The Investec Ashes 2013 June 23, 2013

Steve Smith added to Australia's Ashes squad

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Uncertainty surrounding the durability of Michael Clarke's back and the suspension handed out to David Warner have forced Australia's selectors to add Steve Smith to the Ashes tour party until at least the start of the second Investec Test at Lord's.

Fawad Ahmed, meanwhile, will return home to Australia to complete his application for citizenship, though the national selector John Inverarity was at pains to stress that the legspinner may yet still be called into the Ashes squad at a later date. The 19-year-old left-arm spinner Ashton Agar is being kept with the squad as an intern, much as he had been in India earlier this year.

Smith made a century in difficult circumstances for Australia A against Ireland and then led the tourists to their narrow victory over Gloucestershire. Following the match he was informed of his inclusion for the next three weeks of the tour and possibly longer, given the currently parlous state of Australia's batting.

Widely considered unlucky to miss out on the initial squad of 16 following staunch performances in the final two Tests of the India tour, Smith is considered a future leader by the national selector John Inverarity.

"The first uncertainty was with David Warner's suspension. He won't be able to play before the first Test so his preparation will be anything but ideal," Inverarity said. "Even though Michael Clarke, his back is improving and we fully expect him to play in Taunton, there's that little bit of uncertainty about his back. So it could be that if Michael's back went again we'd be short of a batsman. So it was obvious we needed to bring another batsman in.

"Steve's a young man, we're really hoping he comes through as a player, he's a very talented player, good cricket sense, a good batter, runs between the wickets well, a brilliant fielder, his occasional leg breaks might come in handy, but he was the next batter and we needed the cover, it was very obvious. In Ireland it was apparently a very difficult wicket, some good players got knocked over early so he had to fight to get through it, and he did so very well, made a very good head-down hundred."

Ahmed found life difficult against Ireland and also Gloucestershire, but Inverarity said his most striking impression over the previous three days had been how difficult it was to bowl spin in cold weather and gusty winds at the County Ground in Bristol. Allowing for that difficulty, Ahmed showed glimpses of the quality that has seen Federal Government legislation changed to expedite his receipt of an Australian passport.

Though Agar is staying in England and Ahmed leaving, both are still part of the Australia A squad due to tour South Africa from mid-July, and Inverarity said his panel were still leaving themselves open to the possibility of adding one or the other to the Ashes squad should conditions dictate. The first two Tests of the series at Trent Bridge and Lord's may offer more to pacemen than spinners, with more helpful surfaces likely at Old Trafford and The Oval in the third and fifth Tests.

"I've said all along if we were to add a player to the squad it was likely to be a spinner - because of the Warner and Clarke situation we've actually added a batsman," Inverarity said. "But we still have that option open to add a spinner. Nothing's changed in that regard. Fawad's flying home tomorrow, and the procedure for him to become a citizen will continue, and then the intention is for him to go to South Africa, as it is for Ashton.

"Ashton being 19 years of age and being here it's an ideal development opportunity so he'll stay with the squad until he goes to South Africa. If we decide to have another spinner it will be one of those two. Ashton staying as a development player is no indication whatsoever that he's now ahead of Ahmed.

"My overwhelming impression [in Bristol] was that the conditions were terrible to bowl spin bowling. It was cold and with a gusty breeze. Very difficult conditions for him to bowl both in Ireland and here. He's a very good bowler. If we were to call on him he's broken the ice with the players and gets on very well with the players. He's a lovely man."

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

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  • Chris_P on June 24, 2013, 1:13 GMT

    @ScottStevo. Actually, if you see Smith play now, he has totally addressed his technique issues with his batting. In fact that photo of his ugly swat in this article was how many will recall the way he used to bat, but having seen him play 2 full seasons with the Blues, I can assure you he has put in the hard yards & it shows with his returns. His fielding, of course is top class, &, as you suggest, he has earned his spot, probably ahead of a couple of others selected ahead of him. Agar is the future of Australian spin, along with Zampa so that is stepping in the right direction. That said, we will still be very much on the back foot this series.

  • Shaggy076 on June 25, 2013, 23:29 GMT

    For those having a go at Steve Smith should serioulsy have a look at his recent record. A handy shield season was followed up by good performances in test cricket in India. He has then backed that up with scores for Australia A and is deserving of his call-up. From what I have seen of late his technique although not great has been shadowed by his determination and ability to wait for the right ball. As someone who doesnt like the New South Wales focus of certain selections I am happy that Steve SMith has been added to the squad.

  • Chris_P on June 24, 2013, 20:32 GMT

    @ScottStevo. I am also a big fan of Ferguson, but only see him once a season. Averages only tell you so much, Smith, to be fair, does play on a tough track at the SCG for batsmen whereas Adelaide offers great returns for a batsman, that said, I would also have Ferguson in the squad ahead of at least 2 others. 4 innings or not, Smith did apply himself when given the opportunity, that is all you can ask of selected player. He has gone to great lengths to improve his technique & by all reports, still working on it. That is the sort of commitment I admire in cricketers, rather than the way a few individuals carry on/

  • ThyrSaadam on June 24, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    As a supporter on Indian cricket, it seemed quite baffling as to why Steve Smith never made it to the team more consistently. He is always "effective" , may not be the most pleasing, but very very effective. The thing i liked the most was his demeanor, and always showing intent.

  • on June 24, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    Steve Smith? Are you kidding me? How many more bits and pieces players are they going to pick? Just when you thought a team of Cowan, Hughes, Lyon and the likes cannot get any worse, the selectors drop this bomb. Whom are they going to pick next? Andrew "Ronald" McDonald?

  • Beertjie on June 24, 2013, 16:42 GMT

    @BrentG on (June 24, 2013, 0:01 GMT, agree that Agar has talent and will play within a year, but why risk pushing him backwards by playing him now. Invers is starting to make good decisions. Ahmed is probably Lyon's stand-in, but he'll only be needed in Ashes II or if Lyon gets injured. Agar and Zampa will definitely replace those too once they get the necessary experience. Everyone can't perform before they're 23, like Shane. On Smith, I'd prefer Doolan as the next cab off the rank, but you can't argue with present form and the role he's been given. Strictly a short-term prospect, but if he gets a go and keeps taking his chances that's all good. Better than persisting with mediocrity like Cowan although I wish him all the best in the first test.

  • heathrf1974 on June 24, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    He's been in good form and was one of the few shining lights in a poor Indian tour. He deserves his chance.

  • on June 24, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    I have followed Steve Smith's career and watched him action and his biggest asset is his tenacity and temperament.Given a bad situation and he will come out on top and save the day for a team.This was the factor which was lacking in the present CT squad.Steve Smith cannot be labelled as exclusively a one day player without giving him an oppotunity at Test Level.He will apply himself to any format as he has the right temperament

  • ScottStevo on June 24, 2013, 12:00 GMT

    @Chris_P, I did see his first class record this season and it's about equal to Callum Ferguson's. The same Callum Ferguson who averages over 41 in ODI cricket (our old blooding in ground for test selection), is a middle order batsman (which we desperately need), has a wonderful technique and a good temperament. I'd have preferred him as he looks a lot more solid. Smith still is very wafty and loose armed. The reason we chose him in India is his fast feet, so he's decent against spin. Please don't fiddle the facts though, lads. He played 4 innings, one very good, one decent and two v ordinary. Two out of four isn't all that great, or anywhere near close to perfect. Granted, he is possibly the best fielder going. I was standing behind him in '09 and watching his movement, he's freakishly good. I think he's a good addition to the squad, but we have other guys that I'd personally prefer batting at 6 this time around. If he does play I wish him well as he will def feature in future teams

  • TheBigBoodha on June 24, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    A great chance for Smith to continue to show he's an improving long format player. Lets hope he is one of the new breed who actually manages to string some success together. But all players have their ups and downs. Dave Warner was a genuine success up till the end of last summer, now the mob is baying for blood after one bad series (where almost everybody else failed). You gotta give talent a chance.

  • Chris_P on June 24, 2013, 1:13 GMT

    @ScottStevo. Actually, if you see Smith play now, he has totally addressed his technique issues with his batting. In fact that photo of his ugly swat in this article was how many will recall the way he used to bat, but having seen him play 2 full seasons with the Blues, I can assure you he has put in the hard yards & it shows with his returns. His fielding, of course is top class, &, as you suggest, he has earned his spot, probably ahead of a couple of others selected ahead of him. Agar is the future of Australian spin, along with Zampa so that is stepping in the right direction. That said, we will still be very much on the back foot this series.

  • Shaggy076 on June 25, 2013, 23:29 GMT

    For those having a go at Steve Smith should serioulsy have a look at his recent record. A handy shield season was followed up by good performances in test cricket in India. He has then backed that up with scores for Australia A and is deserving of his call-up. From what I have seen of late his technique although not great has been shadowed by his determination and ability to wait for the right ball. As someone who doesnt like the New South Wales focus of certain selections I am happy that Steve SMith has been added to the squad.

  • Chris_P on June 24, 2013, 20:32 GMT

    @ScottStevo. I am also a big fan of Ferguson, but only see him once a season. Averages only tell you so much, Smith, to be fair, does play on a tough track at the SCG for batsmen whereas Adelaide offers great returns for a batsman, that said, I would also have Ferguson in the squad ahead of at least 2 others. 4 innings or not, Smith did apply himself when given the opportunity, that is all you can ask of selected player. He has gone to great lengths to improve his technique & by all reports, still working on it. That is the sort of commitment I admire in cricketers, rather than the way a few individuals carry on/

  • ThyrSaadam on June 24, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    As a supporter on Indian cricket, it seemed quite baffling as to why Steve Smith never made it to the team more consistently. He is always "effective" , may not be the most pleasing, but very very effective. The thing i liked the most was his demeanor, and always showing intent.

  • on June 24, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    Steve Smith? Are you kidding me? How many more bits and pieces players are they going to pick? Just when you thought a team of Cowan, Hughes, Lyon and the likes cannot get any worse, the selectors drop this bomb. Whom are they going to pick next? Andrew "Ronald" McDonald?

  • Beertjie on June 24, 2013, 16:42 GMT

    @BrentG on (June 24, 2013, 0:01 GMT, agree that Agar has talent and will play within a year, but why risk pushing him backwards by playing him now. Invers is starting to make good decisions. Ahmed is probably Lyon's stand-in, but he'll only be needed in Ashes II or if Lyon gets injured. Agar and Zampa will definitely replace those too once they get the necessary experience. Everyone can't perform before they're 23, like Shane. On Smith, I'd prefer Doolan as the next cab off the rank, but you can't argue with present form and the role he's been given. Strictly a short-term prospect, but if he gets a go and keeps taking his chances that's all good. Better than persisting with mediocrity like Cowan although I wish him all the best in the first test.

  • heathrf1974 on June 24, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    He's been in good form and was one of the few shining lights in a poor Indian tour. He deserves his chance.

  • on June 24, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    I have followed Steve Smith's career and watched him action and his biggest asset is his tenacity and temperament.Given a bad situation and he will come out on top and save the day for a team.This was the factor which was lacking in the present CT squad.Steve Smith cannot be labelled as exclusively a one day player without giving him an oppotunity at Test Level.He will apply himself to any format as he has the right temperament

  • ScottStevo on June 24, 2013, 12:00 GMT

    @Chris_P, I did see his first class record this season and it's about equal to Callum Ferguson's. The same Callum Ferguson who averages over 41 in ODI cricket (our old blooding in ground for test selection), is a middle order batsman (which we desperately need), has a wonderful technique and a good temperament. I'd have preferred him as he looks a lot more solid. Smith still is very wafty and loose armed. The reason we chose him in India is his fast feet, so he's decent against spin. Please don't fiddle the facts though, lads. He played 4 innings, one very good, one decent and two v ordinary. Two out of four isn't all that great, or anywhere near close to perfect. Granted, he is possibly the best fielder going. I was standing behind him in '09 and watching his movement, he's freakishly good. I think he's a good addition to the squad, but we have other guys that I'd personally prefer batting at 6 this time around. If he does play I wish him well as he will def feature in future teams

  • TheBigBoodha on June 24, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    A great chance for Smith to continue to show he's an improving long format player. Lets hope he is one of the new breed who actually manages to string some success together. But all players have their ups and downs. Dave Warner was a genuine success up till the end of last summer, now the mob is baying for blood after one bad series (where almost everybody else failed). You gotta give talent a chance.

  • sachin_vvsfan on June 24, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    Steve smith - Capable of some big hitting and a handy bowler.Definitely a good choice in shorter formats. But in tests? Not sure. If there is only one spot for spinner then make sure you select your best spinner and if you are selecting him as batsman then make sure he is better than other regular batsmen. Time will tell if he really evolved as batsman.

  • on June 24, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    This Ashes series will be the make or break of a number of Aussie batsmen. Dont be surprised if Silk and Maddinson play the next series in Australia.

  • venkatesh018 on June 24, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    George Bailey would have been ideal. Steve Smith is a good player of spin, but not swing and pace.

  • Mitty2 on June 24, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    Good selection. Even better that we didn't select Maddinson impulsively and thrown him to the wolves - the shield season this summer is shaping up to be of much better quality than last years with the likes of Silk, Agar, Maddison, Doolan and Sayers all benefiting from being in the national set up. Not to mention a shorter big bash. Also good to see that the young spinners have all gone to states that will give them opportunity to play.

    Smith in India was just short of brilliant. He surprised everyone - especially me - and was stout and courageous with an evident and definite improved technique. If ever there was a place to test technique and the mentality it would be India, and Smith passed it with flying colours. He out batted everyone - including Clarke and currently with two centuries (one in a warm up) on this tour looks to be in his best form and the right mental state for a massive Ashes series. He will be much better placed then he was last Ashes.

  • siddhartha87 on June 24, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    They should have selected some specialist batsman in place of Smith.But hey do Australia have any specialist batsman left?

  • Chris_P on June 24, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    @D-Ascendant Can't bat? Want to review his first class performances last summer? And he displayed plenty of skill in India. And for someone who can't bowl (he is not a front line spinner) he did get SRT out with a great ball. Not too shabby I would suggest, possibly some more informed research from you may avoid tasting more sour grapes.

  • on June 24, 2013, 5:35 GMT

    what about Nic Maddison he was very good for AUS A

  • Ozcricketwriter on June 24, 2013, 5:32 GMT

    Also glad to see Fawad Ahmed dumped after failing to perform and the consistent Ashton Agar given another shot. Ashton Agar must be firming as the 2nd best spinner now, possible even ahead of Nathon Lyon as the number 1.

  • jimwhatever on June 24, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    what about including Nic Maddinson

  • on June 24, 2013, 4:21 GMT

    someone among daniel christian or moises henriques should have been added. it would have given more flexibilty to team. 1)chris rogers 2)shane watson 3)philip hughes 4)michael clarke 5)usman khwaja 6)brad haddin 7)daniel christian 8)harris/pattinson 9)starc 10)siddle 11)agar.

    Rogers should be given a chance with his 1st class records, watson should be used as a batsman not allrounder, hughes & clarke holds middleorder key, at 5 we don't have too many option so usman khwaja, haddin for his experience & recent form, christian can prove useful as an allrounder, harris & pattinson should be rotated, starc for change(l h bowler), siddle is our best test bowler & agar should be given chance, he can be better than lyon esp. he is leg spin which may trouble english batsmen. this squad will solve two major problems australian taem is facing now 1)lack of experience(clarke,watson,haddin,siddle, rogers 1st class exp) 2)high no. of left hand batsmen in past(4 R H batsmen & 3 L H batsmen)

  • passionate_cricket_follower on June 24, 2013, 3:49 GMT

    George Bailey would have been a better addition; but Steve is a very good player, and might do well.

  • VanillaThunder on June 24, 2013, 3:10 GMT

    Thank God Fawad has been sent home. Even if conditions weren't conducive to spin, Agar (based on figures) outbowled him at every opportunity. He might be a good bowler, but I'd much prefer he earn his place in the side through consistently beating down the door, as is required of virtually any other spinner in the country.

  • Moppa on June 24, 2013, 2:08 GMT

    The photo with the article illustrates how bad Smith's technique was in 2010-11. I think he's improved a fair bit, but is still vulnerable to half-decent pace. He could be an asset if Swann is having a good series, but definitely best left as a back-up otherwise.

  • D-Ascendant on June 24, 2013, 1:30 GMT

    Can't bat, can't bowl. Sorry what is Steve Smith doing in the squad again? Do Australia need more specialist fielders?

  • ban_one104 on June 24, 2013, 1:29 GMT

    I hear they've sacked Mickey Arthur??

  • trumpoz on June 24, 2013, 1:27 GMT

    Smith deserves his chance - batted very well in India when he was flown over and is making runs. A sensible decision.

  • Paul_Rampley on June 24, 2013, 1:10 GMT

    Good to have cover for Clarke, but hopefully we won't need Smith as its crucial that Clarke is ready to lead us in what's shaping up to be a beauty.

  • alstar2281 on June 24, 2013, 0:21 GMT

    Agar is the best spin option, he out bowled both Lyon & Ahmed on the "A" tour. He is also handy with the bat which, with the form our top order is in, may come in handy.

  • bobagorof on June 24, 2013, 0:19 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge: Yawn. A quick look at the last Ashes will show Smith averaged 32 with the bat, 2 1/2 years ago - hardly a disgrace for a 21 year old against a pretty decent attack at the time. Once could even note that he out-batted Ponting and Clarke, who have proven to be no slouches. By all accounts he's improved his technique a lot since then. Try again.

  • BrentG on June 24, 2013, 0:01 GMT

    We should forget about Ahmed, Agar has outperformed him at every step of the process both in Aus and at home. They gave him plenty of overs (20 more) than Agar and Agar still took more wickets. Bad teams get committed to 'solve all solutions' even if all available evidence highlights is a bad idea and they seem to think Ahmed is that. Agar is young, came through the Aus development system, keeps taking wickets, scores runs and has a good temperament (he single handedly won WA two games last season) and he is young. Isn't that exactly the sort of player we want in out squad?

  • Rowayton on June 23, 2013, 23:52 GMT

    Maybe it's just me, but FFL sounds more nervous every time he talks about an Aussie player. Smith will be a very good player over the next few years - I think he still plays on the front foot too much, which can make him susceptible to the moving ball as ScottStevo says, but that seems to be the modern way.

  • on June 23, 2013, 23:37 GMT

    Front foot lunge is at it again. ScottStevo, you are just as bad - have you seen Smith bat lately? Smith was poor against England in 2010/11 but still managed to average 31.80, only better by Hussey, Watson and Haddin from Australia and better than Ponting and Clarke. He is a considerably better player now and is one of the few younger players to be able to make the adjustment from a successful T20 player to first-class cricket. Smith has a much better technique now than Hughes and Khawaja and is infinitely more talented than Cowan.

  • ARad on June 23, 2013, 23:26 GMT

    Congratulations to John Inverarity for bringing another new term into cricket lingo, "Development Player Intern," after the success of "Informed Player Management."

  • Gilly67 on June 23, 2013, 22:39 GMT

    Can't bat, can't bowl. Another disgraceful selection from the incompetents in charge of Australia.

  • on June 23, 2013, 22:36 GMT

    In the event Clarke's ruled out, get on the phone to Katich. I realise he's not contracted to CA, but you've gotta pick blokes able to do a job and with batting stocks running thin, let's not further entertain the flimsier one about Hughes being up to it. The day the NSP recognises that this is bigger than egos, we'll see a competitive side. Rogers, Cowan, Katich, Clarke, Khawaja/Smith, Watson, Haddin, Harris, Sids, Starc, Pattinson has a more solid feel to it than persisting with the misfiring Hughes and Warner. That said, the latter should come in (given form) were any of the top 6 to falter after at least four Test knocks on the trot each. Harris should be a dead cert with the option of Lyon given Rhino's lamentably necessary rotation and/or conditions decidedly in favour of the tweaker, although in an ideal world, I'd still look to bench Patto or Mitch, never the Queenslander.

  • Batmanian on June 23, 2013, 22:07 GMT

    If Clarke were out, and Warner rested, we'd likely be looking at: Cowan, Watson, Rogers, Hughes, Khawaja, Smith, Haddin Doesn't read well, but at least Watson wouldn't have the blazer.

  • Batmanian on June 23, 2013, 22:01 GMT

    Smith almost gives you the option not to pick Lyon. Not quite, of course. Be interesting to see how they handle Agar - he's a precious commodity if they can get him playing Tests within a couple of years.

    Given Clarke's back, it doesn't matter how you shuffle it, it will look like the worst top six we've fielded since about 1985. Hopefully they immediately turn that impression around - Lord knows they've got the talent.

  • on June 23, 2013, 21:57 GMT

    Smith is an ok addition but I think Adam Voges or George Bailey would have been better additions.

  • wix99 on June 23, 2013, 21:47 GMT

    Steve Smith deserves a chance to bat at No. 6. The spot is wide open with the Ashes only weeks away.

  • Simoc on June 23, 2013, 21:33 GMT

    Its good to see Smith in. Probably not so good for Khawaja. Maybe Smith straight into the test team to replace the forlorn Hughes.

  • aracer on June 23, 2013, 21:32 GMT

    The England players will be quaking in their boots - I'm sure Anderson is particularly devastated by this news.

  • mbaig on June 23, 2013, 21:24 GMT

    Why not let david hussey play in india? he was such a good player of spin? where is Shaun Marsh?

  • on June 23, 2013, 20:25 GMT

    Smith played very well in India, with considerable character and better technique than he had shown in earlier outings against England. On that showing, he will strengthen the side.

  • on June 23, 2013, 20:25 GMT

    Common sense to add another batsman. Very happy for Agar, he has been doing some very good work with both bat and ball and now he is being rewarded for it, good luck to him!

  • on June 23, 2013, 20:16 GMT

    England better demolish Australia after this garbage CT result, or Cook better resign for destroying the great team Strauss left behind.

  • Zubeir09 on June 23, 2013, 19:58 GMT

    Good Luck Steve. I think Bailey couldd have been added too.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on June 23, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    England fans are so happy to see Smith back in the Oz squad. It's a case of just the same old fall back options for Australia, and England's bowlers will remember all too fondly the carnage they inflicted upon the Oz batting line up in the last Ashes, a line up which included players like Smith, a player who needs a few more seasons in first class cricket before he's ready for test level.

  • on June 23, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    Steve Smith deserve a permanent place in Aussie squad completely in the basis of his performance in India tour.

  • ScottStevo on June 23, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    Good luck to Smith. Decent player but doesn't have a great technique, which will make it very difficult for him to play against decent swing bowling. I'd have preferred others but I suppose he's the best of the A team lot...

  • ScottStevo on June 23, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    Good luck to Smith. Decent player but doesn't have a great technique, which will make it very difficult for him to play against decent swing bowling. I'd have preferred others but I suppose he's the best of the A team lot...

  • on June 23, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    Steve Smith deserve a permanent place in Aussie squad completely in the basis of his performance in India tour.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on June 23, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    England fans are so happy to see Smith back in the Oz squad. It's a case of just the same old fall back options for Australia, and England's bowlers will remember all too fondly the carnage they inflicted upon the Oz batting line up in the last Ashes, a line up which included players like Smith, a player who needs a few more seasons in first class cricket before he's ready for test level.

  • Zubeir09 on June 23, 2013, 19:58 GMT

    Good Luck Steve. I think Bailey couldd have been added too.

  • on June 23, 2013, 20:16 GMT

    England better demolish Australia after this garbage CT result, or Cook better resign for destroying the great team Strauss left behind.

  • on June 23, 2013, 20:25 GMT

    Common sense to add another batsman. Very happy for Agar, he has been doing some very good work with both bat and ball and now he is being rewarded for it, good luck to him!

  • on June 23, 2013, 20:25 GMT

    Smith played very well in India, with considerable character and better technique than he had shown in earlier outings against England. On that showing, he will strengthen the side.

  • mbaig on June 23, 2013, 21:24 GMT

    Why not let david hussey play in india? he was such a good player of spin? where is Shaun Marsh?

  • aracer on June 23, 2013, 21:32 GMT

    The England players will be quaking in their boots - I'm sure Anderson is particularly devastated by this news.

  • Simoc on June 23, 2013, 21:33 GMT

    Its good to see Smith in. Probably not so good for Khawaja. Maybe Smith straight into the test team to replace the forlorn Hughes.