Australia v England, 1st ODI, Melbourne January 15, 2011

World Cup places up for grabs

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Match Facts

January 16, Melbourne
Start time 14.20 (03.20 GMT)

The Big Picture

This match is being used to mark the 40th anniversary of one-day cricket, which began back on January 5, 1971 when Australia faced England at the MCG after the scheduled Test was abandoned due to rain. How times have changed. Floodlights, coloured clothes (and colour TV), white balls, Powerplays, HawkEye, the switch hit and much more. What hasn't changed, though, is Australia's desire to win and they haven't been doing a lot of it lately.

The Twenty20 victory on Friday was a welcome change of fortune and now the one-day series is the last chance to prepare before heading to the World Cup next month. But with the squads having to be named by January 19 in reality there is one game before the players will know their fate. Judging by the Australia selectors there are a few spots still up for grabs so there's plenty riding on performances at the MCG for the likes of David Hussey, Xavier Doherty and Shaun Tait.

England are a pretty settled unit after an upturn in their one-day form over the last 18 months. They will welcome back Andrew Strauss, who wasn't part of the Twenty20 squad, but he's the only change. James Anderson isn't around until the fourth match in Adelaide having popped home for a rest but Chris Woakes has already shown his ticker on his Twenty20 debut.

England's World Cup record since 1992, when they lost in the final against Pakistan, has been dire yet they are more than an outside bet this time. They beat Australia 3-2 during the English summer, which gave them some valuable hints for the Ashes, although they were rattled by the pace of Shaun Tait in the latter part of that contest. They won't want to concede any ground to Australia.

Form guide


(completed matches, most recent first)
Australia WLLLW
England WLLWW

Watch out for...

David Hussey has only played 23 ODIs in his career, and he has one more chance now. A decade ago such batsmen were part and parcel of Australia cricket, the lost generation of Stuart Law, Jamie Cox, Martin Love and the like, but given their current problems it's amazing Hussey hasn't had more opportunities. With one match remaining before the World Cup, is it do or die, or are the selectors going to take him anyway? Runs on his home ground would certainly help.

It's easy to forget that Kevin Pietersen wasn't part of England's last one-day series after being dropped against Pakistan in August. He didn't take it well, as his Twitter outburst proved, but he'll come back in wanting to show that he's a central part of England's best 50-over side. In his absence, Eoin Morgan has cemented his standing as the matchwinner and both Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell have shown enough form to warrant an extended run, but Pietersen will be vital on the subcontinent.

Team news

Is this a World Cup shoot-out? The selectors want to have a look at a few players before naming their final squad but they won't learn much from one match. Mitchell Johnson and Peter Siddle have been rested, while Nathan Hauritz was never set to play this match according to Andrew Hilditch, the chairman of selectors. It might mean that Hauritz, who remains in Sydney for now, has already earned his World Cup place and the selectors want to have another look at Xavier Doherty.

Australia 1 Shane Watson, 2 Brad Haddin (wk), 3 Michael Clarke, 4 Cameron White, 5 David Hussey, 6 Michael Hussey, 7 Steven Smith, 8 Brett Lee, 9 Xavier Doherty, 10 Doug Bollinger, 11 Shaun Tait.

England know their best one-day team, but in the absence of James Anderson (rested) and Stuart Broad (injury) there will be a chance for a combination of Ajmal Shahzad, Chris Woakes and Chris Tremlett to enhance their claims. Andrew Strauss will be back to open and lead the side after his Twenty20 break and has been one England's most consistent one-day batsman recently. The in-form Ian Bell could slot in at No. 3 meaning Kevin Pietersen at four.

England (probable) 1 Andrew Strauss, 2 Steven Davies (wk), 3 Ian Bell, 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Paul Collingwood, 6 Eoin Morgan, 7 Michael Yardy, 8 Tim Bresnan, 9 Graeme Swann, 10 Chris Woakes, 11 Ajmal Shahzad.

Stats and trivia

  • England haven't lost a one-day series since being beaten 6-1 by Australia after the 2009 Ashes. In that time they've beaten South Africa, Bangladesh (twice), Australia and Pakistan.

  • The two teams have met 20 times at the MCG with Australia ahead 13-6 with one abandonment, although the most recent fixture was a win for England in 2007 when they took a 1-0 lead in CB Series finals.

  • Andrew Strauss scored 806 runs at 57.57 from 14 matches in 2010

  • In the last series between the two teams Shaun Tait returned for the last three matches and took eight wickets at 12.37.

Quotes

"I see them as wicket-taking bowlers. It's not a bad problem to have when you have three strike bowlers in one squad."
Michael Clarke on juggling Brett Lee, Shaun Tait and Mitchell Johnson

"Momentum heading into the World Cup's crucial. Both sides will be very up for the series and to be thinking 'ah well, we won the Ashes' will take away from our intensity."
Andrew Strauss wants his side to start afresh for the one-dayers

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY Meety on | January 17, 2011, 4:51 GMT

    @ Gilly4ever - Tait wasn't "dumped" for MJ - Tait had back soreness. @Okakaboka - totally bias crap. Clarke is a very good ODI captain, his record is excellant. White blundered badly in the opening T20 by going with pace too often, it was clear from the way the Poms used BOTH Yardy & Swann (except for 1 over), that spin was the way to go. So he bowled 4 overs between Hussey & O'Keefe - didn't use Smith (statistically good in T20s) or himself. Also White didn't plug cow corner for the cross batting lower order.

  • POSTED BY on | January 16, 2011, 11:55 GMT

    Clarke showed some form tonight wouldnt rate D Hussey he was average in the 20/20's need to look to the future, Smith isnt in real good form either is Tait i say give them a go!! WC Squad should be 1.Watson, 2. S Marsh Or D Warner 3. M Clark(C) 4. C Fergason 5. C White ( wasnt sure but was better tonight) 6. M Hussey 7. B Haddin 8. M Johnson 9. X Doherty Or N Hauritz (both in Smith out)10. B Lee 11.D Bollinger 12. S Tait 13. T Paine ( Or Marsh/Warner)14. S Smith 15. P Siddle They must have some idea what they want to do but they need to give some of these guys a go get them used to it again

  • POSTED BY Ozcricketwriter on | January 16, 2011, 3:15 GMT

    Cameron White should be captain. Otherwise, at least now that Tait has been dumped in favour of Johnson, this is a pretty good side for Australia. I'd rather Hodge instead of Clarke though and White as captain but otherwise a good chance. Provided that Clarke's captaincy is decent and Haddin doesn't stare down Doherty again, Australia should win this one.

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | January 16, 2011, 3:07 GMT

    It seems playing two T20s, bowling 8 overs in total, was too much for Shaun Tait, because he's injured again. I just don't see how Australia can risk playing him in the WC.

  • POSTED BY popcorn on | January 16, 2011, 0:39 GMT

    Simply cannot understand why the Selectors do not axe Steve Smith. He has proven to be absolutely useless - bat and ball. Australia will win the ODI world Cup. Their track record since 1987 is awesome.Winners in 1987,1999,2003,2007, and finalists in 1996. silly of anyone to discount Australia.Remember, Australia won in 1987 in INDIA!!

  • POSTED BY hyclass on | January 16, 2011, 0:36 GMT

    This really has become the,'Who Cares' competition. In 20 overs on a rain affected ground, anybody can win. The 20/20 is a thin cover for more than 2 years of lunatics in charge. CEO James Sutherland, has moved quickly to try and distance himself from his own administrative debacle, ironically claiming that everyone else should be accountable. He recently villified Clarke and Hughes for charity breakfasts on gameday as though that caused our Ashes debacle and years of bad results. Maybe he should see it as a strong sign of player dissent. Has he explained why he reappointed the worst coach in cricket history- a coach so bad, that players are afraid to attack and play their own style, often reduced to defensive statues. The team is a doubt wracked shambles. Doherty, Beer, the dropping of Hauritz and Hodge in 08, retaining of Ponting and Hussey and North despite years of low scores, Hughes ruined, the retention of Hilfenhaus and the Tasmanian(Boon,Cox,Ponting) stranglehold on selection.

  • POSTED BY Okakaboka on | January 16, 2011, 0:29 GMT

    What ever way you look at it our best team is not on the park. The selectors seem to go with the logic of.......?????.....sorry, no logic is ever used. Do they pull names from a hat....and they must put NSW players names in 3 times. This explains why some NSW players that actually deserve a run don't get selected. I thought Johnston bowled much more intelligently the other night...Now, Who was talking to him...who had set the field....WHITE! Johnston took a bit of pace off his deliveries...even varied his pace more...suddenly he was not 'Spraygun Johnston'! The Captain has such an important role in all of this....White MUST be made Captain...but he also needs to find form with the bat. At the end of the day, I would rather have a failing White than a failing Clarke because Clarke IS a crap captain....(mega crap)....and White is a better fielder anyway. I wouldn't make Clarke Captain of a hopscotch team!

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | January 16, 2011, 0:04 GMT

    This is a World Cup. You don't choose a team with an eye to the future, you choose a team for NOW to win the Cup. Christian is in awesome form and not injured and should not be cut from the squad to carry Smith. If D Hussey is selected there is no need for Smith. And please, please do not bat Clarke at 3.

  • POSTED BY on | January 15, 2011, 23:42 GMT

    Good chance for clarke to find form here, he has to!

  • POSTED BY Kims7777 on | January 15, 2011, 22:56 GMT

    1 Watson 2 Marsh 3 Hodge 4 M Hussey 5 M Hussey 6 C White 7 T Paine 8 A Finch 9 B Lee 10 D Bollinger 11 S Tait

    This be my team, i pick it because there watson who can bowl white can bowl then the and hussey 3 quicks, and if needed aus would have white paine finch to finish in the last overs in batting if needed a to boost the runrate. and bollinger deserves a chance because his been in the squad for a while was leading wicket taker and then never gets picked. he is a great bowler he deserves a chance. and i believe hodge deserves a go his been the most unlucky batsman he been around long time and scored heaps of runs but doesnt seem to get a go for aus

  • POSTED BY Meety on | January 17, 2011, 4:51 GMT

    @ Gilly4ever - Tait wasn't "dumped" for MJ - Tait had back soreness. @Okakaboka - totally bias crap. Clarke is a very good ODI captain, his record is excellant. White blundered badly in the opening T20 by going with pace too often, it was clear from the way the Poms used BOTH Yardy & Swann (except for 1 over), that spin was the way to go. So he bowled 4 overs between Hussey & O'Keefe - didn't use Smith (statistically good in T20s) or himself. Also White didn't plug cow corner for the cross batting lower order.

  • POSTED BY on | January 16, 2011, 11:55 GMT

    Clarke showed some form tonight wouldnt rate D Hussey he was average in the 20/20's need to look to the future, Smith isnt in real good form either is Tait i say give them a go!! WC Squad should be 1.Watson, 2. S Marsh Or D Warner 3. M Clark(C) 4. C Fergason 5. C White ( wasnt sure but was better tonight) 6. M Hussey 7. B Haddin 8. M Johnson 9. X Doherty Or N Hauritz (both in Smith out)10. B Lee 11.D Bollinger 12. S Tait 13. T Paine ( Or Marsh/Warner)14. S Smith 15. P Siddle They must have some idea what they want to do but they need to give some of these guys a go get them used to it again

  • POSTED BY Ozcricketwriter on | January 16, 2011, 3:15 GMT

    Cameron White should be captain. Otherwise, at least now that Tait has been dumped in favour of Johnson, this is a pretty good side for Australia. I'd rather Hodge instead of Clarke though and White as captain but otherwise a good chance. Provided that Clarke's captaincy is decent and Haddin doesn't stare down Doherty again, Australia should win this one.

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | January 16, 2011, 3:07 GMT

    It seems playing two T20s, bowling 8 overs in total, was too much for Shaun Tait, because he's injured again. I just don't see how Australia can risk playing him in the WC.

  • POSTED BY popcorn on | January 16, 2011, 0:39 GMT

    Simply cannot understand why the Selectors do not axe Steve Smith. He has proven to be absolutely useless - bat and ball. Australia will win the ODI world Cup. Their track record since 1987 is awesome.Winners in 1987,1999,2003,2007, and finalists in 1996. silly of anyone to discount Australia.Remember, Australia won in 1987 in INDIA!!

  • POSTED BY hyclass on | January 16, 2011, 0:36 GMT

    This really has become the,'Who Cares' competition. In 20 overs on a rain affected ground, anybody can win. The 20/20 is a thin cover for more than 2 years of lunatics in charge. CEO James Sutherland, has moved quickly to try and distance himself from his own administrative debacle, ironically claiming that everyone else should be accountable. He recently villified Clarke and Hughes for charity breakfasts on gameday as though that caused our Ashes debacle and years of bad results. Maybe he should see it as a strong sign of player dissent. Has he explained why he reappointed the worst coach in cricket history- a coach so bad, that players are afraid to attack and play their own style, often reduced to defensive statues. The team is a doubt wracked shambles. Doherty, Beer, the dropping of Hauritz and Hodge in 08, retaining of Ponting and Hussey and North despite years of low scores, Hughes ruined, the retention of Hilfenhaus and the Tasmanian(Boon,Cox,Ponting) stranglehold on selection.

  • POSTED BY Okakaboka on | January 16, 2011, 0:29 GMT

    What ever way you look at it our best team is not on the park. The selectors seem to go with the logic of.......?????.....sorry, no logic is ever used. Do they pull names from a hat....and they must put NSW players names in 3 times. This explains why some NSW players that actually deserve a run don't get selected. I thought Johnston bowled much more intelligently the other night...Now, Who was talking to him...who had set the field....WHITE! Johnston took a bit of pace off his deliveries...even varied his pace more...suddenly he was not 'Spraygun Johnston'! The Captain has such an important role in all of this....White MUST be made Captain...but he also needs to find form with the bat. At the end of the day, I would rather have a failing White than a failing Clarke because Clarke IS a crap captain....(mega crap)....and White is a better fielder anyway. I wouldn't make Clarke Captain of a hopscotch team!

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | January 16, 2011, 0:04 GMT

    This is a World Cup. You don't choose a team with an eye to the future, you choose a team for NOW to win the Cup. Christian is in awesome form and not injured and should not be cut from the squad to carry Smith. If D Hussey is selected there is no need for Smith. And please, please do not bat Clarke at 3.

  • POSTED BY on | January 15, 2011, 23:42 GMT

    Good chance for clarke to find form here, he has to!

  • POSTED BY Kims7777 on | January 15, 2011, 22:56 GMT

    1 Watson 2 Marsh 3 Hodge 4 M Hussey 5 M Hussey 6 C White 7 T Paine 8 A Finch 9 B Lee 10 D Bollinger 11 S Tait

    This be my team, i pick it because there watson who can bowl white can bowl then the and hussey 3 quicks, and if needed aus would have white paine finch to finish in the last overs in batting if needed a to boost the runrate. and bollinger deserves a chance because his been in the squad for a while was leading wicket taker and then never gets picked. he is a great bowler he deserves a chance. and i believe hodge deserves a go his been the most unlucky batsman he been around long time and scored heaps of runs but doesnt seem to get a go for aus

  • POSTED BY Guernica on | January 15, 2011, 22:48 GMT

    Bit worried about England's attack. I can't seem them taking many early wickets and it's going to be key to try and get Watson out early. I would also have Tremlett in there..

  • POSTED BY srivatsan on | January 15, 2011, 21:45 GMT

    @@Gauravjit , Form guide probably means last 5 ODIs and might be Eng and Aus won their last ODI (against some other opponent).

    This is a very interesting series, England are a much improved side from 2009 on the other hand Australia would be desperate for a win and take some confidence into the world cup, the side winning this series will probably make it to this WC final.Ian Bell is in form of his life!.

  • POSTED BY Gauravjit on | January 15, 2011, 20:39 GMT

    Form guide

    (completed matches, most recent first) Australia WLLLW England WLLWW

    ........................................

    How can this be possible?

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | January 15, 2011, 20:22 GMT

    This series makes me laugh big time. Both these teams have ZERO chance in the world cup and yet they talk about combination and momentum and key players - big joke. I still feel England can beat Australia to win this series.

  • POSTED BY Ozcricketwriter on | January 15, 2011, 17:18 GMT

    White should be captain; Clarke shouldn't be in the team.

  • POSTED BY jupiterlaw on | January 15, 2011, 16:47 GMT

    You should also add that 50 years ago West Indies were at the height of their power, today they are an ignored footnote.

  • POSTED BY Something_Witty on | January 15, 2011, 16:45 GMT

    Come on guys... our young blokes need some support. Just because they're not instant prodigies doesn't mean they aren't genuine talent. People said the same sort of things about Steve Waugh in the infancy of his career, imagine what would have happened if they hadn't persisted with him?

  • POSTED BY Rohan0309 on | January 15, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    I just do not understand Australia's obsession with Steve Smith. He is totally hyped and has not done anything with the chances he has gotten so far. He may be in Australia's plans for the future, but he definitely isn't ready yet.

  • POSTED BY Aussasinator on | January 15, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    Will Ponting see through the World Cup without being dropped?

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | January 15, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    @ Marcio: you seem to be somewhat confused. Australia's last three series in the ODI format were against England, India and Sri Lanka. Taking them in order, in England they lost the first three games of a five game series and won the two dead rubber games. In India, they were supposed to play three games; India won the first comfortably and the other two were rained out. Against Sri Lanka, in Australia, Sri Lanka won the first two games and Australia won the dead rubber game. Now, if the World Cup were composed of dead rubber games Australia would have a real chance. As it is, I don't see them making much of a showing. I don't think England will win either, but having two slow bowlers who are very good in this format gives them a better chance in the sub-continent than Australia. In Australia, the two sides are quite well matched as long as England aren't playing their first choice XI.

  • POSTED BY Tigg on | January 15, 2011, 15:41 GMT

    I'd play Tremlett over Shazad. He's got a good record in Aus, and we'll need a like for like replacement for Broad in the world cup squad just in case.

  • POSTED BY Dismayed on | January 15, 2011, 15:20 GMT

    Few points first. Christian is injured, Ferguson has broken nose and has not made too many since coming back from knee. I dont think any contributors have seen Smith bowl or know what they are looking at. He bowled well in the tests when given a chance, well flighted,reasonable control even better when Clark set some reaonable fields.Oh and who am I/we to dispute Mr Benaud who was well impressed. S'Okeefe for me in the squad along with an all rounder,say Hastings, Faulkner, Butterworth? Paine, Watson, Khawaja, D.Hussey, C.White, M.Hussey, S.Smith, M.Johnson, S.Okeefe, B.Lee, D.Nannes.Yes Nannes,will take him over any of the others Tait,Siddle Bollinger any day of the week. Rest of squad can come from G.Bailey, S MArsh, Hastings/Faulkner or both, Warner, and/or a young quick who is fit but not P.George please. Plus new coaches.

  • POSTED BY Kims7777 on | January 15, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    1 Shane Watson, 2 Shaun Marsh, 3 B Hodge 4 M Hussey, 5 David Hussey, 6 Cameron White 7 Tim Paine(wk), 8 Brett Lee, 9 Xavier Doherty, 10 Doug Bollinger, 11 Shaun Tait.

  • POSTED BY Kims7777 on | January 15, 2011, 14:08 GMT

    Australia selectors have lost their marbles Steve smith should not be in the team. his batting is terrible i can bat better then him, when he tries to hit the ball he cant even hit it past the inner ring. he doesnt even bowl much, but he is a good fielder ill give him that but thats not good enough to be in team. we need good batsmen who can hit powerfully as well has have a good defence. Shaun marsh should be in the team he is very good batsmen.

  • POSTED BY CharonTFm on | January 15, 2011, 14:02 GMT

    Actually Steve Smith is quite a good ODI player, during the Ashes he has scored more than what North has done considering the amount of pressure he was left with. He is not a strong No.6 or 7 in test, but in ODI he can put a game out of reach with his powerful strokes.

    At his age, I believe ODI and T20 is the perfect stage for him to build into a good Ashes player, if he fails in 2 or 3 ODI's then you can always put Marsh, Ferguson, Henriques or anyone else in.

    Give the bloke a go!

  • POSTED BY Something_Witty on | January 15, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    gm47, it's interesting that you imply that Smith's leggies lack control. It's his control that his impressed many people. He's very accurate for a leg spinner, rarely drops the ball short, if anything he bowls a bit quick and could do with turning it a bit more. But Anil Kumble did ok and he barely spun the ball at all. We haven't seen the best of Steve Smith yet, you can be sure of that. Although if people want a preview of what he's capable of, they can look up a couple of videos on youtube, one where he scores an incredible 77 against a really good Pakistan bowling lineup in tough conditions, and another where he rips out the WI lower-middle order on a flat pitch With a couple of Warne-esque deliveries. The problem is that people are expecting him to be a wonderboy instantly. Watto took a long time to mature as a player, but look at where he is now. Given time and proper opportunities, Smithy could be absolutely anything.

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | January 15, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    Why don't the selectors just pick our best ODI cricketers in the WC? Unfortunately our two best ODI bowlers are injured - Harris and McKay. Squad 1 Watson 2 Haddin 3 Hodge 4 Ponting 5 M Hussey 6 White 7 Christian 8 Lee 9 Hauritz 10 Bollinger 11 Tait 12 Warner 13 Ferguson 14 OKeefe 15 Hastings

  • POSTED BY LALITHKURUWITA on | January 15, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    Conditions and pitches are different in SL, IND, BAN. Poms are settled with 2 spinners, but Aussies. Poms have a better chance than Aussies to win world cup if they can pass SL & IND. 2 spinners plus slow wobbly bobbly bowlers are a must to win this world cup.

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | January 15, 2011, 11:13 GMT

    something witty, im sure strauss is ok in ODI form but i honestly would love to bowl to him at the start of an innings- nice line outside off- the only thing that could happen would be a nick to a waiting haddin or watto. honestly the only thing the pom batsmen do well is patience and putting away bad balls so good disiplined bowling and game over. between the ears boys.

  • POSTED BY whitesXI on | January 15, 2011, 11:05 GMT

    Hauritz is a must on a foreign wicket for WC. Neither smith o'keefe or doherty have that experience. My squad 1)Watson 2)Haddin 3)Hodge 4)Clarke 5)White 6) D Hussey 7) Marsh 8)Hauritz 9)Johnson 10)Lee 11)Tait 12) Doherty 13)Ferguson 14)Hopes 15)Bollinger. Hussey in main squad ahead of brother mike due to need for another slow bowlerand i don't think smith is up for the job. I realise this is never going to happen, but i live in hope.

  • POSTED BY nature_dick on | January 15, 2011, 10:46 GMT

    George Bailey Should be play all formats for Australia down the order.

  • POSTED BY gm47 on | January 15, 2011, 10:46 GMT

    something_witty, I did reply to ur last message but it wasn't published :) You do have a bit of a cricket brain though your eyesight may be a bit dodgy :) You are right about Strauss he scored 2 ODI centuries last year + some other good scores.

    Regarding Smith, he just doesn't look like a test player. I said that before the Ashes started. He bats like a club player, yes he got a few runs but with no finesse. T20 yes but that's about his limit. His leggies as you say are in progress.. maybe in 5 years time he may have some sort of control. The argument for not having him in your side is he doesn't get to bowl and he isn't a very good batter, Oz would be better off with a proper batsman in his place. He does have a good pair of hands but isn't as mobile as Collingwood so he is 2nd best there. But I have to be honest and say that I hope he does play cos it makes life easier for England :) G'day

  • POSTED BY nature_dick on | January 15, 2011, 10:43 GMT

    I'm not quite shore why Steve Smith is in the team. He never gets a decent bowl, as well with the bat. Australia need to play ATTACKING CRICKET to have a chance of winning/

  • POSTED BY ihaq1 on | January 15, 2011, 10:29 GMT

    aussies have a lot of bowling options for one day cricket...they have however usually been held together by wicketkeepers in the past...but now they are not even playing their best wicketkeeper...smith and doherty also donot seem tobe their best spinners..hauritz and okeefe would be my choice...i would also select brad hodge or the best two three top one day batsman in australia...apparently all their top one day batsmen are not being selected...selection failures that based on selecting favorites rather than the best are teh worst..i'd keep clarke as he is a better one day captain and batsman as white does not seem tobe in the form that he was once...

  • POSTED BY Raaakz on | January 15, 2011, 10:23 GMT

    England squad for the WC 1) Strauss 2) Davies 3) Bell 4) Pietersen 5) Collingwood 6) Morgan 7) Yardy 8) Swann 9) Broad 10) Anderson 11) Bresnan 12) Trott 13) Wright 14) Tremlett/Shahzad 15) Woakes

  • POSTED BY montys_muse on | January 15, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    the oz's have a great players and are still quite formidable in this format. i hope the selectors make the right choices for the world cup. one problem which cannot be rectified is the inclusion of michael clarke who has kept out better talents in hodge and d.hussey. smith looks very raw as of now. of course hes a great fielder and has great attitude towards the game. but what is actually required of him is to look convincing with the bat and the ball.

  • POSTED BY Raaakz on | January 15, 2011, 10:18 GMT

    Australian WC squad 1) Watson 2) Marsh 3) Ponting 4) Clarke 5) M.Hussey 6) White 7) Haddin 8) Hauritz 9) Johnson 10) Lee 11) Tait 12) Ferguson 13) Doherty 14) Bollinger 15) Smith

  • POSTED BY whitesXI on | January 15, 2011, 10:04 GMT

    With WC coming up potential shouldn't be a criterion for deciding a squad, from and consistency should come first. I believe Clarke should still be there, although he had a woeful ashes campaign and under performed against sri lanka he did score a century against india recently in this form of the game and I'd be hesitant to alter the squad too much. I definitely think marsh should replace smith though, potential power hitter that can go from the first ball, perfect for last 5 over powerplay

  • POSTED BY LALITHKURUWITA on | January 15, 2011, 9:41 GMT

    I want to see how M Clerk is doing in this series. All others are OK. Series should be a thriller. I believe any team who fields better will eventually win. Aussie fielded better than Poms yesterday that helped Aussies to win. Good like to both teams. Who is the skipper? Clerk or White?

  • POSTED BY chandau on | January 15, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    somehow smith at 7 is a mystery! auzzy could use warner in the long format as well and he has shown to be a good opener even in 50 overs. also there are others like voges and ferguson who have done well at 6/7 in the past. it is a baffling selection 'cos smith is neither a good batter or bowler. he is what was called a "bits |& pieces cricketer" .... can bat can bowl can field but does not excel in anything :) even hopes is much better and also mcdonald. also why is marsh being overlooked ?

  • POSTED BY Something_Witty on | January 15, 2011, 9:00 GMT

    jonesy2, Strauss has actually matured into a very good limited overs batsman, he was in good touch in the last ODI series we played against the poms (but was a bit lucky on several occasions). One thing I cannot understand is why people want Smith out of the team. He's had very limited opportunities really, it's not his fault if the captain doesn't bowl him, and it's not his fault if he comes in on a pitch where timing is near impossible and the bowlers are bowling very well. Remember, he's only 21, he's got tremendous talent with the bat, and his leggies are a work in progress. Throw in the fact that he is arguably the best fielder in the world, and his great attitude toward the game and the exuberance he brings to the team, and I don't think you can put forward an argument for NOT having him in the side.

  • POSTED BY whitesXI on | January 15, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    I agree with roxap about smith, with D Hussey rolling his arm to compliment doherty, there's no reason to have smith in the team, I'd trial Ferguson, he did amazing job when previously in the squad

  • POSTED BY on | January 15, 2011, 8:24 GMT

    I tell you i would almost bring in paine for haddin, i like the form paine is in with the bat but his keeping is so much better then haddin. I agree with steve smith, i dont think either aspects of his game is good enough yet. Michael clarke is a liability. I think if australia wanted to win this world cup they had to play brad hodge who will make hundreds, we have too many guys making scores of 50's then get out. Marsh is unlucky and i think we will miss mckay and his variation. I would almost play both doherty and hauritz in the sub continent. Oh well the selectors dont know what their doing so how can we have any confidence at all.

  • POSTED BY on | January 15, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    England should select alaistar cook for the world cup ODI. he is in dream form. Strauss, Cook, Bell, Pieterson,colling wood, morgan, steve davis, swan, anderson, broad, bresnan, tremlett. They need to select a lusty hitting batsman at 7 or 8. this is best chance for england to take the world cup. the current team is strong and capable of reversing all odds. we saw in T20 world cup, now ashes. the next is world cup 2011.

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | January 15, 2011, 7:54 GMT

    whyyyyyy is steve smith still in all the teams? he is the reason australia lose.and why not shaun marsh??!!! and andrew strauss in englands ODI team? really? he still plays limited overs? wow that can only be good for australia.

  • POSTED BY on | January 15, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    Fail to understand what wrong with Shaun Marsh? I believe he is a gifted opener!!

  • POSTED BY Marcio on | January 15, 2011, 7:31 GMT

    Nice of you to point out that AUS have lost 3 series in a row, @llandl47. You might also like to point out that two of those series were lost in the deciding game by a margin of exactly one wicket, and the other "series" was a one off game with India where AUS scored 3/320 odd, and India won basically because AUS had sent their key bowlers back home, and fielded two debutant bowlers. The reality check is that AUS have a strong team capable of winning the world cup. It's not as strong as previous teams and they won't be favourites, but on their day they will skittle anyone. The second reality you seem to want to push aside is that AUS and Eng are two evenly matched teams in this format, despite whatever way you want to twist recent series results.

  • POSTED BY on | January 15, 2011, 7:27 GMT

    Dis series wil describe the true team efort in bw them

  • POSTED BY TEST_CRICKET_ONLY on | January 15, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    Stephen Smith is a near perfect all rounder. He can't bat and he can't bowl. Of course he comes from NSW so he is a "bright young talent" to the selectors, rather than a mediocre plodder that the rest of the world see.

  • POSTED BY Cleon on | January 15, 2011, 7:13 GMT

    my 11 for this match-- watson, haddin, marsh, hussey, hussey, white, smith, johnson, hauritz, lee, tait. this lineup provides batting depth and 7 bowling options

  • POSTED BY crow_eater on | January 15, 2011, 7:08 GMT

    What is Smith still doing in the team? Not quite a batsman, not quite a bowler. Once again he didn't bowl last night. if he's in there as a batsman you can't tell me he's the best batsman we can have coming in at 7. God forbid they put someone like Ferguson in or if you want an all rounder then Christian. It's not that hard....

  • POSTED BY gentles on | January 15, 2011, 6:49 GMT

    Hauritz not meant to play this game - perhaps he has been axed for good?

  • POSTED BY roxap on | January 15, 2011, 6:34 GMT

    why they keep on selecting steve smith, he is neither a good batsman nor a good bowler, instead of him they can play shaun marsh, cosgrove or brad hodge

  • POSTED BY on | January 15, 2011, 6:22 GMT

    I hope England win this.But Jonathan Trott might miss out which is a disapointment and Chriss Tremlett should play!

  • POSTED BY Baundele on | January 15, 2011, 6:19 GMT

    What is Steven Smith doing in the Australian squad? He can neither bat nor bowl. Michael Clarke is another liability. They should be replaced by two in form batsmen.

  • POSTED BY hugo88 on | January 15, 2011, 6:00 GMT

    @ jordan_nofx and @ BazzyKahn, where precisely in this article does it mention David Hussey having only played one ODI. I can find them actually saying he's played 23. In the same paragraph they use the word "one" to say how many matches were left before the squad has to be chosen. But I can't find anything in the article contradicting the statement that he's played 23.

  • POSTED BY Salim_123 on | January 15, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    I do not know if these comments are taken seriously. I feel that Shaun Marsh should have been considered. I have no problem with David Hussey but remember on one side we are trying to rebuild our team with youths for the futue of Australia cricket. What more is there now that we have lost the Ashes. To me this oen day series is really not worth and this is the time to bring in youths. With this time forget even going through the seocnd round of world cup.

  • POSTED BY lesshero on | January 15, 2011, 5:45 GMT

    he says he's played 23... Shaun marsh should definitely be there

  • POSTED BY Something_Witty on | January 15, 2011, 5:28 GMT

    Carn Usstryia!!! We need to get onto some sort of cloning technology and whip up 10 more Shane Watsons, including one who can keep wicket.

  • POSTED BY Advance-Australia-Fair on | January 15, 2011, 5:28 GMT

    David Hussey had played 23 ODIs between July 2008 and August 2009. And why would the selectors name Hauritz in a one-match squad, then leave him in Sydney? And this after ignoring him all summer!

  • POSTED BY on | January 15, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    instead of steven smith they should play xavier dhorety nd johnson for siddle

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | January 15, 2011, 5:12 GMT

    Australia comes in having lost 3 ODI series in a row. England, on the other hand, have won their last 5 ODI series, including one in South Africa and against Australia in England. Australia do have the advantage of a genuine all-rounder in Watson, whereas England's batting looks a bit thin, with Davies at the beginning of his ODI career and Colly (who is needed as the cover bowler in case anyone else has problems) out of form. However, England's slow bowlers are much better than Australia's in this format. Tait only looked fast off the bat in the T20s (and bowled a 5 wides ball which nearly cost Aus the 2nd game). England have 2 inexperienced bowlers in Woakes and Shahzad and Australia will likely give a run-out to a couple of WC hopefuls as well. Should be an interesting game.

  • POSTED BY on | January 15, 2011, 4:41 GMT

    I think Australia is going to win the series because they are still the best in odi and are playing home.

  • POSTED BY jordan_nofx on | January 15, 2011, 4:40 GMT

    David Hussey has clearly played more than 1 ODI, he's played 23

  • POSTED BY Cleon on | January 15, 2011, 4:38 GMT

    where is shaun marsh in all of this, i think he should replace michael clarke in this lineup. clarke has not shown himself worthy of being named and if he is a certainty i think a player like marsh deserves a chance.

  • POSTED BY BazzyKhan on | January 15, 2011, 4:26 GMT

    Well another very well written Preview, but David Hussey has played more than one ODI.

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  • POSTED BY BazzyKhan on | January 15, 2011, 4:26 GMT

    Well another very well written Preview, but David Hussey has played more than one ODI.

  • POSTED BY Cleon on | January 15, 2011, 4:38 GMT

    where is shaun marsh in all of this, i think he should replace michael clarke in this lineup. clarke has not shown himself worthy of being named and if he is a certainty i think a player like marsh deserves a chance.

  • POSTED BY jordan_nofx on | January 15, 2011, 4:40 GMT

    David Hussey has clearly played more than 1 ODI, he's played 23

  • POSTED BY on | January 15, 2011, 4:41 GMT

    I think Australia is going to win the series because they are still the best in odi and are playing home.

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | January 15, 2011, 5:12 GMT

    Australia comes in having lost 3 ODI series in a row. England, on the other hand, have won their last 5 ODI series, including one in South Africa and against Australia in England. Australia do have the advantage of a genuine all-rounder in Watson, whereas England's batting looks a bit thin, with Davies at the beginning of his ODI career and Colly (who is needed as the cover bowler in case anyone else has problems) out of form. However, England's slow bowlers are much better than Australia's in this format. Tait only looked fast off the bat in the T20s (and bowled a 5 wides ball which nearly cost Aus the 2nd game). England have 2 inexperienced bowlers in Woakes and Shahzad and Australia will likely give a run-out to a couple of WC hopefuls as well. Should be an interesting game.

  • POSTED BY on | January 15, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    instead of steven smith they should play xavier dhorety nd johnson for siddle

  • POSTED BY Advance-Australia-Fair on | January 15, 2011, 5:28 GMT

    David Hussey had played 23 ODIs between July 2008 and August 2009. And why would the selectors name Hauritz in a one-match squad, then leave him in Sydney? And this after ignoring him all summer!

  • POSTED BY Something_Witty on | January 15, 2011, 5:28 GMT

    Carn Usstryia!!! We need to get onto some sort of cloning technology and whip up 10 more Shane Watsons, including one who can keep wicket.

  • POSTED BY lesshero on | January 15, 2011, 5:45 GMT

    he says he's played 23... Shaun marsh should definitely be there

  • POSTED BY Salim_123 on | January 15, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    I do not know if these comments are taken seriously. I feel that Shaun Marsh should have been considered. I have no problem with David Hussey but remember on one side we are trying to rebuild our team with youths for the futue of Australia cricket. What more is there now that we have lost the Ashes. To me this oen day series is really not worth and this is the time to bring in youths. With this time forget even going through the seocnd round of world cup.