Zimbabwe Triangular Series 2014 August 24, 2014

Hughes left out despite Clarke injury

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Phillip Hughes has been surprisingly left out of Australia's side for their first one-day international against Zimbabwe despite captain Michael Clarke being ruled out with a hamstring injury. Australia have instead chosen a team very heavy on all-round options and bowlers, with eight men a chance of bowling at some stage during the first match.

When Clarke was ruled out, Hughes had appeared the logical inclusion from a squad light on specialist batsmen, especially given his outstanding recent form for Australia A. But Brad Haddin now seems the likely opening partner for Aaron Finch with George Bailey, Steven Smith and Glenn Maxwell expected to fill out the remaining places in the top five.

Mitchell Marsh will most likely come in at No.6, with James Faulkner and Mitchell Johnson providing further all-round options lower down. And while men such as Marsh and Faulkner have strong batting records in domestic one-day matches, it does not augur well for Hughes' World Cup hopes that he has not managed to squeeze in to Australia's side under these circumstances.

"Looking at the wicket today, we've opted to go with the spin option of Nathan Lyon along with the extra allrounder to add further depth to our batting line-up which means that Phil Hughes has unfortunately missed out on selection," the coach Darren Lehmann said.

Australia will have five pace options for Monday's match, which will also be the first ODI in nearly two and a half years for Lyon, who has generally been considered a Test specialist. However, with the conditions in Harare likely to provide some turn, Lehmann expects that Maxwell and Smith will both play a role at the bowling crease during the tournament.

"Very much so, Ww want them bowling at a higher level - they know that and they've been working really hard," Lehmann said. "Nathan's in the squad because he's an attacking spinning option which is important for us as well. The wickets look pretty good, I played here years ago and it was a good track.

"It probably spun a bit more in the mornings and then flattened out in the afternoon a bit. I think it will be a case that as the tournament goes on, spin will play more of a part."

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  • on August 26, 2014, 6:25 GMT

    Look all these people posting stats about the Marsh' and all why is Hughes not in the team. Boof doesn't rate him and must not like him as a person either so face it he is not going to be in either team or he would of already been picked. I'm the same as you can't ignore a guy scoring buckets of runs but Hughes isn't the first nor will he be the last who is not rated or wanted by a coach.

  • rickyvoncanterbury on August 26, 2014, 0:20 GMT

    O.K, I am resigned to the fact Hughes will not be in the world cup unless he has the summer off to practice keeping, so now it comes down to Marsh, Smith and Bailey so I like Finch, Clarke, Warner, Maxwell, Smith, Bailey, Haddin, Faulkner, Johnson, Starc, Mckay/Richardson/Doherty

  • Winsome on August 25, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    People bagging SwanDraught, for better or for worse, Mitch Marsh is in the selectors' thinking in terms of a batting all-rounder's spot and Whiteman is in line to be test keeper if Haddin comes down with injury or something else untoward happens. KaneWeston, Wade was dropped because of his rotten keeping, so don't kid yourself it was for any other reason.

  • on August 25, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    Swan_Draught; Come on get real Nevill is not a one day cricketer fullstop even if he is a good keeper and Whiteman has a lot, a lot to do before getting a chance. I mean with those names being thrown around you might as well just give the gloves to Warner. This is one day cricket, keeping is important but not without proven batting as Wade has done over and over at state level and has done enough at international level to show he's been unlucky and what most people forget is he was never dropped on form he was dropped only to get Haddin in as a leader and that in its self was a large mistake as Haddin really hasn't done much since coming back and should lose his place to a younger player Wade or not to build for the future. If it was Gilly then sure but it's only Haddin who was only ever a patch player till someone else came along

  • on August 25, 2014, 11:32 GMT

    With this kind of depth, even Michael Clarke may be struggling to get into his own team!!!

  • Swan_Draught on August 25, 2014, 11:31 GMT

    Wade should give up the gloves for good. Whiteman or Nevill is the way to go

  • hyclass on August 25, 2014, 10:24 GMT

    I can only describe this extraordinary team selection, as the 'anything but Hughes' team.

  • on August 25, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    I never thought I'd say this after you gave up your place in the Australian side for the good of Australia to get good younger players in. Now you have the power and you have an aging wicket keeper still going and really Wade should be brought back ASAP for the good of Australian Cricket and the fact Hughes isn't in is a big joke. You were a very good player and your reasons for leaving the Australian side were of a man of good values. Where are your values now????? Play the good up and coming players and stop playing old timers on there way out. Your really looking like the Peter Garrett of Cricket, just when you think things are getting better they don't.

  • Brushy on August 25, 2014, 8:59 GMT

    @Swan_Draught have you had a few of your name sake? M marsh is so far away from test selection, it is not funny. Faulkner would be next all rounder if we went down that option, but the aussie test team prefers 6 bats, a keeper and 4 bowlers.

  • Swan_Draught on August 25, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    @Chris_P it's nearer to 50 when you include the A series and the Chairmans XI tour match against England.

    FWIW I would prefer he didn't play tests just yet but my suspicion is that the selectors want to head down that route

  • on August 26, 2014, 6:25 GMT

    Look all these people posting stats about the Marsh' and all why is Hughes not in the team. Boof doesn't rate him and must not like him as a person either so face it he is not going to be in either team or he would of already been picked. I'm the same as you can't ignore a guy scoring buckets of runs but Hughes isn't the first nor will he be the last who is not rated or wanted by a coach.

  • rickyvoncanterbury on August 26, 2014, 0:20 GMT

    O.K, I am resigned to the fact Hughes will not be in the world cup unless he has the summer off to practice keeping, so now it comes down to Marsh, Smith and Bailey so I like Finch, Clarke, Warner, Maxwell, Smith, Bailey, Haddin, Faulkner, Johnson, Starc, Mckay/Richardson/Doherty

  • Winsome on August 25, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    People bagging SwanDraught, for better or for worse, Mitch Marsh is in the selectors' thinking in terms of a batting all-rounder's spot and Whiteman is in line to be test keeper if Haddin comes down with injury or something else untoward happens. KaneWeston, Wade was dropped because of his rotten keeping, so don't kid yourself it was for any other reason.

  • on August 25, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    Swan_Draught; Come on get real Nevill is not a one day cricketer fullstop even if he is a good keeper and Whiteman has a lot, a lot to do before getting a chance. I mean with those names being thrown around you might as well just give the gloves to Warner. This is one day cricket, keeping is important but not without proven batting as Wade has done over and over at state level and has done enough at international level to show he's been unlucky and what most people forget is he was never dropped on form he was dropped only to get Haddin in as a leader and that in its self was a large mistake as Haddin really hasn't done much since coming back and should lose his place to a younger player Wade or not to build for the future. If it was Gilly then sure but it's only Haddin who was only ever a patch player till someone else came along

  • on August 25, 2014, 11:32 GMT

    With this kind of depth, even Michael Clarke may be struggling to get into his own team!!!

  • Swan_Draught on August 25, 2014, 11:31 GMT

    Wade should give up the gloves for good. Whiteman or Nevill is the way to go

  • hyclass on August 25, 2014, 10:24 GMT

    I can only describe this extraordinary team selection, as the 'anything but Hughes' team.

  • on August 25, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    I never thought I'd say this after you gave up your place in the Australian side for the good of Australia to get good younger players in. Now you have the power and you have an aging wicket keeper still going and really Wade should be brought back ASAP for the good of Australian Cricket and the fact Hughes isn't in is a big joke. You were a very good player and your reasons for leaving the Australian side were of a man of good values. Where are your values now????? Play the good up and coming players and stop playing old timers on there way out. Your really looking like the Peter Garrett of Cricket, just when you think things are getting better they don't.

  • Brushy on August 25, 2014, 8:59 GMT

    @Swan_Draught have you had a few of your name sake? M marsh is so far away from test selection, it is not funny. Faulkner would be next all rounder if we went down that option, but the aussie test team prefers 6 bats, a keeper and 4 bowlers.

  • Swan_Draught on August 25, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    @Chris_P it's nearer to 50 when you include the A series and the Chairmans XI tour match against England.

    FWIW I would prefer he didn't play tests just yet but my suspicion is that the selectors want to head down that route

  • Living_It on August 25, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    Finch Haddin M Marsh Bailey (middle overs stalwart) Maxwell Smith (Classic finisher, think bevan/hussey/dhoni) Faulkner (lower order finisher) Johnson Richo (best yorker/death bowler in australia) Starc Lyon

    First 2 things that would happen would be Watson replaces M Marsh and then Clarke comes in and replaces one of the bowlers.Then the tough decision would have to made about who warner replaces. Watson and Maxwell cant be dropped as they fill out the 5th bowler and additionally allow us to play Faulkner as the 4th bowler. Clarke due to the massive gain he brings with his captaincy and haddin obviously being keeper means they cant be dropped. That leaves Finch, Bailey and Smith.

    Warner, Haddin, Clarke, Bailey, Watson, Smith, Maxwell, Faulkner, Johnson, Richo, Harris/Starc/Spinner. Very tough call, but i think on Australian pitches against quality fast bowling, Finch may struggle against the new ball.

  • Chris_P on August 25, 2014, 7:03 GMT

    @Swan_Draught. We are talking about Tests not ODI's here. FYI he averaged 40, not 50 last season I agree he has the talent but he needs to perform over and above other contenders. Moises Henriques, for example, averaged 50 last season, the last 3 seasons he has averaged over 50 with the bat & 23 with the ball in First Class, that is why he was selected as a back-up to Sth Africa. And while Marsh batted well in the Shield final with 92no, MoHen scored 140 AND bowled well whereas Marsh didn't even bowl. He needs to perform even better than last season and throughout the season, he has started well enough, but one performance isn't going to cut it. Not only would I be surprised if he got selected against India, I would be shocked as it would be totally undeserving given only 3 games maximum to be played before the tests. As far as Shaun is concerned, let's hope that experiment is finally bedded down. I really hope M Marsh delivers on his talent, but he still has to perform to get there.

  • on August 25, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    I think it's pretty clear that the Aussie selectors have their squad of players picked for the World Cup and now they want to refine it. Clearly Hughes is not part of this planning while the likes of Mitch Marsh are on the fringes and we need to see what they have got to offer. It is really hard to see how Hughes is picked to open with Warner, Watson and Finch fully fit, he just isn't nearly as destructive as these blokes. People will no doubt be looking at Maxwell and Smith as allrounders and talking up this "obession with allrounders" but they are really there as specialist batsmen, that they can both bowl a bit is great but they are certainly amongst our best batsmen in this format. Faulkner and Marsh are allrounders, but that's about it. And Faulkner, it must be said is just about as dangerous as anyone with the willow down the order. Looks a pretty handy side to me actually when you see the likes of Warner, Watto and McKay sitting in reserve.

  • ModernUmpiresPlz on August 25, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    Some people here need to settle down. We're playing Zim, if Hughes scores a ton against them does it really say anything? No, not really. The real experimentation comes on wednesday, this match barely qualifies as a warm up.

  • bren19 on August 25, 2014, 5:27 GMT

    Everyone relax! I am sure that if we were playing a top 8 country we would not be picking a team which included so many all rounders and so few specialist batsmen. Clearly this tour is more about trying out the contenders before settling on the team for the world cup. Hughes is not left out on form, he is left out because they need to make a decision between the all rounders and they want to see them in action.

  • landl47 on August 25, 2014, 4:27 GMT

    @Chris_P and Swan_Draught: my own theory is that Geoff Marsh has some kind of hold over the selectors and is using it to get his sons selected. Shaun is 31, has a FC average of 35 and 10 centuries and is still being spoken of as a test prospect. Mitch has played 4 ODIs, has scored 39 runs for 3 times out and bowled 8 overs for 44 runs and 1 wicket. His FC average was considerably inflated by his 211 on an absolute road against a SA reserve side and even so it's only 28. He's a medium-pace bowler who might be OK for ODIs but doesn't look test class, at least yet- Chris_P is right.

    I've always rated Hughes and thought the day would come when he'd make England pay for his lack of success when he was a very young player. Maybe it still will. However, the Aus selectors are doing him, and Australia, no favors by messing him about like this.

  • Swan_Draught on August 25, 2014, 4:02 GMT

    @Chris_P, based on his brother do you think a lack of consistent performance will hinder his selection chances? It looks like they want him in the team. He does have a very good List A record over his career and over the last 12 months he does average near 50 with the bat in First Class and around 27 with the ball. I would not be surprised if he plays tests against the Indians

  • onlinegamer55 on August 25, 2014, 3:55 GMT

    What happened to the Argus review? We reward performance and Hughes is honestly one of the best (if not the best) performing players in Australia in the last nine months. No other batsman has scored a double century, yet he has 3. Anyway, what's the point, I fear the change in the selection panel, especially Lehmann being brought in as coach and Clarke giving up selection duties, has swung the balance of the selection panel against Hughes. Both Clarke and Arthur were staunch supporters of him. Sad. I still harbour hope that he will play in this series, but this all-rounder obsession in Australia cricket, initially advocated by Marsh and Inverarity, is killing them. I really wish Clarke hadn't given up selection duties now.

  • Chris_P on August 25, 2014, 3:37 GMT

    @Swan_Draught. That sort of hearsay would only be happening in WA my friend, seriously, Mitch Marsh needs a season of consistent run scoring and wicket taking feats to make a claim of a test spot. He has the talent but he been performing well below that potential to date. As for this side, I guess it is there to try a few things out and this series isn't the real serious stuff of the WC.

  • Hauritzj on August 25, 2014, 3:16 GMT

    So now does every ODI team need 8 bowlers including Mitchell Johnson and 3 All-rounders?

  • Swan_Draught on August 25, 2014, 3:12 GMT

    It's pretty obvious that the selectors want to give experience to different allrounders. I had heard that Watson's test career could well be ended shortly for Mitch Marsh so maybe they want to give Marsh some experience?

    It's hard to understand how Hughes got a contract though when he doesn't seem to be in line for selection in any form of the game

  • redneck on August 25, 2014, 2:59 GMT

    what has finch done thats given him first dibs on opening ahead of hughes??? i hope this allrounder obsession doesnt cost us a match!!!

  • HatsforBats on August 25, 2014, 2:43 GMT

    This is clearly experimentation dressed up as tactics. You can bet your bottom dollar Aus will select more than 3 specialist batsmen when they play SA. I expect the fringe players (Cutting, Richardson, Marsh) to all get playing time at some point.

  • fazald on August 25, 2014, 2:20 GMT

    Aussie cricketers are so feeble these days that the moment they get off a plane or set foot on a cricket field they suffer from some injury or the other. This has been the trend for the past five years or so and we have never been able to field our best playing eleven. Our fast bowlers have been in and out of the team so often that they don't even last a whole series of test cricket or limited overs cricket. Currently Pattinson, Bird, Harris, Hazlewood are all on the injured list while Cummins and Starc have just recovered from their injuries. Among the batsmen Watson, Shaun Marsh and now captain Clarke are nursing injuries and not available. With the 2015 World Cup expected to start in February and a hectic schedule of test cricket and limited overs cricket against Pakistan, India and S.Africa and the" Big Bash" I reckon there won't be many players fit enough to play for Australia in the World Cup next year.As a result our chances of winning the 2015 WC looks very bleak indeed.

  • dunger.bob on August 25, 2014, 1:43 GMT

    I can't work this out. I tried, I really did, but it made my brain ache.

    The only thing I can think of is they reckon Hughes has had a few decent hits recently and he simply doesn't need the run as much as some of the others. Going with that, I'm expecting him to make an appearance later in the series.

  • Rooboy on August 25, 2014, 1:41 GMT

    Not sure Peterincanada. With these selectors, a couple of run a ball 400s might bring him into consideration.

  • xtrafalgarx on August 25, 2014, 1:38 GMT

    lehmann is dodgy sometimes. The only reason I can see for leaving him out is that Lehmann would be it would be hard to drop him if he scores too many runs.

  • KhanMitch on August 25, 2014, 1:31 GMT

    Good decision, i would also go with the top 6 that includes Mitch Marsh and Faulkner keeping in mind that Clarke will come back in and that Watson, Warner are also due back eventually

  • Peterincanada on August 25, 2014, 1:29 GMT

    Tell me this is April 1 and it is all a joke. If a team needs eight bowlers to get through 50 overs, then something is wrong. Are they thinking the main bowlers are unfit or do they not trust them to be economical. I really feel for poor Hughes. They told him to score runs and he did. I guess he needs a 300 because two 200's is not enough.

  • Cam_PT on August 25, 2014, 1:21 GMT

    Hughes seems a logical selection. But it also seems that the management are sticking with the original squad, and unfortunately that means Hughes is last on the pile. A shame because it's obvious that Haddin opening the batting is a poor option.

  • landl47 on August 25, 2014, 0:45 GMT

    If Hughes can't get in when one of the 4 specialist batsmen Australia brought along is injured, what is he there for?

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  • landl47 on August 25, 2014, 0:45 GMT

    If Hughes can't get in when one of the 4 specialist batsmen Australia brought along is injured, what is he there for?

  • Cam_PT on August 25, 2014, 1:21 GMT

    Hughes seems a logical selection. But it also seems that the management are sticking with the original squad, and unfortunately that means Hughes is last on the pile. A shame because it's obvious that Haddin opening the batting is a poor option.

  • Peterincanada on August 25, 2014, 1:29 GMT

    Tell me this is April 1 and it is all a joke. If a team needs eight bowlers to get through 50 overs, then something is wrong. Are they thinking the main bowlers are unfit or do they not trust them to be economical. I really feel for poor Hughes. They told him to score runs and he did. I guess he needs a 300 because two 200's is not enough.

  • KhanMitch on August 25, 2014, 1:31 GMT

    Good decision, i would also go with the top 6 that includes Mitch Marsh and Faulkner keeping in mind that Clarke will come back in and that Watson, Warner are also due back eventually

  • xtrafalgarx on August 25, 2014, 1:38 GMT

    lehmann is dodgy sometimes. The only reason I can see for leaving him out is that Lehmann would be it would be hard to drop him if he scores too many runs.

  • Rooboy on August 25, 2014, 1:41 GMT

    Not sure Peterincanada. With these selectors, a couple of run a ball 400s might bring him into consideration.

  • dunger.bob on August 25, 2014, 1:43 GMT

    I can't work this out. I tried, I really did, but it made my brain ache.

    The only thing I can think of is they reckon Hughes has had a few decent hits recently and he simply doesn't need the run as much as some of the others. Going with that, I'm expecting him to make an appearance later in the series.

  • fazald on August 25, 2014, 2:20 GMT

    Aussie cricketers are so feeble these days that the moment they get off a plane or set foot on a cricket field they suffer from some injury or the other. This has been the trend for the past five years or so and we have never been able to field our best playing eleven. Our fast bowlers have been in and out of the team so often that they don't even last a whole series of test cricket or limited overs cricket. Currently Pattinson, Bird, Harris, Hazlewood are all on the injured list while Cummins and Starc have just recovered from their injuries. Among the batsmen Watson, Shaun Marsh and now captain Clarke are nursing injuries and not available. With the 2015 World Cup expected to start in February and a hectic schedule of test cricket and limited overs cricket against Pakistan, India and S.Africa and the" Big Bash" I reckon there won't be many players fit enough to play for Australia in the World Cup next year.As a result our chances of winning the 2015 WC looks very bleak indeed.

  • HatsforBats on August 25, 2014, 2:43 GMT

    This is clearly experimentation dressed up as tactics. You can bet your bottom dollar Aus will select more than 3 specialist batsmen when they play SA. I expect the fringe players (Cutting, Richardson, Marsh) to all get playing time at some point.

  • redneck on August 25, 2014, 2:59 GMT

    what has finch done thats given him first dibs on opening ahead of hughes??? i hope this allrounder obsession doesnt cost us a match!!!