Australia have added three players to their One-Day International squad for the tour of the West Indies which begins on 16th March.
National Selector John Inverarity said of the squad, “The ODI squad is the same as the squad for the Commonwealth Bank Series finals beginning next week with the addition of three players in Brad Haddin, Nathan Lyon and George Bailey. This completes a well-balanced squad and it is anticipated that most players will receive good opportunities to show their worth.”
Of the squad chosen for the two Twenty20 Internationals, the first of which is on 27th March, he added, “Shane Watson and Mike Hussey come back into the T20 squad to provide a great deal of experience and power to the batting line-up. If we were to select our best T20I team to play next week, the top seven in order would be Watson, Warner, Mike Hussey, David Hussey, Bailey, Wade and Christian. Hence, there was simply no room on this occasion for Shaun Marsh, Travis Birt and Aaron Finch. Though Peter Forrest is in the T20I squad, it is not anticipated he will be in the team and is there as back-up.”
He went on to say that Brad Hogg was excluded from the T20I squad in order to provide Nathan Lyon with some exposure ahead of the World Twenty20 but that he remained in their plans for that tournament; while Mitchell Starc will travel to the Caribbean “to spend valuable time around the Australian squad” but will not play any matches.
Australia ODI squad: Michael Clarke (captain), Shane Watson (vice-captain), George Bailey, Dan Christian, Xavier Doherty, Peter Forrest, Brad Haddin (wicket-keeper), Ben Hilfenhaus, David Hussey, Mike Hussey, Brett Lee, Nathan Lyon, Clint McKay, James Pattinson, Matthew Wade (wicket-keeper), David Warner
Australia T20I squad: George Bailey (captain), Shane Watson (vice-captain), Dan Christian, Xavier Doherty, Peter Forrest, David Hussey, Mike Hussey, Brett Lee, Nathan Lyon, Clint McKay, James Pattinson, Matthew Wade (wicket-keeper), David Warner
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