England in Australia 2013-14

Clarke, Haddin, Warner skip Perth

Daniel Brettig

January 19, 2014

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David Warner goes for a pull during his half-century, Australia v England, 3rd ODI, Sydney, January 19, 2014
David Warner, along with Michael Clarke and Brad Haddin, have been rested for the fourth ODI © Getty Images

Appealing though another 5-0 sweep of England may sound, Australia's selectors and a few of their players are now turning their attention towards the lofty challenge to be posed in South Africa.

On the eve of the announcement of the squad to face the world's No. 1 Test team it was revealed that none of Michael Clarke, his deputy Brad Haddin, nor opener David Warner would fly to Perth for the penultimate ODI.

The Sydney-based trio will thus join Shane Watson in resting up ahead of the final match of the series in Adelaide on Australia Day, having accomplished the goal of besting England in the limited-overs matches in the quickest time possible. As was the case during the Tests, when rapid wins bought valuable rest time for the fast bowlers, Australia's victories have allowed for extra recuperative days ahead of South Africa.

Matthew Wade has been named as the replacement for Haddin, confirming his status for the time being at least as the second in line for the wicketkeeping spot, while Steven Smith will remain with the squad and is likely to take Clarke's place in the middle order. Mitchell Johnson has been named vice-captain to Bailey for the match in Perth.*

"I'm going to think about spending three days with my beautiful wife and not think about cricket at all," Clarke said when asked if he was now thinking about Graeme Smith's team. "And then I'll come back in Adelaide, meet the boys there and look forward to hopefully winning and having a 5-0 result.

"But we've got plenty of time to worry about South Africa. After this one-day series we've got a four-day practice game over there and some time to make sure we're looking at the opposition. Right now our opposition's England, we want to win 5-0 here.

"We have a goal to become a better one-day team and get back to being No. 1 in the world, and we're not there. We know we can certainly improve in all facets, I know throughout this series we've seen improvement which is a really positive sign for this team, and I think we've shown even with giving guys a rest, especially the Test boys, we've still been able to have success.

"And I'm really confident in George, he's showed a lot of positive signs in regard to his leadership in the T20 format and certainly in the one day format, and I know he can take the guys to Perth and have success there."

Australia's tour party for South Africa is expected to feature 15 names, the feted XI who played in all five Ashes Tests plus back-up from James Faulkner, Alex Doolan, Jackson Bird and one of James Pattinson or Nathan Coulter-Nile. The only player with major reason to sweat over his place is George Bailey, who struggled to make an impact with the bat in his first series and could conceivably make way for the high scoring Phillip Hughes when the squad is named.

Nevertheless, there is remarkably little about the squad on which to speculate, a by-product of the success enjoyed at home this summer and the sorting of wheat from chaff undertaken by the coach Darren Lehmann during the England tour that preceded it.

Bird's probable return, after a back injury and work to remodel his action, will be opportune, ahead of a series likely to be played on the kinds of surfaces that the similarly tall and steady Stuart Clark once excelled.

"We've played some really good cricket, no doubt about it, but I think the selectors will talk about what they think is the best squad to go and play in those conditions against that attack," Clarke said. "And I think we did that throughout this whole series against England. We picked the 11 players we thought were best for the wicket we were playing on and the attack we were playing against and it worked out that we played the same XI in every Test. I don't think the selectors will have anything else in mind, they want to pick a winning squad."

To that end, the fluent Doolan may be in line to move into the top six, perhaps at No. 3 while Shane Watson drops down to No. 6, where his attacking flair as a batsman and pivotal overs with the ball can be utilised more evenly. Doolan has faced Dale Steyn and company once before, stroking his way to 161 not out for Australia A on an admittedly benign pitch at the SCG in late 2012.

Pattinson and Coulter-Nile are vying for the final pace bowling berth, a race in which the former's better overall record and previous Test experience is weighed up against the latter's greater recent load of match bowling and more fluent current rhythm.

Possible Test squad for South Africa
Michael Clarke (capt), David Warner, Chris Rogers, Alex Doolan, Steve Smith, Shane Watson, Brad Haddin (wkt), Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon, Jackson Bird, James Faulkner, Phillip Hughes, Nathan Coulter-Nile.

Squad for fourth ODI Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, George Bailey (capt), Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade (wk), Daniel Christian, James Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson (vice-capt), Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Pattinson, Xavier Doherty, Clint McKay.

* Story updated at 2240 GMT, Sunday January 19, to include squad for fourth ODI.

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Posted by Chris_P on (January 21, 2014, 7:18 GMT)

andrew-schulz. Hughes dropped 5 times? Count again, 3 times, same as Hayden. Hayden established himself in India, not before, he wasn't in the Australian team on a regular basis . Hayden was scoring runs in the Shield yet was not considered due to his test average of 26. So many posters, not unlike yourself, stated he wasn't up to scratch etc etc. In the meantime he piled on a stack of runs in domestic cricket with a home grown style, defying offers to work on his technique at the Academy. (Sound familiar?). Hughes is scoring a stack of runs in the Shield against the same bowlers other batsmen who don't. So help me understand why the comparisons are poor?

Posted by salazar555 on (January 20, 2014, 15:20 GMT)

It's not like OZ to take their foot off the throat. Maybe they think England's confidence is that low the reserve players will be able to get the job done

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 9:20 GMT)

I don't know why the 3 players are rested, I want to see whitewashed. odi series

Posted by cricketsubh on (January 20, 2014, 5:49 GMT)

plz not wade as a WK he played 40 odis with bat avg of 22 he can;t bat in odis and can;t play gud spin pick pain or navil

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 20, 2014, 5:24 GMT)

andrew-schulz; You have a great memory on some past events, yet list Hughes has been dropped 5 times. Its 3 by my count and the last one was unlucky the last time. He is still the best consistent performer shield cricket which to me makes him the best of the contenders.

Posted by chicko1983 on (January 20, 2014, 2:42 GMT)

Currently there are only three test batsmen ranked above Hughes that are younger than him - Steve Smith, Kane Williamson, and Ben Stokes - all quality players who will play tests for 10 years baring injury. This is despite Hughes not played since the second test in England. He is a quality player and has time on his side. By the time he is 28, he will come back in the Australian team and dominate test cricket for 6 or so years.

Posted by brisCricFan on (January 20, 2014, 1:57 GMT)

I said before the start of this Ashes series that P Hughes must tour to South Africa... nothing has changed. As well as C Rogers has performed, I would still strongly consider cutting him for Hughes. Those that keep saying he has technical flaws, you can't have it both ways, you were lauding his unique creativity and ingenuity when it was bringing him runs... He has a very good tehcnique, he must have as he will have scored more centuries in FC cricket than any other player at his age... that can't all be luck.

I like Bailey, but have to think he didn't do himself any favours... still, would like to think he gets more than 5 matches to show his real worth. The guy who on current form should be worried is Watson. His runs with the bat have come when it didn't matter and he hasn't bowled any overs that Clarke or Smith couldn't have bowled... he didn't play the all-rounder in the last series. Oh and he is so not in form @ ifflat Arxlan

Posted by andrew-schulz on (January 20, 2014, 1:26 GMT)

Chris p, very poor comparison between Hayden and Hughes. Hughes has played 26 Tests and been dropped 5 times. Hayden had played 16 Tests by the end of the Indian tour in 2001, and was established as the best opener in the world against pace and spin. Hayden was only ever dropped once, though he was left out in South Africa after filling in for one Test for an injured Mark Taylor. There is no comparison. Hughes is a case all on his own. Likewise xtrafalgar, very interesting count with Langer. He was only ever dropped twice (1993 and 2001 ashes tours), and was also brought back for one Test in Pakistan in 1999 and then left out for a recovered Steve Waugh. I don't call that being dropped.

Posted by blink182alex on (January 20, 2014, 1:15 GMT)

Play the same team that just won 5-0 against England. Simple.

Then Bird, Pattinson, Faulkner & either Hughes or Doolan as back ups. Altho why don't we bring a back up keeper? what do we do if Haddin breaks a finger in the warm up or something.

Pattinson is a far better bowler than NCN, just look at his test record.

Posted by TheCrafter on (January 20, 2014, 1:08 GMT)

Oh please, please, please, not Phil Hughes again ! His technique is clearly sadly lacking, particularly outside off-stump and he is totally inept against spin. If you are not going to give George another chance then at least pick someone with a sound technique, Marsh or Khawaja. Hayden & Langer may have taken a time to reach their potential and produce the goods but you cannot compare their technique with Phil Hughes.

He must have photos !

Posted by dunger.bob on (January 19, 2014, 23:12 GMT)

@ Winsome: "Time to bring in Sam Whiteman for the Perth ODI. Great opportunity to see a proper keeper at work. Not Wade, our bowlers don't deserve that." .. that's not fair mate. Wade stops at least 25% of the things that come his way and very nearly actually took a catch the other day. ;) .. Here's another name for LOI's. Tim Ludemann from South Aussie. Beautiful soft hands and looks every inch a class keeper.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 23:02 GMT)

If Doolan does come in I hope it's at no.6 and not 3. Frankly I'm happy enough with Watto at 3 right now, he's done better there than anyone else has since Punter vacated and there's little to suggest from Doolan's record that he is going to come in and pile on the runs. For mine I wouldn't even mind seeing Hughes come in at 6 against SA, unlike our last two away tours I just can't see SA stumping up dry tracks and offies. He also has great form on track and is the leading shield bat this year? For mine its a strong recipe for Phil to come back and give it another go. Take Bird and Patto and leave NCN for the ODI's, please. He bowls the wrong length altogether for test cricket, just as Patto does for ODI's, surely everyone else sees this too?

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 19, 2014, 22:39 GMT)

So what is the XI for the Perth one-dayer going to be I'm tipping Finch, Marsh, Hughes, Bailey, Maxwell, Christian, Wade, Faulkner, Coulter-Nile, Pattinson (just cos he needs the run), Doherty/Johnson (if sufficiently rested)

Posted by sifter132 on (January 19, 2014, 21:20 GMT)

I just don't see it in Doolan. He blows hot and cold, and hasn't been hot since about 12 months ago. If Shaun Marsh keeps making runs I'd actually have him in the Test side, whether it's at 3 or 6 depends on what they want to do with Watto.

Posted by kensohatter on (January 19, 2014, 20:51 GMT)

Only change I'd make to the XI for South Africa is Doolan in for Bailey. Reserve bowlers have to be Bird and Pattison however I would be very reluctant to pick both Johnson and Pattison in the same team. They are both attacking weapons but can leak runs so Pattison is there as cover for Johnson and Bird cover for Siddle and Harris. Faulkner is a good reserve to phase out Watson this tour but only once Doolan is comfortable taking the 3 slot. That leaves a reserve batsman spot which I needs to go to a batsman capable of replacing Rogers long term. Hughes is just not an option given his technical flaws and the fact you cant have Warner and Hughes open in a test side. One attacking option up front great but more often than not it risk 2for not much and exposes the middle order (especially when you consider our current 3 is watson). Id take S.Marsh. After a great ashes the rest of the players pick themselves. Will be a great series

Posted by pat_one_back on (January 19, 2014, 20:33 GMT)

Well said @Chris_P, Hughes has been caught up in some poor selection decisions and is too good not to return to the Test team eventually. Simply put no-one under 35 batting in Shield is in his league. Folk here keep pushing Doolan& Silk etc based on an innings here or there, are oblivious to or in denial of their weak sub-40 FC averages and unproven ability to string together big innings as Philly has shown again this year.

Posted by Chris_P on (January 19, 2014, 19:14 GMT)

@popcorn. The same could have been said of Matt Hayden as well, lucky they didn't listen to you then. Oh, didn't both Hayden & Hughes continue to pound Shield attacks after being dropped?

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 18:26 GMT)

At Tom and Craig. Are you employed by a television channel? I must say i think your protest is ridiculous. Of course you'd be wanting people dropped if they lose against SA, regardless of how tired they are through lack of rest. Why not just sit back, and enjoy Australias 2nd string side win the remaining 2 matches? Im sure theyre going to.

Posted by InsideHedge on (January 19, 2014, 16:49 GMT)

@popcorn: Far sighted, and far out! Agreed, Hughes is not good enough, God knows he's had enough chances. Had he played against England, I reckon Swann would have taken him out each and every time given his awful capabilities against spin. Who knows Swann may never have quit on his mates and left with with some ill advised barbs that were clearly aimed at a member of his own team.

Back to the topic at hand - I hope Bailey cements his place in the team, he's a good bloke who has proven many wrong in the past. Good to read Clarke is giving him his backing. Besides, not too many players who smile as often as George, we need more like him.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 16:27 GMT)

the fourth odi sqaud of australia can be future australia squad

Posted by ScottStevo on (January 19, 2014, 16:06 GMT)

@CodandChips, great thinking, Australia struggles most with their batting, so let's take a batsman out and throw in a bowling allrounder. Ingenious plan destined for complete failure. I'm not sure why it is there's some perception that Faulkner's heroics with the bat when smashing some runs lower in the order with nothing to lose would make him a better candidate to score runs in test match cricket than G Bailey, who last season in ODIs was just about the best of ALL batsmen in 2013, is a far better batsman than Faulkner most likely ever will be and he couldn't cut it at 6. Why?? He has an X factor? Maybe. The harsh reality is if we give him responsibility to score runs, we'll be disappointed. If we select Faulkner as a bowler who can bat a bit (which is what he is), then he's not good enough to warrant selection as we have bowlers better suited to test cricket in the wings. Replace Watson? Sure, if he can bat at 3 or open and tear attacks apart - I'll win Euromilllions before that!!!

Posted by AjuNair on (January 19, 2014, 16:03 GMT)

Bailey deserves one more chance...

Posted by ScottStevo on (January 19, 2014, 15:55 GMT)

@popcorn, that's a harsh assessment of his career. He was dropped in 09 completely wrongly and was more than deserving of another chance. He was also harshly dropped in Eng in '13 and deserved a sustained go in that series (forgetting the series in India where not one of our batsman appeared worth sticking with). ON top of which, you then mention Quiney, who quite frankly, can't even score runs in shield and wouldn't even come in to consideration if we were choosing Australia's 8th team! Based on shield stats, Quiney isn't fit to even look at the bloke who ties Hughes' bootlaces let alone tie them, although, he'd probably do it exceptionally quickly and look amazing whilst doing so!

Posted by neelabhsamvatsar on (January 19, 2014, 15:52 GMT)

There will be a great advantage for Australia as Jacques kallis has retired from test cricket.For South Africa the players should be smith, amla, du plessis, de villiers, duminy, peterson, petersen/ de- kock, steyn, morkel,philander and tahir/abott/elgar

Posted by ScottStevo on (January 19, 2014, 15:49 GMT)

@BatsmanWhoBowls, completely disagree. As hectic as the schedule is, these are professionals and should be able to play matches every other day if need be and add a day or two when travelling and a few extra days when travelling long distances. Many other sports have way more demanding schedules - take baseball for instance. That said, baseball generally has a larger roster and they don't spend as much time 'at the crease', but you get my point. Also, it's a weak excuse for their poor performances and lack of ticker. Australia's schedule has been just as demanding and didn't take their bat and ball and go home in a heap when they were losing in England. More to the point, you should be asking yourself, why is this bloke selected to represent my country if he's a whiny, sook who throws his toys out the pram when things aren't going his way - and that sums up Swann and Anderson perfectly.

Posted by xtrafalgarx on (January 19, 2014, 15:30 GMT)

@popcorn: Horribly short sighted man. Justin Langer got dropped 5 times in test cricket before finally establishing himself as an Australia player at the age of 28/29 and went on to play over 100 tests and over 20 test hundreds.

Hughes is clearly the best young FC cricketer in Australia and is just too good not to be able to make it in Test cricket in due course. He WILL score many runs for Australia. Lets hope the Marshes and Khawaja's follow suit.

Posted by Winsome on (January 19, 2014, 15:05 GMT)

Time to bring in Sam Whiteman for the Perth ODI. Great opportunity to see a proper keeper at work. Not Wade, our bowlers don't deserve that.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 14:46 GMT)

my team for first test 1)Warner 2)Rogers 3)Watson 4)Clarke 5)Smith 6)marsh 7)Haddin 8)Johnson 9)Harris 10)Siddle 11)Lyon because marsh is looking good in ODIS that is why i would like to keep him in the team and i wont move watto from his position because he is batting well at no3 so y would you move him from his usual place there is no meaning of it to remove a in form player out of his position

Posted by nayonika on (January 19, 2014, 14:09 GMT)

Please don't call the Perth team Australia A. Please call it A(nother) Australia.

Posted by Sadip on (January 19, 2014, 14:07 GMT)

WK - Haddin: Fast Bowler - Johnson, Siddle, Harris, Pattinson, Faulkner & Bird: Spinner - Lyon: Batsman - Warner, Rogers, Huges, Clarke, Smith, Watson & Marsh

Posted by popcorn on (January 19, 2014, 14:04 GMT)

I would NEVER select Phil Hughes again for Test Cricket. He is undependable, only good for domestic cricket, ODIs and T20s.He had three chances, two too many and failed. In comparison, Rob Quiney did not get that many chances.

Posted by Barnesy4444 on (January 19, 2014, 13:38 GMT)

If Doolan and S. Marsh are selected for S.A. ahead of Hughes I will consider stopping watching cricket all together. Courses for horses, Warner could bat at 3 with Hughes opening.

Posted by CodandChips on (January 19, 2014, 13:32 GMT)

@Tom McVeigh your so-called "Australia A" will still probably beat us and play decent cricket.

Posted by RuhulChowdhury on (January 19, 2014, 13:27 GMT)

Phil Hughes should be chosen ahead of Bailey and even a half-fit Pattinson is better than Coulter-Nile.

Posted by CodandChips on (January 19, 2014, 13:25 GMT)

Hughes should replace Bailey and Faukner Watson in the test 11 with Hughes move up to 3 and Haddin at 6.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 13:05 GMT)

tim paine should be in place of haddin

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 13:02 GMT)

playing 11 should be finch marsh bailey smith maxwell christian faulkner coulter nile mckay doherty and tim paine should be in place of haddin

Posted by BatsmanWhoBowls on (January 19, 2014, 12:59 GMT)

@Tom McVeigh, relax. Australia are still fielding a very strong side, and the reality is that this is modern cricket. There is simply too much cricket, and players who play every game of every series end up like Alastair Cook currently is, James Anderson was during the test series, and Graeme Swann was prior to his retirement; physically, emotionally and mentally drained, unable and not wanting to continue. I'm happy to see these Aussie guys rested if it means that we get the best out of them in South Africa, especially two crucial men; Brad Haddin and Michael Clarke, who have certainly earned their rest.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 12:54 GMT)

i agree with you there Tom. Another year eithouy the full one day side comubg to Perth

Posted by xtrafalgarx on (January 19, 2014, 12:41 GMT)

Steve Smith, Phil Hughes and Wade are my picks.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 12:32 GMT)

Hopefully refunds will be available for those of us in Perth who bought tickets expecting to see Australia and not Australia A.

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