The Ashes 2013-14 October 28, 2013

Khawaja, Marsh, Doolan in Australia A squad

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Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh and Alex Doolan will contend for Australia's Ashes No. 6 spot among the batsmen given an early sight of England through selection for Australia A in the tour match against the visitors at Bellerive Oval from November 6.

The trio are part of a team that mixes potential Test aspirants with cricketers further back in the queue, after the selectors weighed up the merit of their playing against the Englishmen or for their own states in the concurrent Sheffield Shield round.

Marsh and Khawaja will be particularly keen to show their worth following strong form in the domestic limited overs competition, while Doolan and Callum Ferguson are among others who have the opportunity to push themselves up a changeable batting order of preference by making runs against the tourists.

"We have struck a balance in what we think is the appropriate Australia A team to face England, while ensuring individuals have a solid preparation and chance to impress," the national selector John Inverarity said.

"There were clearly a number of players under consideration to play for Australia A in this match, however we have long been aware that 77 cricketers would be playing across these four days and due to various circumstances we have balanced our interests with what we feel is in the best interests for each player, their preparation and chance to push for higher honours.

"While these next couple of rounds of Shield cricket are important, the NSP is well advanced in its planning around the squad for the first Test.

"Players returning from one-day duties in India and not named for Australia A may play in the Sheffield Shield fixtures played concurrently with the Australia A fixture if it is considered that it is in their interests and the interest of their States' to be included."

Khawaja caught the selectors' eye on Sunday as much for a blinding catch at backward point to dismiss Steve Smith as his composed century in Queensland's successful chase. An improvement to Khawaja's fielding was among the areas Inverarity and his panel had been hoping to see the left-hander advance.

"It was a fantastic catch and Usman played very well," Inverarity said. "It's difficult to judge [from the domestic limited overs competition] but all I would say is a lot of runs were scored at North Sydney and a lot of players looked very good. It's a beautifully even-paced bounce, a lot of players playing there looked very good."

As was the case against South Africa a year ago, the team is stronger on batting than bowling, the Queenslander Ben Cutting and the Victoria left-arm spinner Jon Holland providing the greatest threat to England's batsmen in an attack that also features Trent Copeland and the captain Moises Henriques.

Cutting's allround potential has not been lost on Inverarity, who said that how far the fast man's batting advanced, and his place up the order with it, would be entirely up to him.

"He's got a very good bat swing and a very good technique, and he's a very good hitter of the ball. Where his batting goes in the future is verymuch up to him," Inverarity said. "He's a very clean striker, a beautiful bat swing. We've got a high level of interest with Ben at international level, particularly in the white-ball format."

Australia A squad Moises Henriques (capt), Glenn Maxwell, Trent Copeland, Ben Cutting, Alex Doolan, Callum Ferguson, Jon Holland, Usman Khawaja, Michael Klinger, Shaun Marsh, Tim Paine.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • POSTED BY mononz on | October 29, 2013, 2:55 GMT

    This seems like decent selection and it's good to see those players getting a chance to make their case. However, I hope it doesn't mean Bailey is out of the reckoning. I know ODI is a different game, but the guy is the most reliable member of that team by an absolute mile and surely has the right mindset for test success. It's a shame if he doesn't get the chance to prove himself. Does this also mean Phil Hughes has been ruthlessly discarded again?

  • POSTED BY on | November 2, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    I agree with Moises Henriques (capt), Ben Cutting, Alex Doolan, Callum Ferguson, , Usman Khawaja, Michael Klinger, Shaun Marsh, Tim Paine what about some of the other players pushing for spots eg Hughes, warner, Haddin or wade swap keepers just so they get a hit and maybe find that spark aswell as ahmeed , Lyon ect who need to get wickets

    But don't see why Glenn Maxwell, Jon Holland and Trent Copeland although his stats in englans look ok

  • POSTED BY AKS286 on | October 30, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    Hmm khawaja is selected for his fielding now he is called Jonty Bradman, Klinger, Doolan & Marsh is for domestic runs (Marsh & Klinger deserves), But my question is A man who is in India he is 31 yrs old captaining a team which was soo poor in Clarke's regime and now looks best under his captaincy and Fellas he also scores lots of runs that any other only can imagine in Aus. His domestic records pooooor but he is rocking in International Cric. Will he deserve selection ? His name is Mr. George Bailey unite a broke team. just boring the comments upon domestic cric.

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    England pick and stick with Root. we seem to be going for the Old Bailey. tables have turned, in every way : (

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | October 30, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    @Chris_P (October 29, 2013, 14:50 GMT). I was thinking I was a cert for the Gabba but now I'm not so sure. I have to go back to the old country at some stage before Christmas to sort out my affairs (business affairs....). I have tickets for the MCG and SCG and I be damned if I'm going to miss those! Please publish.

  • POSTED BY Bonehead_maz on | October 30, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    Thanks Landl47 for the James Vince scoop ! Will have a weather eye on him :)

    ROFL @ Phil Roger - never really worked, but always a chance ;)

  • POSTED BY Benkl on | October 30, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    Baily will be #3 or 4. A lot of players fighting for #6.

    Copeland would be a good 4th bowler if you have Johnson.

  • POSTED BY Barnesy4444 on | October 30, 2013, 3:36 GMT

    Number 6 should be a straight battle between Warner and Bailey. Whoever performs best in the red ball lead up games gets the nod. Hughes to open with Rogers.

  • POSTED BY bobagorof on | October 30, 2013, 2:32 GMT

    Stronger in Batting than Bowling is right, when you go in with 3 specialist bowlers, an all-rounder and Glen Maxwell. Playing in Hobart I don't expect there to be much for the spinners, so Cutting, Copeland and Henriques will get good opportunities to face international opposition again. But of the batsmen, only Khawaja has any sort of chance of playing in the first Test, and recent comments from Inverarity suggests that George Bailey may already have been penciled in. Still, should be a good match, and I look forward to seeing that the batting cupboard isn't completely bare. A pity that neither Silk nor Burns are there, but no doubt they'll be on show for their states.

  • POSTED BY DragonCricketer on | October 30, 2013, 1:36 GMT

    What ever happened to Hughes? Why do they keep sticking with Khawaja. He had a terrible Ashes tour. Why??? Seems like favouritism or something else to me. Hughes is completely off the radar. Just give him a chance. 5 matches in Australia. Not India or England. Australia,. Home series. Build his confidence. Solidify his position. He is a real talent.

  • POSTED BY mononz on | October 29, 2013, 2:55 GMT

    This seems like decent selection and it's good to see those players getting a chance to make their case. However, I hope it doesn't mean Bailey is out of the reckoning. I know ODI is a different game, but the guy is the most reliable member of that team by an absolute mile and surely has the right mindset for test success. It's a shame if he doesn't get the chance to prove himself. Does this also mean Phil Hughes has been ruthlessly discarded again?

  • POSTED BY on | November 2, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    I agree with Moises Henriques (capt), Ben Cutting, Alex Doolan, Callum Ferguson, , Usman Khawaja, Michael Klinger, Shaun Marsh, Tim Paine what about some of the other players pushing for spots eg Hughes, warner, Haddin or wade swap keepers just so they get a hit and maybe find that spark aswell as ahmeed , Lyon ect who need to get wickets

    But don't see why Glenn Maxwell, Jon Holland and Trent Copeland although his stats in englans look ok

  • POSTED BY AKS286 on | October 30, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    Hmm khawaja is selected for his fielding now he is called Jonty Bradman, Klinger, Doolan & Marsh is for domestic runs (Marsh & Klinger deserves), But my question is A man who is in India he is 31 yrs old captaining a team which was soo poor in Clarke's regime and now looks best under his captaincy and Fellas he also scores lots of runs that any other only can imagine in Aus. His domestic records pooooor but he is rocking in International Cric. Will he deserve selection ? His name is Mr. George Bailey unite a broke team. just boring the comments upon domestic cric.

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    England pick and stick with Root. we seem to be going for the Old Bailey. tables have turned, in every way : (

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | October 30, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    @Chris_P (October 29, 2013, 14:50 GMT). I was thinking I was a cert for the Gabba but now I'm not so sure. I have to go back to the old country at some stage before Christmas to sort out my affairs (business affairs....). I have tickets for the MCG and SCG and I be damned if I'm going to miss those! Please publish.

  • POSTED BY Bonehead_maz on | October 30, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    Thanks Landl47 for the James Vince scoop ! Will have a weather eye on him :)

    ROFL @ Phil Roger - never really worked, but always a chance ;)

  • POSTED BY Benkl on | October 30, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    Baily will be #3 or 4. A lot of players fighting for #6.

    Copeland would be a good 4th bowler if you have Johnson.

  • POSTED BY Barnesy4444 on | October 30, 2013, 3:36 GMT

    Number 6 should be a straight battle between Warner and Bailey. Whoever performs best in the red ball lead up games gets the nod. Hughes to open with Rogers.

  • POSTED BY bobagorof on | October 30, 2013, 2:32 GMT

    Stronger in Batting than Bowling is right, when you go in with 3 specialist bowlers, an all-rounder and Glen Maxwell. Playing in Hobart I don't expect there to be much for the spinners, so Cutting, Copeland and Henriques will get good opportunities to face international opposition again. But of the batsmen, only Khawaja has any sort of chance of playing in the first Test, and recent comments from Inverarity suggests that George Bailey may already have been penciled in. Still, should be a good match, and I look forward to seeing that the batting cupboard isn't completely bare. A pity that neither Silk nor Burns are there, but no doubt they'll be on show for their states.

  • POSTED BY DragonCricketer on | October 30, 2013, 1:36 GMT

    What ever happened to Hughes? Why do they keep sticking with Khawaja. He had a terrible Ashes tour. Why??? Seems like favouritism or something else to me. Hughes is completely off the radar. Just give him a chance. 5 matches in Australia. Not India or England. Australia,. Home series. Build his confidence. Solidify his position. He is a real talent.

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | October 30, 2013, 0:41 GMT

    @Mitty2: Maddinson- yes, he's a prospect. Silk and Patterson (I assume you mean Kurtis, not Bridget) have played 5 and 1 FC games respectively. They've done well in those games, but it's way too early to point to them as potential test players. Haven't heard much about Lynn; his record's not that impressive, but people here whose views I respect saying good things about him makes me think he's got a chance of being the real deal. Poor Joe Burns has had a wretched 2013, culminating in 3 ducks and a 1 in 4 innings and being dropped from his state side. Hopefully he'll come back, but as of now he's a long way from test consideration.

    I'll be interested to see how the England Performance Squad gets on. They're very young (the oldest turned 26 quite recently), but there are some good young players there. Look out for James Vince; he's 22 and just scored 1100 runs @60 in the county championship with 4 hundreds. He's an elegant player and looks a born #3 for England.

  • POSTED BY Anderson_Edward on | October 29, 2013, 22:39 GMT

    hycIass - You make an excellent point about Khawaja fielding champ, he has improved greatly since his original dropping. I too am predicting big things for the quality young lefty. He needs a decent run in the side, as he doesn't appear to be the type of person who has the motivation to succeed without the backing of the selectors. His failures in England can all be put down to the selectors and the umpire who gave him out when he didn't snick that classy shot that he played against spin. He has also significantly improved his work against spin and in the shield final he managed to got over 10 runs against spin. Lets hope the selectors now get behind this champion kid (aged 27) and give him the backing he deserves. As none of the other players are deserving of the same sort of backing.

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2013, 22:07 GMT

    Klinger Marsh Khawaja Doolan Ferguson Paine Maxwell Henriques Copeland Cutting Holland is a decent side. I doubt any of them will break into the test side. Possibly Cutting or Henriques if they go in to Brisbane with no spinner but Faulkner would be in front of both of them. My 11 for 1st test it Rogers Hughes Watson Clarke Bailey Smith Haddin Johnson Siddle Harris/Pattinson Lyon/Bird - Faulkner 12th. If Watson doesn't bowl in tests Faulkner should play and bat at 7, if Watson does bowl he should only bowl 5-6 overs in short spells.

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2013, 20:55 GMT

    Bonehead_maz - if you wish it hard enough, it will come true.

  • POSTED BY DylanBrah on | October 29, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    @Bonehead_maz - Well that is a relief. He hasn't bowled well since his axing from the Test team, and was dropped from the Ryobi side. He needs to be persisted with.

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Sponge on | October 29, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    I don't think these selections matter much, Agar should still be in the mix, I don't see him as any less effective than Lyon and Agar can bat. Would like to see how Fawad would get on, England don't see too much leg spin.

  • POSTED BY Bonehead_maz on | October 29, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    @ DylanBrah Agar's in the WA 12 for match starting tomorrow in Melbourne.

  • POSTED BY Bonehead_maz on | October 29, 2013, 15:29 GMT

    So lol .....best case scenario....... Bailey score a ton for Tasmania and bats 6 in 1st Test where he also gets a ton. Mitch doesn't melt down from being too white hot, (just yet) plays in Brisbane and breaks Cook's thumb in 3rd over of the match - out for series.... also fully works over Trott. Jimmy slips on a pool of Trott's blood on the crease, (moistened by an afternoon thunderstorm) does a knee - out for series. We can then drop Mitch for Adelaide. Haddin hurts himself diving for a dropped catch in Perth and is replaced by a wicket keeper, allowing Bailey to be VC. Clarke announces after 4th test that he's retiring from Captaincy to concentrate on his physio (who happens to be an internationally renowned model). Ahhhhh the power of wishful thinking lol

  • POSTED BY DylanBrah on | October 29, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    Poor Ashton Agar. It seems he is completely off the selection radar now. They blooded him too early when he wasn't ready, now the young man has lost all confidence... even dropped from W.A.

  • POSTED BY dinom on | October 29, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    I don't think any of them will play in the first test. 1st Test 11: Rodgers, Warner, Watson, Clarke, Smith, Bailey, Haddin, Harris (if fit), Bird/Starc, Siddle, Lyon/Ahmed.

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | October 29, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    @Joseph Langford. Actually Henriques has captained NSW a few times so not sure how you missed that. @Wombats, you still going to the Gabba test? On another note, I can't believe Marsh has gone from not being in the WA team to being listed as their Captain first shield game vs. Victoria. Justin Langer, what are you thinking! @Mitty2. Yes, the English Lions tour earlier this year was a debacle, they must have come over to party for they surely played poor cricket.

  • POSTED BY Bonehead_maz on | October 29, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    It's an ok side I guess. Obviously don't want to rob any States of their best fast bowlers (although not sure Copeland isn't best fit one from NSW).

    It does make England's selection of their no 6 difficult. Runs against this attack, WA 2 XI and NSW 2nd XI won't tell them much :). No matter how firm NSP's minds are, a double century from one of these boys while the ones in Shield fail, will change them. Not this season, but I do think Maxwell may well become a Test player and a fine one too.

  • POSTED BY AKS286 on | October 29, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    Everyone here is talking about khawaja's domestic record with an avg. of 40.59. and no one taliking about his international record of 25.13 after important 9 matches. many cricketers died but don't get any opportunity to play 1 or more matches. He already lost money & time of CA. MJ batting avg is 21.96, Lee 20, D.Fleming 19, Pollock 32 now more familiar Wasim Akram 22.64, abdul razzaq 28.61, yasir arafat 47., etc Poms will again whitewash Aus. Go Poms go.

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    Same as with the South Africa tour You have to wonder about the value of selecting sides heavily loaded with batting if the english bat first they will most likely get to spend quite a bit of time in the middle which is the ideal prep for the test match on the flip side the if A side does bat first and for a prolonged length of time the English will just use some of their part time bowlers to ensure their bowlers dont spend too much time bowling. I think its bettter to always pick your best balanced 11 and hope that the A side is able to rattle the confidence of the opposition with a good performance

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2013, 12:54 GMT

    Would have thought they'd look at Nic Maddinson.

    Fast bowling options in the country currently looking a bit more slim due to the injuries of Stac, Pattinson and Cummins. Worst case scenario going into the home Ashes series.

  • POSTED BY CricketMaan on | October 29, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    Nic Maddy? Where is he? it hought he is brilliant prospect and what better to test his mettle against Poms

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | October 29, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    @5wombats: If the next best you lot have are Briggs, tredwell and kerrigan then i will more than happy to wait a couple of years.

    @Joseph Langford: Lynn doesn't even make the QLD shield team.

    @hycIass: If he goes into the test feeling like a god, that's right where we want him when he faces our best bowlers.

  • POSTED BY dunger.bob on | October 29, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    @Ken McCarrron: Yep, that's got to be very close to the mark. Pity we have to give MJ a red ball to play with, but unless some young unknown starts making waves, he'll more than likely play. Here's one for you. Sean Abbott. 21 yo NSW bloke. He has to make the Shield side first I suppose though.

    @ Mitty & others. I agree that Lynn looks a batsman. He just looks organised and quick footed to me. I was impressed with his temperament in the Ryobi as well. Let's hope he has a better run in F/C cricket this year than last but definitely a prospect.

  • POSTED BY Beertjie on | October 29, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    @James Miller on (October 29, 2013, 1:00 GMT) You may be right about Bailey, but the squad is likely to contain an extra batsman and bowler. The former could be anyone who mputs up their hands in these two rounds of games from the pool of candidates the NSP are considering. Khawaja and Doolan may not be ideal at #5 or 6, but they'll do for the time being. Two others I'd consider for that place in the squad (depending on form in the initial matches) are David Hussey and Adam Voges. Younger guys like Lynn and Burns will have to shape up consistently before being selected. Boat may have sailed for Marsh and Ferguson.

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2013, 12:00 GMT

    Millsy .... you forget that this time last year Queensland crushed a test strength NSW in Sheffield Shield. If you do the maths I think that you will find that if NSW, full of these wonderfully brilliant players, had won this game NSW would have hosted the Shield Final.

    So disappointing!! But almost predictable!! Hopes out captaining Clarke!!!

  • POSTED BY LiamF on | October 29, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    Glad to see Klinger is in the selectors minds, the amount of runs he's made for South Australia and Gloucestershire in recent times warrant it. Copeland will be interesting against an international team again, a lot of first class wickets to his name in this country, and quite a few for Northants. He could of been an interesting choice for the Ashes over there.

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | October 29, 2013, 11:43 GMT

    Let's not forget there are 3 shield matches going on the same time & therein will lie the main contenders for the first test. Khawaja,MoHen & Doolan (the first half of last season) are the only batsmen who scored decent runs in FC last season from this squad. At the end of last season, Marsh got dropped from Western Australia, so technically, he hasn't fought his was way back into his state team, so how can anyone seriously think he is with a chance? Depending on what type of pitch they'll produce, the Poms might be pleasantly surprised at the seaming strip that could be on offer, & if so, Copeland could well come into his own. But this pitch will be like no other test pitch on offer this summer. This match will be a pleasant little diversion, nothing more, I will be far more interested in the shield results with the real contenders on show.

  • POSTED BY millsy24 on | October 29, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    Mitty2 and @Joseph Langford, agree re Hartley. I think it is great that the test contenders will be playing Shield instead of the A game. I agree that QLD are a champion ODI team but all this stuff about a champion team beating a team of champions? Really? NSW had at least 5 out that I can think of and they would be the players first picked if available, so I don't think the champion team was there by any stretch. Not sure how old Hopes is? But if he isn't going to play for Australia again why put him in, good captain or no? Could White be in with a shot? Not sure. I honestly don't think that any of these players are going to be considered for at least the first two tests, maybe later if someone isn't going well. For Cutting, I agree he is a great player. Probably bats better than he bowls, but like for like are they going to get rid of Faulkner out of the squad to put him in? Faulkner is the better bowler and they are similar with the bat. Who would you pick?

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | October 29, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    @xtrafalgarx (October 29, 2013, 8:50 GMT) Introspective is what I've been seeing in Australians ever since Boxing day 2010. And I don't remember that particular Australia side giving England a run for their money in any of the 3 Innings defeats that England put on Australia in that series. But not to worry, eh? - Australian "will be fine in a few years".... If waiting for Swann, KP and a few other blokes to retire is what makes you happy then you carry on. I love it when people say "mark my words". Don't worry pal - I will.

  • POSTED BY Mary_786 on | October 29, 2013, 11:11 GMT

    @Srinivas agree with you that Khawaja is a better top order batsman but good thing about him is he can bat anywhere from 1 to 6. And on our pitches which will be much more bouncy and pacy Swann's impact will be negated which is good news for all our lefites including Rogers, Hughes, Warner, Khawaja and Cowan all of whom have struggled against him.

  • POSTED BY Mitty2 on | October 29, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    @Joseph Langford, I've always thought of you on these boards as an incredibly pessimistic Australian 'supporter', but these comms (excluding the Michael Clarke conspiracy) are great! Even after Queensland win the status quo will remain and the theory that they're champion team without champion players means that rarely will their players will get selected. Hartley's the best glovemen in Australia - coming from a Vic. Cutting's in the top 5 seamer prospects for tests. Lynn had second year blues last year but is very talented and will surprise a few this Shield. Henriques is captain because........ NSW. He doesn't make any Australian team on batting or bowling, and I've never heard of any distinct leadership traits of his.... NSW.

    Oh and any Eng fan talking about our depth, please, have you forgotten the Eng Lions who toured here at the start of the year and got hammered by the Vic 2nd XI in a series total of.... 7-0! @landl47, Maddinson, Burns, Silk, Lynn and Pattterson. Under 25.

  • POSTED BY dunger.bob on | October 29, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    Holland is a good selection. I was impressed with him in the Ryobi Cup so it will be interesting to see if he can take that form into the longer format. He looked to have a bit of calmness under fire about him and seemed to hold his nerve pretty well.

    Cuttings batting at NSO was something to behold. I know it's only a small ground and all that, but he was hitting the ball into the street. 98 off 48 balls or something. You're f/n kidding me. Not sure he's got the defence for the longer game. Actually, just make that I'm not sure he's got defence. His bowling needs to improve a touch. A little too short and straight at times I thought. I'm looking forward to seeing how he goes, that's for sure.

    So they're still interested in Marsh I see. .. It's a little tragedy this one. He can bat like the bejezuz but he get's stuck in the headlights at the top level. I reckon he's afraid of success or something. If only he could zen out somehow because he's actually pretty good.

  • POSTED BY millsy24 on | October 29, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    KeithMillersHair, agree with Faulkner. I think the problem for him is that he is not ready to open the bowling, has nowhere near the pace of Johnson or Harris. He is also not good enough to bat in the top 6. I agree with him batting at 8 but then who would be the opening bowlers if Johnson is not there. Siddle has the 1st change position locked in. Who opens the bowling with Harris?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 29, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    People who are vouching for a Khawaja selection, let's weigh the pros and cons, Pro 1. he is in good form 2. he knows the conditions well. Con 1. Swann has the upper hand against him. I would not pick Khawaja for 6th spot. If he plays he will be competing for 3 spot. 6th spot will be Watson/Bailey/Maxwell/Faulkner (a bit of both cricketers who can bat). Best of luck Aussies.

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    Sure Shaggy .... I watched Lynn play several games in the Ryobi. I think that he has excellent footwork and timing ..... in the two innings he batted against NSW, a team that we have been repetitively told are the greatest team in the world and are the only place we can find people that are worthy of playing cricket for Australia, he has scored 136 runs without losing his wicket. Based on that alone I have no idea why the selector have ignored him ...... unless we have been conned into believing that NSW are not the best team in the world (who would have thought??)

    He has shown that he play under pressure, again against NSW (as above) in the final ..... and he is under 25 years old so he has a lot longer future than either Klinger or Marsh .... but we should only consider this if we are looking to the future of Australian cricket.

    I also believe in selecting players that are in hot form.

    Doolan Khawaja Maddison Lynn .... Not too bad in my eyes.

  • POSTED BY hycIass on | October 29, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    Fantastic to see Inevarity acknowledge Khawaja's fielding in the Ryobi, aside from the blinder he took at Gully he has also taken solid catches in slips showing the kid has the right attitude to improvement. Edward I personally think England will play there test line up. They haven't played cricket for 2 months and this is the best opposition they will face before Brisbane. Garry Ballance is in white-hot form with bat. And is competing for the England number 6 spot. Having him come in the middle order and serving him up a 3 man attack to plunder is just idiocy, he'll go into the first Test feeling like a god.

  • POSTED BY millsy24 on | October 29, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    Joseph Langford, man you sound like an absolute tosser. Can you not stop and think that all the "real" test players will be playing shield. And how is it favouritism to NSW when all states (bar WA) have 2 players in so the Shield teams aren't disrupted too much. Agar? Batted well in England, bowled crap, nowhere near ready yet. Finch, will VIC even pick him in their Shield team. Didn't he get dropped last year because of non performance? The test team is already picked, they just want to have a look at the rest for the following tests if someone doesn't perform. Oh, and Maxwell is from Victoria, not NSW, as far as I know.

  • POSTED BY Mary_786 on | October 29, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    @Tombanner Khawaja averaged 40 last year but only played 5 shield matches in which he was man of the match in 3 of them on some very tricky batting pitches. After the christmas break Arthur kept him as 12th man for the entire summer season. He has started this year very well and has good shield form over the last 3 years behind him. Him and Hughes have been our most consistent young shield batsman over the last 4 years. Now that he has some form behind him in Ryobi if he takes that to the shield games you will see him in Brisbane because lets be honest he hardly got a crack in the prevous series where he top scored in lords, got a howler in Manchester and then was dropped after Durham Read Punter's views on giving our young guys a real go at the top level and Khawaja is a classic example. For england Carberry was a bit of a puzzling selection for the tour. Think he's very unlikely to play as England will want to give their probable batsman as much practice as possible.

  • POSTED BY KeithMillersHair on | October 29, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    I think it is pretty obvious that none of these players is on top of the selector's minds for the first test. Which makes sense - no need to show your opposition what you have got in a practice game. And it also just happens that the two players who will in the pole position ahead of the Shield matches are both in India right now - Bailey and Johnson. I doubt Bailey and Johnson are locked in - if either fails in the Shield and someone else steps up then they could miss out - but they must be the favorites. In the mean time everyone else has a chance to step up and demand their spot. As a side note, for what its worth I would love to see Faulkner in the 11, but I suspect he'll be 12th man. For team balance he has to earn a spot as a bowler and bat at 8 - something I think he can do. Six wickets in his one test at 16, and a huge wicket taker in the Shield over the last two seasons. Plus he's a lefty. If Johnson doesn't hit his stride in the Shield early, I'd put Faulks in for Brisbane.

  • POSTED BY Edwards_Anderson on | October 29, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    @Tom Khawaja has always had a raw deal when given an opportunity. He has never been afforded the opportunity to fail. Arthur kept him 12th man for so long and would bring in any other player when an opportunity would come up. Best example was the last SCG test when watto was injured and in a dead rubber we ended up playing 5 bowlers instead of giving Khawaja a crack even though he was already in the squad as backup batsman. He is building up very well and we need to nurture this kid and give him a full series. Take him sitting on the bench as 12th man for 6 months last season under him. Every time he has had a chance he hasn't been afforded the opportunity to get a couple of bad scores compared to Cowan who had 19 in a row before getting dropped in the ashes. Khawaja has the game to succeed at the top level but as Ponting mentined we need to give our best young batsman a chance to succeed at the top and stop making the mistake of chopping and changing continously.

  • POSTED BY Edwards_Anderson on | October 29, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    @Amith i like your lineup bud, i would also go for Khawaja for number 6 and hopefully he cements that with shield runs. But what about England's lineup. The bowlers competing for the 3rd pace spot, Finn, Tremlett and Rankin are going to be bowling at a batting lineup where half have been woefully out of form for the last few years(Marsh and Ferguson) or allrounders not yet developed into test players(Maxwell). Guys like Maxwell and Marsh are no doubt very good ODI players and T20 players but they need more shield games before they are considered for test prospects. You couldn't design a better scenario for Finn and Tremlett to rediscover the form to go with their immense talent, and for Rankin to gain the international confidence to go with his undoubted first class form and talent.No matter which way you slice it, England are going to be facing an unneccessarily weak team that supposedly represents Australia. The friendliest welcome possible.

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    Can't see the reasons for continually picking Khawaja, keeps disappointing every time he plays for Oz.

  • POSTED BY Amith_S on | October 29, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    @AliAbas i also hope khawaja does well and i am predicting a big summer for him.Warner's a cert to retain the opening spot in Brissie I reckon. Strange how Bails, he of the cool head and excellent leadership skills, isn't given a burl in this environment, as I reckon he'd have to do something extraordinary to beat Khawaja, Hughes or Marsh for no.6. But as a few of you have said someone like Maxi's just likely to go bananas and trump the proper batsmen, then there is Faulkner off it shield.And it appears we've given England a good long look to plan who they are going to rest over their three warm up matches, so they won't be giving too much away either.Having Khawaja opening is interesting, thought they might have enlisted a young gun? I would love to see a Rogers, Warner, Watson, Khawaja, Clarke and Smith top 6 for Brisbane.

  • POSTED BY smudgeon on | October 29, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    Milhouse79, you've hit the nail on the head with Faulkner - he wants it, and he's a committed team man. He seems very clear about his role, his abilities, and his game in general. Not the most talented bloke in the world, but this team needs more people like him. I think some of the other guys have just spent so long having their tummies tickled and their techniques tweaked that they either take it all for granted, or they just don't understand their own game any more. I pity the latter...not so much the former.

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    Just realised why Henriques is Captain!!!

    Think about it .... why is Henriques Captain???

    He has played 3 tests, never lead a team at state level (that I can remember), really has no absolute future in the Australian cricket team. So why has Henriques made Captain??

    Isn't it obvious?!?!?

    Someone didn't want a real Captain like White, Bailey or Hopes leading Australia A to possible victory ..... or even a close loss ..... something our current Captain has failed to achieve in the past two series. This is also why the team has such a weak bowling attack.

    Someone just doesn't like to be shown up as how pathetic a leader he is ..... especially the way Hopes, White and Bailey have been performing lately.

    Australian cricket is getting worse and worse because of one man's ego!!

  • POSTED BY Shaggy076 on | October 29, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    Joseph Langford if you haven't noticed they have picked a maximum of 2 from each state so not to disrupt the state teams too much. I'd love to hear your argument on Lynn since he is not even in the Queensland team.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 29, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    none of these guys will play in the first test except khawaja if bailey fails in the shield. the team should still easily crush the poms.

  • POSTED BY smudgeon on | October 29, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    What's the fascination with Shaun Marsh? The guy made a good ton against SL at home, then floundered against a sub-standard attack at home, in conditions that should have suited him. I am still a little surprised that people like him are spoken of as test potentials. Obviously stats aren't the whole story, but an average of 35 at his age doesn't inspire much confidence in him as a specialist test batsmen. Unless she scores back-to-back double hundreds, you'd have to say the bus has left the station once and for all.

  • POSTED BY Jaffa79 on | October 29, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    I think the Aussies should pick Faulkner. I think he does not move it enough to get Test batsman out regularly but he'll learn and his batting is very combative. More than anything he shows heart and character, which this current mob badly lack. You look at the way Warner, Watson, Cowan, Khawaja, Hughes et al gift their wickets away and you wonder if they actually want to play for the baggy green but in Faulkner you can see he wants it.

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    The selectors are worthless!!! Australia gets flogged .....ABSOLUTELY FLOGGED ..... the batting in England and India was disgusting and there is only one spot up for grabs?? What a joke??

    Maxwell in the team and Henriques as Captain .... the blatant bias towards NSW is pathetic. Hopes is better than both of them.

    Lynn, Hartley and Maddinson should be in the team ..... Agar over Holland any day ..... and Finch over Klinger or Marsh ..... and no place for Bailey

  • POSTED BY Ali_Abass on | October 29, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    I hope Khawaja will get his place.

  • POSTED BY RagTagTeam on | October 29, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    Glad to see Copeland back in contention for (or at least closer to) the Aussie side. He has been tearing it up over in the England for Northhants... He might be medium pace as well, but bowling 30 overs a day, for 4 days and taking bags of wickets cant be overlooked. He also made a decent amount of runs!

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    bit surprised Khawaja or Paine weren't named captain but who cares really?

    I sure hope Henriques, Maxwell and Cutting aren't seriously in contention for a berth.

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | October 29, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    @5wombats: I would start being more introspective if ii were you rather than looking at us. We will be fine in a few years, mark my words and also, whatever happens, this is almost definitely the last time we will see the likes of Pietersen, Swann and a few other blokes in that line up on Australian shores. It may be that your short glory ride is coming to an end.

    I think that the teams that England have been putting out for the last few years are up there with the best they have ever produced, yet they have been given a run for their money by one of the worst outfits we have ever put out, once we find our feet, what will be of you then?

  • POSTED BY ScottStevo on | October 29, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    This is a pretty good squad. Love both Marsh and Ferguson as both look high quality players and I'd have them start in Brisbane a long time before others. Henriques and Maxwell - neither of which are test prospects and shouldn't be in this side. It really worries me that we're looking at these types of all-rounders which aren't good enough at either facet. I have a sneaking suspicion that we are going to go all-rounder crazy again as we did in India. The reality is, I think we've already selected our top 5 and we're only looking for one more. I'm just praying that it's not an all-rounder. I can see Haddin at 6 with someone like Faulkner at 7. If that's the case, we may as well kiss the series goodbye as we need all the batting strength we can muster. I like Paine over Wade too. Where are the bowlers like Sayers and such likes that people keep raving about? Are there any from the chosen 8 in this squad?

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    Go Khawaja Go take your chance

  • POSTED BY Redbackfan on | October 29, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    This team is decent and there are a few unlucky players not to be in there. Batsmen are good choices now heres there time to shine, Cosgrove, Maddinson and Silk are unlucky to miss out. Number 6 spot being up for grabs might not suit these guys seeing as they are all openers or first drop players. Tim Paine gets a chance which is good Hartley and Ludeman are unlucky. All rounders? why is there this fascination with all rounders Maxwell is a short form player and Henriques is handy but not outstanding. I would much rather pick 6 batsmen 4 bowlers and a keeper and surely at least 1 batsmen can do a bit of part time bowling. Bowlers Cutting and Copeland good to see them in the side but wheres the other seamers? Sayers very unlucky and Holland as Spinner not sure good luck to him though. As for Hughes and Bailey they will either be in India still or just back from India

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    Disappointed but not at all surprised that our two best batsmen not currently in the test side in D. Hussey and S. Katich have not been selected. As for Bailey, he has either already been penciled in for the first test, or the selector's ridiculous obsession with youth has kept him out of the side. as for the bowlers, instead of Holland who have been ok, but nothing special, I would give Butterworth, Mennie or Sayers a run-all three had impressive numbers in the past shield season.

  • POSTED BY Reverend-Cavalier on | October 29, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    I like the scheduling for the lead up matches to the first test. WACA and Sydney are very different decks to the Gabba and I really hope Bellerive returns to the road it is best known as, not the seeming green top of recent times. I sense some foxing by the NSP but the most important fact will be: which Australian bats are/have been scoring big runs. Form will earn a place in the test team, not reputation nor opinion, though longer term players will benefit from a good previous record. I see 3 top-middle order spots up for the taking, and big first class runs will count. I want to see the batsmen take this by the scruff of the neck and earn the right to be in the team for the first test.

  • POSTED BY Okakaboka on | October 29, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    What a ridiculous squad. The test selectors remain remedial in competency!!!

  • POSTED BY Ozcricketwriter on | October 29, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    I would have thought that Shaun Marsh wasn't seriously in contention for a test berth, while I would have thought that George Bailey was the obvious choice. If this is meant to be the best team, then it is a poor attempt at one. However, if it is a chance for a random selection of fairly good players to ply their wares, then it is a good exercise. For the record, I would be very surprised if George Bailey didn't make his test debut in the 1st test of the Ashes.

  • POSTED BY Paul_Rampley on | October 29, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    Fantastic to see Khawaja there, i am predicting big things from the talented leftie based on his form pickup this season. He has a point to prove.

  • POSTED BY Thefakebook on | October 29, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    What about Finchy?Unleash the Finch Hitter at 6!he's in great form right now!

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | October 29, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    Times were when Australia A could give the full England team a good belting. Not any more. I'm more interested in who is NOT in this Aus A side - because the players not in the side will be the ones who face England at the Gabba. When Aus were over in England they clearly did not know what was their best side. I suspect that they still don't. Aussies are keeping very quiet about their chances over here this time.

  • POSTED BY VVSR92 on | October 29, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    Bailey deserves to lead this side with nic maddinson getting his chance ahead of khawaja. The bowling department needed an extra pace bowler maybe someone like coulter-nile/hazelwood who are considered a test prospect and have not been exposed much to international level of cricket. The slection of ferguson is justified as he has the potential to become aussie #6. Shaun marsh should be viewed as a long term opener even though he failed in international level due to his talent and needs to be given more oppurtunities since he looks a long term prospect as a an aussie opener. Maxwell,henriques desrve their chance but they need to work more on thier bowling if they are to be considered serious all rounder in test cricket. Alex doola is an exciting yound prospect and desrves this chance for amount of runs he scored. Kilnger can be a short-term solution for aussie openor but highly unlikely selection. Cutting and copeland are expected to bowl lot with lack of quality spin options in d side.

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2013, 6:21 GMT

    @Shaggy, I'm not sure there is a queue after Harris, Sidds and Johnson, they are all laid up in bed!

    @Mitty, I don't think Burns is anywhere near Aus A form just now. Silk maybe and Maddinson too but I think the selectors have grown tired of the youngsters and are looking for more hardened batsmen.

    @Landl47, you may be right that we won't see much of these guys this summer, but there's plenty of room for improvement for some of them, the likes of Paine, Maxwell, Henriques, Holland and Khawaja are too young to write off.

    @Ken McCarron, I don't think you are too far off, in fact I think you are pretty much spot on! It wouldn't surprise me to see them give Faulkner another game though. Although I don't really believe he is penetrative enough with the ball I think the selectors have a lot of faith in him to produce results. I guess a lot will also depend on the change in balance after Clarke quit the selection panel and Lehmann replaced Arthur. You just never know what will happen!

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2013, 6:07 GMT

    good to see klinger included but apart from that, this selection means nothing. the selectors are giving nothing to england which is the way it should be. it also means some youngsters will get a go at shield level.

  • POSTED BY AKS286 on | October 29, 2013, 6:03 GMT

    Very good side and very happy to see Klinger, Paine, Copeland, Marsh, Cutting. But only 2 fast bowlers are there they must add one more fast bowler like Coulter Nile, Hilfy, Richardon, Laughlin. Some poor selections like khawaja & Holland specially khawaja who already wasted time & money of the Aus. Beer is the man who is missing. He does well in all format of the game. Beer, Boyce, Agar, Zampa are in the que but not Holland, Atleast they should try Hauritz in Oz A side. Klinger, Marsh, Doolan, Cosgrove/Quiney, Ferguson, Paine, Moises, Maxwell (Captain), Cutting, Hilfy, Copeland, Beer

  • POSTED BY MinusZero on | October 29, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    Surely Nic Maddinson should be in front of Ferguson. Nic had a great A tour earlier in the year and now he is out alltogether? I give up, the selectors have no idea. Isnt the squad missing some more T20 players, isnt that the selection criteria now days for longer games?

  • POSTED BY Shaggy076 on | October 29, 2013, 5:58 GMT

    Ken McCarron; Henriques, Maxwell and Fergusson are all in India at the moment.

  • POSTED BY Shaggy076 on | October 29, 2013, 5:56 GMT

    Hearing John Inverarity interviewed I suspect the first test team has already been picked and none of these players included. This is to see who is next in line. So I believe the first test team is Warner, Rogers, Watson, Clarke, Bailey, Smith, Haddin, Johnson, Siddle, Harris and Lyon 12th Faulkner

  • POSTED BY Sunil_Batra on | October 29, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    Sorry but I disagree wtih some of the selections. Two all rounders again, and these assured of a place because they are Captain and Vice Captain (India all over again). Two fast bowlers,…what, do they expect the all rounders to supply penetrating bowling.OK I can handle Copeland, Cutting, Klinger, Paine and of course Khawaja. But Doohan, Marsh, Ferguson ahead of the Aust A recent star Maddison, Cosgrove, Silk. None of those dudes have done anything to deserve those spots in longer form cricket. Holland must feel lucky but I'll pay that one just. Hopefully Khawaja has a good game as he desrves to be in the ashes squad and will be a key player on our pacy pitches, and i am also hoping someone like Cutting or Copeland comes through as well.

  • POSTED BY featurewriter on | October 29, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    Abbas67: I agree with all of your selections except Finch (he has a sub-30 first-class batting average and has yet to show any valuable first-class form. I'd keep Warner in the role for the first two test matches. I'd also go Butterworth over McDonald (though I am a fan of McDonald). I'd also like to see Klinger get a chance, but you have to question his personality over his talent - he was robbed of a maiden first-class ton when he was younger when the innings was declared with him on 99 (that speaks volumes about his personality and place in a team) and he has yet to be given a call-up to the limited overs format for Australia despite having one of the best averages and strike rates in the domestic format for several seasons. I wonder if there's a bit of the "Brad Hodge" about him (anyone who has met Hodgy knows what I mean).

  • POSTED BY Mary_786 on | October 29, 2013, 5:49 GMT

    xtrafalgarx read the comments carefully, Inevarity said that all spots are nearly finalised except for one batting slot and one fast bowling slot. That means that number 6 position is still open to either of Khawaja, Bailey or Marsh depending on shield or 4 day runs, my tip is that Khawaja will take his hot form from the Ryobi cup into 4 day but the good thing is that its left up to 4 day runs to pick this spot.

  • POSTED BY ShutTheGate on | October 29, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    I reckon if Bailey ran for PM he'd get voted in at the moment. His popularity has sky rocketed over the last few weeks.

    Maybe he's can help to replace the void that Mike Hussey has left.

  • POSTED BY azzaman333 on | October 29, 2013, 5:45 GMT

    This squad seems like it's been mostly selected to keep the likely test selections in the Shield. It's the only way to explain the omissions of Bailey, White, Faulkner, Hazlewood, etc. Only Holland, Cutting and Khawaja could be considered close to getting a berth of this squad.

  • POSTED BY Cricketman1 on | October 29, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    What about james Hopes? Look at his record.

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    @jeauxx, Henriques has captained NSW before so he is hardly inexperienced and has actually had plenty of captaincy experience. In fact he has been around for ages on the first-class scene , possibly longer than Paine. This side contains no players currently in India so those getting over-excitied about omissions should look at that. I can tell you now that barring injury, the first test side will be: Warner, Rogers, Watson, Clarke, Bailey, Smith, Haddin, Johnson, Siddle, Harris and Lyon with Faulkner as 12th man. Anyone else see a similar side being picked?

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | October 29, 2013, 5:34 GMT

    John Inverarity said in his interview that their minds are all but made up on the all the key spots. That says to me that NONE of the guys playing here are in that team for the first test. Considering Hughes and Khawaja were dropped in England, therefore it will be suprising if Bailey isn't batting at no.6 for that first test..

  • POSTED BY PrasPunter on | October 29, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    Nice to see Paine ahead of Wade. Had he held his chances in Adelaide vs SA, we would have atleast levelled that series. Paine is a better batsman than Wade as well. So good. Shaun Marsh, well, after that ton against SL, wondering why his form was on a downward slope. Add to that the spate of harmstring injuries and he has gone nowhere, especially after the poor series against india. Wondering why Henriques is there. It will be a nice gamble though on Maxi. If he does well, will make up for a very good attacking No 6 batsman who can get in when the ball is old and smack it all around.

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2013, 5:27 GMT

    The cupboard really is bare. Khawaja, Maxwell, Ferguson. Never in a million years will these ever be test match players.

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2013, 5:27 GMT

    I think a lot of people in this comment thread have missed the point of these selections. All six states are playing a shield game concurrently to this fixture so the selectors had to pick a side that a) gave players an opportunity to make a case, b) didn't disrupt any 1 state disproportionately (no more than 2 players from 1 state, and no captains, hence Bailey and Wade) and c) gave the English minimal genuine pace, Cutting can wind it up but Copeland and Henriques are genuine medium pace. Luckily for those who have missed out the selectors will be keeping a close eye on the shield proceedings that week as well.

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | October 29, 2013, 5:27 GMT

    alex doolan? please. tim paine better be in the test team if brad haddin is the test keeper im not watching and I think I can speak for the whole of Australia when I say that haddin being the keeper makes the whole series irrelevant as its clearly a ploy from those that run cricket in australia

  • POSTED BY popcorn on | October 29, 2013, 5:03 GMT

    NOW, they're talking! I am very happy that the Selectors are focussed on PERFORMERS. Ricky Ponting and George Bailey have very nice things to say about Alex Doolan's batting technique - Test Cricket technique, to be precise. Usmann Khawaja always has excellent technique,but had been shuffled up and down the order,not given the opportunity to prove himself AT ONE SPOT. I recall the composur with which he took Ricky Ponting's spot in the SCG Test against the Poms when Punter had injured his finger. Shaun Marsh scored a Test century on debut, and Mark Waugh thinks highly of him.

  • POSTED BY cricketsubh on | October 29, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    i think aus should pick marsh and doolen for the 1st test i still think warners place in the team is not safe if warner fail to score in the shild games i think marsh open with rogers in the 1st test in gabba .my 1st test team .1.warner/marsh.2.rogers.3.watson.4.smith.5.clarke.6.berly.7.haddin.8.leyon.9.harris.9.siddle.11.jhonson.i think clarke shoul bat at no5 he like that no5 plz stay at no5 their is no need to change .

  • POSTED BY Abbas67 on | October 29, 2013, 4:45 GMT

    Perfect Australia XI - Rogers, Finch, Watson, Clarke, Bailey, Hughes, Haddin, Faulkner, Johnson, Siddle, Lyon ... Reserves - Cowan, Marsh, McDonalds, Cutting, Hilfenhaus !

  • POSTED BY Buckers97 on | October 29, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    1. Marsh 2. Klinger 3. Khawaja 4. Doolan 5. Ferguson 6. Paine (wk) 7. Henriques (c) 8. Maxwell 9. Cutting 10. Copeland 11. Holland

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2013, 4:36 GMT

    Talking about Shan Marsh and Khwaja making a case. What about Tim Paine given Haddin's form in England and in India. If he scores he has a clear edge over Wade as a back-up keeper.

  • POSTED BY millsy24 on | October 29, 2013, 4:26 GMT

    I actually think that all of those that are in contention for the 1st test won't be playing in this game, they will be playing shield instead and be kept well away from England. The only one that really has a chance of getting into the test team is Khawaja, but I don't think it will be for the first test. Bailey will be ahead of him for some reason.

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | October 29, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    I don't expect any of these players to feature in the first test. Some are closer to the squad than others, but many of them are Shield journeymen. Those who have played tests haven't done particularly well.

    It's sad to see that there isn't a single player under age 25 in the squad. That doesn't bode well for Australian cricket in a few years' time. There is also only a single batsman with a first-class average over 40- Ussie Khawaja, whose average is 40.59 and has been steadily dropping for the last 3 years.

    It's a side of professionals and I expect them to give England some useful practice. That might be all we see of them in the Summer to come as far as the Ashes series is concerned..

  • POSTED BY ShutTheGate on | October 29, 2013, 3:59 GMT

    How could they not select Phil Hughes or George Bailey in this team?

    I thought Maddison was supposed to be future test material, it would make sense to me to include him in this match as we've already seen what Marsh can do

  • POSTED BY SamRoy on | October 29, 2013, 3:53 GMT

    Doolan hasn't been tried yet and so a judgment on him cannot be passed. Khawaja and Marsh aren't good enough for test cricket. Khawaja just doesn't want to play any other shot apart pull and tuck of his legs in test matches of pace bowlers. He gets overcautious. Marsh doesn't survive the initial period to get set often enough.

  • POSTED BY JAH123 on | October 29, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    No Bailey? Surely he ahead of Maxwell and Ferguson in the queue for test selection - assuming Australia A ever gets a bat, that is. One paceman, one medium pacer, one allrounder and one spinner is hardly a threatening attack. What happened to Starc, Faulkner, Agar, Johnson, Bird, etc?

  • POSTED BY cccrider on | October 29, 2013, 3:29 GMT

    Slim pickings. Australian cricket at lowest ebb since WSC?

  • POSTED BY shumpty77 on | October 29, 2013, 3:29 GMT

    I am unsure that this game represents a competition for the number 6 position. My view is that team has already been selected for the 1st test. Why else would Bailey not be in the team? Or Ahmed for that matter. This is particularly in light of the likely lack of first cricket that Bailey will get before the naming of the 1st test team (being one Sheffield Shield game).

  • POSTED BY KhanMitch on | October 29, 2013, 3:06 GMT

    What folks forget is that we are not too far from beating the enemy, our bowling is as good as theirs provided the pitches are not tailored to spin from day 1, i am predicting we will get much closer to them in our home ashes, just need to show faith in our players and as some of you have mentioned should have been shown to our younger batsman in the ashes series just passed. I am sure Khawaja and Warner will fire in the home ashes after some early shield runs, Khawaja in particular will be key as he plays pace well. .Rogers, Warner, Watson, Clarke, Smith, Khawaja as my top 6 and 2 reserves could be Silk, Burns but it all depends on early shield form, that has to be rewarded and i am sure boof will do that.

  • POSTED BY jeauxx on | October 29, 2013, 3:01 GMT

    Odd to see that Henriques has been given the reigns in this match over the much more experienced Tim Paine.

    Otherwise it's a pleasant-enough-looking side. I maintain my skepticism towards Shaun Marsh but who knows what he'll bring. If Copeland can show the same kind of form that he did during the county season he could cause England some real trouble!

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | October 29, 2013, 2:46 GMT

    Surely they'll add another bowler to the squad? As it stands it looks like we're going to be giving the English/South African/ Irish plenty of batting practice ahead of the Gabba Test.

  • POSTED BY DSPT on | October 29, 2013, 2:45 GMT

    No problem with any of the selections in the Australian team, but why finally when all the Australian players are eligible for State cricket they are being pulled away. A tour game for Australia A has no other point but to push individual selection cases. Why not have all Australian players play a full round of Shield cricket together and let the Shield thrive as the number one test cricket breeding ground again? Or is once again state cricket being pushed to the background.

  • POSTED BY chicko1983 on | October 29, 2013, 2:44 GMT

    XI for first test: Rogers, Warner, Watson, Clarke, Smith, Haddin, Faulkner, Johnson, Siddle, Harris, Lyon

  • POSTED BY dirtydozen on | October 29, 2013, 2:21 GMT

    According to me hughes is best option at no 6. Has people forgotten the way he scored a calm and patient 81 not out and supporting agar at trent bridge in the first ashes test.

  • POSTED BY wellrounded87 on | October 29, 2013, 2:19 GMT

    Would have liked to have seen Sayers in there instead of Copeland to see how the English batsmen handle him. Hopefully Paine does well. He really should be in the test side instead of Haddin.

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2013, 2:08 GMT

    I thought Bailey would have been considered.. interesting

  • POSTED BY Mary_786 on | October 29, 2013, 2:02 GMT

    I am tipping that Khawaja will fire in the first shield game and also in the Aus A game and get the number 6 spot, his 100 in the Ryobi final was fantastic. Dissapointed that Bailey is not facing the POMS as he gets to face a second string Bulls attack at Allan Border Oval, would have like to see him in the Aus A squad as well.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 29, 2013, 1:55 GMT

    Khawaja and Marsh both should be in playing XI! cant see any reason for playing Rogers in Australian Conditions when you have local top Performers! who have been in a good nick in domestic format!

    And please Brad Haddin if you are reading this comment please let it go now! Please let Tim pane Or Wade play! they are much better then u! and u know that!!!! so please!!

    If Australia have Tim Pane Matgew Wade and Usman Khawaja in Playing XI there is noway Australia is going to loose even a single match

    And if they still gonna give chance to players like warner and Haddin and Rogers and ED cowen! then Australia cant win!!

  • POSTED BY HatsforBats on | October 29, 2013, 1:45 GMT

    Ferguson, Marsh, Doolan, Klinger...all mature first class players with poor records. But I do love watching Marsh bat, maybe this season he could fulfill his potential? (please Shaun?). We would be better placed exposing young promising bats like Maddinson, Lynn, & Burns at 6, each of whom have better or comparable records, hopefully they have strong shield showings. I wouldn't be against seeing Copeland in a 5-man attack either. Maybe Wade should play at 6? Gee, I'd hate to be a selector these days.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | October 29, 2013, 1:39 GMT

    Maxi needs to be in for the Ashes, he's got serious skills

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2013, 1:33 GMT

    Looks as if Australia are well on their way to play best team available in the country...

    Looking forward to Boxing Day test here in Melbourne and hope Series is not over before that....

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2013, 1:22 GMT

    More notable for me is that Tim Paine has been selected in the squad. Hopefully he can get back to his pre-injury form and press for selection once Haddin inevitably retires.

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | October 29, 2013, 1:19 GMT

    Reading Invers comments, i think it's pretty clear he has already made his mind up and knows the lineup to that first test. I am guessing none of the guys in this XI are in contention to play that first test as they see the Shield as better preparation that the "A" game.

  • POSTED BY sifter132 on | October 29, 2013, 1:09 GMT

    Interesting that Paine isn't captain, but Henriques has the job. Good chance to see how he does. And Ben Cutting will be batting at #9? Heaps of depth there.

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2013, 1:08 GMT

    Iv'e seen enough of Khawja, give Doolan a shot !!

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2013, 1:00 GMT

    I believe that Bailey was left out because he is going to be picked at number 6 for the first test. It is very rare that someone from the Aus A team gets picked in the first test squad, so it could be pretty likely Bailey will get his first gig in the test arena.

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2013, 0:58 GMT

    No Bailey, seems strange surely he is better then Henriques

  • POSTED BY Shaggy076 on | October 29, 2013, 0:52 GMT

    Also hope Paine is back to his best after the injury as Haddin and Wades glovework continues to disappoint. If Paine isn't back up to scratch yet it would be good to see either Hartley or Ludeman be given a go as they are superior glovemen.

  • POSTED BY Shaggy076 on | October 29, 2013, 0:42 GMT

    The majority of the test candidates have been picked for this Australia A fixture, however not sure where Hughes and Bailey fit into calculations. Surely they cant be considering S Marsh for test when he has only just got back into the WA team. Also, why the need to pick two all-rounders in Maxwell and Henriques pick a proper pace bowler. From this I have no idea what the pace bowling queue is behind Siddle, Harris and Johnson.

  • POSTED BY hmmmmm... on | October 29, 2013, 0:41 GMT

    Glad to see paine in ahead of wade...seeing some of Haddins keeping is a reminder that we need a replacement ready...

  • POSTED BY Matth on | October 29, 2013, 0:35 GMT

    Interesting squad. Obviously with QLD playing Tasmania at the same time, they could not pull any more Tamsanians so Bailey, Cosgrove, Faulkner will have to impress through the shield.

    Good to see Klinger get a go. Who will open with him? Khawaja or Marsh? Makes it hard for them to push for a middle order berth.

    The bowling is pretty weak. Will be good to see how Ben Cutting goes and Jon Holland was the next in line in our revolving door of spinners before the last home Ashes until he suffered an injury at just the wrong time.

    Why is Henriques captain? Tim Paine?

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2013, 0:33 GMT

    Klinger is a very interesting pick I must say, as is Paine in front of Wade and Hartley, really interesting squad and as much as I'd disagree with some of them I hope that if these guys perform that it is not lost on the selectors. It will be good to get a look at Khawaja and Klinger in particular, with a good run of scores over the coming weeks they may be front and centre if the batsmen in the first couple of tests can't get the job done.

  • POSTED BY Mitty2 on | October 29, 2013, 0:30 GMT

    And most importantly, when can we give up on the failure and never-to-be-filled potential of Shaun Marsh??? No temperament, riddled with off field problems and os said to be a bad influence on his teammates. The fact that he score 16 runs against such an average Indian bowling line up on good batting line up underlines his lack of test ability. No FC form to speak of - at least Henriques (despite his 31 batting average) has scored an 81* against India and scored a century last year in the Shield... Marsh is over 30, has a bad test record, has a bad FC record and potential can no longer be used as an excuse. If we're going to choose someone that age... Why not Bailey? Vogues? D Hussey? Or a younger batsmen with far more potential like a Burns, Silk or Lynn (had the second year blues last year)?

    But I guess Shield requirements and the fixture has taken a part in the selection.

  • POSTED BY Mitty2 on | October 29, 2013, 0:21 GMT

    Great to see Cutting, Doolan, Kilnger and PAINE in the squad. Paine over Wade is great news for all Australian fans. Holland a given because of what inverarity said about him, still would prefer SOK but I should just give up on that. Usman a given, but on the captaincy, Maxwell and Henriques as vice captain and captain... Is that a joke?! Why not paine? Henriques should never play test cricket for Australia - way down on the list of medium pace all rounders... And to make him 4th bowler.... Wow. At least Maxwell has a FC batting average of 40 and at least Maxwell took wickets in his two tests.

    Ferguson... Meh. Average FC career, is at that age where potential isn't an excuse. He shouldn't be in the squad. Burns and Silk are far superior options and obviously potential test players.

    Copeland interesting, he dominated the County, bats well and is very accurate. But not sure he's a better option than Sayers who's dominated the shield and done very well in his A games.

  • POSTED BY Mitty2 on | October 29, 2013, 0:21 GMT

    Great to see Cutting, Doolan, Kilnger and PAINE in the squad. Paine over Wade is great news for all Australian fans. Holland a given because of what inverarity said about him, still would prefer SOK but I should just give up on that. Usman a given, but on the captaincy, Maxwell and Henriques as vice captain and captain... Is that a joke?! Why not paine? Henriques should never play test cricket for Australia - way down on the list of medium pace all rounders... And to make him 4th bowler.... Wow. At least Maxwell has a FC batting average of 40 and at least Maxwell took wickets in his two tests.

    Ferguson... Meh. Average FC career, is at that age where potential isn't an excuse. He shouldn't be in the squad. Burns and Silk are far superior options and obviously potential test players.

    Copeland interesting, he dominated the County, bats well and is very accurate. But not sure he's a better option than Sayers who's dominated the shield and done very well in his A games.

  • POSTED BY Mitty2 on | October 29, 2013, 0:30 GMT

    And most importantly, when can we give up on the failure and never-to-be-filled potential of Shaun Marsh??? No temperament, riddled with off field problems and os said to be a bad influence on his teammates. The fact that he score 16 runs against such an average Indian bowling line up on good batting line up underlines his lack of test ability. No FC form to speak of - at least Henriques (despite his 31 batting average) has scored an 81* against India and scored a century last year in the Shield... Marsh is over 30, has a bad test record, has a bad FC record and potential can no longer be used as an excuse. If we're going to choose someone that age... Why not Bailey? Vogues? D Hussey? Or a younger batsmen with far more potential like a Burns, Silk or Lynn (had the second year blues last year)?

    But I guess Shield requirements and the fixture has taken a part in the selection.

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2013, 0:33 GMT

    Klinger is a very interesting pick I must say, as is Paine in front of Wade and Hartley, really interesting squad and as much as I'd disagree with some of them I hope that if these guys perform that it is not lost on the selectors. It will be good to get a look at Khawaja and Klinger in particular, with a good run of scores over the coming weeks they may be front and centre if the batsmen in the first couple of tests can't get the job done.

  • POSTED BY Matth on | October 29, 2013, 0:35 GMT

    Interesting squad. Obviously with QLD playing Tasmania at the same time, they could not pull any more Tamsanians so Bailey, Cosgrove, Faulkner will have to impress through the shield.

    Good to see Klinger get a go. Who will open with him? Khawaja or Marsh? Makes it hard for them to push for a middle order berth.

    The bowling is pretty weak. Will be good to see how Ben Cutting goes and Jon Holland was the next in line in our revolving door of spinners before the last home Ashes until he suffered an injury at just the wrong time.

    Why is Henriques captain? Tim Paine?

  • POSTED BY hmmmmm... on | October 29, 2013, 0:41 GMT

    Glad to see paine in ahead of wade...seeing some of Haddins keeping is a reminder that we need a replacement ready...

  • POSTED BY Shaggy076 on | October 29, 2013, 0:42 GMT

    The majority of the test candidates have been picked for this Australia A fixture, however not sure where Hughes and Bailey fit into calculations. Surely they cant be considering S Marsh for test when he has only just got back into the WA team. Also, why the need to pick two all-rounders in Maxwell and Henriques pick a proper pace bowler. From this I have no idea what the pace bowling queue is behind Siddle, Harris and Johnson.

  • POSTED BY Shaggy076 on | October 29, 2013, 0:52 GMT

    Also hope Paine is back to his best after the injury as Haddin and Wades glovework continues to disappoint. If Paine isn't back up to scratch yet it would be good to see either Hartley or Ludeman be given a go as they are superior glovemen.

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2013, 0:58 GMT

    No Bailey, seems strange surely he is better then Henriques

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2013, 1:00 GMT

    I believe that Bailey was left out because he is going to be picked at number 6 for the first test. It is very rare that someone from the Aus A team gets picked in the first test squad, so it could be pretty likely Bailey will get his first gig in the test arena.

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2013, 1:08 GMT

    Iv'e seen enough of Khawja, give Doolan a shot !!