The Cricket Australia National Selection Panel (NSP) has today announced a 14-man squad for the Australian ODI VB Tour of India.
Commenting on the squad, National Selector John Inverarity said: “Australia’s ODI team can take a great deal of encouragement and confidence from its recent performances in Scotland and England.
“The India Tour Squad looks to take this momentum into the forthcoming series and they know they will face stiff opposition from a very talented group of Indian players.
Aaron Finch and Nathan Coulter-Nile looked comfortable at international level and Shaun Marsh displayed some good form in his return to ODI cricket. Unfortunately for Shaun, he sustained a hamstring injury at Cardiff on 14 September and could not be considered for selection.
Matthew Wade has been omitted due to lack of form and has been replaced by Brad Haddin, who captured an Ashes series record of dismissals in July and August. Matthew is 25 years of age and has a great deal of natural ability both as a batsman and as a keeper. The NSP is confident that Matthew will regain form and press hard for selection in the not too distant future.
There will be a reduced need for pace bowling on this tour so the NSP has reduced the squad from 15 to 14 players and Josh Hazlewood has been omitted. Moises Henriques has been included as a pace bowling all-rounder and will provide the required flexibility in the squad. Josh is progressing well and with the injuries to James Pattinson and Mitchell Starc we anticipate that he will come into contention for Ashes selection with impressive domestic performances.
As previously alluded to, Xavier Doherty has been included in the squad, in place of Fawad Ahmed, as the NSP feels that he is well suited to ODIs in India.
After a long tour Michael Clarke’s back condition has flared up again and he has been selected subject to fitness. He has returned to Australia for further assessment and the NSP hopes that it will improve in time for the Indian tour.
Cricket Australia has also confirmed that Steve Rixon will be the Head Coach for the VB Tour to India.
Australia will play one T20 match prior to the seven ODIs and the NSP reserves the right to select from Australian players already in India for the Karbonn Smart Champions League Twenty20 to play in this T20 match.
The 14-player squad is:
- Michael Clarke (Captain) NSW
- George Bailey (Vice-Captain) TAS
- Nathan Coulter-Nile WA
- Xavier Doherty TAS
- James Faulkner TAS
- Aaron Finch VIC
- Brad Haddin NSW
- Moises Henriques NSW
- Phil Hughes SA
- Mitchell Johnson WA
- Glenn Maxwell VIC
- Clint McKay VIC
- Adam Voges WA
- Shane Watson NSW