The Ashes 2010-11 November 15, 2010

McKay replaces injured Starc for Australia A

ESPNcricinfo staff

Clint McKay has been added to the Australia A team to take on England in Hobart, after the young left-armer Mitchell Starc was ruled out with a side strain. Starc picked up the injury bowling for New South Wales in their Sheffield Shield match against Victoria last week, but the selectors were waiting to assess the fitness of Ryan Harris before naming a replacement.

Harris has been picked in the 17-man squad for the first Ashes Test, but he will be rested this week after suffering a swollen knee following his first-class comeback for Queensland. Harris had surgery on the knee during the off-season, and Cricket Australia decided on a cautious approach for a man who remains part of their Ashes plans.

Starc, 20, had a starring role alongside McKay in Australia's one-day win over Sri Lanka in Brisbane earlier this month, but has now been ruled out for at least four weeks. The Australia A attack will now feature McKay, alongside fellow fast men Peter George and Mark Cameron, and the spinning allrounders Steve O'Keefe and Steven Smith.

"Mitchell's departure from the squad provides Clint with another opportunity to press his claims," the chairman of selectors, Andrew Hilditch, said. "He also bowled well in the third match of the Commonwealth Bank Series against Sri Lanka recently and has been a regular member around Australia's limited overs squads for some time now and know he will be looking forward to this challenge against England."

Australia A also lost Shaun Marsh to a back injury, and he was replaced by the Tasmania opening batsman Ed Cowan. The four-day match, which begins at Bellerive Oval on Wednesday, is England's last warm-up before the Ashes and they have sent their four strike bowlers to Brisbane early, to prepare for next week's first Test.

Australia A Ed Cowan, Phillip Hughes, Usman Khawaja, Cameron White (capt), Callum Ferguson, Tim Paine (wk), Steven Smith, Steve O'Keefe, Clint McKay, Mark Cameron, Peter George.

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  • nipun on November 17, 2010, 5:45 GMT y r nt he playing test cricket or even odi!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Adrian on November 17, 2010, 2:32 GMT

    I don't get why McKay wasn't in the 17, as he was in my 11, let alone why he wasn't even in the Australia A game. He was the star bowler in the recent ODI series and has had an amazing last couple of years in FC cricket.

    Every time I read about the idiocies of the Australian selectors, I am more and more bewildered at how they manage to miss the obvious.

  • David on November 17, 2010, 2:19 GMT

    The issue with Andrew McDonald is this. You can't pick him for the 3rd fast bowler position becasue of lack of penetration so then the spot he is aiming for is Number 6 batsman. The problem there is they want North because he becomes the spinner if Hauritz gets carted. I haven't seen his numbers but has McDonald been consistently hitting big runs? I'm talking past 3 years.

  • peter on November 16, 2010, 14:09 GMT

    Where the heck is Andrew McDonald??! And is Phil Jacques injured or something??

    Can someone please do something about the selectors. Bunch of muppets.

  • Tim on November 16, 2010, 6:20 GMT

    As soon as I read 'Clint McKay' I screamed! Come On! I have two words ANDREW MCDONALD! Once again the players that are in form are ignored for players with 'potential'. I know Mcdonald isnt a full time bowler but he is fully capable of bowling 15 odd overs. Not to mention his ability to score centuries in both innings!

  • Joel on November 16, 2010, 6:12 GMT

    The Australian selectors really do not rate Andrew McDonald

  • Bazz on November 16, 2010, 4:41 GMT

    Boris and Peter, I think the phrase you're looking for is 'not test class'. Given that Hilfenhouse, Bollinger, Johnson, Siddle, Harris, George, Cameron and Starc are all above him in the pecking order, I wouldn't worry too much about an imminent test debut.

  • Fountain on November 16, 2010, 4:41 GMT

    I reckon that Andrew McDonald could be considered stiff not to have one of the all rounder spots given current form and the fact that he still has a central contract. I'm sure James Pattinson would have got a run ahead of McKay if he wasn't injured. Cowan deserves his opportunity too although they the must consider Klinger too old

  • Glen on November 16, 2010, 3:06 GMT

    Boris, I don't think you have anything to worry about regarding McKay getting in the XI for the first test. The top 5 are obviously Bollinger, Hilfenhaus, Harris, Johnson and Siddle, and even then McKay would be fighting against Starc so he is either 6 or 7 in the queue. Even if we selected 4 quicks which seems only 50/50 at best, there would have to be at least 2 or 3 injuies for him to get in.

  • Dummy4 on November 15, 2010, 22:11 GMT

    Agree with Boris. I too have never been impressed with this guy. His record is actually pretty good when you look at numbers, but there's just something about him that makes him an unimpressive bowler. Maybe that will change.

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