Australia news February 29, 2012

Bailey, Lyon picked for Caribbean ODIs

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George Bailey and Nathan Lyon will both be in contention for one-day international debuts after being named in Australia's squad for the tour of the West Indies. The selectors announced a 16-man group for the five ODIs that begin the tour in mid-March and a 13-man squad for the two T20s that follow.

The wicketkeeper Brad Haddin was named in the one-day squad as the backup for the new limited-overs No.1 Matthew Wade. The inclusions of Haddin, Bailey and Lyon were the major changes from the squad taking part in the final stages of the Commonwealth Bank Series, and there was no room in the attack for Ryan Harris or Mitchell Starc.

As the national Twenty20 captain, Bailey was due to tour for two matches, but he will now take on the mantle of reserve ODI batsman. His selection came after a Man-of-the-Match performance in the Ryobi Cup final, when his captain's hundred narrowly failed to earn Tasmania the title, and the national selector John Inverarity said Bailey would also be in contention for a place in the Test squad.

"In the final and the other Ryobi Cup games and in the Sheffield Shield, he's probably in the form of his life," Inverarity said. "Post him being in the T20 side, whatever's happened there seemed to have been a real boost to his confidence. He's playing exceptionally well at the moment and very much deserves his opportunity in that side.

"We realise that some time in the next year or two or whenever, we won't have Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey in the Test team. So what we're trying to do is develop players for both forms but not least for Test cricket. We had that very much in mind with Peter Forrest ... That door is open for George also, to play in the one-dayers and see how he goes and he's certainly right up there as one of the players we might be looking to for the future."

While Bailey's Test chances remain in the hands of the selectors, Lyon will certainly be part of Australia's squad in all three formats. Although he has played 10 Tests and is yet to make his one-day or T20 debut for Australia, it was in the shortest format that Lyon first made his name for South Australia last summer, and he is well qualified for a position alongside Xavier Doherty in the squad.

"Nathan Lyon caught the eye of the cricket community and the national selectors because of his performances in T20," Inverarity said. "That's where he first caught the eye. He was selected as a fine offspin bowler by the previous panel and that was a very good selection that they made. Towards the end of the [India] Test series he had a sore quad, so essentially he didn't come to mind as a possible selection [for the T20s or CB Series]."

There was no room for Brad Hogg, who came out of international retirement in Australia's T20s against India earlier this month, but Inverarity said that was a pre-planned selection to allow Lyon some limited-overs exposure. He said it was likely Australia would take Hogg, Doherty and Lyon to Sri Lanka for the ICC World Twenty20 later this year as a diverse three-man spin attack.

Michael Hussey has been recalled to the T20 squad after resting from the two matches against India, and having not played for Australia in the format in nearly two years. Forrest was also named in the T20 squad but Inverarity made it clear he was a backup batsman only, and was not considered part of Australia's best batting line-up in the format.

Aaron Finch and Travis Birt have also found themselves out of Australia's preferred T20 side and face a challenge to force their way into contention for the World Twenty20 in September. And while the left-arm fast bowler Starc was not officially included, Inverarity said he would travel with the squad and work with the bowling coach Craig McDermott as a learning opportunity.

"Mitchell Starc has not been selected as a member of this squad," he said. "However, Mitchell will travel with this group as a further development opportunity and spend valuable time around the Australian squad in the West Indies."

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

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  • VEXXZ on March 1, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    The West Indies will be coming from behind (as usual) due to the fact that SAMMY will be in the team .He will be the cause of a genuine fast Bowler to be left out . The selectors will always be in the news if Dwayne Smith is not in this line up .He has done more than enough for selection to be in all formats of this present WI team .

  • on March 1, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    Haddin? Seriously?!?!

  • Meety on March 1, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    @Jared Hansen - yep you are right re: Lee in T20s. MJ also has far better T20 stats. Still think Lee has a fair bit to offer in terms of ODIs, & I wouldn't write him off for the 2015 ODI W/Cup just yet!!!!! @VinnieVincent - really reckon it is Finch that got the raw prawn!

  • Meety on March 1, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    Dunno what Haddin will end up on, but he COULD of been out for a 3rd straight duck - dropped @ 3rd slip off Harris!

  • VinnieVincent on March 1, 2012, 0:28 GMT

    Geez i'd wish they'd give Birt a bit more of a go.

    The Aussie selectors still have no idea about T20. It's a slogfest.

  • on February 29, 2012, 23:22 GMT

    I think if Brett Lee did not have his history of strong performances in ODIs and Tests he would not be considered an automatic T20 selection, and I think if they stood back and evaluated the strength of his actual T20 performances then they would not pick him. Lee consistently gets smashed around the ground once he fails to take wickets with the new ball - compared to Shaun Tait and Dirk Nannes he looks utterly impotent in this format. Also, Forrest as back-up batsman ahead of Finch is nothing short of alarming. I don't think the selectors 'get' this format just yet...

  • hhillbumper on February 29, 2012, 21:46 GMT

    Jonesey 2 as ever claiming that all Aussies are worlds best.Yep but you aint won anything yet have you

  • on February 29, 2012, 21:37 GMT

    the way the selectors selected the team is amazing. how you can select Lyon in the squad. george bailey is also does not deserve to be included in the side. in every game they are playing with one less batsmen

  • slow.mo on February 29, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    Haddin's name is not in your ODI squad Brydon? Is he a stand by not touring with the team?

  • Wiper_Warriors on February 29, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    No Finch,Birt, Ferguson , Bollinger in this squad..!!!!

  • VEXXZ on March 1, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    The West Indies will be coming from behind (as usual) due to the fact that SAMMY will be in the team .He will be the cause of a genuine fast Bowler to be left out . The selectors will always be in the news if Dwayne Smith is not in this line up .He has done more than enough for selection to be in all formats of this present WI team .

  • on March 1, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    Haddin? Seriously?!?!

  • Meety on March 1, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    @Jared Hansen - yep you are right re: Lee in T20s. MJ also has far better T20 stats. Still think Lee has a fair bit to offer in terms of ODIs, & I wouldn't write him off for the 2015 ODI W/Cup just yet!!!!! @VinnieVincent - really reckon it is Finch that got the raw prawn!

  • Meety on March 1, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    Dunno what Haddin will end up on, but he COULD of been out for a 3rd straight duck - dropped @ 3rd slip off Harris!

  • VinnieVincent on March 1, 2012, 0:28 GMT

    Geez i'd wish they'd give Birt a bit more of a go.

    The Aussie selectors still have no idea about T20. It's a slogfest.

  • on February 29, 2012, 23:22 GMT

    I think if Brett Lee did not have his history of strong performances in ODIs and Tests he would not be considered an automatic T20 selection, and I think if they stood back and evaluated the strength of his actual T20 performances then they would not pick him. Lee consistently gets smashed around the ground once he fails to take wickets with the new ball - compared to Shaun Tait and Dirk Nannes he looks utterly impotent in this format. Also, Forrest as back-up batsman ahead of Finch is nothing short of alarming. I don't think the selectors 'get' this format just yet...

  • hhillbumper on February 29, 2012, 21:46 GMT

    Jonesey 2 as ever claiming that all Aussies are worlds best.Yep but you aint won anything yet have you

  • on February 29, 2012, 21:37 GMT

    the way the selectors selected the team is amazing. how you can select Lyon in the squad. george bailey is also does not deserve to be included in the side. in every game they are playing with one less batsmen

  • slow.mo on February 29, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    Haddin's name is not in your ODI squad Brydon? Is he a stand by not touring with the team?

  • Wiper_Warriors on February 29, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    No Finch,Birt, Ferguson , Bollinger in this squad..!!!!

  • jonesy2 on February 29, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    my problem is never with the inclusions because they are obviously always of the highest quality, but the exclusions. what have okeefe, birt, finch, marsh, hogg, faulkner done not to be selected?

  • 200ondebut on February 29, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    The type of confused selction that happens with a poor side and an ineffective domestic infrastructure. Australia will be lucky to retain their international status - they'll be playing with Scotland, Kenya, Holland and the USA soon.

  • anshu.s on February 29, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    I em very surprised not to see A.Finch,Travis Birt,N.Maddinson,M.Henriques not in the 20-20 squad,atleast the first two could hve been accomodatedat the expense of Forrest or M.Hussey.B.Lee continued selection ahead of Mcdermott,Coultier-Nyle or B.Cutting looks odd taking his age into account,20-20 squad lacks firepower n youth

  • Narbavi on February 29, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    @MrKistic: Bailey shouldn't even be in the squad?? that's a joke and if u r an australian supporter then that's even more surprising, look at his performances in the domestic arena, that poor chap clearly deserves a one day call up, and even more recently he made a 100 in the cup final!!

  • Solace1 on February 29, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    @jonesy2: ya and your's is even more insane dude!!

  • Freak7820 on February 29, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    Decent Australian squad for T20's and ODI's.

    Finch is pretty unlucky to not be part of the T20 side...even Rob Quiney might have had a sniff at the T20 side, he's done fairly well for the Vics over the past 2-3 seasons.

    Not sure about Lee in the ODI team...T20's are fine. He is 35 and it surprises me that the selectors have kept him in the team, rather than giving a younger bowler more chances before the 2015 WC...i mean at the end of the day, he will be 38 by the time of the world-cup.

  • jonesy2 on February 29, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    aaron finch averages 104 in t20 internationals. yet him and birt arent chosen, forrest in great but not t20s same with bailey, s marsh may have had a horror test series but its completely seperate game!! how can that justify him not being in the t20 side and ODI side he is probably the 5th best t20 batsman in the world after warner, watto, hussey and hussey. cannot believe they havent thought to make watto t20 captain. even bailey himself doesnt understand how he has been picked for ODI's. so much madness.

  • jonesy2 on February 29, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    so many insane selections and exclusions i have completely lost track. not as insane as the comments on here though

  • on February 29, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    Good selections here, Finch would be in the squad if it wasnt as far away to fly, but due to the long flight they just included Forrest to be bench warmer for the t20's instead of sending Finch who would hav been 12th man in the t20's and then sent home as he isnt in ODI squad. Good to see Starc out of the side but even better for him that he is coming along for training experience because he is one for the future. Overall I have no issues with either of the squads selected. Finally Lyon is in the limited overs cricket which is good to see, jon hollands call up in the CB series was ridiculous!!

  • MrKistic on February 29, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    So Watson is good enough to captain the ODI squad when he's fit, but isn't good enough to captain the T20 squad? What is going on there? Clearly Watson should be captain of the T20 squad now he's back in it. In which case, Bailey shouldn't even be on the plane. And Finch can consider himself totes unlucky.

  • zenboomerang on February 29, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    Cricinfo has the ODI squad wrong - there should be 16 in the squad... Michael Clarke (Capt), Shane Watson (VC), George Bailey, Dan Christian, Xavier Doherty, Peter Forrest, Brad Haddin, Ben Hilfenhaus, David Hussey, Michael Hussey, Brett Lee, Nathan Lyon, Clint McKay, James Pattinson, Matthew Wade, David Warner... (from CA website)...

  • zenboomerang on February 29, 2012, 7:21 GMT

    Lots of crazy comments already about Haddin, Forrest, Bailey, N C-N, etc... Inverarity has already stated that the starting XI for ODI's in the WI's will be the same as our squad for this Friday, which is Warner, Watson, Clarke, Huss, Huss, Wade, Christian followed by Doherty & 3 of the 4 pace bowlers - Lee, McKay, Pattinson, Hilfenhaus... The others in the squad are just backups in case of injury - except Lyon who probably will get a chance...

  • Dashgar on February 29, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    @Jonesey. did you just mention maddinson as a potential Aus call up? Surely that was a misprint. Your comments crack me up sometimes. In the end I think this squad is one about stability. All T20 players have been named for ODIs. Most ODI players will be there for tests. I would prefer not to see Haddin but it's a better system than the one that led to katich and Hodge being dumped. Trust in Invararity. He thinks things through and he wins a lot more than he loses so far

  • D-Train on February 29, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    Finch has done everything right at international T20 level yet finds himself out of the squad? How do you justify that?

  • Nadeem1976 on February 29, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    Nice to see Mike Hussey back in T2020 squad. How could you not pick Mick Hussey in any form of the game. His WC SF innings against Pakistan was the greatest innings in T2020 cricket while chasing. I want to see Hussey playing T2020 worldcup because he is man to watch for. Too good a player.

    As a bowler i never want to bowl at Mike hussey, he can ruin bowler career in one innings. Too dangerous.

  • smudgeon on February 29, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    Funny, I see absolutely nothing wrong with Bailey being in the ODI squad. Did any of the people here complaining about his selection see the Ryobi Cup Final? I did. Every ball. Centurion and player of the Match, I believe. And if you've ket half an eye on domestic cricket over the last 5 years, you'll have noticed that when Tassie have found themselves in trouble, Bailey is there scoring runs and leading from the front. Quantity of runs is a good thing, but they need to be quality runs. Glad to see George finally getting some recognition.

  • -JMD- on February 29, 2012, 6:40 GMT

    What does michael klinger need to do to get an opportunity! he has piled on the runs for 3 seasons straight!

  • Meety on February 29, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    @Y Reddy - re: Birt; he averages 10 from 4 matches, Finch is the unlucky one. @Abshiek Bharadwaj - I suppose you can't pls them all, but I would definately had Ferguson in the ODI side. Given a few players with sub 40 FC scores have made the Oz test side as well, I would of thought his career performances in the ODIs would of had him in the frame? @katandthat3 - spot on regarding Bravo, he is all class & will be a major thorn in the Ozzy butts! == == == I think the squads are more about penny pinching than anything else. Whilst I don't think there is any glaring ommissions, I think there are some odd ones (Bailey in ODIs & Forrest in T20s). What I really like is that Starc has been brought along on development - that gets 10/10 from me. Pattinson gained so much from that, I would love to have seen S Smith go on all ozzy tours (once Shield commitments were over), however since we don't have a spin coach, the impact is lessened. All up a B/B+ squad.

  • unregisteredalien on February 29, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    To those citing Ferguson, I think he has a broken thumb at the moment. To those complaining about McKay, whoops I missed that and I'd have to agree with you.

  • warneythebest on February 29, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    @ Zhovaan Ramsaroop : i totally agree with u... shane watson should be made the permanent T20 captain bcz quite obviously he is the best T20 player in australia...nd he has the necessary experience......the aussie selectors are making sum pretty silly mistakes.....

  • Dashgar on February 29, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    Aaron Finch is the obvious one missing from the T20 squad. I don't know what they're expecting from him as he's performed in every match his been given a chance. He's far more suited to T20 and ODI than Forrest. Forrest is a better test prospect than Finch but that shouldn't affect the makeup of the ODI side, let alone the T20 side. Good to see Lyon given a go in the short forms, he'll dominate some world cups in the future.

  • on February 29, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    Rob Quiney and Coulter-Nile must be wondering what more they need to do to get selected in a struggling side that can't beat SL

  • jonesy2 on February 29, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    is forrest being in the t20 squad a misprint? please tell me it is!

  • jonesy2 on February 29, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    haha i honestly reckon the current selectors are taking the micky as much as the former ones. bailey? why would he get a call up when there are the likes of ferguson, maddinson, faulkner. such a joke

  • zenboomerang on February 29, 2012, 5:27 GMT

    Nothing surprising in these squads, all players have international experience & shown some form at that level... Very hard to bring in domestic players without that experience... Seems to be what the selectors have been building towards over this summer & look like good squads...

  • kartikn on February 29, 2012, 4:27 GMT

    @Cricinfo. Correction : It is not West Indies ODI Squad. It is Australian Squad going to West Indiies.

  • Brumby90 on February 29, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    So who said these selectors were better then the Hilditch brigade?

    Haddin?? Give me a break!!. And players wonder why they just dont get what is going on and if they are wanted.

    No Starc?? What a joke.

    Forrest in 20/20? lol. They MUST be kidding!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Let me guess, Cummings, pattinson will be dumped as soon as Johnson is fit right?..

  • katandthat3 on February 29, 2012, 3:39 GMT

    Some interesting selections as there always are. I guess cause the WI is a fair distance the need for two keepers but Haddin can consider himself very lucky to go, hope Wade gets 1st crack. As they are only probably playing a few T20's it's more worthwhile sticking with fairly similar squads, otherwise I would have had guys like Nathan Coulter-Nile, Faulkner and Quiney get some opportunities in T20 as I don't think we need Pattinson to play all forms at this stage. Glad Bailey will stick around for the ODI, well deserved. I still don't rate McKay, I think NC-N could do the same job but is better with the bat and in the field. Considering the guys who are left behind either injured or out of form things are looking pretty good. I wouldn't be taking the Windies lightly either. For overseas players that are great to watch Darren Bravo sits up high along with guys like AB de Villiers, Ross Taylor, Sangakara, Kohli & KP. Nice if Gayle is going to play for them but wouldn't hold my breath.

  • satish619chandar on February 29, 2012, 3:25 GMT

    Perfect squad.. Australia on track again!!! They do need a backup spinner for away tour in case of any injury.. The best squad though i would have loved to see Callum Fergusson there..

  • Sachit1979 on February 29, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    Looks like great selection. Only surprise is selection of Brad Haddin in ODI squad. Is Tim Paine not yet fit? Same question about Pat Cummins too?

  • on February 29, 2012, 3:13 GMT

    once again Ferguson has been ignored??He is younger than Bailey n definitely in good form...y cnt d selectors see wat every1 else can

  • on February 29, 2012, 3:08 GMT

    Shane Watson is the vice-captain the ODI and test team. Then why is George Bailey, someone who is just new to the international arena, T20 captain. Moreover, didn't Shane Watson just won best T20 and ODI batsman at the recent Allan Border awards? This is rather perplexing. David Warner should have led the team in Watson's absence. I'm sorry but these selectors bare strong similarity to West Indies'.

  • unregisteredalien on February 29, 2012, 2:55 GMT

    Very good squad. I'm not yet convinced Forrest has the strike rate for short form, but he's shown he can rack up the runs so it's a fair call. Haddin is there out of courtesy and an excess of caution; this will be his last tour unless Wade suffers some unforeseen injury. I'd probably have Hogg instead of Lyon for ODIs as well as T20, but I guess they want to test Lyon's adaptability as he's a longer term prospect. The other inclusions and cuts are perfect. Bailey has certainly earned his shot, and the way Starc's talent is being managed is infinitely more sensible than was the Mitch J debacle.

  • VivGilchrist on February 29, 2012, 2:49 GMT

    Why does Baileys name look like the odd one out in the T20 squad? Why can't Watto captain the T20 team? Forrest is not a quick enough scorer to play in the shorter formats. Had he been in the Indian team last night, they wouldnt have got anywhere near 320 unlesss he got dismissed in under 12 balls. Horses for courses. A little harsh on Harris as well I think.

  • on February 29, 2012, 2:42 GMT

    Not happy with the inclusions of Haddin and McKay...

  • on February 29, 2012, 2:39 GMT

    oh god !! pathetic !! wht wrong did travis birt do ?? why he is dropped ?? when they give warner tons of chances why cant they giv birt and finch enough chances before kicking them out ? peter forrest in t20 squad is like dravid in an t20 team !!

  • Naren on February 29, 2012, 2:33 GMT

    This is getting pretty confusing. Why Bailey as captain when you have Shane Watson in the squad? Just does not make sense. Bailey did not look convincing in the two Twenty20s. When you have a vice captain who plays all three formats, why not make him the captain in this format? I thought Bailey was a stand-in since Watson was out injured.

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  • Naren on February 29, 2012, 2:33 GMT

    This is getting pretty confusing. Why Bailey as captain when you have Shane Watson in the squad? Just does not make sense. Bailey did not look convincing in the two Twenty20s. When you have a vice captain who plays all three formats, why not make him the captain in this format? I thought Bailey was a stand-in since Watson was out injured.

  • on February 29, 2012, 2:39 GMT

    oh god !! pathetic !! wht wrong did travis birt do ?? why he is dropped ?? when they give warner tons of chances why cant they giv birt and finch enough chances before kicking them out ? peter forrest in t20 squad is like dravid in an t20 team !!

  • on February 29, 2012, 2:42 GMT

    Not happy with the inclusions of Haddin and McKay...

  • VivGilchrist on February 29, 2012, 2:49 GMT

    Why does Baileys name look like the odd one out in the T20 squad? Why can't Watto captain the T20 team? Forrest is not a quick enough scorer to play in the shorter formats. Had he been in the Indian team last night, they wouldnt have got anywhere near 320 unlesss he got dismissed in under 12 balls. Horses for courses. A little harsh on Harris as well I think.

  • unregisteredalien on February 29, 2012, 2:55 GMT

    Very good squad. I'm not yet convinced Forrest has the strike rate for short form, but he's shown he can rack up the runs so it's a fair call. Haddin is there out of courtesy and an excess of caution; this will be his last tour unless Wade suffers some unforeseen injury. I'd probably have Hogg instead of Lyon for ODIs as well as T20, but I guess they want to test Lyon's adaptability as he's a longer term prospect. The other inclusions and cuts are perfect. Bailey has certainly earned his shot, and the way Starc's talent is being managed is infinitely more sensible than was the Mitch J debacle.

  • on February 29, 2012, 3:08 GMT

    Shane Watson is the vice-captain the ODI and test team. Then why is George Bailey, someone who is just new to the international arena, T20 captain. Moreover, didn't Shane Watson just won best T20 and ODI batsman at the recent Allan Border awards? This is rather perplexing. David Warner should have led the team in Watson's absence. I'm sorry but these selectors bare strong similarity to West Indies'.

  • on February 29, 2012, 3:13 GMT

    once again Ferguson has been ignored??He is younger than Bailey n definitely in good form...y cnt d selectors see wat every1 else can

  • Sachit1979 on February 29, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    Looks like great selection. Only surprise is selection of Brad Haddin in ODI squad. Is Tim Paine not yet fit? Same question about Pat Cummins too?

  • satish619chandar on February 29, 2012, 3:25 GMT

    Perfect squad.. Australia on track again!!! They do need a backup spinner for away tour in case of any injury.. The best squad though i would have loved to see Callum Fergusson there..

  • katandthat3 on February 29, 2012, 3:39 GMT

    Some interesting selections as there always are. I guess cause the WI is a fair distance the need for two keepers but Haddin can consider himself very lucky to go, hope Wade gets 1st crack. As they are only probably playing a few T20's it's more worthwhile sticking with fairly similar squads, otherwise I would have had guys like Nathan Coulter-Nile, Faulkner and Quiney get some opportunities in T20 as I don't think we need Pattinson to play all forms at this stage. Glad Bailey will stick around for the ODI, well deserved. I still don't rate McKay, I think NC-N could do the same job but is better with the bat and in the field. Considering the guys who are left behind either injured or out of form things are looking pretty good. I wouldn't be taking the Windies lightly either. For overseas players that are great to watch Darren Bravo sits up high along with guys like AB de Villiers, Ross Taylor, Sangakara, Kohli & KP. Nice if Gayle is going to play for them but wouldn't hold my breath.