Australia name One Day International squad
Tuesday 11 January 2011
Nathan Hauritz, Brett Lee and Shaun Tait have been called up to the Australia squad for the first Commonwealth Bank Series one-day international against England in Melbourne in Sunday.
While the trio, along with batsman David Hussey, have been given a chance to push for a World Cup spot, Callum Ferguson and Shaun Marsh have not been included.
Their omission throws into doubt whether the pair will travel to the competition in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka given the deadline for the naming of the World Cup squad is January 19, two days before the second ODI.
In the absence of Ricky Ponting who is recovering from a finger injury suffered during the Ashes, the side will be led by Michael Clarke with Cameron White named as vice-captain.
Hauritz was overlooked for the Ashes with selectors preferring Xavier Doherty and then Michael Beer as England meted out an emphatic 3-1 series defeat with the former also selected for Melbourne.
Tait, also part of the Twenty20 squad for this week's games in Adelaide and Melbourne, last played in an ODI in July last year in England while Lee and Hussey's most recent 50-over internationals came in October 2009 and August 2009 respectively.
Chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch gave some hope to the likes of absentees Ferguson and Marsh when he said it did not necessarily rule them out of the squad.
Hilditch said: "We've selected a very strong squad of 14 for the first ODI of what promises to be a really fiercely contested series between these two sides.
"The squad is selected for one game only in order for the National Selection Panel to look at certain players before we select the ICC Cricket World Cup squad of 15 on January 19.
"Our one-day form has been pretty good over the last 12 months and as we build to a fourth successive tilt at the World Cup, these matches against England will not only provide us with a stern challenge but allow players to make cases for inclusion in that World Cup squad."
As for the bowlers who have been included, Hilditch added: "We have some explosive fast bowling with Shaun Tait, Brett Lee, Mitchell Johnson, Doug Bollinger and Peter Siddle all selected in this squad.
"Shaun and Brett will therefore have an opportunity to impress in this form of the game before World Cup squad selection.
"We've included Nathan Hauritz, who has been a key part of our one-day side for some time now and Xavier Doherty in this squad, who played well against Sri Lanka at the start of the summer."
"This gives us a chance to look at both of them prior to the World Cup."
Of Hussey, Hilditch added: "We've given David Hussey the opportunity to push for inclusion in the World Cup squad as we think he will be well suited for the sub-continent conditions which will be faced in the World Cup."
Australia squad for first ODI against England on January 16: M Clarke (captain), C White (vice-captain), D Bollinger, X Doherty, B Haddin, N Hauritz, D Hussey, M Hussey, M Johnson, B Lee, P Siddle, S Smith, S Tait, S Watson.
WWE Raw results: Seth Rollins and Kane punish Dean Ambrose while Brock Lesnar receives a new Championship belt
Angel Di Maria: Manchester United to push ahead with £50m move for Real Madrid winger
Manchester United transfer news: Sporting Lisbon confirm Marcos Rojo deal complete with Nani heading back to Portugal on loan
Besiktas vs Arsenal: Arsene Wenger hits out at Aaron Ramsey red card decision
Arsenal player ratings vs Besiktas
- 1 Three of Pope Francis' relatives die in Argentina car crash, including two young great-nephews
- 2 Michael Brown shooting: Amnesty International sends team within US for first time as National Guard deployed
- 3 Reading Festival 2014: Tesco branch replaces salad with Jager and potatoes for vodka as campsite opens tomorrow
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Crisis? What crisis? A visiting US doctor gives the NHS a rave review
Ukip MEP calls for reintroduction of death penalty on fiftieth anniversary of last deaths
Russell Brand calls for Israel boycott: Comedian urges big businesses that 'facilitate the oppression of people in Gaza' to pull funding
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
World peace? These are the only 11 countries in the world that are actually free from conflict