of Sri Lanka. Anyways, just my thoughts. Good selection of Ryan Harris too.

  • on July 26, 2011, 3:09 GMT

    A step in the right direction finally, dropping S.Smith was well overdue but at least it's happened, pace bowling looks about right and enough room to drop M.Johnson if he continues down the path of bowling all over the place. Only problem I have with the squad is that O'Keefe continues to be overlooked when he is the stand out spinner in the longer format by a country mile but played only the shorter format on the Australia A tour. So though this is a very good step in the right direction they still fail to see what they need to do with the spinner position even when it's right in front of them.

  • gorod675 on July 26, 2011, 3:05 GMT

    good to see they dropped steven smith, but why is beer in there instead of okeefe

  • Davies. on July 26, 2011, 2:58 GMT

    Wow. Nathan Lyon, are you serious. At least they dropped Smith and Hilfy after rubbish Ashes campaigns and showed some intent of having a plan with krezja. It's been said thousands of times, but super unlucky for katich.

  • D.V.C. on July 26, 2011, 2:44 GMT

    Surely O'Keefe at least deserved a mention?

  • cmonaussiecmon on July 26, 2011, 2:42 GMT

    Shaun Marsh will play. Khawaja is not good enough, Marsh already has international experience in other forms of the game, and has proven himself in the sheffield shield. Looking forward to seeing Pattinson play for australia!

  • Sinhaya on July 26, 2011, 2:42 GMT

    Crazy and ludicrous to include Michael Beer who has a domestic bowling average of 40 plus! Can have a laughter holiday. To be eligible for national selection as a specialist bowler, the local average must be at least below 35 or preferably below 30! Aussie bowling is really going to toil in Sri Lanka. Including 3 specialist fast bowlers is useless in Sri Lanka. I think Nathan Lyon's selection is too premature. Probably worth giving Jason Krejza more chances.

  • katandthat3 on July 26, 2011, 2:39 GMT

    Added to my earlier comment I would have had O'Keefe instead of Beer though.

  • muggsy9 on July 26, 2011, 2:37 GMT

    good to see marsh make the squad. he has the ability to bat anywhere in the top 6 which is very important for a reserve batsman on a tour. Good decision to omit smith as neither his batting or bowling was good enough to get a game and because australia not in the top 3 in tests 'bits and pieces' crickets won't help them win tests.

  • Chris_P on July 26, 2011, 2:20 GMT

    To be honest, the selectors have finally gone for the "horses for courses" option in a positive step to the future. Steve Smith's time will come, he is just not quite ready yet. And Hilfy, as much as I admire him,is just not delivering with the ball, even in domestic first class. In Lyon, they have selected the form spinner, he probably deserves to be selected before Beer, but we'll see. It's a small step, by no means will this squad terrorize other teams, but the process will have to be gradual, aspirations of greatness takes time to develop and shape. Small steps at a time.

  • katandthat3 on July 26, 2011, 2:13 GMT

    Really happy with this squad, glad to see Marsh, Lyon, Harris and Copeland included. It'll be a stern test against the Sri Lankan spinners but I think we'll have the edge in the quicks. It'll be a step up for Lyon as he's still pretty green when it comes to the longer forms of the game but will benefit from the experience. Unfortunate Hauritz isn't fit in time as that would have made it an even more solid squad.

  • thetopofoff on July 26, 2011, 2:12 GMT

    I'm pleased for Copeland but Bollinger's omission is a joke. He's got Johnson covered and is our best left armer and certainly in the best four quicks in the country. A joke.

  • redneck on July 26, 2011, 2:12 GMT

    khawaja did nothing in zimbabwe, why does he get picked before furgeson??? but the spinners have added another angle to the test series. i believe hauritz is the number 1 and is out injured so it will be good to see these 2 lay down their credentials.

  • ze_wolf on July 26, 2011, 2:12 GMT

    Utterly uninspiring side.

    I can't see us shifting this number 5 test ranking if that's the best our selectors can come up with. The final 11 will be more or less the same team that lost the ashes.

  • on July 26, 2011, 2:03 GMT

    What has Steven O'Keefe done to Hilditch's missus?

    Lyon has shown great potential in the short forms but nothing in First Class, so lets pick him for the test side. O'Keefe with an average of 24 is the only spinner in Australia with a First Class average under 40 so let's pick him for one dayers and 20-20s where he isn't as effective and ignore him for the test side.

    Oh and Beer who has done nothing in any format ever. Let's pick him too, because well Warnie likes him or his name is Beer or something.

  • on July 26, 2011, 2:00 GMT

    Very intersting - before last summer beer and lyon were unheard of and never played a game of state cricket!! But Hilditch continues to amaze with some of his comments - Krejza did not bowl well in Zimbabwe so has been left out. Is he saying Kawaja was good in Zimbabwe? Warner was our best bat, he can open or bat in middle order and is in form. Copeland a good pick, can bowl very accurately. Pattinson must have something special. But after the ashes disaster, the team is bascially the same, except no smith or hilfenhuas. These two did deserve to be omitted. This could get ugly in Sri Lanka.........

  • smudgeon on July 26, 2011, 1:57 GMT

    Nice addition of some younger/new talent in the squad - obviously the selectors have taken the Ashes loss to heart (about time). No real surprises though, except perhaps to see Smith out altogether. Hopefully we'll see Johnson, Copeland, and Harris with the ball, but I think it'll be more likely Johnson, Siddle, Harris. And please, can we see Lyon rather than Beer as "the incumbent spinner"?

  • Matt.J13 on July 26, 2011, 1:50 GMT

    I would rather see Krejza instead of Beer in that squad, but otherwise, for once, I'm happy. Pleased to see both Copeland and Pattinson there and hilfenhaus dropped.

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  • Matt.J13 on July 26, 2011, 1:50 GMT

    I would rather see Krejza instead of Beer in that squad, but otherwise, for once, I'm happy. Pleased to see both Copeland and Pattinson there and hilfenhaus dropped.

  • smudgeon on July 26, 2011, 1:57 GMT

    Nice addition of some younger/new talent in the squad - obviously the selectors have taken the Ashes loss to heart (about time). No real surprises though, except perhaps to see Smith out altogether. Hopefully we'll see Johnson, Copeland, and Harris with the ball, but I think it'll be more likely Johnson, Siddle, Harris. And please, can we see Lyon rather than Beer as "the incumbent spinner"?

  • on July 26, 2011, 2:00 GMT

    Very intersting - before last summer beer and lyon were unheard of and never played a game of state cricket!! But Hilditch continues to amaze with some of his comments - Krejza did not bowl well in Zimbabwe so has been left out. Is he saying Kawaja was good in Zimbabwe? Warner was our best bat, he can open or bat in middle order and is in form. Copeland a good pick, can bowl very accurately. Pattinson must have something special. But after the ashes disaster, the team is bascially the same, except no smith or hilfenhuas. These two did deserve to be omitted. This could get ugly in Sri Lanka.........

  • on July 26, 2011, 2:03 GMT

    What has Steven O'Keefe done to Hilditch's missus?

    Lyon has shown great potential in the short forms but nothing in First Class, so lets pick him for the test side. O'Keefe with an average of 24 is the only spinner in Australia with a First Class average under 40 so let's pick him for one dayers and 20-20s where he isn't as effective and ignore him for the test side.

    Oh and Beer who has done nothing in any format ever. Let's pick him too, because well Warnie likes him or his name is Beer or something.

  • ze_wolf on July 26, 2011, 2:12 GMT

    Utterly uninspiring side.

    I can't see us shifting this number 5 test ranking if that's the best our selectors can come up with. The final 11 will be more or less the same team that lost the ashes.

  • redneck on July 26, 2011, 2:12 GMT

    khawaja did nothing in zimbabwe, why does he get picked before furgeson??? but the spinners have added another angle to the test series. i believe hauritz is the number 1 and is out injured so it will be good to see these 2 lay down their credentials.

  • thetopofoff on July 26, 2011, 2:12 GMT

    I'm pleased for Copeland but Bollinger's omission is a joke. He's got Johnson covered and is our best left armer and certainly in the best four quicks in the country. A joke.

  • katandthat3 on July 26, 2011, 2:13 GMT

    Really happy with this squad, glad to see Marsh, Lyon, Harris and Copeland included. It'll be a stern test against the Sri Lankan spinners but I think we'll have the edge in the quicks. It'll be a step up for Lyon as he's still pretty green when it comes to the longer forms of the game but will benefit from the experience. Unfortunate Hauritz isn't fit in time as that would have made it an even more solid squad.

  • Chris_P on July 26, 2011, 2:20 GMT

    To be honest, the selectors have finally gone for the "horses for courses" option in a positive step to the future. Steve Smith's time will come, he is just not quite ready yet. And Hilfy, as much as I admire him,is just not delivering with the ball, even in domestic first class. In Lyon, they have selected the form spinner, he probably deserves to be selected before Beer, but we'll see. It's a small step, by no means will this squad terrorize other teams, but the process will have to be gradual, aspirations of greatness takes time to develop and shape. Small steps at a time.

  • muggsy9 on July 26, 2011, 2:37 GMT

    good to see marsh make the squad. he has the ability to bat anywhere in the top 6 which is very important for a reserve batsman on a tour. Good decision to omit smith as neither his batting or bowling was good enough to get a game and because australia not in the top 3 in tests 'bits and pieces' crickets won't help them win tests.