Zimbabwe Triangular Series 2014 August 24, 2014

Hughes left out despite Clarke injury

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • ESPN 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.

  • richard 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

  • Lou 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.

  • Dummy4 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

  • Dummy4 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 on August 25, 2014, 11:31 GMT

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

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

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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • John 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 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

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