ICC World Twenty20 2014 February 11, 2014

Hogg and Hodge in Australia's World T20 squad

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Brad Hogg could become the oldest man ever to play a Twenty20 international after being called up along with fellow veteran Brad Hodge for Australia's World Twenty20 campaign in Bangladesh. Australia's selectors opted for experience in their 15-man squad, which also includes Brad Haddin and Cameron White, although the young legspinner James Muirhead was also named after impressing in his first T20 internationals against England this summer.

Hogg earned a surprise recall for the previous World T20 in Sri Lanka in 2012 but he had not played for Australia since that tournament. However, he has continued to take wickets and keep the runs tight for the Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League and his selection at the age of 43 has shown that the selectors are prepared to bank on experience as Australia push for their first title in the shortest format.

The oldest man ever to play a T20 international was Kenya's Steve Tikolo, who was 42 when he walked out against Canada in Sharjah in November. Hogg turned 43 last week but showed as part of the Scorchers' BBL-winning team that he remains enthusiastic and athletic in the field as well as canny with the ball. He could be a key player in the spinning conditions of Bangladesh.

The same can be said of Hodge, who at 39 was recalled to Australia's team for the T20s against England this season having not played for his country for nearly six years. Although Hodge's BBL form this summer was solid rather than spectacular - he scored 219 runs at 36.50 - he is the highest run scorer of all time in Twenty20 cricket, with 5902 runs, and his experience in Bangladesh with the Barisal Burners could be invaluable.

"We have selected a squad that has plenty of experience playing the Twenty20 format in the sub-continent, which augers well for the challenges of Bangladesh," national selector John Inverarity said. "Brad Hogg comes into the squad . Once again Brad bowled very well for the Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League and many batsmen found him difficult to read. Despite his age, his enthusiasm and fitness are undiminished.

"Brad Hodge has made a great number of Twenty20 runs on the sub-continent and played many match defining innings there. He will provide the squad with a great deal of calm experience and knowledge. His inclusion is just reward for his outstanding performances in this form of the game over many seasons."

Muirhead, 20, is the least experienced member of the group, and perhaps the most remarkable part of his journey was that he did not even start the BBL season with a contract. Muirhead was only included in the Melbourne Stars squad as an injury replacement before Christmas, but his impressive performances in a number of tour matches earlier in the summer against England encouraged the selectors to take a punt on him in the T20 internationals.

"The national selection panel was pleased with the way the side performed in those Twenty20 matches where they played with great confidence and authority," Inverarity said. "Of those performances we were highly impressed with James Muirhead who displayed a good temperament, excellent control and a legbreak that turns significantly. He is an exciting inclusion."

Although Muirhead took two wickets in the final T20 in Sydney, his most impressive display was arguably in the second match in Melbourne, when he kept the runs tight and claimed 1 for 17 from his four overs. In front of a crowd of nearly 65,000 at the MCG, Muirhead showed his willingness to toss the ball up and risk leaking a few boundaries, and his legbreak turned sharply at times.

"It was definitely really daunting, especially in front of 65,000 at that game," Muirhead told ESPNcricinfo last week. "Bowling legspin you just really have to have confidence and believe in yourself and you know you can perform at that level. You just try and take in the crowd and relish the moment and enjoy yourself. You're going to get hit for a few sixes or a few boundaries bowling legspin in T20, so you can't put yourself down, you've just got to keep fighting against them."

Muirhead's inclusion meant there was no room for Xavier Doherty, with Glenn Maxwell the other slow-bowling option in the group. Shaun Marsh was also overlooked, as was the young Queensland batsman Chris Lynn, who performed well in his initial T20 internationals over the past month, and neither Josh Hazlewood nor Ben Cutting were able to squeeze in to the attack.

Because several key players were already in South Africa preparing for the Test tour while the T20s against England were played recently, the squad looks different from that group. David Warner, Shane Watson, Mitchell Johnson and Brad Haddin will all be part of the World T20 outfit after not taking part in the 3-0 success over England.

The inclusion of Haddin, who has played only two T20 internationals in the past two and a half years and in fact retired from the format in 2011, meant there was no room for Matthew Wade, who has generally been used as Australia's keeper in the short format. James Faulkner was included after missing the Test tour of South Africa due to a knee injury, although it remains to be seen whether he will play in the T20s in South Africa that follow the Tests.

"James Faulkner is recovering well from his knee surgery," Inverarity said. "He is expected to be fully fit for Bangladesh. We will monitor his rehabilitation to see how he is progressing for the matches in South Africa."

White managed to hold his place after performing well against England, although whether he will be able to squeeze into the top order is unclear, with Aaron Finch, Watson and Warner all potential openers. Allrounder Daniel Christian and fast bowlers Nathan Coulter-Nile and Mitchell Starc will also be part of the squad, which will be led by George Bailey.

Australia World T20 squad George Bailey (capt), Daniel Christian, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Brad Haddin, Brad Hodge, Brad Hogg, Glenn Maxwell, James Muirhead, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, David Warner, Shane Watson, Cameron White.

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

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  • Big_Brother_of_Cricket on February 11, 2014, 3:14 GMT

    Very happy with the squad selection specially with the inclusion of the two veterans Hogg and Hodge. Hogg is the number one T20 bowler for Australia, Hodge is too experienced and always-performing to be missed. Mitchell Starc over Hazlewood is a good selection considering the experience of Starc and also his talent in death bowling. Cutting is unlucky not to be included, but his bowling was not up to the mark during BBL. However, I doubt the inclusion of Christian and the absence of Lynn. Lynn has consistently performed in T20s. Furthermore, why do we need Christian when there are many all rounders in the form of Watson, Faulkner and Maxwell. I would have Christian as a backup for Watson if he's injured. The selection of Brad Haddin baffles me when Aus have a promising keeper in the form of Tim Paine. Brad Haddin is suited for Tests and ODIs and Paine would have been the ideal choice for T20s. So Haddin & Christian - OUT, Paine & Lynn (IN) is the best squad for me.

  • goldeneraaus on February 11, 2014, 2:22 GMT

    Very good squad. T20 WC's don't have the huge build up like the 50 over WC so you pick a squad in form at the time and hope for the best, rather than rely on past form and results. Hodge is a worthy selection given Australia's struggle in the last WC to have the middle order contribute, and with a more confident Bailey Australia look less top heavy than before. Bowling always a strength and is well varied for the conditions. My 11 - Warner Finch Watson White Bailey Hodge Faulkner Haddin Johnson Hogg Starc. The problem with this side is that the top 4 all love to open and may not be as effective anywhere else, could see White miss out for Maxwell.

  • on March 12, 2014, 18:16 GMT

    prob xi finch. warner . watson. baily. hodge. maxi. haddin. fulkner. jonson. starc. hogg

  • andrew-schulz on February 15, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    Cccrider, both Johnson and Christian were in Brisbane's squad for the BBL.

  • on February 13, 2014, 4:21 GMT

    Hodge was sold for 4.25 inr

  • Hashimbaig on February 12, 2014, 14:06 GMT

    I have wroten to cricinfo so many times about having up to 4-5 experienced players in the team. I think that is a great team selection great to see watson, warner, Hogg and Hogde back. Great squad and good thinking to have the experienced Johnson and Haddin back. Australia will be one of the strongest teams in the world t20.

  • Blackholesun on February 12, 2014, 13:39 GMT

    It seems Aussies are very keen to get their hands on the trophy, that is why they included both of them are good players and performed well in the recently concluded KFC BigBash and that is why I was surprised today when Hodge went unsold ! despite the fact that he has performed very well in the IP in the last season.

  • on February 12, 2014, 10:45 GMT

    When will John Inverarity's reign of absolutely madness come to an end? How can Cutting and Lynn not be included? Granted Oz have a wealth of talent but this is another selection travesty. Maxwell seriously is not reliable and Hodge past it. Whereas Lynn is a true clean hitter with high average and Cutting clears the fence every 2nd or 3rd ball. Madness.

  • on February 12, 2014, 7:26 GMT

    How does watson get in??? some1 in acb really loves this guy. Shoulda been cutting over him. I personaly think they need to get rid of watson altogether.

  • wellrounded87 on February 12, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    cccrider MJ and Watto aren't QLDers? You'll have a hard time telling them that.

    But you are right Lynn was robbed

  • Big_Brother_of_Cricket on February 11, 2014, 3:14 GMT

    Very happy with the squad selection specially with the inclusion of the two veterans Hogg and Hodge. Hogg is the number one T20 bowler for Australia, Hodge is too experienced and always-performing to be missed. Mitchell Starc over Hazlewood is a good selection considering the experience of Starc and also his talent in death bowling. Cutting is unlucky not to be included, but his bowling was not up to the mark during BBL. However, I doubt the inclusion of Christian and the absence of Lynn. Lynn has consistently performed in T20s. Furthermore, why do we need Christian when there are many all rounders in the form of Watson, Faulkner and Maxwell. I would have Christian as a backup for Watson if he's injured. The selection of Brad Haddin baffles me when Aus have a promising keeper in the form of Tim Paine. Brad Haddin is suited for Tests and ODIs and Paine would have been the ideal choice for T20s. So Haddin & Christian - OUT, Paine & Lynn (IN) is the best squad for me.

  • goldeneraaus on February 11, 2014, 2:22 GMT

    Very good squad. T20 WC's don't have the huge build up like the 50 over WC so you pick a squad in form at the time and hope for the best, rather than rely on past form and results. Hodge is a worthy selection given Australia's struggle in the last WC to have the middle order contribute, and with a more confident Bailey Australia look less top heavy than before. Bowling always a strength and is well varied for the conditions. My 11 - Warner Finch Watson White Bailey Hodge Faulkner Haddin Johnson Hogg Starc. The problem with this side is that the top 4 all love to open and may not be as effective anywhere else, could see White miss out for Maxwell.

  • on March 12, 2014, 18:16 GMT

    prob xi finch. warner . watson. baily. hodge. maxi. haddin. fulkner. jonson. starc. hogg

  • andrew-schulz on February 15, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    Cccrider, both Johnson and Christian were in Brisbane's squad for the BBL.

  • on February 13, 2014, 4:21 GMT

    Hodge was sold for 4.25 inr

  • Hashimbaig on February 12, 2014, 14:06 GMT

    I have wroten to cricinfo so many times about having up to 4-5 experienced players in the team. I think that is a great team selection great to see watson, warner, Hogg and Hogde back. Great squad and good thinking to have the experienced Johnson and Haddin back. Australia will be one of the strongest teams in the world t20.

  • Blackholesun on February 12, 2014, 13:39 GMT

    It seems Aussies are very keen to get their hands on the trophy, that is why they included both of them are good players and performed well in the recently concluded KFC BigBash and that is why I was surprised today when Hodge went unsold ! despite the fact that he has performed very well in the IP in the last season.

  • on February 12, 2014, 10:45 GMT

    When will John Inverarity's reign of absolutely madness come to an end? How can Cutting and Lynn not be included? Granted Oz have a wealth of talent but this is another selection travesty. Maxwell seriously is not reliable and Hodge past it. Whereas Lynn is a true clean hitter with high average and Cutting clears the fence every 2nd or 3rd ball. Madness.

  • on February 12, 2014, 7:26 GMT

    How does watson get in??? some1 in acb really loves this guy. Shoulda been cutting over him. I personaly think they need to get rid of watson altogether.

  • wellrounded87 on February 12, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    cccrider MJ and Watto aren't QLDers? You'll have a hard time telling them that.

    But you are right Lynn was robbed

  • cccrider on February 12, 2014, 4:01 GMT

    Lynn was robbed. And a Queenslander free squad. Maxwell is more a gamble than Muirhead.

  • AidanFX on February 12, 2014, 0:53 GMT

    Whilst he is young - it is no gamble, he control is quite remarkable for his age and experience. Whilst I saw Boyc bowl quite well in BBL - the fact is he like most wrist spinners bowls the typical at least 1 full toss or short delivery an over. Muirhead seems to land each delivery quite outstanding. In saying all this Hogg deserves his spot no less.

  • on February 12, 2014, 0:25 GMT

    I think Chris Lynn's non selection is inexplicable. I would definitely have him in ahead of Christian and I would have Ben Dunk in ahead of Hodge. I think Hogg is an amazing as a 40 odd T20 player and having him alongside the impressive youngster Muirhead is an exciting situation in the world cup.

  • on February 11, 2014, 23:48 GMT

    ben cutting is better than christian

  • Shaggy076 on February 11, 2014, 23:38 GMT

    Sadip ; Im guessing your not Australian with your comments. Firstly, Starc has been out the game as long as Bird and Pattinson who you also mentioned. And the other guy mentioned is having knee surgery straight after South Africa. Starc showed in the 2 games against England he is clearly in our best X1 and appears to be the only Australian bowler that can bowl consistent good Yorkers. Christian wont get full quota or enough time to bat - well neither would Cutting. I would have them both but Christian can certainly hit a ball and he is quite good at dispatching spin. His slow cutters will also be good on these surfaces. As for Muirhead yes he is a surprise packet, but showed enough in his games to suggest he deserves to be in the team. Then Ponting didn't retire too young, he realised he was no longer up to test cricket and that is what counted to him so he retired very comfortable with his decision as for David Hussey he is not retired.

  • DerbyshireAussie on February 11, 2014, 20:54 GMT

    Good luck to Muirhead, but I hope he doesn't turn to many heads, or the ever reliant Lyons could be out of the longer game

  • Buggsy on February 11, 2014, 19:58 GMT

    Bit harsh for Lynn, but he'll get his chance soon enough.

  • stormy16 on February 11, 2014, 18:43 GMT

    A bit of a Dad's army but fair call by the Aussies, all of White, Hogg and Hodge have soild IPL/Asian experience which is doing to be crictical. Notable ommission is Steve Smith who has been great at the IPL and offers a 3 diementional role and I would have picked him ahead of Christenesen who has done little for a long time. Smith also offers a few spin overs and I doubt Dan offering much with the ball and Smith is a better batter and fielder.

  • on February 11, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    Have anyone realize that the big 3 are the first to name their squad. Is that a statement of power or just coincidence

  • Sadip on February 11, 2014, 13:54 GMT

    James Muirhead - Direct entry in World Cup is very very surprising just playing 3 T20s in/for Australia. Should have been Xavier Doherty in his place.

    Daniel Christian - Allrounder but can't be trusted either in bowling & batting. May not even bowl full quota of 4 overs & may not get enough time to bat. Ben Cutting may be the option ahead him.

    Mitchell Starc - Out of game for a long time. Jackson Bird, Rayan Harris or James Pattinson should have been selected ahead him.

    If Brad Hodge & Brad Hogg can be selected at this age, why Ricky Ponting & David Hussey were forced to retire with plenty of cricket left in them..??

  • on February 11, 2014, 13:17 GMT

    This Squad selection looks superb. Favorites on Paper

  • Ms.Cricket on February 11, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    Silly to select players who have not played in the national team for a while. Hogg may have bowled well in the Big Bash but the other countries batsmen will thrash him out of the park.

  • on February 11, 2014, 12:36 GMT

    Brad Hogg should be made your role model, Mr Virender Sehwag. Develop the same enthu & fitness; and you MAY get a chance to play for India in the next ODI WC to be held in OZ & NZ.

  • sundersingh on February 11, 2014, 12:28 GMT

    I think this lad muirhead is going to be a world class spinner. if he is trained by master. shane warne

  • Biggus on February 11, 2014, 12:28 GMT

    @ haq33:- Even at the tender age of 20 Muirhead is miles better than Ahmed. He'll be lucky to play for us again in my opinion.

  • abiram0812 on February 11, 2014, 12:18 GMT

    its a good selection of autralian side for upcoming worldt20 championship ..... maxwell and warner both are in good form and captain bailey also showing his role as captain and his contribution ..overall its a strong australian side for world t20 championship ..really missing Mr.cricket he still in good form and really that will miss his experience in middle order and he is a match winner ..

    my first eleven is-1) warner 2) finch 3)watson 4) white 5) bailey(c) 6) maxwell 7) haddin(wk) 8) christian 9)faulkner 10) johnson 11)coulter-nile

  • haq33 on February 11, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    Clever horses for courses selection by Aus. They seem to have begun thinking and playing better in recent months. However I still question the omission of Ahmed given the need for subcontinental experience.

  • vimal03 on February 11, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    Looking at the Australia team I think India is likely to exist early in this tournament. Especially the ground they are going to play all the league matches have bounce and pace (also bit of spin). Australia look like the favourites for their group with West Indies to follow. Pakistan always give a hard time for India.

  • steve48 on February 11, 2014, 11:14 GMT

    Applaud Aussies for picking a team to win this world cup, rather than blooding unproven players for future tournaments! England please take note. Apart from anything else, such selection criteria improves domestic cricket, encouraging everyone to think performance and fitness can outweigh youth and potential if the case is compelling enough. Contrast with our ridiculous over burdening of Joe Root, and if we are not careful, Ben Stokes

  • TheBigBoodha on February 11, 2014, 11:14 GMT

    The main issue is how they will play spin in BD. That's why Steve Smith would have been worth a shot. We saw in India that unimpressive spinners like Ashwin and Jadeja can be transformed into supermen after the the tracks are done over with pitch forks (or something like that).

  • on February 11, 2014, 11:11 GMT

    my playing 11 for frist match / George Bailey (capt), James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Brad Haddin, , Brad Hogg, Glenn Maxwell, James Muirhead, Mitchell Johnson, David Warner, Shane Watson, Cameron White.

  • on February 11, 2014, 10:59 GMT

    Where is shaun marsh

  • Damo_s on February 11, 2014, 10:37 GMT

    This world cup is going to be a big fat fail for England. Whilst we have some good talent they are a few players short of a quality side. The first player space is currently occupied by Dernbach (please, go away!), and we need a good spinner to restrict runs in the middle overs.Otherwise we may do ok and building for the future is probably a better option than dragging in 40 somethings like the Australians.

  • Amit_4_Sachin on February 11, 2014, 10:25 GMT

    Nice to see they are banking on solid performers. Hodge is a T20 legend & Hogg was bowling exceptionally well the last time I saw him play.

  • runout49 on February 11, 2014, 10:08 GMT

    Its about time the Australian selectors realised that in their ridiculous haste to unearth another Warne they are damaging the confidence of a lot of spinners.The list includes Beer, Fawad Ahmed, Holland, Agar , Doherty , Krezja and Hauritz..... Let's hope young Muirhead doesn't join them.

  • PFEL on February 11, 2014, 10:05 GMT

    Saying Hodge's form is "solid" but not great is very harsh. 219 runs at 36.50 in T20 cricket is freakish.

  • anuajm on February 11, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    Wow, love the team. Love the fact that Brad Hodge is in. This team has it in them to win the world cup and i hope they win. And Brad Hodge becomes the man of the tournament. And we can all rejoice his success and bask in his glory as he'll, because he deserves much more but got much less!! Rooting for Australia only for Hodge. Go Hodge, go Australia!!

  • on February 11, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    I like the way Inverarity invests in 40 yr olds. This way nobody will retire in a hurry.

  • ToneMalone on February 11, 2014, 9:55 GMT

    A cleverly assembled squad. The selectors have recognised age or future potential isn't a factor for this tournament -- it's how the players are performing in the here and now! Hogg and Hodge's selections are well-deserved, as is Muirhead's. I sometimes wonder whether selectors should weigh their T20 teams more in favour of their best, experienced strike bowlers - in this case I'd have liked to have seen Ryan Harris accompany Johnson in the squad (or even Brett Lee if he could be coaxed out of retirement), but I think NCN and Starc are solid selections nonetheless.

  • StarveTheLizard on February 11, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    Hey Sudu, your team may have done well last year. I'm sure it is still pretty good! Things change though. Last year, Australia couldn't beat England at much of anything. They made some changes and started doing the right things. We all know what happened then. I hope SL does well. I hope all the teams play well. I think Australia has a team that could take us all the way - even past your team.

  • on February 11, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    It's the year of the veteran BHs. Good luck to all 3 Brads. Pity there isn't a Brad Hussey as well.

  • jonnyboy82 on February 11, 2014, 9:34 GMT

    Lesson for the England selectors here, in picking the best players available. Hodge is 6 years older than KP and never had his class.

    I would put my house on Mascherenas leaking less runs than Dernbach, and selecting two players who haven't even played an international game in Ali and Parry, and will only have the opportunity to play 50 overs games against West Indies before the 20/20 tournament starts, just goes to show the complete dissaray the England set up is in at the moment.

    What about Sami Patel? England have gambled massively on plan A coming off.

  • on February 11, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    no point in having christian and coulter nile be better off with lynn and henriques who offer real fire power at the tail. pressure will be on both hogg and muirhead. id have white,finch,watson,bailey,hodge,haddin,maxwell,faulkner,johnson,starc,muirhead from that squad.

  • on February 11, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    The selection of Hogg and Hodge makes Englands decision to sack Pieterson even more bewildering. Australia have to be favourites in my opinion.

  • GoCho on February 11, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    @Cpt Meanster, you can remove India from your list too. The last 3 t20 World cups, they were thrashed in the super 6 stage itself. Sl or pak may reach the finals but will end up losing to Aus most probably.

  • on February 11, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    i dont see the point in having christian and coulter nile they wouldve been better off with lynn and henriques who offer some actual fire power at the tail. white,finch,watson,bailey,hodge,haddin,maxwell,faulkner,johnson,starc,muirhead

  • Nutcutlet on February 11, 2014, 8:58 GMT

    As an Englishman who's recently been as impressed by Aus. cricket in general, I think that the selectors have got this about right. I don't know enough about domestic form, but the only selection that looks a bit of a punt is Dan Christian. I like the vets element. (That aside, Muirhead is exciting and already delivering.) Much better to go for tried & tested ahead of promising. ATM there are some clear thinkers in charge of Aust. I can see this side as potential winners of the t20 WC.

  • Whatsgoinoffoutthere on February 11, 2014, 8:51 GMT

    England may have played like a bunch of turnips all winter, but Muirhead has something about him. Forget "the next Warne" because there was only one Shane Warne. But this bloke is useful. Only problem is the by the time Brad Hogg is out of the frame, he'll probably be about 80 years old.

    This is a good squad. International quality players couldn't even make it into the squad. Steve Smith might be a bit cheesed off, but where's the space for him?

  • Sudu_putha on February 11, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    Australia can have any team they want, but not going to be able to beat mighty SL in T20s. If you remember last summer in aus SL won 2-0. Aussies can play test, but any shorter format SL is miles ahead,

  • Shaggy076 on February 11, 2014, 8:47 GMT

    Co. Meanstar that is a better post as you have stated it as opinion rather than fact and it is obviously tour opinion however not shared by many. T20 is a fickle game anyone can win, I think Pakistan batting is weak and I can't see them in the last 4. Anything can happen on anyday in T20 and I would have thought any of India, SL, West Indies, South Africa, NZ, Australia or England could easily win.

  • Shaggy076 on February 11, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    Allrounders are needed in this form your only batting 20 overs so Finch, Warner, Watson and Bailey will do most the batting. From there you may have 6 overs max so no need for batsman that don't bowl ie play Maxwell, Christian, Haddin 5,6,7 and then you still have Faulkner, Johnson and Starc who can hit a ball 8,9,10 with a spinner at 11. There we have 2 quicks , Faulkner , Spinner and then 3 other options giving us so much variation. I think I would prefer Cutting at 6 but would definetely have Christian in the squad as only one back-up batsman should be required ie Hodge or White.

  • on February 11, 2014, 8:39 GMT

    Rellay miss Shaun Marsh and Steve Smith.

  • on February 11, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    Iam an hardcore Indian fan, but the way the team selection happens in Indian team, it very difficult for them to reach the semis. But looking at the Aus team they might go all the way considering the form each of them are in. A dangerous side for sure.

  • Nimme_1980 on February 11, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    As a aus fan i am totally happy about the selection for T20 WC

  • on February 11, 2014, 8:03 GMT

    too many left hand bowlers-hogg starc johnson faulkner

  • on February 11, 2014, 7:53 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster, which sub-continental team looks like winning the cup? Pak, they are always like this, Inconsistent. If they have to win it, they will even win it in Aus and can lose in Lahore. SL is going through lot of changes and are a young side. Our own team India, is so low on confidence, they get to SF, even that would be miracle. Aus has chosen a very dangerous side. First time forego the policy of 'Future this & Future that', they picked the guys who are more likely to do the job & are in form rather than reputation. Except Christian, they would have been better with Bollinger who is very good T20 bowler, not sure he is fit or not. SA, T20 side is pretty poor at the moment. Eng has good side but they too has same scars (low-confidence) as we have currently. WI, provided what team they choose, can be contender. NZ, very good side but looks like they see a ghost as soon as they enter BD. T20 is always a lottery but Aus would be favorite.

  • on February 11, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    Not happy with few selection. Why the hell DC in team. He never deliver in any big stage . He was failure in Ipl too. Very sad not to include tim pain./ steven smit and shaun marsh. Look at marsh performance in ipl. I don't think oz can put ind/ pak/ slk down in sub continent condition. Very very sad for not hving Steven smit / tim pain # still the big oz fan

  • on February 11, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    dis z one of d best team for t20......

  • on February 11, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    Cant get better than this. Fire power from top to bottom.

  • on February 11, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    i'm a srilankan and although srilanka are ranked Number 1 team i think this Australian team can win the title... O.o

  • on February 11, 2014, 7:27 GMT

    I'm an English support and I'm finding it diffcult to see how this aus team is going to loss they hav an incredible batting line up with the inclusion of hodge this makes it diffcult batting line up to get through. The bowling attack has incredible variety with the youngster muirhead and hogg this attack will be diffcult to stop.

    Good luck aus can't wait to see this team go :)

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on February 11, 2014, 7:27 GMT

    Smith has been a very good middle order player in the IPL, so it's sad to see him not get picked. Steve Smith at 5 and Brad Hodge at 6 would've been brilliant for Australia.

  • Mitty2 on February 11, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    Who cares about age? It's 20/20. Disappointed that there's no Dunk, Paine and Lynn though who all performed very well in the BBL and even Maddinson who performed well on debut.

    @Cpt.Meanster, lol, your view on cricket is so heavily biased it's not even funny. How you can still talk up these countries (India) when they're presently being smashed is incomprehensible... When India aren't 5-0 like they are on their tour right (against one of the lowest ranked teams - and yes you do constantly mention the ratings so don't undermine them now) now then you could possibly talk up their chances. And when was the last time the Windies won a game?

  • DylanBrah on February 11, 2014, 7:18 GMT

    Steve Smith should be in the team, no doubt... has anyone seen his bowling stats in T20? Averages about 20 with the ball... which would be more than handy in Bangladesh. Though he didn't bowl at all in the BBL for some reason... I wish he would devote more time to his leggies. I have even heard of David Warner working on his leggies in SA, but no mention of Smith bowling...

  • liammurphy on February 11, 2014, 7:06 GMT

    loving Hodge and Hogg inclusions!! How is it that sean marsh gets a go in the test arena but not the limited overs! However I believe that there should be more separation between test and limited overs players. This would decrease the risk for flawed batting techniques (e.g. reason why Bailey is not in test side). Also some bowlers do not always have the control needed for limited overs cricket (Johnson). Some players are also all show and no go! I would therefore change the following. Brad Haddin out for Tim Paine. Glenn Maxwell out for a real batsman like sean marsh or david hussey. James Muirhead for Xavier Doherty. Shane Watson for somebody who likes like they want to be there and doesnt get injured all the time. Finally Mitchell Johnson for somebody with control on a regular basis. I love Johnson and Haddin but they should stick to test matches

  • Glennpaul on February 11, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    Funny how they pick these sides these older players are going ok but it's the younger players who need the exposure and there is plenty of Atlanta not getting a run.

  • Zeshan547 on February 11, 2014, 6:54 GMT

    My rankings according to current form and results of all teams; Test: 1-SA 2-AUS 3-PAK 4-ENG 5-IND 6-SL 7-NZ 8-BD 9-WI 10-ZIM ODI: 1-AUS 2-SA 3-PAK 4-NZ 5-ENG 6-IND 7-SL 8-WI 9-BD 10-IRE T20: 1-PAK 2-AUS 3-NZ 4-SL 5-SA 6-IND 7-WI 8-ENG 9-IRE 10-AFG

  • Dysan25 on February 11, 2014, 6:40 GMT

    Finally Australia has found a way to give Brad Hodge an opportunity to play international cricket .. good to see this .. also the team looks solid .. will take some real hard cricket to beat this team ..

  • Chris_P on February 11, 2014, 6:16 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster. We'll re-visit your comments after the final.

  • on February 11, 2014, 6:13 GMT

    Wow! that's an amazing ensemble of players. Hard to see how this team cannot win the cup.

  • BatBowlCatch on February 11, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    Best starting XI to me: White, Finch, Watson, Bailey, Maxwell, Hodge, Haddin, Faulkner, Johnson, Starc, Hogg. I think Smith is being groomed for eventual test captaincy so the selectors are leaving him to focus on that for now. A good call I think. It worked well for Clarke over a long period and really, at this stage, who else is there in another 5ish years time.

  • on February 11, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    Didn't Haddin retire from T20 years ago? Paine is in awesome form in T20 at the moment. Shame he isn't going instead

  • on February 11, 2014, 5:52 GMT

    cant believe after such a good big bash Brett Lee didnt make the cut

  • Cpt.Meanster on February 11, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    A lot of posts here are coming from Aussie cheer leaders who think this team will win the world T20. Clearly, I think they will flatter to deceive. One of the Asian teams will win it (SL/PAK/IND). WI will be the only non-Asian team who can come close to winning the championship. Still, as a cricket lover, I will wish Australia good luck because they will need it.

  • azzaman333 on February 11, 2014, 5:34 GMT

    White, Finch, Watson, Maxwell, Bailey, Hodge, Faulkner, Haddin, Starc, Coulter-Nile/Johnson and Hogg. You couldn't break up the White/Finch opening partnership when their worst effort against England was a 1-48 off 6.4 overs. Bailey and Hodge are the two most versatile batsmen, so they come in down the order to stabilize the innings if things go wrong, but they're also very capable of scoring quickly in the right situation. Faulkner does it all, Starc is the best short form bowler in the country, Hogg gets first pick over Muirhead. It's a bit light on specialist bowlers, but there's a lot of part-time variety in the team. Bailey is the only batsman in the entire squad who doesn't bowl.

  • I_Love_Cricket_7 on February 11, 2014, 5:28 GMT

    OMG !!! This team is going to win this world cup for sure. Selectors are real good. My team : George Bailey (capt), Daniel Christian, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Brad Haddin, Brad Hodge, Brad Hogg, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Johnson, David Warner, Shane Watson

  • nkoch on February 11, 2014, 5:24 GMT

    no Steve Smith and David Hussy? That's really surprising

  • DEEPROCKS22 on February 11, 2014, 5:22 GMT

    Very Nice selection with Experience in Batting, pace & spin & allround abilities of shane watson & Faulkner. my playing XI for Aus would be as follows- 1-David Warner 2-Aaron Finch 3- Shane Watson 4-Brad Hodge 5-Glenn Maxwell 6-George Bailey (capt) 7-James Faulkner 8-Brad Haddin 9-Mitchell Johnson 10-Mitchell Starc 11-Brad Hogg...Best playing XI ever for T20 for Aus..

  • barryrichardsfan on February 11, 2014, 5:16 GMT

    Where the hell is Stevie Smith..one of the most skillful players in world cricket at the moment. I'd have preferred Smith and S.Marsh for Christian and White. Strong contenders these Aussies nevertheless

  • sidzy on February 11, 2014, 5:13 GMT

    Its a good squad just one problem too many opens needed someone else oter than than Cam White & no matter his performances he will struggle against spin..

  • Jerryraj on February 11, 2014, 4:58 GMT

    Cameron White, David Warner, Shane Watson, George Bailey (capt),Glenn Maxwell, Brad Hodge, Brad Haddin,Daniel Christian,James Faulkner, Brad Hogg, Mitchell Johnson, winning team for sure

  • Sachit1979 on February 11, 2014, 4:57 GMT

    I would have preferred to see another veteran David Hussey over Dan Christian. It's not only his batting but his offspin also would have got role to play in subcontinent conditions.

  • on February 11, 2014, 4:55 GMT

    I think still there is lack of a spinner. As everyone knows Hog is total failure against the sub-continent teams so might be wrong choice here Brad hodg is fine selection. one another thing that all the fast bowler also have very little exposure to the international cricket. By the way a balance and a good T20 Team espically from the point of view of Big hitter. I bet for Austrillia No 3

  • on February 11, 2014, 4:53 GMT

    Some good selection, but one bad selection which would hurt Australia badly and cost them any match. Where is Steven Smith? He is one of the best players in Australia throughout all three formats. He is the best fielder, will be handy with his leg-spinners in spinning pitches, and his batting is one best in T20 after Bailey and Maxwell. Replace him with Christian. Christian is nothing to the team.

  • Shaggy076 on February 11, 2014, 4:52 GMT

    Cpt.Meanster ; The last two world T20 cups played semi finalist and finalist. It took a once in a life time innings from Gayle to knock us out of the Semi in a world cup that we had pretty much dominated in Sri Lanka (wow that is the subcontinent I believe). Again your research is very lacking and yet another uninformed post. Australia will be fine in Bangladesh as they will be anywhere on the subcontinent in a T20 game where pitches are flat and manufactured to produce runs.

  • LongLiveTestCricket on February 11, 2014, 4:50 GMT

    Smith & Lynn should have been there in place of Christian & White. Also surprising to see Haddin who's hardly played any T20s.Paine definitely would have been a better option.

  • anver777 on February 11, 2014, 4:49 GMT

    Very strong & solid looking Aus T20 squad.... Smith is a surprise omission ????

  • on February 11, 2014, 4:49 GMT

    Should have replaced Dan Christian with Steven Smith. They already have Faulknar and Watson as seem bowling allrounders. Smith is a very good option in Sub continent pitches..

  • on February 11, 2014, 4:49 GMT

    Would like to have seen Chris Lynn in the side. He is a monster hitter and one of the few who can hit from ball 1.

  • on February 11, 2014, 4:44 GMT

    aussies are clear favorite to win the title apart from newzealand

  • mishaq on February 11, 2014, 4:40 GMT

    This is great combination of experienced and young blood if they play according to there plan they can beat ant team in the world. best of luck Aussie boys my team 1. finch 2. warner 3. watson 4. Baily 5.bard haddin 6. faulkner 7. jhonson 8. starc 9.hogg 9.brad hodge 10. maxwell 11. murhead

  • on February 11, 2014, 4:39 GMT

    Why not cricketers like Lawry, Chappell brothers & Richie Bendud. The selection of Australian cricket team is always fascinating

  • Insult_2_Injury on February 11, 2014, 4:37 GMT

    Finally some logic in selection. Age has shown to make no difference in the T20 format with many world players going to that format after they retire from the longer formats. If their form warrants it, any player should get a run regardless of age. Many quarters, most notably the media, called for young guys to be blooded after the Waugh / Ponting era and the selectors flip flopped between Hughes, Khawaja etc, never giving them a real chance. Once some clarity came back to the Set up we've seen the benefits of picking form players in all formats regardless of age. It makes sense, especially if CA is to be believed, that all Tests (even after a series is decided) are live. That means you pick the best side for every game regardless of age.

  • Yousuf.hatim on February 11, 2014, 4:36 GMT

    I bet australia winning the T20 word cup this time .. what a squad they have .. everything what u want !!! Excited !!!

  • Punter.Pratik on February 11, 2014, 4:34 GMT

    Good Team.So good that one of Hodge or Maxwell will miss out in the XI

  • joseyesu on February 11, 2014, 4:31 GMT

    Seems the enitre batsmans/Allrounders are big hitters,,,,,,

  • on February 11, 2014, 4:31 GMT

    1. Warner 2. Finch 3. Watson 4. White 5. Bailey 6. maxwell 7. Haddin 8. Faulkner 9. Jhonson 10. Starc 11. Hogg .This team is damn sure T20 2014 winner.

  • Sir_Francis on February 11, 2014, 4:28 GMT

    Once again the selectors surprise. It seems that if you are really old and your name is Brad you will be selected!

    Don't care about 20/20 but I'd like to see Hodge be the hero and win it for Australia

  • Cpt.Meanster on February 11, 2014, 4:24 GMT

    Australia have always been poor in T20s and will continue to be so during the upcoming edition in Bangladesh. Since the tournament is played in Bangladesh, one of the subcontinental teams will win the competition. The only non-Asian team that could win it are WI because the conditions will be similar to the Caribbean. The others will make up the numbers.

  • on February 11, 2014, 4:24 GMT

    My playing XI Warner, Finch, Watson, Cameron White, Bailey, Maxwell, Haddin, Faulkner, Johnson, Starc, Hogg

  • on February 11, 2014, 4:19 GMT

    Watching AUS T20 team versus England & the Big Bash League, this team looks very scary & well equipped to take world T20 title from the West Indies, if it plays to potential.

    Its so strong that other potential lethal players in this T20 format like Marsh Brothers, Dunk, Smith, Maddinson O'Keefe, Lynn, Wade, Cutting, Simmons, Pattinson, Henriques, Richardson, Bollinger all have missed out...

  • vish57 on February 11, 2014, 4:13 GMT

    Good Selection from Australia; definitely can win the trophy.

  • on February 11, 2014, 4:11 GMT

    Surprised to see Steven Smith is not selected :P

  • surfy67 on February 11, 2014, 4:08 GMT

    Great news, hope they both star at the T20WC.

  • Udendra on February 11, 2014, 4:07 GMT

    AUS has a chance if it's played in AUS.

  • on February 11, 2014, 3:59 GMT

    If Australia wants to win T20 World Cup, they should give Citizenship to Arafat and play him. he is perhaps the best death bowler in T20 world wide. He can bowl six different balls with uncanny accuracy. Fast, slow, off cutter, slow bouncer, leg stump yorker, yorker length outside off. This man is just phenomenal.

  • on February 11, 2014, 3:56 GMT

    1. Warner 2. Finch 3. Watson 4. White 5. Bailey 6. Hodge 7. Haddin 8. Faulkner 9. Jhonson 10. Starc 11. Hogg . Superb team

  • on February 11, 2014, 3:53 GMT

    this team is looking just perfect to win any tournament

  • on February 11, 2014, 3:52 GMT

    Very good squad. capable of winning it if everyone maintains their current form. I'd have been tempted to play Dunk as keeper though....

  • on February 11, 2014, 3:47 GMT

    Strong squad! No Wade, Thank goodness. He's the must useless T20 batsman of all time. I bet Muirhead can bat better than him.

  • runout49 on February 11, 2014, 3:47 GMT

    Hmm , Hogg's figure in International T20's : 12 matches, 5 wickets at an average of 61 and an economy rate of 7.51 aren't likely to strike fear into the hearts of the Gayles of this world. Doherty would have been a better option but good luck to him.

  • on February 11, 2014, 3:42 GMT

    And we say T20 is the young man's game... Good choice by the Aussie selectors. Nice to see veterans on the field.

  • sheru-sher on February 11, 2014, 3:37 GMT

    This is the winning team

  • on February 11, 2014, 3:30 GMT

    Surprised at the decision of Hogg. I will want to see him fire (not VS India) Good Luck Hogg and Aus

  • damnhomie_1 on February 11, 2014, 3:24 GMT

    So effectively the Aus 2014 WC squad is made up of 5 openers - Finch, Warner, Watson, White and Hodge...1 middle order Bat - Bailey...4 All Rounders, 4 Bowlers and 1 wk who has barely played a T20 match in last year. Doesn't look too balanced, at least on paper. G'luck to Australia!!!

  • on February 11, 2014, 3:24 GMT

    Looks like Australia has gone for "Horses for Courses" attitude which is good for the team. The selection could be tricky and if they opt both Hodge and Hogg then Cameron White and Daniel Christian may sit out along with Nathan Coulter-Nile and James Muirhead in the first match. Maxwell, Watson and Faulkner all can play since they do well on both bat and ball. All the best Australia.

  • on February 11, 2014, 3:19 GMT

    what a side they have. deserve this WC 20 . best team in the world on paper.

  • TEROSHAN on February 11, 2014, 3:17 GMT

    They Can win World t20 If five of then fires.... From SL FAN

  • Shaggy076 on February 11, 2014, 3:13 GMT

    It looks like batting order at the top will be Warner, Finch, Watson, Bailey, Maxwell. FOr mine White and Hodge are only going to bat 6 and I'd personally prefer to go with Cutting in this position as an aggressive hitter that can bowler an over or two. I would replace Hodge with Cutting but other than that no complaints about the squad.

  • sifter132 on February 11, 2014, 3:11 GMT

    Not a lot wrong on first blush. Definite lack of left handers in the batting lineup though. Warner is the only one from the 9 specialist batsmen picked! In that way Shaun Marsh is VERY unlucky, given his play in the BBL final and his excellent IPL history. So load up your left arm spin vs Australia! Cutting and Lynn are perhaps unlucky, but I'd like to see them play IPL or at least get some other overseas experience before getting the selection nod.

  • on February 11, 2014, 3:10 GMT

    V much wel balance side ...

  • class9ryan on February 11, 2014, 3:06 GMT

    Christian ahead of Steve Smith in the subcontinent.... Selection panel might have lost the trick here

  • class9ryan on February 11, 2014, 3:00 GMT

    Had tears in my eyes when i read the link .... Hodgey ( one of the few Aussies loved in India ) its your moment. Relive your career . Thanks to CA as well.

  • lok900 on February 11, 2014, 3:00 GMT

    Surely at least Ben Dunk should be included?

  • Moppa on February 11, 2014, 2:57 GMT

    A pretty reasonable squad. My only criticism would be that it's a bit heavy on top order batsmen (Finch, Warner, Watson and White) and perhaps lacking a late order finisher. Chris Lynn would be the man for that role, though I guess Cameron White filled that role earlier in his career and could slip down the order. Ben Cutting moderately unlucky, if Faulkner were not to prove his fitness, I'd bring in big Ben for his hitting as much as his pace bowling. Picking an XI from the squad, you probably get: Finch, Warner/White, Watson, Bailey, Hodge, Maxwell, Haddin, Faulkner, Johnson, Coulter-Nile/Starc, Hogg. Lots of left-armers too!

  • Ozcricketwriter on February 11, 2014, 2:55 GMT

    This is a very, very, impressive squad. Pity that our test squads never look quite as awesome as our limited over squads. We are a good chance to win with this squad. Now all we need is for them to perform as we know they can.

  • salekinkhan on February 11, 2014, 2:51 GMT

    My best XI: 1- A Finch, 2- C White, 3- D Warner, 4- S Watson, 5- G Bailey, 6- G Maxwell, 7- B Haddin. 8- J Faulkner, 9- M Starc, 10- N Coulter-Nile, 11- J Muirhead.

  • on February 11, 2014, 2:49 GMT

    excellent combination of youth and experience. in cricket only young players doesn't make a good team whatever the format is. experience is very vital for the team.

  • on February 11, 2014, 2:48 GMT

    Wow feeling so excited! Coming Aussies u can do it!

  • AjberPukkaattupady on February 11, 2014, 2:48 GMT

    definetly the experience of Hogg will pay dividend. T20 need cool head while bowling. Hogg is a cool customer with a maturity of 42

  • on February 11, 2014, 2:46 GMT

    I will miss Steven Smith...

  • GD66 on February 11, 2014, 2:44 GMT

    Pretty good squad, but a little disappointed Dunk didn't get an opportunity. Watson out, Lynn in..... ah well, they'll be competitive anyway. Good luck.

  • on February 11, 2014, 2:41 GMT

    Its really a good squad but I feel that CA is missing Ben Cutting, such an awesome player who had great debut knock against England. Anyways I wish Good Luck to this squad that they will bring flying colors to their nation.

  • siddhartha87 on February 11, 2014, 2:34 GMT

    exciting team.Really it will be interesting to see their playing XI. I don't see Hodge in playing XI as they got a 6 powerhouses for top 6 slots(white,Finch,Warner,Watson,Bailey and Maxwell). The rest 5 slots should go to Haddin, Faulkner,Johnson,Hogg,Starc.

    Hodge should be in playing XI in place of Maxwell or Finch if they prepare dust bowls

  • ShutTheGate on February 11, 2014, 2:30 GMT

    I feel for Lynn, I think he deserved to be selected.

    Can someone please remind me why Dan Christian gets selected? What's his strength?

  • featurewriter on February 11, 2014, 2:28 GMT

    Excellent selections. I would never have thought Doherty was in contention in T20 anyway; same with Lynn - he's a great talent, but there are others ahead of him in the T20 format. I would have considered Dunk with the gloves instead of Haddin, but I understand the need to have him in the team at the moment. I think it's a strong squad.

  • on February 11, 2014, 2:27 GMT

    thts a pretty strong side for the worldcup but lets see how far they will go..... Ben dunk and Simmons should have been there as well

  • Julian_Vella on February 11, 2014, 2:26 GMT

    Very strong Squad this could be Australia's year to win the t20 WC ......

    Explosive batting at the top ( Warner, Finch & Watson ) plus good middle order hitters ( Bailey, Maxwell, Haddin & Hodge ) plus a lot of bowling options and Allrounders ( Faulkner, Watson, Coulter-Nile, Johnson & Starc ) .....

    The spinners will be variable with Hogg and Muirhead it will be interesting how they go, if they're successful I feel Australia can go all the way ....

  • on February 11, 2014, 2:20 GMT

    40 in 20 game Australia moves back to 1st step

  • dw.smith999 on February 11, 2014, 2:18 GMT

    Good to see the selectors have thrown away their ageist selection policy. If they're performing (and Hogg, Hodge and Haddin are) age shouldn't come into it.

  • arvindthiru on February 11, 2014, 2:15 GMT

    The team that Aus need to play to have atleast some chance of winning will be Finch,Warner, Watson, Bailey, Hodge,Maxwell, Haddin, Faulkner, Johnson,Hogg and Starc.

  • TheBigBoodha on February 11, 2014, 2:14 GMT

    Hogg is still good enough, as we have seen, both with the ball and in the field. Not sure about Hodge, though. It's a pretty damn good team though, in the making.

  • C.Gull on February 11, 2014, 2:10 GMT

    I'd drop Christian and bring in one more bowler, but otherwise this looks good.

  • that_guy on February 11, 2014, 2:08 GMT

    Well done guys... I remember when T20i first came on the scene it was hailed as a sport only young batters, bowlers would be superfluous and spinners would be extinct... WRONG!! In your face old Luddite test types!

  • Unmesh_cric on February 11, 2014, 2:07 GMT

    Is T20 becoming "old man's game" contrary to what was originally thought?

  • Humdingers on February 11, 2014, 2:06 GMT

    This is a good team. Nearly everyone has IPL experience (which will help in Bangladesh). I'm going for an Aus vs WI final with Aus winning this one. Can't see England, SA, India getting to the finals. Pak are a chance but they are always a chance both ways - depends which Pak turns up. Same with SL (will choke again). NZ always competitive - I rate them highly for the ODI WC.

  • Aju.Nair on February 11, 2014, 2:02 GMT

    Good selection...for a tournament like this, its not the age, its about the performance that should be measured for selection...Good chance for Australia this time to lift the cup as they have good match winners this time in the form of Hodge, Faulkner, Bailey, Maxwell....I feel sorry for Shaun Marsh, he also would have been a great asset to the line-up if selected..lets see how the team performs...

  • peeeeet on February 11, 2014, 2:00 GMT

    So Shaun Marsh gets in the test squad based primarily on T20 form, yet doesn't make the T20 squad. Seems strange to me. I would have picked Lynn instead of one of the all-rounders (probably Christian) as I think the squad is a touch light on specialists, especially considering the bowlers like Johnson, Starc, Coulter-Nile and Hogg are more than handy lower-order/tail batters. Anyway, hope they can continue their good form and do well!

  • on February 11, 2014, 1:59 GMT

    They do have an excellent squad.. My XI for the first game : David Warner, Cameron White/Aaron Finch, Shane Watson, Glenn Maxwell, George Bailey, Brad Hodge, Brad Haddin, James Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Brad Hogg

  • on February 11, 2014, 1:57 GMT

    not sure if Australias of approach of choosing more all rounders as opposed to specialists will pay off in Bdesh!

  • AcPradeep42 on February 11, 2014, 1:53 GMT

    Could have added lynn oh my god i couldn't believe lynn not there he could bowl some handy spin in those type of slow tracks

  • AcPradeep42 on February 11, 2014, 1:53 GMT

    Could have added lynn oh my god i couldn't believe lynn not there he could bowl some handy spin in those type of slow tracks

  • on February 11, 2014, 1:57 GMT

    not sure if Australias of approach of choosing more all rounders as opposed to specialists will pay off in Bdesh!

  • on February 11, 2014, 1:59 GMT

    They do have an excellent squad.. My XI for the first game : David Warner, Cameron White/Aaron Finch, Shane Watson, Glenn Maxwell, George Bailey, Brad Hodge, Brad Haddin, James Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Brad Hogg

  • peeeeet on February 11, 2014, 2:00 GMT

    So Shaun Marsh gets in the test squad based primarily on T20 form, yet doesn't make the T20 squad. Seems strange to me. I would have picked Lynn instead of one of the all-rounders (probably Christian) as I think the squad is a touch light on specialists, especially considering the bowlers like Johnson, Starc, Coulter-Nile and Hogg are more than handy lower-order/tail batters. Anyway, hope they can continue their good form and do well!

  • Aju.Nair on February 11, 2014, 2:02 GMT

    Good selection...for a tournament like this, its not the age, its about the performance that should be measured for selection...Good chance for Australia this time to lift the cup as they have good match winners this time in the form of Hodge, Faulkner, Bailey, Maxwell....I feel sorry for Shaun Marsh, he also would have been a great asset to the line-up if selected..lets see how the team performs...

  • Humdingers on February 11, 2014, 2:06 GMT

    This is a good team. Nearly everyone has IPL experience (which will help in Bangladesh). I'm going for an Aus vs WI final with Aus winning this one. Can't see England, SA, India getting to the finals. Pak are a chance but they are always a chance both ways - depends which Pak turns up. Same with SL (will choke again). NZ always competitive - I rate them highly for the ODI WC.

  • Unmesh_cric on February 11, 2014, 2:07 GMT

    Is T20 becoming "old man's game" contrary to what was originally thought?

  • that_guy on February 11, 2014, 2:08 GMT

    Well done guys... I remember when T20i first came on the scene it was hailed as a sport only young batters, bowlers would be superfluous and spinners would be extinct... WRONG!! In your face old Luddite test types!

  • C.Gull on February 11, 2014, 2:10 GMT

    I'd drop Christian and bring in one more bowler, but otherwise this looks good.

  • TheBigBoodha on February 11, 2014, 2:14 GMT

    Hogg is still good enough, as we have seen, both with the ball and in the field. Not sure about Hodge, though. It's a pretty damn good team though, in the making.