Australia in England 2013 August 15, 2013

Fawad Ahmed named in Australia ODI squad

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Fawad Ahmed is expected to make his long-awaited debut for Australia during the limited-overs series that follows the Ashes after being named in an 18-man squad at the expense of Xavier Doherty. Fast bowler Josh Hazlewood has also been included and should play his first ODI in three years, while Doherty and the allrounder Mitchell Marsh were the only players dropped from the squad that contested the Champions Trophy in June.

The most fascinating inclusion is that of Ahmed, a legspinner who arrived in Australia in 2010 as an asylum seeker from Pakistan, where he had played ten first-class games over four years. Ahmed impressed for Victoria during the 2012-13 season and his Australian citizenship was fast-tracked this year in an effort to make him available for the Ashes, although he was ultimately not chosen in the Test squad.

But Australia's selectors remain keen on Ahmed as an international option and have been impressed by his bowling during the ongoing Australia A tour of Zimbabwe and South Africa. Although Ahmed has collected only two wickets in the five one-day games on the tour, the selectors believe he has bowled better than his figures indicate, and he will be the lead spinner alongside allrounder Glenn Maxwell in the limited-overs games in England.

"Fawad Ahmed gets his opportunity as the squad's lead spinner," the national selector John Inverarity said. "Fawad has been a consistent wicket-taker on the Australia A tour of Zimbabwe and South Africa. He is a mature and very good leg-spin bowler, and the national selection panel is keen to see how he fares in international competition ... He has been bowling very well in South Africa and turning the ball and troubling the batsmen so we're keen to have a look at him.

"He takes Xavier Doherty's place. Xavier has been a fine performer for Australia over the years. We haven't selected the side for India, for the seven ODIs there in October, but it's likely that both players will be on that tour. He [Doherty] is very much a known quantity and he's a wonderful young man and a very good cricketer. He can be hopeful that further opportunities will come his way."

The 18-man squad will gather for the two Twenty20s against England that follow the Ashes and the group will then be trimmed to 15 for the one-off ODI against Scotland and five against England in September. While Mitchell Marsh was replaced by Steven Smith after having limited impact in the Champions Trophy, his brother Shaun was included and is likely to play in the T20s, but whether he remains part of the squad for the ODIs is unclear.

The same can be said of Aaron Finch, who has been captain of Australia A during the African tour, while the rest of the batting line-up was largely as expected. However, there was no place for Nic Maddinson, the young New South Wales batsman who has played a number of eye-catching innings for Australia A in the British Isles and Africa over the past couple of months, including a remarkable 181 from 143 balls against Gloucestershire in Bristol.

"While he hasn't been selected in this squad, the national selection panel also notes the strong performances of Nic Maddinson in recent months for Australia A," Inverarity said. "We look forward to him continuing to build on that good form and pressing his claims for higher honours in the future."

The pace attack will be led by the experienced Mitchell Johnson and Clint McKay, but also features younger talent including Nathan Coulter-Nile, who made his T20 international debut in February, and Hazlewood, who also reappeared in the national side via February's T20 against West Indies. Hazlewood, 22, made his ODI debut in England in 2010 but has always been regarded by the selectors as a player to watch.

"We're looking forward to him showing his wares in international cricket again," Inverarity said. "He made his debut for Australia in 2010 at the age of 19. Three years later he's a stronger young man and a better bowler. He has been very impressive with his form in Zimbabwe and South Africa.

"I've been talking with Andy Bichel, who's the selector on duty in Zimbabwe and South Africa, and Josh has been very impressive, has bowled with good pace and good accuracy and has been moving the ball. I think it's the right time for him to come through and join the international squad."

Squad Michael Clarke (ODI capt), George Bailey (T20 capt), Fawad Ahmed, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Phillip Hughes, Mitchell Johnson, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Clint McKay, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Adam Voges, Matthew Wade (wk), David Warner, Shane Watson.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • jmcilhinney on August 15, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    I think that some people are misreading the situation re Ahmend and Doherty. I don't think that this is a case of Doherty being dropped because they think that Ahmed is better. Inverarity said "He is very much a known quantity", which suggests that playing Doherty in England would not tell them anything that they don't already know. By playing Ahmed instead, they get a look at him against proper international opposition before the series in India, where they will undoubtedly need more than one spinner. That will give them a much better idea of what Ahmed is capable of and where he stands in relation to Doherty come that Indian tour.

  • fernandotorres on August 17, 2013, 16:56 GMT

    Cameron White is in superb form in the English Summer. Should have been included for the T20s at least. White's last few limited overs innings 36*, 63*, 65, 29, 58*, 30, 71, 22. He and Azharullah carried Northamptonshire to the Final of FL T20.

  • Shaggy076 on August 17, 2013, 0:26 GMT

    This is a clear indication that Australia can't be bothered winning the one day series. Fawad has been smashed all over the park in these a tour games and they are trying to discover a leg spinner. why nit try someone young if your grasping at straws go with Zampa or Boyce. I cannot understand this decision.

  • ScottStevo on August 16, 2013, 12:55 GMT

    @_Australian_, couldn't agree more. If we aren't picking Lyon as our spinner, Agar is the perfect choice. Still disappointed with the bowlers in this squad - how is it that Harris or Siddle aren't even in the squad, fitness concerns aside? For me, we should basically be playing our test team in ODIs with only 1 or 2 changes at most. If we are sticking with Khawaja as our test #3, surely he has to be good enough to bat in our top order in ODIs also? This nonsense with specialists isn't working and we don't have one side out of the three formats that looks particularly good because of it. The sooner we remove Invers from head of selectors the better as his incompetence is already ruining us.

  • SyedAreYouDumb on August 16, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    CA know something we don't know otherwise why would they pick fawad? Maybe they want him to learn from Warne, since they are both leggies? Guys give him a chance because who knows he may, with all his luck, win Australia plenty of matches!

  • Anwar-Lara on August 16, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    now what happened to Ashton Agar, he should be named in limited overs squad instead of test squad.. Australia have stopped producing good spinners after Warne just because they do not put enough confidence in their spinners. Karejza,beer,hauritz,doherthy.. are the prime example..

  • TheBigBoodha on August 16, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    @dashe, you dont know what you are talking about. Hazelwood is one of the most talented bowlers we've had come through the ranks for decades. He is 22 years old and has played 20 first class games. He has been plagued by fitness issues, but I predict that once he gets a few straight games under his belt he will be an automatic selection in all our national teams. I had a friend who went and watched him play at the MCG a few months ago, and he came back raving about him - he said everyone else there was raving about him too. And my friend is a Victorian, so that's saying something.

  • dashe on August 16, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    HAzelwood has been playing FC cricket for half a decade and is yet to take 5 wickets in an innings in any form of cricket. I really like Ben Cutting from QLD I am not sure why he is not given more chances.

  • Liquefierrrr on August 16, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge - I think you must have 'accidentally' forgotten the fact that Lyon just took 7/97 in the most recent test against your average English side. Good enough to beat Aus atm does not = good.

    Sorry to pull you up on that, just wouldn't want you looking like an ignorant troll is all.

    And whilst we are on the subject of certain countries playing players born elsewhere - people in glass houses mate (multiplied about 11 times over by your precious England/Ireland/South African fusion team in the last 3-4 years).

    Onto serious cricket discussion now - Fawad is handy, looks like he'll do OK in all formats if given a decent run. Early days into his international exposure so patience and support is the key for him.

    Doherty is handy enough, however I believe looking elsewhere is a good idea. After England's long, hot summer the pitches may be useful for .

    Similar to an article sent out the other day re: Lyon, we must measure our expectations of Ahmed. Warne = once in a lifetime

  • _Australian_ on August 16, 2013, 4:43 GMT

    I am surprised that they have not selected Agar. He is a bowler capable of being very economical and is a good bat. Agar playing odi and t20 would be great for his confidence playing at international level going forward. Being so quickly dropped from the test team this was a perfect opportunity to give the kid more of a go. as for Ahmed Australia either need to go for him in test cricket or not. I doubt he will be effective in the shorter formats.

  • jmcilhinney on August 15, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    I think that some people are misreading the situation re Ahmend and Doherty. I don't think that this is a case of Doherty being dropped because they think that Ahmed is better. Inverarity said "He is very much a known quantity", which suggests that playing Doherty in England would not tell them anything that they don't already know. By playing Ahmed instead, they get a look at him against proper international opposition before the series in India, where they will undoubtedly need more than one spinner. That will give them a much better idea of what Ahmed is capable of and where he stands in relation to Doherty come that Indian tour.

  • fernandotorres on August 17, 2013, 16:56 GMT

    Cameron White is in superb form in the English Summer. Should have been included for the T20s at least. White's last few limited overs innings 36*, 63*, 65, 29, 58*, 30, 71, 22. He and Azharullah carried Northamptonshire to the Final of FL T20.

  • Shaggy076 on August 17, 2013, 0:26 GMT

    This is a clear indication that Australia can't be bothered winning the one day series. Fawad has been smashed all over the park in these a tour games and they are trying to discover a leg spinner. why nit try someone young if your grasping at straws go with Zampa or Boyce. I cannot understand this decision.

  • ScottStevo on August 16, 2013, 12:55 GMT

    @_Australian_, couldn't agree more. If we aren't picking Lyon as our spinner, Agar is the perfect choice. Still disappointed with the bowlers in this squad - how is it that Harris or Siddle aren't even in the squad, fitness concerns aside? For me, we should basically be playing our test team in ODIs with only 1 or 2 changes at most. If we are sticking with Khawaja as our test #3, surely he has to be good enough to bat in our top order in ODIs also? This nonsense with specialists isn't working and we don't have one side out of the three formats that looks particularly good because of it. The sooner we remove Invers from head of selectors the better as his incompetence is already ruining us.

  • SyedAreYouDumb on August 16, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    CA know something we don't know otherwise why would they pick fawad? Maybe they want him to learn from Warne, since they are both leggies? Guys give him a chance because who knows he may, with all his luck, win Australia plenty of matches!

  • Anwar-Lara on August 16, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    now what happened to Ashton Agar, he should be named in limited overs squad instead of test squad.. Australia have stopped producing good spinners after Warne just because they do not put enough confidence in their spinners. Karejza,beer,hauritz,doherthy.. are the prime example..

  • TheBigBoodha on August 16, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    @dashe, you dont know what you are talking about. Hazelwood is one of the most talented bowlers we've had come through the ranks for decades. He is 22 years old and has played 20 first class games. He has been plagued by fitness issues, but I predict that once he gets a few straight games under his belt he will be an automatic selection in all our national teams. I had a friend who went and watched him play at the MCG a few months ago, and he came back raving about him - he said everyone else there was raving about him too. And my friend is a Victorian, so that's saying something.

  • dashe on August 16, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    HAzelwood has been playing FC cricket for half a decade and is yet to take 5 wickets in an innings in any form of cricket. I really like Ben Cutting from QLD I am not sure why he is not given more chances.

  • Liquefierrrr on August 16, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge - I think you must have 'accidentally' forgotten the fact that Lyon just took 7/97 in the most recent test against your average English side. Good enough to beat Aus atm does not = good.

    Sorry to pull you up on that, just wouldn't want you looking like an ignorant troll is all.

    And whilst we are on the subject of certain countries playing players born elsewhere - people in glass houses mate (multiplied about 11 times over by your precious England/Ireland/South African fusion team in the last 3-4 years).

    Onto serious cricket discussion now - Fawad is handy, looks like he'll do OK in all formats if given a decent run. Early days into his international exposure so patience and support is the key for him.

    Doherty is handy enough, however I believe looking elsewhere is a good idea. After England's long, hot summer the pitches may be useful for .

    Similar to an article sent out the other day re: Lyon, we must measure our expectations of Ahmed. Warne = once in a lifetime

  • _Australian_ on August 16, 2013, 4:43 GMT

    I am surprised that they have not selected Agar. He is a bowler capable of being very economical and is a good bat. Agar playing odi and t20 would be great for his confidence playing at international level going forward. Being so quickly dropped from the test team this was a perfect opportunity to give the kid more of a go. as for Ahmed Australia either need to go for him in test cricket or not. I doubt he will be effective in the shorter formats.

  • Slobberdog on August 16, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    Thirty one years old, 11 List A matches in 8 years, 5 of which were played in the last month (2/274, 6.37 rpo), 12 wickets @ 39.16, economy rate of 5.03 rpo. Fantastic. That's what we need; more performance-based selections.

  • jmcilhinney on August 16, 2013, 2:43 GMT

    @Gautam N. Shenoy on (August 15, 2013, 15:57 GMT), he's performed well in domestic cricket, which is exactly what you're supposed to do get selected for your country. Smith is an ugly batsman, no doubt, but it's not really fair to judge his ability solely on his previous Test performances because he is obviously a better batsman nowadays. Whether or not he's improved enough to be genuinely successful at Test level remains to be seen but that question hangs over many Australian batsmen. Certainly no England fan who defends James Anderson by pointing out that he's a better bowler now than early on has a moral right to assume that other players can't improve markedly too. As for Johnson, he was never a bad limited-overs bowler, even when he was hopeless in Tests. He's probably past his best but still has it in him to make a significant contribution.

  • on August 16, 2013, 2:36 GMT

    @Steve Back : Simon Katich had a hand in appointing Steve O'Keefe as his successor as NSW captain. Michael Clarke greatly dislikes Katich and, it seems, those who have been in Katich's camp such as Watson and probably a few other players. Clarke has only recently lost his position on the selection panel. I am quite certain it is purely political because there is no other logical explanation. The Argus Review stated that selection for the Test team should be based entirely off Shield performance. O'Keefe was the best performing spinner in the Shield, but was overlooked in favour of Doherty, who was one of the worst. I'm hoping Lehmann may bring him back into the mix soon, but then bowling options are the least of our problems.

  • on August 16, 2013, 2:33 GMT

    Xavier Doherty's recent performances in ODIs- 30/1 (10 Overs) against SL, 4/0 (1 Over) against NZ, 46/1 (9 Overs) against West Indies. ODI economy rate of 4.64 in spite of all the modern day bashing that bowlers go through! Why would you drop him?

  • on August 16, 2013, 2:18 GMT

    why does australian cricket have to fast track australian citizenship for a player from another country what arent our spinners good enough for them he should go through the whole waiting period like everybody else nobody should be fast tracked not even sportsmen kepler wessels waited 4 years why cant he stop looking for another shane warne you wont find one develop our own players first instead of trying to get back to the top of the pile it will take a long time to get there if ever

  • Yoker111 on August 16, 2013, 1:13 GMT

    Bailey should be playing test cricket. No wonder ausi looses coz they have no skill in picking the skilled.

  • Chris_P on August 16, 2013, 1:06 GMT

    @Gautam N. Shenoy. What has Stephen Smith done to be called up? Try looking up performances in the last Australian season and name ONE person who outperformed him who should be ahead of him on tour. I'll save you the trouble. There is no one. Ergo, I would suggest that performances on the paddock is the only real criteria to select players rather than "favourites". There are players I a m not keen on too much, but as long as they perform to earn their spot, fair enough. I am a huge fan of Watson, but no way should he be in any first class touring squad for the simple reason he hasn't performed at that level for over 3 years. Objective thought processes, my friend, is far & away the best way to view selections.

  • Ms.Cricket on August 15, 2013, 23:40 GMT

    Shaun Marsh, Hazlewood, Coulter-Nile, Faulkner and Ahmed are welcome selections. Why the selectors keep selecting the likes of proven international failures like Steven Smith and Aaron Finch is bewildering?

  • on August 15, 2013, 22:23 GMT

    From what I have seen of Australian domestic performances, Usman Khawaja was a better ODI prospect then being tried in test matches. He is definitely a very good and fast paced LOI batsman who should be tried in limited overs.

  • on August 15, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    Michael Clarke - NSW George Bailey - VIC Fawad Ahmed - VIC Nathan Coulter-Nile - WA James Faulkner - TAS Aaron Finch - VIC Josh Hazlewood - NSW Phillip Hughes - NSW Mitchell Johnson - QLD (now plays in WA) Shaun Marsh - WA Glenn Maxwell - VIC Clint McKay - VIC Steven Smith - NSW Mitchell Starc - NSW Adam Voges - WA Matthew Wade - TAS David Warner - NSW Shane Watson - NSW

    And this is what is wrong with Australian Cricket!!!

    Queensland is the current Australian ODI Champions (Won three of the past 7 comps) and the current Australian 20-20 Champions (Brisbane Heat).

    NOT ONE CURRENT QUEENSLANDER IN THE SQUAD .... DISGUSTING!!!!

    HOW MANY QUEENSLANDERS IN THE AUSTRALIA A TEAM??

    Ps. Fawad Ahmed's Aust.A OD Bowling Figures in SA were absolute garbage 43-0-274-2

  • SyedAreYouDumb on August 15, 2013, 19:27 GMT

    Well obviously CA know something we don't know about fawad. Give the guy a chance before dismissing him, who knows with all his luck he could actually do wonders for Australia.

  • beninmoto on August 15, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    Where is Madison he is the best among the AusA bring him in.

  • on August 15, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    Scyld Berry's piece on the fourth Test Ashes win (Those scars will last until winter 13th August) ) included this: " Usman Khawaja will be roasted for the limp defensive prod that he aimed at Swann when Australia were 147 for one. He could well be replaced in the Oval Test by Phil Hughes and Australia's experiment with their Asian immigrant population will be shelved."

    Obviously Berry was mistaken about "Australia's experiment with their Asian immigrant population" being shelved.

  • on August 15, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    I feel very sory to see CA to select below average team after losing ashes tests! in ODI's and T20 Cameron White who i can think better player than Steven Smith should be there along with David Hussey who is beter than Maxwell...! Hope CA considered their team downfall seriously!

  • on August 15, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    Australia should give Daniel smith a chance to keep the wickets,this is the prefect xi for the ashes one days: shane Watson,aaron finch,shaun marsh,george bailey,micheal Clarke,glenn Maxwell/smith smith,daniel smith,james Faulkner,fawad ahmed,micheal Johnson/starc and josh hazzlewood/clint McKay.

  • Chris_P on August 15, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    @Steve Back. I get to most of NSW's home games during the season & you're correct about SOK. Not only a very good left arm spinner, he is a very capable batsman, top fielder & possesses a sharp cricket brain. His one day form isn't too hot, but first class he is so far ahead of every other spinner it isn't funny. To answer your question simply why he hasn't been considered. No idea! Meety hasn't a clue either. One of the most perplexing questions in Aussie domestic cricket, and asked by fans of the other states as well.

  • Chris_P on August 15, 2013, 17:14 GMT

    @YorkshirePudding.Ashes contests, both here & over there also puts bums on seats. And are appreciated by those for a taste for the not so cheap, nasty & tacky. Another season is close by here & I note in our draw even more T20 games for me! I am closer to retiring than ever before!

  • on August 15, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    In My team Cameron White, David Hussey should be in the team...!!! My XI would be David Warner, Shaun Marsh, Shane Watson, Michael Clarke,Glenn Maxwell, David Hussey,Matthew Wade, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Fawad Ahmed, Clinton Mc Kay & Mithcell Johnson(12th Man)... Give much balance in the side..!! Both Experience & Youth...!!!

  • on August 15, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    Can't understand Aussies obsession with proven failures like Steven Smith. What exactly has he done to warrant a place? And the lesser said about Johnson the better. Johnson is a has been, and Smith is a never will be.

  • AKS286 on August 15, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    After the superb performance in BBL why Beer is not considered ? Atleast he has the best line & length than any other spinner in Aus.

  • on August 15, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    @Mitty: Slightly off track, as I know this article is to do with ODIs and not Tests, but I too am confused as to why O'Keefe gets overlooked by Australia. I've looked at his first-class record, which suggests he is a far better spin bowler than the likes of Fawad Ahmed, Xavier Doherty, Glenn Maxwell, or Ashton Agar. Why does he keep getting leapfrogged? Many of those aforementioned names haven't played as much cricket professionally as O'Keefe either to my knowledge (correct me if I'm wrong). I wasn't impressed with Agar as a spinner at all - surely O'Keefe puts more revs on the ball than Agar?

  • YorkshirePudding on August 15, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    @Chris_P, like you I dont really about the ODI games, and T20's should not have international status. But they put bums on seats and the revenue will be handy for those hosting them.

  • Chris_P on August 15, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    @ YorkshirePudding. Winning the one day or T20 would mean squat to most of us. If it isn't the World Cup, I don't care much for them in any shape or form. Too many of them, too predictiable & leads to a dilution of classy cricketers. Not sure how Fawad has got such a dream run through & still keeping it going, maybe he should buy a lottery ticket. Steve O'Keefe, take note!

  • Gordo85 on August 15, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    Paine hasn't made a lot of runs for Australia A recently so you wouldn't select him based on that. The bad thing about Wade is though he needs more runs in this ODI format as he seems to struggle a lot in this format more than he does at Test level. One of these days he will click it is just a question of when.

  • on August 15, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    I like the batsmen who have been selected. the likes of finch, marsh have been rewarded for their good performances. the only question is how can they fit them all. seems like this will be the squad for the upcoming world cup as well. would loved to have seen agar in the squad

  • Jeremy303 on August 15, 2013, 13:28 GMT

    Fahwad Ahmed is just doing his best. Criticism of his ability is fair - now he has an opportunity to prove himself. Well done to the fella.

    I still think that SOK got the raw side of the chop. How he hasn't deserved a call up, I'll never know.

  • on August 15, 2013, 13:15 GMT

    I'd stick with the test batting line-up as the one-day line-up. English one-day wickets are not aussie style flat belters that Finch and co are used to in aussie.

  • CricketChat on August 15, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    Don't know why all this fuss around selecting Fawad. He hasn't exactly set the stage alight with his bowling on the recent 'A' tour in SA. Only time will tell if he was worth all this trouble.

  • HughL on August 15, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    Seems to be the modern way with ODI cricket to go casting around for any spinner who can either bat a bit or thow in variations. But that can be at the expense of ignoring the best bowler. No chance of giving Lyon a look? He's not a Warne or McGill but right now his Test career is pretty decent. Swann and Dalrynple have done ok as offies

  • reddawn1975 on August 15, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    And why is Steve Smith still in any format of the National team my god people he cant play to save himself mmmm how about play someone like Nic Maddinson who can Bat

  • blink182alex on August 15, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    I say with quite some confidence that i don't think Fawad Ahmed will have good results in this series. He was outbowled by Lyon and Agar considerably in the FC matches before the Ashes on this tour and he was modest at best in Africa, all this against 'A' and domestic sides too.

    More talk by the selectors of him being a real chance to play in the next Ashes as well, that after Lyon just took 7 wickets in the last test, this obsession with picking spinners who turn the ball away from England's right handers is ridiculous, Hauritz went well in 2009, and look how Doherty, Beer and Agar have gone since. Lyon has done well for us in tests, it's the batting department that needs to be looked at.

    If Aus wanted to try another spinner for these odi's then i think Agar would of been ideal.

  • CricketMaan on August 15, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    Well atleast he didnt trouble India A!!

  • on August 15, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    Bad move.. Doherty is the best Australian spinner as of now...Final XI should be 1> Watson 2> Warner 3> Finch/ S.Marsh/ Voges 4> Clarke 5> Bailey 6> Wade 7> Smith/ Maxwell 8> Faulkner 9> Starc 10>11>Johnson/Counter Nile 11>Mckay/Fawad Alam

  • avmd on August 15, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    A very average bowler, who could not find a permanent place in any first class team in Pakistan, somehow manage to come to Australia. Being a Pakistani, I can't support "asylum" seeking Fawad. He will be discarded from Australian team soon due to lack of skill. Khwaja is my guy in Australian team.

  • zaboo on August 15, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    I do not understand why Mathew wade is selected. Tim paine is a better option then wade atleast he will score enough more runs than wade.

  • zaboo on August 15, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    Autrailia just need a spinner who can turn the ball + variations. In current austrailia domestic circuit there are only tradational off-spinners. So that's why they are trying fawad ahmed and in presence of saeed ajmal and before that danish kaneria how somebody expect fawad to play for pakistan.

  • PutMarshyOn on August 15, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge: "the only person currently residing in Australia who can masquerade as a spinner" Lyon managed 7 wkts with his impression of a spinner at Chester-le-Street. Including Pietersen 2x.Who needs to be the real thing when you can do that?

  • on August 15, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    Like Tahir for SA fahad is overrated at least Tahir played a few seasons and the Indians handled fahad with ease. Not sure what performance the selectors were watching

  • partha19 on August 15, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    where surprised to see Nic Maddinson not included in the squad. going by current form & the way he played for Australia A he was an automatic choice. Australia need youngester like Maddinson & of course Maxwell who showed his true talent.

  • MFNadeem on August 15, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    Pakistan badly needs a leg spinner. It must not let go the likes of Yasir Shah and Salman Qadir, and bring them in test matches. For instance, there was a clear case of trying a new leg spinner against a weak Zimbabwe team. The selectors have missed the trick. Then we mull over the exodus of people like Fawad and Imran Tahir.

  • on August 15, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    CA dunk him when he fails and he won't be able to play for anyone else! He has not shown that he belongs in the international arena.

  • mzm149 on August 15, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    I don't understand that if Fawad Ahmed is that good, why did he play just 10 first class matches for Pakistan and why did't he get selected in national team when we don't have many leg spinners already? May be he, like Imran Tahir, is not good enough according to Pakistani spin bowling standards. May be Australians have such a dearth of spin bowling options that they are ready to incorporate anyone into their national side.

  • Thefakebook on August 15, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    Wait no Tim Paine or Sandhu?Guess their next in line too....

  • kohomban on August 15, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    Australian national selection panel should look at left arm spinner Luke Doran and good Batsmen Chris Lynn

  • on August 15, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    Looks like Leg Spinners are slipping away from Pakistan... First it was Imran Tahir (South Africa) and now it is Fawad Ahmed.... Hope Pakistan knows how to keep it talent and utilize them..

  • on August 15, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    I never got a chance to watch Fawad bowling, so I don't know how good he is. The only thing in his selection would be he is a wrist spinner and the Australian are looking for some one like him. Probably he will get a long run just to prove his abilities at the highest level. Wish him all the best to perform according to the expectations of the team and selection committee.

  • on August 15, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    I don't understand why CA is in such a rush to put Fawad Ahmed in National team .. I as a Pakistani wants him to play for Aussies but he isn't good enough yet .. He has taken only 2 wickets in 5 matches at average of 137 playing for Aus A in the recent tri series .. If he didn't perform in the series against England so he'll be dropped which isn't good for his career .. Let him play more Shield matches and then think about his selection..

  • Real_Champs on August 15, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    I dont know is he so much talented or OZ's are in despertion

  • on August 15, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    18players,that gonna create lot of problems for clarke to select the team,finch and marsh shoouldn't been in the team,australia should play 4 bowlers i.e. Johnson,Mckay,hazzlewood and Fawad ahmed,and fawad as he being leg spinner he could do good for australia against all the right handers english,and watson and maxwell as allrounder,openers should be warner and watson, then clarke,bailey,voges,then maxwell at 6 he could get 10overs to play he can do wonders for them like he did in List A matches and 7 for wade,if maxwell doesn't fire he can work out with tailenders,at 7 maxwell could be risky,and smith is good but no place in team,can't drop bailey and voges,they have constantly performed well,if smith has to play it just could be at the cost of maxwell but as recent form suggests,he plays.And in bowlers too no starc as johnson is there and Mckay has been there best ODI players,and hazzlewood i prefer over starc.

  • on August 15, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    Send him to India. They will rip him apart and make him disappear

  • YorkshirePudding on August 15, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    I have to agree with Mitty2,

    Fawad Ahmeds figures in the List A games in SA are 2-201, and in the last 5 FC matches, hes taken 17-425, while 8 of those where against zimbabwe where his match figures where 8-77, take those out and against SA,Ireland and Gloucs. he took 9-348 in 4 FC games, hes hardly setting the world alight.

    SOK must wonder what he has to do to get into the team, maybe its time to start looking at other options.

  • DylanBrah on August 15, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    ODI XI: 1. Warner 2. Watson 3. Clarke 4. Bailey 5. Voges 6. Maxwell 7. Wade 8. Faulkner 9. Starc 10. McKay 11. Ahmed (shouldn't be there, but based on the squad he has to be) Finch/Marsh/Hughes a little unlucky to miss out, but will likely get a chance during the series. Johnson won't be in our best XI for the 2015 WC, so look to the future.

  • on August 15, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    The Australian's have a picked a pretty good squad however I can't understand how Josh Hazelwood after a mediocre season gets selected ahead of Ryan Harris who has been heads & shoulders best bowler during the Ashes

  • HansonKoch on August 15, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    What more does Nic Maddison have to do to get some loving?

  • Mitty2 on August 15, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    18 players for two 20/20's. Ahmed's abysmal record gets him a position and at his age he's no man for the future. Just love our selection panel - oh well at least no Marsh and Doherty!

    Still no O'Keefe. If we really want to develop spin stocks and give Lyon some backup? Why not O'keefe? Best bowling record in Aus for a spinner, more than decent bat and fielder and of course a very good leader. You really couldn't ask more from him, and yet he is somehow behind Maxwell, Doherty and Beer, etc.

    Would have loved to have seen Maddinson get a gig - whatever happened to putting test potentials in the ODI team???

  • on August 15, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    Ahmed took 14 wickets in 3 games, since when is that abysmal?

  • YorkshirePudding on August 15, 2013, 8:04 GMT

    It looks like a decent squad and should be competative, maybe even allow the aussies the consolation of winning something this summer in England :).

  • Charlie101 on August 15, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    I do not understand why Lyons is not selected - there is Smith and Maxwell as back up skinners both of whom have bowled in the subcontinent during the IPL and can do a decent job. I am amazed they are thinking of the series in India when they have a must win series to play against us . I describe it as a must win series because of the sporting needle and bragging rights between the 2 countries.

  • DylanBrah on August 15, 2013, 7:53 GMT

    The Ahmed selection is exactly what is wrong with Australian cricket these days. Players don't have to perform to be selected - they just get picked on potential, good net bowling, or good form in a different format of the game.

  • nithinurs on August 15, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    what happened to callum ferguson.. he his not getting selected for any of the teams.. he never got a long run which he deserved.. shaun marsh has got so many chances and he has never proved his talent beyond IPL.

  • Jadejafan on August 15, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    Didn't Eng-Aus play a 5 match ODI series last year in England 2012? give other teams like Pakistan, Bangladesh, Ireland a chance for once.

  • DylanBrah on August 15, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    "Fawad has been a consistent wicket-taker on the Australia A tour of Zimbabwe and South Africa." WHAT? He has been abysmal in the 5 List A games he has played. What a joke!! I think Lyon would be a better spin option. Other than that, it's a decent squad.

  • on August 15, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    @Hyclass, so you can bag Warner for only making runs on flat tracks, but when a bowler goes for plenty on the same tracks you bag them too? Very objective commentary.

  • vikart on August 15, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    With so much of hype on him, hope Fawad won't become an another Imran Tahir. There is no trace of Tahir after his 0 for 260 @ Adelaide. In Fawad's case, I will wait and watch rather than making an early judgement.

  • crockit on August 15, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    They just keep getting the principles of selection wrong with the batting especially. In the test squad for about 3 years they have gone for a philosophy of youth instead of a philosophy of record and potential. The result is that potentially v decent batters (like D Hussey, Voges, Hodge and til now Rogers) were overlooked not in favour of what was potentially the next Alan Border or Greg Chappell but for guys who may never be up to scratch because of mental/technical frailties (Smith, Khawaja, Hughes).

    One dayers will always include experienced test players and one day specialists but they must also be a testing ground for those who might go on to play tests/more tests. There is not enough of that in this squad.

  • Nightwing32 on August 15, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    Ahmed is overrated. Doherty has done a great job for Australia in the ODIs. Maddo should be in the mix soon. I think Clarkey should give up on ODIs to prolong his Test career.

  • bouncer709 on August 15, 2013, 7:26 GMT

    How pity is CA, they gave Fawad passport in hurry, it means they can't produce good bowlers anymore? If they want players like Fawad, they can find natural talent in Pakistan wasting their talent in streets playing with tape ball, CA can import few more to make their cricket team strong.

  • hyclass on August 15, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    The obvious answer to all our troubles. So glad he could finally join the national side. All he needed to do was take 2/274 at an average of 132 in 5 List A games for Aus A on the current tour, including 0/42 from 6 overs in the losing final and he's in the Aus squad. Great batsman too! This is political correctness gone mad. Team selection is more like an episode of The X-Factor rather than actually having the X-factor. Ring in CA and vote for the one with the best story, not the one with the most talent or the one with a long history of performing. Good luck to him I say. He's smarter than those employing him...;)

  • PFEL on August 15, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    The selectors need to learn not to pigeon hole players. Back in the 90s-00s Australia had maybe 1 or 2 specialist players in each team at most, nowadays half the team only plays in format. And it is NOT good for them as players or the team as a whole.

  • bobagorof on August 15, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    I'm at a loss how Australia can require 18 players for 2 Twenty20 Internationals (well, 17 as Clarke doesn't play that format anymore). Surely this indicates that the selectors are scrambling. Much better to pick a squad of 13 (at most) for the two Twenty20 games and give guys more than a one-off chance to perform. Then have your squad of 15 for the 6 ODI matches. As it is, several of the squad will get to play only one match of the 8, which won't help them at all. Either that, or there will be a different side every match which will undermine everyone. I understand the selectors wanting to look at guys but surely that's what the Australia A matches were for?

  • slow.mo on August 15, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    Here we go again. Pushing another not-so-ready player to the international level. Fawad could be considered for the longer version, not the limited overs. Look at his strike rate and economy rate in SA. He was easily the most expensive bowler. And South Africans are known to be weaker against spin. And what good this will do to Doherty's confidence?

  • on August 15, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    Its really disappointing to see fawad is ahead of proven performers like O'Keefe, Lyon, agar,Doherty, john Holland. also don't understand why still callum Ferguson, klinger,hussey or even white not selected.And I think time will prove that: fawad will improve Australian population rather its cricket team. moral: fawad will learn his lesson in eng if not then in India. His international career will over before next oz summer.

  • shaantanu on August 15, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    i think the decision to include fawad is more emotional than practical......havnt actually been following his performance in Aus domestic circuit but seeing his performance in the just concluded 'a' series doesnt give much hope.......as someone said must have been 2 very impressive wickets.......anyway all the very best from India.if u become a permanent member in the Aus squad what a fairy tale it wud be.if it already issnt

  • on August 15, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    I can't believe people here think Doherty has been doing a top job. He never threatens to take wickets. Fawad's figures from SA might not be great but those matches have seen some very big scores knocked up, we have nothing to lose by giving him a run. Nice to see Hazlewood in the squad too, hope he gets some games.

  • jmcilhinney on August 15, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    @Elvin Zammit on (August 15, 2013, 5:23 GMT), I seem to recall Marcio telling us that Australia were #1 in ODIs before their last series in England, which ended 0-4. Many blamed that defeat on Michael Hussey being missing. Oh dear.

  • deeplongon on August 15, 2013, 6:08 GMT

    A missed opportunity to groom our future test players at the international level. But no. Instead all we get is another truly unbelievable mix of also-rans. When will the selectors learn from the early 1990's when our test players served time at the international level in ODI's before they were thrown into test match cricket. This was the opportunity for the likes of Khawaja and Maddinson to be given LONG runs in the team. As for the bowlers. We can have the fragile Watson bowling but not Siddle. Mitchel Johnson might land a few deliveries on the wicket I guess. And what about Lyon and Agar. Lyon's problem in tests is that he is too defensive. How is that not perfect for ODI's? And Agar as an allrounder - why not? Time for a stiff drink while I contemplate life without Inverarity and co. Alas it's only a distant dream.

  • stickboy on August 15, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    Pretty good team, but not really fair for Doherty to get dropped and I still think Ahmed is overrated. Just because he is a leg spinner does not mean he HAS to be in the team. I do like him as a person, but I can't see him at this stage having much success in international cricket, and I'm tipping for him to have an average domestic season this year. It's not his fault though and I think that Cricket Australia is putting too much pressure on him.

  • KarmatBaig on August 15, 2013, 6:01 GMT

    Fawad is an ordinary club level bowler, if he was that good then he would have been selected for Pakistan. Similar are my views with regards to Imran Tahir of South Africa, he was selected for Pakistan A but never performed upto expectations.

  • hariharan_cricinfo on August 15, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    1.David Warner 2.Shane Watson 3.Shaun Marsh 4.Michael Clarke 5.George Bailey 6.Glenn Maxwell 7.Matthew Wade 8.James Faulkner 9.Mitchell Starc 10.Clint Mackay 11.Fawad Ahmed

  • on August 15, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    Great day for you Fawad, Good luck bhai!

  • seantells on August 15, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    horrible selection again, where are the batsmen? too many bowlers and some are inexperienced. cut some crap believes of age etc and bring Brad Hodge,David Hussy n wade is useless Haddin should play instead.

  • on August 15, 2013, 5:27 GMT

    I have seen Fawad playing against Indian A team. He was one of the worst spinner I have ever seen. Even Shawn Marsh is better bowler than him. Meia hype and reality is totally different. Sad to see him selected over many quality spinners.

  • on August 15, 2013, 5:23 GMT

    I can't stand some of these comments.. hello ? We're no.2 ODI team in the world. We're pretty damn good. We don't rely on spin, we rely on pace. We have a better spinner now.

  • on August 15, 2013, 5:20 GMT

    give usman khawaja a go in odi..............middle order would look far better with his inclusion..........

  • dsig3 on August 15, 2013, 4:57 GMT

    Obviously havent been watching Ahmed in SA, but Doherty is a very solid citizen in the Aus side. Not just his bowling but he is a great fielder and handy with the bat. All I can say is they must of been 2 very impressive wickets.

  • on August 15, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    Just the squad we wanted except Hughes

  • Geeva on August 15, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    Aus cricket mus be desperate...over 31 spin bowler!!!!!!Could have tried Agar or Nathan Lyon much better spinners!!!!!!

  • PFEL on August 15, 2013, 4:40 GMT

    It's hard to be an Australian Cricket fan right now when the team is losing often and the selectors make mind boggling decisions. Doherty has been doing a fantastic job, and now they drop him for Fawad? Who has done nothing in Limted overs domestic cricket, and in the series in South Africa where he just played was consistently returning figures of 0-50 of 7 overs. And what about Lyon? Why can't he be selected to play ODIs? I can not understand such ridiculous selections.

    Can we DRS the selectors' decisions????

  • Dangertroy on August 15, 2013, 4:33 GMT

    2 wickets @137 in five List A matches is consistent alright, but maybe not the consistency we want. Was surprised to see Clarke as captain, I had genuinely forgotten that he still played oDI cricket. I think of this as George baileys squad, perhaps he should take over captaincy full time and Clarke can play as a batsman when he is fit.

  • landl47 on August 15, 2013, 4:18 GMT

    Let me make a prediction here. England will rest some of its key players (notably KP, Anderson and Swann), most of the others will be mentally drained after winning The Ashes, Australia will win the series and everyone will hail the Aussie revival- just like after 2010/11.

    What I'd like to see England do is rest all its test side but Root and Bairstow and let the youngsters play. They might get a drubbing, but it will show them what they need to do. England's had a settled side for several years now and although they aren't old the future does need to be on the selectors' minds. This side will start breaking up in 2015 and the young players need experience.

    As for the Aus side, it's a good squad and will want to prove itself after losing the Ashes. Batting is the weaker discipline, but short-format specialists like Warner, Maxwell and Watson give it power. I'm surprised Henriques is missing- has he become too friendly with Steve O'Keefe? Good luck to Fawad, he'll need it.

  • xylo on August 15, 2013, 4:16 GMT

    Australia drop a spinner and pick a new one. Surprise!!

  • on August 15, 2013, 3:57 GMT

    worst choice Doherty should be in the squad so as burns and maddo for 20s fawad is a very avg bowler.he and Australia learn his fate very soon another disappointment from this selection panel. nowadays it matches with PCB.

  • on August 15, 2013, 3:45 GMT

    David Warner, Shane Watson,George Bailey,Michael Clarke,Adam Voges ,Glenn Maxwell/ Fawad Ahmed, Matthew Wade (wk),Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Faulkner,Clint McKay,Mitchell Johnson/Mitchell Starc.

  • Aubm on August 15, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    Ahmed got 2 wickets at an average of 137 in the 5 games for the A team tri-series, not really sure how that can be considered being a "consistent wicket taker"

  • Chetan007 on August 15, 2013, 3:35 GMT

    My Australian XI for ODIs is Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, George Bailey, Michael Clarke, David Warner, Matthew Wade, Glenn Maxwell, James Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Fawad Ahmed. In Bench: Steven Smith, Adam Voges, Clint McKay, Josh Hazlewood.

  • Street_Hawk on August 15, 2013, 3:19 GMT

    Fawad Ahmed, performance in last 5 LA matches for Australia A: 0/42, 1/73, 0/58, 1/55 and 0/46

    Australian selectors: Clap!! Clap!!...I bow to thee!!!come play for Australia.

  • jmcilhinney on August 15, 2013, 3:18 GMT

    After a terrible last ODI series in England, an ordinary CT and now a heart-breaking Ashes, it will be interesting to see what Australia can muster in this ODI series as I'm sure that they'll be desperate to regain some pride. I doubt England will take it lightly and will consider it an early step on the path to the 2015 WC, although there may well be a bit of a let-down in intensity after having won the Ashes outright again.

  • on August 15, 2013, 3:04 GMT

    For same strange reason while every bowler in Aus who claim to bowl spin gets a cap now a days the best of the lot, O' Keefe continues to be ignored. I don't know what they saw in Ahmad's A tour performance, the economy rate doesn't show any sign of batsmen being troubled. X man has been a consistent performer in ltd overs game and definitely a better option at the moment. Cant help but notice how this team is exactly following the WI route of the 90s and the 00s with the constant chopping and changing in search of a charismatic player who is simply not there.

  • on August 15, 2013, 3:02 GMT

    I find the fact he's in the squad a joke he hasn't done nearly enough to get on the Australian side, he has proven time again that he goes for far to many runs and has the stats to prove just that. Why is CA handing this guy a spot without good reason he's not even young. Just another stupid mistake that Australian Cricket fans have to put up with.

  • on August 15, 2013, 3:02 GMT

    Faulkner over Hazelwood actually...

    S O'Ks limited overs record is no good... He should 1000% be in the test side though so you're right i that respect

  • Jeremy303 on August 15, 2013, 3:01 GMT

    Steve O'Keefe didn't get a look in for the ODI squad?

  • on August 15, 2013, 2:58 GMT

    At least age ODI side still looks strong aside from the CT... Watson, Marsh, Hughes, Clarke, Bailey, Voges, Wade, Johnson, Hazelwood, Mckay, Ahmed...

  • xtrafalgarx on August 15, 2013, 2:54 GMT

    Noo!! Doherty already had 44 undernhis belt, and was our best bowler in our last couple of matches! These selectors never learn, goodbye australian cricket.

  • wellrounded87 on August 15, 2013, 2:37 GMT

    Meanwhile Aus's #1 spinner SOK is slowly aging out of contention in domestic cricket.

  • wellrounded87 on August 15, 2013, 2:37 GMT

    Meanwhile Aus's #1 spinner SOK is slowly aging out of contention in domestic cricket.

  • xtrafalgarx on August 15, 2013, 2:54 GMT

    Noo!! Doherty already had 44 undernhis belt, and was our best bowler in our last couple of matches! These selectors never learn, goodbye australian cricket.

  • on August 15, 2013, 2:58 GMT

    At least age ODI side still looks strong aside from the CT... Watson, Marsh, Hughes, Clarke, Bailey, Voges, Wade, Johnson, Hazelwood, Mckay, Ahmed...

  • Jeremy303 on August 15, 2013, 3:01 GMT

    Steve O'Keefe didn't get a look in for the ODI squad?

  • on August 15, 2013, 3:02 GMT

    Faulkner over Hazelwood actually...

    S O'Ks limited overs record is no good... He should 1000% be in the test side though so you're right i that respect

  • on August 15, 2013, 3:02 GMT

    I find the fact he's in the squad a joke he hasn't done nearly enough to get on the Australian side, he has proven time again that he goes for far to many runs and has the stats to prove just that. Why is CA handing this guy a spot without good reason he's not even young. Just another stupid mistake that Australian Cricket fans have to put up with.

  • on August 15, 2013, 3:04 GMT

    For same strange reason while every bowler in Aus who claim to bowl spin gets a cap now a days the best of the lot, O' Keefe continues to be ignored. I don't know what they saw in Ahmad's A tour performance, the economy rate doesn't show any sign of batsmen being troubled. X man has been a consistent performer in ltd overs game and definitely a better option at the moment. Cant help but notice how this team is exactly following the WI route of the 90s and the 00s with the constant chopping and changing in search of a charismatic player who is simply not there.

  • jmcilhinney on August 15, 2013, 3:18 GMT

    After a terrible last ODI series in England, an ordinary CT and now a heart-breaking Ashes, it will be interesting to see what Australia can muster in this ODI series as I'm sure that they'll be desperate to regain some pride. I doubt England will take it lightly and will consider it an early step on the path to the 2015 WC, although there may well be a bit of a let-down in intensity after having won the Ashes outright again.

  • Street_Hawk on August 15, 2013, 3:19 GMT

    Fawad Ahmed, performance in last 5 LA matches for Australia A: 0/42, 1/73, 0/58, 1/55 and 0/46

    Australian selectors: Clap!! Clap!!...I bow to thee!!!come play for Australia.

  • Chetan007 on August 15, 2013, 3:35 GMT

    My Australian XI for ODIs is Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, George Bailey, Michael Clarke, David Warner, Matthew Wade, Glenn Maxwell, James Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Fawad Ahmed. In Bench: Steven Smith, Adam Voges, Clint McKay, Josh Hazlewood.