Australia v England 2010-11 January 11, 2011

Lee, Tait and David Hussey in ODI squad


Brett Lee, Shaun Tait and David Hussey have all been given the chance to press for World Cup selection after being named in Australia's squad for the first ODI against England. The match in Melbourne on Sunday will be the only one-day game Australia will play before their 15-man World Cup group needs to be finalised, so there is plenty at stake for several fringe men.

Nathan Hauritz was also chosen, having not been part of Australia's team in any format since he was axed before the first Ashes Test. Hauritz, Xavier Doherty and Steven Smith are all in the 14-man squad, and with the World Cup to be played on spin-friendly subcontinental surfaces, they will all be keen to impress in the 50-over format.

Michael Clarke, who last week announced his retirement from Twenty20s, will captain the side with Ricky Ponting still sidelined by his finger injury. Brad Haddin was picked and will be Australia's first-choice gloveman at the World Cup, despite the selectors giving Tim Paine the vice-captaincy for the two Twenty20s against England this week.

Lee will be aiming to play his first ODI since October 2009, after a severely injury-disrupted 2010, and he has already made clear his ambition to be part of Australia's World Cup defence. He will form part of a quick attack with Tait, Doug Bollinger and Peter Siddle forming the rest of the fast-bowling group.

One of the most interesting selections was that of David Hussey, who hasn't played an ODI since a one-off match against Scotland in August 2009, and has been considered a Twenty20 specialist by the national selectors since then. Despite having scored only 143 runs at 23.83 in the split-innings Ryobi Cup this summer, Hussey has been give a chance ahead of his Victorian team-mate Brad Hodge, who is the competition's leading run scorer.

There was no room for Callum Ferguson, although that might be because he is already considered a lock-in for the World Cup, while Shaun Marsh was also overlooked. A new squad will be chosen for the remaining six ODIs against England, and that is likely to comprise the 15-man World Cup group, as it will be their final hit-out before flying to India.

"We've given David Hussey the opportunity to push for inclusion in the World Cup squad as we think he will be well suited for the sub-continent conditions which will be faced in the World Cup," the chairman of selectors, Andrew Hilditch, said. "Ricky Ponting is recovering from a finger injury sustained during the Ashes, which gives Michael Clarke another chance to lead the one-day side.

"His vice-captain will be Cameron White, who has had a real impact on this form of the game in the last year and Cameron will be coming off leading Australia in the two Twenty20 internationals this week. We have some explosive fast bowling with Shaun Tait, Brett Lee, Mitchell Johnson, Doug Bollinger and Peter Siddle all selected in this squad. Shaun and Brett will therefore have an opportunity to impress in this form of the game before World Cup squad selection.

"We've included Nathan Hauritz, who has been a key part of our one-day side for some time now and Xavier Doherty in this squad, who played well against Sri Lanka at the start of the summer. This gives us a chance to look at both of them prior to the World Cup."

Squad Shane Watson, Brad Haddin (wk), Michael Clarke (capt), Cameron White, David Hussey, Michael Hussey, Steven Smith, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Hauritz, Brett Lee, Xavier Doherty, Peter Siddle, Shaun Tait, Doug Bollinger.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on January 14, 2011, 12:04 GMT

    Does anyone else think that both haddin and Paine should play in ODI and tests, as both are good batsmen.

    Seem bowling attck is pretty quick, Tait, Johnson and Lee. Surely either Tait or Lee deserve a recall to tests if they can prove fitness.

  • Andrew on January 14, 2011, 0:26 GMT

    @GoodSelector - agreed that Ferguson has good stats & D Hussey is NOT a great choice for ODIs. In saying that both Vogues & Cosgrove have very good ODI credentials. Cosgrove ave of 37 @ S/R 95 - AND THAT was in the subcontinent. He only got 3 games - so he hasn't had many opportunities. I haven't been big on Ferguson I admit, but IMO he was poor against the Poms in the PMs XI & dropped 2 catches. I think Ferguson is a WIP for the Test side much like Khawaja. Cosgrove I think is ODI material right now & bowls useful nude off spin that is hard to hit. @Mark00 - Lee did take over 300 test wickets & was the fastest to 300 ODI of all time - so I don't know that he has under achieved, although Tait has been a dissappointment in Tests - his ODI figures are quite good.

  • Mark on January 13, 2011, 15:45 GMT

    Tait is still pretty quick and has shown signs that he's thinking a little. Lee should be close to his best at around this time, particularly since no one is making a fuss about his action now that the ICC has determined that his test results showing 14-15 degrees of straightening is a-ok. Not sure why these two have not fulfilled their potential.

  • Adrian on January 13, 2011, 11:23 GMT

    Didn't realise McKay had an injury. Lets try: My XI: Brad Hodge, Shane Watson, Cameron White (c), Callum Ferguson, David Hussey, Michael Hussey, Matthew Wade (wk), Brett Lee, Xavier Doherty, Stuart Clark, Doug Bollinger :)

  • Henry on January 13, 2011, 10:25 GMT

    i actually think that punta will do well he knows that if the gets out cheaply a lot, he is screwed

    i reckon punta will have the innings of his life against either england or india! Same with pup. His style is designed for one-day cricket

  • Henry on January 13, 2011, 10:13 GMT


    1. Hodge, 2. Marsh, 3. Watson 4. White(c), 5. D.Hussey 6. M.Hussey, 7. Haddin(vc), 8. Johnson, 9. Lee, 10. Tait 11. Hauritz/Nannes 12. Nannes/Hauritz 13. Clarke 14. Siddle 15. O'Keefe

  • Dummy4 on January 13, 2011, 6:56 GMT

    i think the selectors have not selected the best one day players in australia seeing the ryobi cup feels that the top two that is hodge and cowan at least should have been considered given the australians frailty in batting these days...Brad hodge has a hich strike rate and is very consistent for the last few years...doherty is a doubtful selection and smith does not seem tobe performing too well..i would go with okeefe, hodge in place of doherty and david hussey...

  • Blake on January 13, 2011, 3:37 GMT

    @meety, Voges, Cosgrove and Hodge have all had their chances for australia in the one dayers and HAVE NOT consistently performed , their in the same boat as David Hussey - great one day domestic record, but with fairly weak one day international records. I wouldnt be picking D Hussey at the moment due to his lack of good domestic runs this season in the ryobi cup. i dont care if he bowls some handy spin, australia needs good IN FORM batsman, if they want part time spin then Clarke can roll his arm over. There is no need for an extra spinner if they are going to stick with steve smith and clarke as they both bowl some decent spinners. imo Callum Ferguson needs to be picked so he can bat at 5 or 6 and he has showed his consistent form and averages 46 in ODI and close to 40 this summer in ryobi cup at a good strike rate too.

  • Dummy4 on January 13, 2011, 3:09 GMT

    Two make-shift openers now, god help me, can someone send brainiac to the selector's room? Drop Smith (sadly he isn't up to the mark yet) and replace him with a genuine opener who IS scoring runs these days, one Shaun Marsh. Or has Marsh cheesed off the same people that Huritz did? I suspect the absurd selections inferred by Hyclass are based on personality clashes rather than form. A team to strike fear would be S. Marsh (yea, an opener), Watson, White, Clarke, D. Hussey, M. Hussey, Haddin, Johnson, Huritz, Lee, Bollinger. Batting is deep down to 10, (sorry Doug the rug) and 4 genuine bowlers + Watto, the Husseys and Clarke to share the remaining overs. I agree with Meety that Dan Christian MUST go to the WC, as well as Ponting, S. Smith and S. O'Keefe. We now have a squad where there is genuine competition for batting and bowling places, which should ensure the end of the ludicrous comfy zone some of these blokes are living in.

  • Dummy4 on January 12, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    I am very happy to see breet lee back in the side and will love to see him in the WC squad.I am a huge fan of him and dieing to see him bowl again.

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