Clarke, Watson named in Aust ODI squad

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    Australian selectors have resisted the temptation to rest injury-plagued duo Michael Clarke and Shane Watson from next month’s seven-match one-day series in India, but high-profile trio David Warner, Matthew Wade and Fawad Ahmed have all been omitted.

    Australia named a 14-man squad for the tour, which opens with a Twenty20 clash on October 10, including the likes of Mitchell Johnson, George Bailey, James Faulkner and Phil Hughes, who will all be pushing their case for the opening Ashes Test at the Gabba this summer.

    Skipper Clarke was troubled by back complaints throughout Australia’s recent Ashes tour of England, admitting on Wednesday it was “stiff and sore” following the arduous three-month trip, while Watson was also hampered by hip and groin complaints.

    “After a long tour, Michael Clarke’s back condition has flared up again and he has been selected subject to fitness,” National Selector John Inverarity said in a statement.

    “He has returned to Australia for further assessment and the NSP (national selection panel) hopes that it will improve in time for the Indian tour.”

    Warner, dropped from the one-day portion of the Ashes series due to poor form, has failed to earn a recall while Wade, who scored 0 and 30 in his only ODI innings in England, has felt the selectors’ wrath.

    The experienced Brad Haddin, who has also displaced Wade from the Test team, takes his place.

    “Matthew Wade has been omitted due to lack of form,” Inverarity added.

    “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.”

    Pakistan-born Ahmed, who made his international debut for Australia during their rain-affected 2-1 ODI series victory over England this month, makes way for Xavier Doherty, who is the only specialist spinner in the squad.

    “The NSP feels that (Doherty) is well suited to ODIs in India,” Inverarity said.

    Australian squad to tour India

    Michael Clarke (capt), George Bailey (vc), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Xavier Doherty, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Brad Haddin, Moises Henriques, Phil Hughes, Mitchell Johnson, Glenn Maxwell, Clint McKay, Adam Voges, Shane Watson.

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    The Crowd Says (11)

    • Roar Rookie

      September 19th 2013 @ 7:24pm
      Muhammad Irfan said | September 19th 2013 @ 7:24pm | ! Report

      Why haddin back in team and what is the logic behind selection of phil??????????????
      India will thrash aussies?

    • Roar Rookie

      September 19th 2013 @ 7:24pm
      Muhammad Irfan said | September 19th 2013 @ 7:24pm | ! Report

      Why haddin back in team and what is the logic behind selection of phil??????????????
      India will thrash aussies

      • September 20th 2013 @ 10:16am
        Hookin' YT said | September 20th 2013 @ 10:16am | ! Report

        Who cares? Meaningless series. Send the 3rd XI from the U23s

    • Roar Guru

      September 19th 2013 @ 7:28pm
      JGK said | September 19th 2013 @ 7:28pm | ! Report

      I would prefer Haddin be back at home preparing for the Ashes.

      Clarke too for that matter.

    • September 19th 2013 @ 7:51pm
      V44 said | September 19th 2013 @ 7:51pm | ! Report

      I bet Phil Hughes wants Michael Clarke to stay Captain of Australia forever…..My God how can they keep picking him and in India, he can’t play spin in England how is he going to handle in India?, that’s right he can’t, we saw that last tour. Unbelievable Selection

      • September 19th 2013 @ 9:39pm
        Praveen said | September 19th 2013 @ 9:39pm | ! Report

        Yeah hughes didn’t deserve his spot and it would have been better for him to play shield cricket

        • Roar Guru

          September 20th 2013 @ 12:21am
          JGK said | September 20th 2013 @ 12:21am | ! Report

          Ah but this way he has little chance of doing well enough in FC cricket to get a Test spot.

    • September 19th 2013 @ 8:29pm
      aussie1st said | September 19th 2013 @ 8:29pm | ! Report

      We really need one of our young keepers to step up.

      • September 19th 2013 @ 8:56pm
        Spooky said | September 19th 2013 @ 8:56pm | ! Report

        What is Jos Butler up to for the next few weeks?

      • September 19th 2013 @ 8:59pm
        Spooky said | September 19th 2013 @ 8:59pm | ! Report

    • September 21st 2013 @ 6:27pm
      Jean Smith said | September 21st 2013 @ 6:27pm | ! Report

      Congratulations Aussies in the ODI series ad well done to Shane Watson and Michael Clarke for your batting achievement in the third ODI. You may have missed out on the ashes Aussies but I think you did well good luck in India.

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