Australia v England 2010-11 February 3, 2011

Jason Krejza wins surprise ODI call-up

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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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  • 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

  • Meety 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!

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

    One Team can beat Aussies comfortably...India

  • jonesy2 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.

  • jonesy2 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

  • 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.

  • greyshot 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 ?

  • Meety 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.

  • whitesXI 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

  • Biggus 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.

  • 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

  • Meety 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!

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

    One Team can beat Aussies comfortably...India

  • jonesy2 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.

  • jonesy2 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

  • 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.

  • greyshot 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 ?

  • Meety 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.

  • whitesXI 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

  • Biggus 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.

  • on February 4, 2011, 0:16 GMT

    Don't kow what players such as O'Keefe and Christian have to do to be selected. Christian has been so good this summer as a batsmen or bowler as a specialist alone and he can still do the other one. Next is O'Keefe primarily a left arm spinner with great averages who can also handle the bat well in the lower order. I believe Hauritz deserves his spot, Doherty has done well in ODI's but I just don't see what is wrong with O'Keefe. However best of luck to Krezya and hope he does prove me wrong and do a good job. Also the way Haddin has been I would (And Paine's batting averages) I'd pick Paine as specialist keeper and Haddin as the batsmen but thats just me. Maybe Paine is better on the field? Anywho good luck to all the Fringe players playing and hope you show the depth of Australian cricket without the trio (Clarke, Hussey & Ponting) as well as no Watson. Going to be a great game nonetheless and Aussie players wont see it as a dead rubber

  • ozziefan08 on February 3, 2011, 22:45 GMT

    Good call on Krejza he has been bowling well of late. Still can't work out why Voges is getting a call up, he has been tried and tested and still hasnt come off. At 31 surely they could of called up a younger batsmen like Khawaja, Baliey or Finch. I would really like to know who Dan Christian has ticked off. He must of said something to one of the selectors

  • smudgeon on February 3, 2011, 21:09 GMT

    If Krejza has really developed a restricting side to his bowling, he could do well. He has been doing well in the Big Bash, not sure he's done a lot in the 50-over domestic this season. Anyways, I guess the whole point is that the series is over and it gives them a chance to try a few other hands out before heading off to the WC. I like Paine as an opening batsman in one-dayers, he's proven on a number of occasions that he can anchor an innings well and get runs. Let's hope Haddin's paranoia about his job with the gloves doesn't lead to an "unfortunate" run-out :) At least keepers like Haddin & Paine aren't scared of moths, unlike a certain MS Dhoni...

  • Sweno on February 3, 2011, 20:09 GMT

    Why have the selectors overlooked O'Keefe again?

  • grug76 on February 3, 2011, 20:09 GMT

    no problems with krezja's selection and i just wish people would keep up to date with injuries before demanding certain selections! looking at this team i'm just wondering if there is some sort of secret cricketing law that says wicketkeepers must open the batting!!!!!! sure most wicketkeepers are good attacking batsmen but just cause it worked with gilly and kaluwitharana doesn't mean it works for everyone... how about we try opening with some openers???

  • Ozcricketwriter on February 3, 2011, 20:03 GMT

    Voges is a very bad choice. Dan Christian can't even get a game when everyone is out injured, let alone Brad Hodge. Oh Hilditch, not everyone can get a game by being the son-in-law of the chief of selectors, not like you.

  • Meety on February 3, 2011, 19:50 GMT

    @whitesXI - a full strength Oz ODI side has Pup & M Huss to conserve wickets, consolidate & nurdle. The rest of the top 6 is there for aggression. The formulae is quite simple - get to 30 overs with wickets in hand - then any score is possible, (sometimes easier said then done). This summer has reminded me a bit of the old 1980s ODIs where the run rate was good but wickets would tumble, (these days R/R @ 6rpo v 4rpo) - batters not valuing their wicket (Trott excepted)! @popcorn - hard to see anyone challenging Watto this year, Hussey maybe (T20 W/cup)? @Jarryd Hale - would like to see Khawaja play ODIs - he wasn't on my ODI radar until the List A ton he hit this summer. I think that's one addition to the side AFTER the W/Cup! re: Christian - I'm dissappointed - I'd almost play him as a low order batsmen.

  • Meety on February 3, 2011, 19:42 GMT

    @VivGilchrist - LOL, I seem to recall alot of requests for him to be captain instead of Clarke. @ Dismayed - agree, I don't think Krezja is a bad call, but think 2 other spinners had a better claim. After all, Krezja is 2nd fiddle to Doherty. @Okakaboka - LOL, I say "You're fired" too, (Hilditch). It does sound good. That being said I don't think either the Krezja or Vogues call is that bad. @Stranded_Immigrant - good pick up (O'Keefe), I didn't see that. @Moggy1 - LOL, if Oz are to lose they may as well select the most hunky players available, & look good at it! @whitesXI - you are right, you are a biased White fan, but credit for admitting it. That being said - I am happy for White to be captain in ODIs (& T20s), & he is my 1st XI ODI side. He is not as good a batsmen as Clarke, he requires a simple equation, that is permission to launch! That is launch 6s. He can't do that if wickets fall at the top of the order & most of the batsmen have been guilty of that.

  • TeamRocker on February 3, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    Would someone tell me exactly what Hilditch is up to?? Finally Pup finds some form and what does he do- he gives him a game off. Resting Watto's an ok decision, but shouldn't Dan Christian be his replacement? @Okakaboka- Man,wouldn't it feel good to tell Hilditch- "Oh, and by the way, YOU'RE FIRED!"

  • on February 3, 2011, 11:54 GMT

    No christian is just baffling, and we have tried voges and rarely has he shown he is up to the task, i think haddin should be rested also. paine khawaja white ferguson finch johnson christian hastings o'brien, lee, tait would be the team id be testing, in perth with his confidece up id be inclined to encourage johnson to bat up the order and stock in a few all rounders, we are starting to get some good future prospects, a dead rubber is surely the best time to try for the future, its in matches like these we discoverd, gilchrist and bevan, symonds, just to name a few, dave hussey i am afraid has had enough chances and lets look to finch he looks promising

  • popcorn on February 3, 2011, 11:34 GMT

    Australia have good back -up. Good to see Tim Paine getting a hit."Krazy"Jason Krejza?I 'm not so sure.Steve O'Keefe would have been a better choice. We'll see how Krazy fares on Sunday.This is the last ditch salloon for Dougie Bollinger.Cameron White has experience of leading Victoria. So has Haddin! NSW. I predict Shane Watson will win the Allan Border Medal - AGAIN!!

  • whitesXI on February 3, 2011, 11:18 GMT

    @minuszero/meety/pj3000 the reason white has not been able to fire through this ODI series is the continued jostling of the batting lineup. selectors and clarke have been forever focused on getting clarke back into form for the WC and have therefore given clarke every opportunity to stand out in the middle, whereas white has been up and down the order from 4 to 6, and has had to adjust to being a pinch hitter a, wicket consolidator and, an aggressor to put the bowlers on edge while clarke blocks at the other end. Obviously i am a biased white fan but, the fact remains that if clarke hadnt outscored white on averages through this series he wouldn't be fit to play park cricket.

  • on February 3, 2011, 10:54 GMT

    Dan Christian for Watto..steve okfee for Smith..Warner for Clarke...as someone said Dan chris should be considered ahead of Hastings...feel pitty on u selectors...even a kid do better job than u gentleman..australia can never become dominant if these so called selectors & chairman continue there job...Steve Waugh we needvu badly...isnt the someone to fire Mr.Hilditch & co...really frustrated being an aussie fan from india where people hate only austrakian team...dono y?

  • Moggy1 on February 3, 2011, 10:12 GMT

    I am so pleased for Jason Krejza. Yes, he was inclined to leak runs but, surely, with a decent coach working with him he could have contained that problem. He's an attacking spinner with a lot of variation, you have to expect he would be expensive from time to time. The selectors have persisted with Mitchell Johnson who, although he is a honey, is very erratic. Is there a different law for fast bowlers?

  • Biggus on February 3, 2011, 10:04 GMT

    All very odd! I have to say firstly that I thought Krejza looked to have a bit of talent when I first saw him a few years ago and was surprised when he was dropped as I'd been impressed with his ability to drift the ball, but after all this time his selection is right out of left field. I find myself wondering where is Steven O'Keefe but good luck to Krejza anyway. We don't produce a lot of really good offies down here but he seemed to have all the right stuff, and we can only hope.

  • pj3000 on February 3, 2011, 9:44 GMT

    Okakaboka - I second your motion on how bloggers should finish there posts re firing Hilditch...but not in relation to Krejza though (hands up all Aus spinner who've taken 12 wickets on debut).

    In general though, the selection policies have become increasingly ad hoc and harder to fathom over the last three seasons, coupled with a coach who's all but anonymous. Look at the stamp Andy Flower's put on the English national team. We need Steve Waugh at the helm.

    Hilditch - you're fired.

  • StarveTheLizard on February 3, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    To the poor guy bagging the selectors for not picking O'Keefe. He's injured! Has been for a couple of weeks.

  • pj3000 on February 3, 2011, 9:26 GMT

    @Meety - interesting ratings of Marsh, Voges, Ferguson. I think Ferguson, despite his so-so first class average, has shown he's up to the top level. I know there's a lot of Marsh fans out there, but his international outings seem a bit hit and miss in reality. Voges...I'm just not sure he's top level. My reasoning for selecting Christian ahead of Voges for Perth is that, without Watson, there's no true all rounder in the team (Hastings himself rates his batting as not being quite there yet). I agree with posts supporting Finch's case...he seems to have quite a bit about him. Interesting that SA's Daniel Harris doesn't get a mention too often - I like his hustle. Re Hodge fans: we've got to let it go. He's joined the list of the Stuart Laws, Michael Bevans, Martin Loves and Jamie Siddonses who should/could have played more (if any) Test cricket for Aus.

  • Something_Witty on February 3, 2011, 9:17 GMT

    I think the selectors have really missed a trick here. - They're resting Watson, (an all rounder). Would this not be the perfect opportunity to bring Christian in for a game to let him strut his stuff? IMO Christian should be in the side ahead of Hastings. (His bowling is more penetrative and he can actually play the short ball), not to mention the fact that he's one of the most devastating hitters in the world right now. I really cannot understand the logic here. - Out go Smith, Watson and Clarke, two all rounders and a batsman. And they're going to replace them with... a wicketkeeper, a bowler and a batsman? What the heck are they even thinking??

  • Something_Witty on February 3, 2011, 9:11 GMT

    @ MrJames, Brad Hodge has only retired from 4 day cricket. He still plays domestic T20 and ODD games. He said earlier this summer that he was well and truly available for limited overs games for Aus.

  • Okakaboka on February 3, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    I know I sound like a broken record but fairdinkum......Hilditch and Co. have crossed the boundry line now. Krejza....ahead of O'keefe? You have got to be joking. Krejza bowls dilly doppers....He got carted in test cricket...imagine what will happen in a ODI. As for picking Voges ahead of Finch...Well, What a disgrace!! Hilditch....as far as I'm concerned, "YOU'RE FIRED!" Geez, that sounds good. Who else would like to say that. Maybe if every blogger finished their posts with those words....something might happen.

  • Dismayed on February 3, 2011, 7:57 GMT

    I can live with the Krejza call I still think he is a standard above Hauritz. I would have preferred to see O'Keefe come in and stay in and can bat. O'Brian has had a steady couple of years and can bat. I would like to see a little more of Lyon but he does flight and spin and bowls nice and slow at times. I think G.Bailey has been in better form than Voges and feel Khawaja can play ODI's.The ton he made against SA last year was a beauty in domestic one day. Once again selectors going back to ye olde well to draw on instead of guys who are showing form now.Still want Tait gone to bring in Nannes. If I put it out into the universe enough you never know.

  • Nipun on February 3, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    Both teams should rest their WC players in this meaningless match.You don't want a Brett Lee/Shaun Tait/Cameron White/Mitchell Johnson/Andrew Strauss/Kevin Pietersen/Jonathan Trott/Ian Bell/James Anderson to get seriously injured in this meaningless match & miss the World Cup,do you? In fact,why don't both teams decide to abandon this match? What significance does this match carry?

  • VivGilchrist on February 3, 2011, 7:14 GMT

    @Meety. This is not my wish as you say. To be honest White has not fired at all this series. He has been slow to get going and plays alot of dot balls which are usually hidden by a mountain of boundaries- not unlike Haddin. But the man has quality. Hats off to Clarke for last night. He played an innings with momentum that benefited the team. Whether it be 82 off 70 or a moderate 15 off 16 the public will get of his back if his innings is not holding the team up....Look at Ferguson, not a big hitter but still scores at a good pace. Lastly, I think it is a great idea to bring in Johnson, Hastings, or Lee if a wicket falls in the first 15 overs to make the most of the powerplays. These guys can rocket us off to a great start but if they get out we still have recognized batsmen to pick the gaps and build an innings later.

  • Josh_Schon81 on February 3, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    YESSSSSSS!!!! Terrific decision by the selectors. I can't believe they dropped him from one poor showing. He is aggressive and looking at Tests, the most likely to do well for Australia. His one day record is good too - and I think if he goes well in Perth he will be elevated straight back into the Test line-up, much like Doherty.

  • MrJames on February 3, 2011, 6:48 GMT

    Brad Hodge has retired thats why

  • Meety on February 3, 2011, 6:38 GMT

    @MKB88 - fair go Vogues is statistically on a par with Hodge, in fact whilst S/R are almost identical, Vogues average is 4 runs higher! @pj3000 - I rate Vogues as a better overall option than Marsh, & just below Ferguson. @Something_Witty - like the Lyon call, although that is on the back of T20, I think O'Brien probably had the better 50 over credentials. Lyons is another ex-NSW player playing for Sth Oz, its nearly a NSW 2nd XI down there! @ jonesy2/chinnock/MKB88 - enough of the "Where's Hodge" question. Rightly or Wrongly it's been done to death. My personal opinion is he definately deserved more chances at Test level - unfortunately most of his career it was a tough gig getting selected for Oz. Some players like Martyn & Clarke got into the Test team by scoring plenty of runs in ODIs. In the 2 yrs he was a regular in the Oz ODI side - the fact is he (Hodge) only averaged 30, (S/R 87). Not bad, but not brilliant either. I know domestically he has been brilliant though.

  • Dashgar on February 3, 2011, 5:54 GMT

    Why Voges? There is no reason in the world to justify his selection. He's a mediocre state player. Theres no potential for him to become a world class batsmen. Why not give a guy like George Bailey a go?

  • beakyjonjo on February 3, 2011, 5:49 GMT

    Even though I'm a West Aussie...I think Voges selection is a bit of a crowd pleaser for WA rather than a selection for the WC...I would have liked to see them give Christian a go...Krejza has been pretty poorly treated by the selectors..you don't take 12 wickets in India against India unless there's something about you...Even Warney struggled there!!! since the selectors dropped him after he suffered on the spinners graveyard that is the waca..we've had umpteen spinners play for Australia and none have really been all that impressive. They should have stuck with krejza, got someone like terry jenner to really work with him and maybe we would have had a half decent spinner in the ashes series..the selectors have a lot to answer for!!!

  • Fareen on February 3, 2011, 5:47 GMT

    That's a very good choice.Krejza is a fantastic spinner.I think out of the 12 they should leave out either Johnson or Bollinger as they need rest esp. Johnson. And Paine should open with Haddin though specialist wicketkeepers opening is new for everybody isn't it?

  • gorod675 on February 3, 2011, 5:31 GMT

    @something witty good call on nathan lyon. He looks like a good spinner.

  • johnnybox on February 3, 2011, 5:30 GMT

    Hi Chinnock. I think you need to ask Ricky Ponting about that.

  • on February 3, 2011, 5:13 GMT

    hope paine keeps he is a 10 times better keeper then haddin

  • azzaman333 on February 3, 2011, 4:59 GMT

    Clarke finally finds some form, so he gets dropped or as the selectors like to call it "rested". Having said that, I don't mind the resting of Watson considering he's been far and away our best performer all summer, and him picking up an injury now would kill our WC chance. And of course, Hodge is desperately unlucky not to be called up as always.

  • on February 3, 2011, 4:55 GMT

    Clarke may be resting for physical reasons given his ongoing back issues. He has played a fair bit of cricket and no doubt done a mountain of work in trying to regain his form.

  • Mitcher on February 3, 2011, 4:53 GMT

    Firstly, I'm not a member of the Clarke Boo Brigade, but I have to agree with the view that he shouldn't be rested from this last match. He finally finds a semblance of form and they wrap him in cotton wool? Surely one more ODI isn't going to hurt him considering all the cricket played this summer. Let him continue to build confidence.

  • landl47 on February 3, 2011, 4:47 GMT

    Another Aussie spinner with a first-class average of nearly 50 is drafted in. This series is getting more and more farcical. Having seen England's third-string bowling and Australia's second string batting, now were going to see Australia's third-string batting against England's third and fourth string bowling, assuming Plunkett gets a game.@ Dr.Qwert: Tim Paine becomes the specialist batsman replacing Clarke. Voges is the all-rounder replacing Watson and Krejza is the specialist spinner replacing Smith.

  • ishratjamaal on February 3, 2011, 4:25 GMT

    Good choice....he turn the ball and can bat down the order....Lee should to be rested.

  • jonesy2 on February 3, 2011, 4:13 GMT

    rest brett lee as well. i thought clarke wanted to spend time in the middle? im happy voges is back in the team but what has hodge done to the selectors to not be called up?

  • obstreperous on February 3, 2011, 3:59 GMT

    I'm pleased for Krejza and Voges getting a crack at the Poms but these line-ups changes for the final game underline the fact that a seven-match ODI series, following on the heels of five Test matches, is just too much cricket in too short a period. Nobody, least of all the players, cares about the outcome of game seven, it's all about tune-ups for the World Cup. By scheduling so many meaningless contests, the cricket authorities are helping the cause ofT20 at the expense of the ODI. That's a pity because ODIs offer more variety and subtlety than T20 and, as last night's game showed, more entertainment value.

  • fareeduetian12 on February 3, 2011, 3:57 GMT

    @Dr. Qwert 3rd replacement is tim paine

  • getaclue on February 3, 2011, 3:51 GMT

    wise choice. Krezja is the next best performed one day spinner in the Ryobi Cup. And Voges has never done much wrong, just has overly excelled when given the chance. A handy player though.

  • KunKu on February 3, 2011, 3:44 GMT

    If he actually plays in the match, Prior will surely remind him about the Sehwag pasting during his Test debut. :-) Of course, he got a bucketful wickets too in return.

  • Something_Witty on February 3, 2011, 3:27 GMT

    Voges? Is this meant to be a joke? Why would Clarke get a rest? It's not like he's done tons of batting this summer. Watto needs to keep playing - why would he even want to rest? Good that Krejza is getting a go, but it would have been interesting if Nathan Lyon had been thrown in there just to see how he'd go. More stupid decisions by the selectors. Voges has proven again and again that he is NOT up to international standard. - I don't know what the selectors see in him, he's not in good form, he's old, and he's never really shown huge promise anyway.

  • Rooboy on February 3, 2011, 3:23 GMT

    @Dr.Qwert - my sentiments precisely! Clarke shows the best form he's shown for months, so do we let him build on it, or do we shut him down for a game or two? Shut him down makes no sense to me. Teams should win with the aid of good selections, NOT in spite of the selectors. Lately it seems Aus have to try to overcome the opposition AND the work of Hilditch and co.

  • on February 3, 2011, 3:18 GMT

    Happy to see Krejza getting a game, he was treated terribly after his last test. Watto deserves a break, but Clarke, now he is getting some momentum again needs to keep playing. A typically nonsensical decision from Mr Hilditch. I agree with Dr Qwert 100%.

  • on February 3, 2011, 3:11 GMT

    I think a short break will do Michael Clarke good. He's been under a lot of pressure. Much of it unfair, in my opinion.

  • pj3000 on February 3, 2011, 3:09 GMT

    Good point MinusZero: White's lack of real runs seems to have gone unchecked. A strange creature, the Australian sports media: they'll climb all over one guy (eg Clarke) and let another guy in a similar boat (eg White) off scott free.

    The big surprise in the squad is Voges...I don't think I've ever seen him excel at international level, but he seems to still get called up periodically. Dan Christian would surely have been a better bet, even if it is only for one game. Particuarly with Watson resting, Christian gives you an additional medium pace option to go with his potentially destructive batting.

  • MKB88 on February 3, 2011, 3:05 GMT

    great no hodge but rubbish voges who fails every game, good work ca

  • on February 3, 2011, 2:51 GMT

    They should have Brett Lee instead of Clarke... Australia cannot afford to lose him to an injury right before the world cup

  • xylo on February 3, 2011, 1:56 GMT

    I understand Watson getting a break after bowling so many overs and batting for extended periods. Clarke is simply riding on his flash-in-the-pan-82... did he cross 100 in all other innings put together that he played this summer?

  • Meety on February 3, 2011, 1:41 GMT

    So much to say in such a small space! Firstly - the Poms have to be able to win this game as this looks a weak batting line up. @viv gilchrest wherever you are, your fantasy has come true! White as captain. I hope it leads to a better performance from him as statistically he is inferior to Clarke this summer in ODIs. LOL. Anyways good luck to White I am sure he'll do a good job. Krezja!!!!! WTF! I am not overly surprised with anything the selectors do, I am not saying he is not a good choice, I think there were 2 others that deserved a shot. I do think that it is a bit poor of the selectors to bring him on a pitch that was the scene of his demise. He was my 3rd choice replacement option for Hauritz & Doherty behind O'Keefe & O'Brien. Looking for Ferguson to put his hand up in this game, the big surprise is Vogues, I think this bloke could be the REAL BOLTER as M Husseys replacement. This guy is a reasonable batter, & very useful spinner. Maybe Vogues for Hauritz??????

  • MinusZero on February 3, 2011, 1:32 GMT

    All the focus seems to be on Clarke's apparent form but nothing is said about White's lack of. He has averaged 31 for the series and hasn't passed 45. Must be flavour of the month. Despite two fifties for Clarke he has still only averaged 34 for the series.

  • Dr.Qwert on February 3, 2011, 1:27 GMT

    clarke finally finds a hint of form so naturally they decide to rest him, another fine decision from the selectors. seriously why wouldn't they let him build momentum? & am i missing something? out Watson, Clarke & Smith; in Voges & Krejza, who's the 3rd inclusion?

  • pj3000 on February 3, 2011, 1:25 GMT

    Absolutely magic that Krejza is getting a run...but a shame it has to be in Perth. He should never have been punted after that poor showing in 2008 - how many spinners have excelled at the WACA? No disrepect to Haury or Xavier, but I hope we stick with Krejza for a while.

  • on February 3, 2011, 1:17 GMT

    If South Australia weren't in the Big Bash Final Saturday night surely Aaron o'Brien would've been called up. he's been in decent form with the ball in all forms of the game.

  • chinnock on February 3, 2011, 1:14 GMT

    can some one please tell me why Brad Hodge continues to be over looked? he is the leading run scorer in state one day comp ...

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  • chinnock on February 3, 2011, 1:14 GMT

    can some one please tell me why Brad Hodge continues to be over looked? he is the leading run scorer in state one day comp ...

  • on February 3, 2011, 1:17 GMT

    If South Australia weren't in the Big Bash Final Saturday night surely Aaron o'Brien would've been called up. he's been in decent form with the ball in all forms of the game.

  • pj3000 on February 3, 2011, 1:25 GMT

    Absolutely magic that Krejza is getting a run...but a shame it has to be in Perth. He should never have been punted after that poor showing in 2008 - how many spinners have excelled at the WACA? No disrepect to Haury or Xavier, but I hope we stick with Krejza for a while.

  • Dr.Qwert on February 3, 2011, 1:27 GMT

    clarke finally finds a hint of form so naturally they decide to rest him, another fine decision from the selectors. seriously why wouldn't they let him build momentum? & am i missing something? out Watson, Clarke & Smith; in Voges & Krejza, who's the 3rd inclusion?

  • MinusZero on February 3, 2011, 1:32 GMT

    All the focus seems to be on Clarke's apparent form but nothing is said about White's lack of. He has averaged 31 for the series and hasn't passed 45. Must be flavour of the month. Despite two fifties for Clarke he has still only averaged 34 for the series.

  • Meety on February 3, 2011, 1:41 GMT

    So much to say in such a small space! Firstly - the Poms have to be able to win this game as this looks a weak batting line up. @viv gilchrest wherever you are, your fantasy has come true! White as captain. I hope it leads to a better performance from him as statistically he is inferior to Clarke this summer in ODIs. LOL. Anyways good luck to White I am sure he'll do a good job. Krezja!!!!! WTF! I am not overly surprised with anything the selectors do, I am not saying he is not a good choice, I think there were 2 others that deserved a shot. I do think that it is a bit poor of the selectors to bring him on a pitch that was the scene of his demise. He was my 3rd choice replacement option for Hauritz & Doherty behind O'Keefe & O'Brien. Looking for Ferguson to put his hand up in this game, the big surprise is Vogues, I think this bloke could be the REAL BOLTER as M Husseys replacement. This guy is a reasonable batter, & very useful spinner. Maybe Vogues for Hauritz??????

  • xylo on February 3, 2011, 1:56 GMT

    I understand Watson getting a break after bowling so many overs and batting for extended periods. Clarke is simply riding on his flash-in-the-pan-82... did he cross 100 in all other innings put together that he played this summer?

  • on February 3, 2011, 2:51 GMT

    They should have Brett Lee instead of Clarke... Australia cannot afford to lose him to an injury right before the world cup

  • MKB88 on February 3, 2011, 3:05 GMT

    great no hodge but rubbish voges who fails every game, good work ca

  • pj3000 on February 3, 2011, 3:09 GMT

    Good point MinusZero: White's lack of real runs seems to have gone unchecked. A strange creature, the Australian sports media: they'll climb all over one guy (eg Clarke) and let another guy in a similar boat (eg White) off scott free.

    The big surprise in the squad is Voges...I don't think I've ever seen him excel at international level, but he seems to still get called up periodically. Dan Christian would surely have been a better bet, even if it is only for one game. Particuarly with Watson resting, Christian gives you an additional medium pace option to go with his potentially destructive batting.