Australia set to feel heat from selectors after tough ODI series

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    Steve Smith expects Australia’s one-day international team to come under selection pressure after slumping to an emphatic series defeat in India.

    With the domestic one-day competition under way, Smith is hopeful some answers may lie there after his side went down 4-1 following Sunday’s seven wicket loss.

    “Some guys are back playing in the domestic one-day competition at the moment and there’s probably some guys there that are going to put some pressure on the guys that are here,” Smith said.

    “Obviously our results haven’t been good enough and we want guys to perform consistently.

    “We’ll have a good look at the one-day comp back home and hopefully a few guys jump out of the pack and get some really big runs and bowl really well.”

    Glenn Maxwell was dropped for the final two matches of the series after making 58 across the first three games, dismissed by spinners on each occasion.

    Shaun Marsh has made a blistering start to the one-day tournament for Western Australia, blasting 132 not out and 88 to propel the Warriors to victories in their first two matches.

    Matthew Wade was also dropped in India only to be reinstated as wicketkeeper in Bangalore and Nagpur, with Peter Handscomb playing as a specialist batsman.

    Travis Head, who was earmarked to fill the No. 4 spot, failed to make a half-century in all five games with his best score of 42 coming in the final match in Nagpur.

    While the bowling was more positive for Australia, leg-spinner Adam Zampa had a tough series against some of the world’s finest players of slow bowling.

    Fast bowlers Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins and Kane Richardson all performed strongly in tough conditions.

    The series loss in India comes less than two months before the Ashes.

    But Smith isn’t looking that far ahead though with three T20 internationals against India kicking off on Saturday in Ranchi.

    “We’re going to focus on that and when that’s done we’ll take care of preparation for the Ashes,” Smith said.

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    • October 2nd 2017 @ 3:48pm
      republican said | October 2nd 2017 @ 3:48pm | ! Report

      …..Australian Cricket is on the ropes in all forms of the game.
      England will win The Ashes while NZ will defeat us in the upcoming ODI’s, to be sure……..

      • October 3rd 2017 @ 1:59am
        Don Freo said | October 3rd 2017 @ 1:59am | ! Report

        The ropes are where 6s and 4s are scored. There’s nothing bad about that. Are you mixing your sporting metaphors Repubman?

    • October 2nd 2017 @ 9:49pm
      Vikram sudan said | October 2nd 2017 @ 9:49pm | ! Report

      Drop the Steeve smith in Odi hand over the captaincy to David Warner Smith is not good captain but he is a good player.

    • October 2nd 2017 @ 11:01pm
      Ben said | October 2nd 2017 @ 11:01pm | ! Report

      The selectors should feel the heat for selecting Cartwright twice.
      He never should have opened.

      • October 3rd 2017 @ 2:04am
        Don Freo said | October 3rd 2017 @ 2:04am | ! Report

        Cartwright opened for WA in Matador last year. He just failed under the pressure. He’ll be ok with experience but he is not Shaun Marsh or Ussie. They are better and should be playing.

        Watch the JLT Cup. By the end, we’ll be thinking we may as well keep with Bancroft until Sam Whiteman is available because at least he’ll score runs. Handscomb is a test player only. There’s a space for Pattinson or Wildermuth.

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          October 3rd 2017 @ 3:03pm
          Chris Kettlewell said | October 3rd 2017 @ 3:03pm | ! Report

          Handscomb did pretty well in the County 50-over comp, which I think is partly what vaulted him into the ODI contention. I wouldn’t write him off for that yet.

      • October 5th 2017 @ 11:42am
        Perry Bridge said | October 5th 2017 @ 11:42am | ! Report

        Cartright only opened due to the injury to Finch.

        Australia was a much tougher proposition in matches 3-5 than in the first 2.

        The middle order – I still look at a guy like Cam White – experienced – would be ideal to come in at #4 or #5 – but at 34 he’ll be regarded too old for the national team. (was pretty well set through 2010 until an ordinary 2011 WC).

        I thought though that Chris Rogers illustrated perfectly – pick the best guy for the job.

        We tend to – with our ODI squad – to never put a value on the current game as it’s all about having a look at someone with an eye to the next ODI WC.

        • October 5th 2017 @ 12:42pm
          Don Freo said | October 5th 2017 @ 12:42pm | ! Report

          Maybe, although Shaun Marsh is a better proposition than White in ODI. Same age. White is only averaging 80 this season. Marsh is averaging 220.

          • October 5th 2017 @ 4:32pm
            Perry Bridge said | October 5th 2017 @ 4:32pm | ! Report

            Ha!!….yeah – got me there!!

            Although White has him with his bowling – took a wicket he did!!

            • October 5th 2017 @ 6:27pm
              Don Freo said | October 5th 2017 @ 6:27pm | ! Report

              Amazing what you can do when you are captain. Get a bowl, open the batting…

    • October 4th 2017 @ 3:36am
      Tanmoy Kar said | October 4th 2017 @ 3:36am | ! Report

      Before the Series I have predicted the score-line as 4-1 which was proved to be correct. For Australia Nathan Coulter-Nile and Marcus Stoinis were the successful players besides Finch and Warner. Captain Smith proved to be a failure like Virat Kohli.

    • October 5th 2017 @ 2:37pm
      Bucks said | October 5th 2017 @ 2:37pm | ! Report

      ODI Team looking forward?
      Warner
      Finch
      Smith
      Handscomb (wk)
      S Marsh
      Head
      Stoinis
      rotate fast bowlers from Cummins, Starc, Hazlewood, Coulter-Nile, Hastings, Richardson
      Lyon / Swepson

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        October 6th 2017 @ 6:24pm
        Kurt S said | October 6th 2017 @ 6:24pm | ! Report

        Until Handscomb’s batting starts to drop off because of the pressure from keeping. Then he’ll get punted onto the heap and a solid talent will have gone to waste.

        Really, I wish the selectors would actually express what it is they are trying to acheive. Because the amount of chopping and changing in Test and ODI for some players, whilst offering some others more opportunities is unfathomable.

        The way Kawaja has been treated this year is reprehensible. How many actual games of cricket has this guy played this year? If they don’t want him in the team, which it seesm they don’t, let him go and let him go play for his state again…

        This attitude of keeping people around the national team yet never getting time in the middle is not new, but it certainly is to the detriment of the players and the game in general.

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