Australia v England 2010-11 February 3, 2011

Jason Krejza wins surprise ODI call-up


Jason Krejza is in line for a surprise international comeback and Cameron White will captain Australia's ODI team for the first time in the final match against England in Perth on Sunday. Australia have already wrapped up the series with a 5-1 lead and with the World Cup rapidly approaching, Michael Clarke and Shane Watson will be rested for the series finale.

That has opened the door for the Western Australia batsman Adam Voges to make his return to the squad, nearly a year after he last played for Australia. And Steven Smith has been ruled out with a hip injury that he sustained during Wednesday's win at the SCG, which will increase the chances of Krejza making his one-day debut as the sole specialist spinner in the squad.

If Krejza plays at the WACA, it will be his first international outing since he was belted out of the Test attack at the same venue by South Africa in December 2008, when his aggressive bowling style that leaked runs proved costly. That was his second Test, and it undid much of the good work he achieved by taking 12 wickets during his debut against India in Nagpur the previous month.

However, since then Krejza has been an effective offspinner in the shorter formats for Tasmania, and at times the Tigers have even used him to open the bowling. The absence of the preferred slow bowlers Nathan Hauritz (shoulder), Xavier Doherty (back) and Smith, could even give Krejza the slim hope of a World Cup call-up, despite not being in the 30-man preliminary squad.

"Jason is a very skilled spinner and more than capable batsman who has already enjoyed international success and we are sure will seize the opportunity," the chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch said. "Adam is having a very successful Ryobi Cup season for Western Australia and has good all-round skills with bat, ball and in the field. Adam was part of the Australian team's one-day series win in India late in 2009 and we are sure will relish the chance to again represent his country."

The other major change is the leadership, which will be handled by White, who last month became Australia's new Twenty20 captain. White has been vice-captain under Clarke during this series and the selectors are confident he will lead the side well, with the newly in-form Clarke in need of a break in the lead-up to the World Cup.

"Both Michael Clarke and Shane Watson have had a very heavy workload this summer and as key players going into the ICC Cricket World Cup a decision has been made that they will not play in Perth for the final match of this series," Hilditch said. "Shane and Michael will remain in Sydney until attending the Allan Border Medal on Monday which provides them a few days at home before departing for India next Wednesday.

"Cameron White will assume captaincy of the side for this match and we are sure given his performance as vice-captain this series and record as captain of Victoria, he will do a fine job in leading this side."

White will become the 19th man to captain Australia in one-day internationals and the first Victorian since Shane Warne led the team in 11 matches in 1998-99. He will be in charge of a side thin on batting experience, with the backup wicketkeeper Tim Paine the likely man to replace Watson as Brad Haddin's opening partner.

Squad Brad Haddin (wk), Tim Paine, Callum Ferguson, Cameron White (capt), David Hussey, Adam Voges, Mitchell Johnson, John Hastings, Jason Krejza, Brett Lee, Shaun Tait, Doug Bollinger.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on February 5, 2011, 9:36 GMT

    Selectors should have considered Dan Christian or atleast David Warner for this match & also WC...dono way selectors & co of CA thinking in their mind...really worst to the worst kind of selection

  • Andrew on February 5, 2011, 5:52 GMT

    @Tallboy - are you basing that on 1 ODI? Historically India has struggled against Oz anywhere in the world. Good stir!

  • PARTHA on February 4, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    One Team can beat Aussies comfortably...India

  • Bryn on February 4, 2011, 11:01 GMT

    hang on a minute i just realised that MJ or hastings will have to bat at 7, i know they can but wouldnt hopes or a pomersbach be better. voges and hussey can both bowl. but then again there is absoluetly no point in trying to justify the selectors decisions. but for the sake of cricket give lee a rest.

  • Bryn on February 4, 2011, 10:46 GMT

    6-1 and if you go by the ranking it looks like we are the best in the world, James Wheeler

  • Dummy4 on February 4, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    It's pretty hard to pick Steve O'keefe when he's injured. Voges is playing so they don't have to fly an extra guy in for one match. You'd be jumping up and down if it was North instead. There's a world cup around the corner and we've already got enough injury concerns to worry about. Look at the big picture before you abuse Cricket Australia. What if Watson were to get injured after the massive workload he's hard this summer? I'm guessing you'd be abusing Cricket Australia. We might not be the best in the world anymore but there is no need for all this finger pointing.

  • grey on February 4, 2011, 4:46 GMT

    Thank you Cricket Australia for again shafting the cricket fans of WA. You rest Australia's best and most exciting player from our one and only ODI and you rest the Australian Captain just when he is starting to show some form. What are you resting them for ? This is their last game of the summer. There is no best of three finals series (if there was you would play it in the eastern states and we would have to watch it on delay). So why rest them ? There are few enough rewards for a West Australian cricket fan and this year you have chosen to reduce our ODI to little more than an exhibition game. Any chance of a (partial) refund on the ticket prices we have paid ?

  • Andrew on February 4, 2011, 3:43 GMT

    @grug76 re: W/keppers opening. I think the strategy is that a W/k is not a prime batting resource. For instance with Oz, Ponting, Clarke, Watto, Hussey & White are the Prime Resources. Then comes Haddin, Smith, Hastings & MJ, then comes the Prime Bowling resources. With Haddin, he is well suited to the field restrictions & can hit over the infield very well - does it as well as any of the Prime Batting resources. So Haddin's mission is like a seek & destroy - the theory comes unstuck when someone like Paine is opening as historically he has struggled to Strike at 70+. @whitesXI - maybe I have your point for you maybe not, my point has been that White can't do a Clarke or Hussey, all things added up he's just not good at it. Symonds could pace an innings better, for that matter so can Hussey & others. Your main point was detracting from Clarke's abilities, moving up & down & order should be no problems for a good player, if it is - the player (White) is one dimensional.

  • Alex on February 4, 2011, 2:16 GMT

    @meety you've made my point for me. with no M hussey and for a majority of the series an out of form clarke, white has been restristed from playing his usual game. Not to say he hasn't blown some opportunities, that was very soft dismissal on 45 after a previously well negotiated partnership with marsh

  • Richard on February 4, 2011, 1:25 GMT

    Though I had indeed missed that O'Keefe was injured I find myself wondering whether he would have been picked anyway, given that the selectors have had all season to do so and haven't seen fit to give him another run since the Aus A Vs England game. Although I'm surprised that they've recalled Krejza I have no problem with it, although the tests might have been a better time to do so given his attacking style, his claims that he's developed a 'defensive' side notwithstanding. Test class Aussie offies are a real rarity, and off the top of my head I can only think of Ashley Mallet, Bruce Yardley and Tim May who have had much of a career during my time, and Krejza seems to have the potential to be as good as any of these. Hardly world beaters true, but well worth a game. Good luck to the fellow.

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