Australia’s squad named for Tour of Bangladesh

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    With confirmation of Australia’s two-Test match tour to Bangladesh, a 13-man squad has been announced.

    The tour will be played at the end of August and early September, with the side playing a two-day tour match in Fatullah on August 22, before travelling to Dhaka for the first Test against the Tigers on August 27.

    The second Test will be played in Chittagong on September 4. There are no ODI matches scheduled.

    The tour is a catch-up for the one abandoned in 2015, which was called off due to security issues. With an improving situation in Bangladesh and England completing a tour of the nation late last year, the decision has been made by Cricket Australia to go ahead with fixtures.

    Despite the contract situation hanging over the team, with no confirmation that any player will have a contract after June 30, Cricket Australia have named a full strength squad with the intention of coming to an agreement before the deadline.

    Ashton Agar has been selected as the side’s second spinner, with Steve O’Keefe dropped after the Indian tour earlier this year.

    Hilton Cartwright has also been included in the squad, while spearhead Mitchell Starc has been rested from the tour ahead of a busy Ashes campaign against England next summer.

    National selector Trevor Hohns said O’Keefe’s performances weren’t up to standard, while Cartwright’s batting has stood out.

    “Whilst Steve O’Keefe bowled well in Pune, he did not maintain this level in the remaining matches of the series and we believe the timing is right for Ashton to enter the set-up and test his all-rounder ability,” he said.

    “Hilton averages nearly 60 runs in first-class cricket and was the second highest run-scorer in the Sheffield Shield last season with 861 runs. He is a quality player who we believe has a big future for Australia and we are very keen to see him carry on his good form in the sub-continent.”

    Interestingly, no replacement for Starc has been named, although Josh Hazlewood, Patrick Cummins and James Pattinson are in the squad. A 14th member will be added to the team following the upcoming Australia A tour of South Africa.

    Team Physiotherapist David Beakely said Starc’s stress fracture had not healed properly.

    “Mitchell was due to go for follow up scans after the Champions Trophy, as part of his recovery plan. These scans have indicated his previous stress fracture has still not fully healed to the extent we would like,” Beakely said.

    “He will now undertake a period of rest from bowling with the aim to have him return for the one-day series in India in late September as he begins his build-up to the Ashes.”

    The squad otherwise looks roughly the same as the one that toured India. David Warner, Steve Smith, Usman Khawaja, Matt Renshaw and Peter Handscomb have all been selected, as has wicketkeeper Matthew Wade.

    All-rounder Glenn Maxwell is again in the squad, while Nathan Lyon retains his spot.

    Australia’s squad for Tour of Bangladesh

    Steve Smith (c)
    David Warner (vc)
    Ashton Agar
    Hilton Cartwright
    Patrick Cummins
    Peter Handscomb
    Josh Hazlewood
    Usman Khawaja
    Nathan Lyon
    Glenn Maxwell
    James Pattinson
    Matthew Renshaw
    Matthew Wade

    Roarers, what do you make of the Australian squad to tour Bangladesh?

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    • Roar Guru

      June 16th 2017 @ 3:36pm
      Rellum said | June 16th 2017 @ 3:36pm | ! Report

      Cricket Australia have named a full strength squad with the intention of coming to an agreement before the deadline.

      Apart from resting Starc of course. And lets be honest here, O’Keefe was dropped for off field reasons. And what happened to Swepson? Dropped as well?

      • June 16th 2017 @ 3:50pm
        Big Steve said | June 16th 2017 @ 3:50pm | ! Report

        What’s the point of saying its performance related?

        Wasn’t Bird in the India squad? what happened to him?

        • June 16th 2017 @ 4:19pm
          rock said | June 16th 2017 @ 4:19pm | ! Report

          Yeah I don’t get it, just say he was dropped because he can’t handle the drink.

          It would come as a surprise to no one, not even SOK.

          • June 17th 2017 @ 5:22pm
            Basil said | June 17th 2017 @ 5:22pm | ! Report

            More PC rubbish coming out of CA. SOK won the 1st Test for Australia. The only Test India had lost in a long time at home. He was dropped for off field reasons. Swepson and Holland can think of themselves as unlucky, and so can the plastic chair from the tour game in India come to think of it. Glad to see Cartwright in. Unfortunately Carey didn’t replace Wade. This may be ugly for Australia.

      • June 16th 2017 @ 4:31pm
        OJP said | June 16th 2017 @ 4:31pm | ! Report

        Hi Rellum,

        I think the absence of Swepson is due to the fact that Warnie hasnt been on the (Oz) airwaves talking up his case lately.

        • Roar Guru

          June 16th 2017 @ 4:42pm
          Rellum said | June 16th 2017 @ 4:42pm | ! Report

          Yes, but unlike Beer, many other people rate Swepson as a real upcoming talent. Agar has a better FC record so I don’t mind them picking him, but once they picked Swepson they should be giving reasons why he was dropped.

          • June 16th 2017 @ 7:53pm
            BurgyGreen said | June 16th 2017 @ 7:53pm | ! Report

            Swepson’s first class bowling average is actually much better (32.82, excellent for a Shield leggie) compared to Agar’s (40.24). Swepson’s very unlucky in my opinion, a low-key tour of Bangladesh would be a brilliant time to see what he’s made of.

            • Roar Guru

              June 16th 2017 @ 8:05pm
              Rellum said | June 16th 2017 @ 8:05pm | ! Report

              Agree, if my memory serves me Agar had a couple of big games last season with the ball hence my comment about a better record. I should have said recent form maybe. But I would have taken Swepson myself.

              What about Holland btw, he toured of Sri Lanka without showing much but then had a great Shield season. That form you would think would put him in the selectors eyes based on they must have rated him in the first place to pick him for Sri Lanka, but he has dropped off the radar completely. Hopefully the same thing doesn’t happen to Swepson. To many young spinners seem to end up on the graveyard. Probably because they are picked too early, using the great G Chappell’s give them expose selection policy.

              • June 16th 2017 @ 11:43pm
                BurgyGreen said | June 16th 2017 @ 11:43pm | ! Report

                Yeah Holland’s an interesting one, could be that the new selection panel just doesn’t rate him.

              • Roar Guru

                June 17th 2017 @ 7:53am
                Rellum said | June 17th 2017 @ 7:53am | ! Report

                Yeah, that would probably be it.

              • June 18th 2017 @ 1:45am
                Don Freo said | June 18th 2017 @ 1:45am | ! Report

                Holland can’t bat, is a liability in the field and is not that much better than Agar to make up the difference. If they are going to play another spinner with Lyon, they need him to be able to handle some willow.

              • Roar Guru

                June 19th 2017 @ 8:41am
                Chris Kettlewell said | June 19th 2017 @ 8:41am | ! Report

                Holland also didn’t have a great series in Sri Lanka after he replaced the injured SOK.

                But yes, I think batting certainly has something to do with it. You don’t want to pick your bowlers based on their batting ability, but you also don’t want to basically have 3 #11’s in your side either. Picking a second spinner who’s going to come in behind Hazlewood and Lyon makes that tail look very long.

                If, for whatever reason, Lyon was dropped or injured and he was being replaced in the side, then you’d purely pick whoever you thought would be the best spin option even if they were the worst batsman in the country, but selecting that second spinner when your main spinner is already your #11, if you have a choice between one who’s a bit of a bunny and another who can bat reasonably well, then the bunny really has to be significantly better with the ball to get the spot.

                Also, when you look at their records, Agar has had some matches where he’s ripped through teams, but he’s also based at the WACA, which isn’t exactly the best place to be a spin bowler, so it’s possible that his overall record is blown out by that a bit compared to others, and the selectors, seeing both Agar and Holland bowl in similar conditions may feel there’s not much between them.

    • June 16th 2017 @ 3:41pm
      George said | June 16th 2017 @ 3:41pm | ! Report

      O’Keefe dropped for his form? Yeah right, Hohns.

      Still, Agar’s a better bat than Wade.

    • June 16th 2017 @ 3:44pm
      Sportstragic said | June 16th 2017 @ 3:44pm | ! Report

      I am glad Cartwright gets a look in. Feel a bit sorry for O’Keefe as Agar hasn’t really been knocking down the door. Looks like a great team.

      • Roar Guru

        June 16th 2017 @ 5:50pm
        Ryan H said | June 16th 2017 @ 5:50pm | ! Report

        I agree, would like to Cartwright get another go, he hardly deserved to be dropped after doing not a whole lot wrong in his single test. Has the Shield numbers from last season to absolutely justify a place if it does happen.

    • June 16th 2017 @ 3:46pm
      Bob said | June 16th 2017 @ 3:46pm | ! Report

      How is Matthew Wade getting picked? Still can’t catch and doesn’t very often score runs. Neville more reliable in both aspects.

      • Roar Guru

        June 16th 2017 @ 4:51pm
        Giri Subramanian said | June 16th 2017 @ 4:51pm | ! Report

        Who are the other keepers in Australian domestic cricket other than Wade and Neville? is there anyone ready to play test cricket?

        • Roar Guru

          June 16th 2017 @ 5:00pm
          Rellum said | June 16th 2017 @ 5:00pm | ! Report

          Well Hartley was a better keeper than all of them but he has hung up his bat so Carey and Whiteman are the next guys up I would think.

          • Roar Guru

            June 19th 2017 @ 8:46am
            Chris Kettlewell said | June 19th 2017 @ 8:46am | ! Report

            Yeah, Carey and Whiteman are probably the two who will be pushing the spot. I think both are probably still a bit too raw. Whiteman looked a good chance a couple of seasons ago, but then had a bad season and last season he made one hundred but couldn’t continue the form with the bat beyond that. Carey could be a possibility, but last season was pretty much his first full one in the Shield wasn’t it?

            Wade actually surprised most people by not completely sucking in India, so he’s being given more chances here. But if he really struggled in Bangladesh and Carey and/or Whiteman can do well at the start of the Shield season they could really put the pressure on Wade leading into the Ashes.

            But I’d be surprised if Wade gets dropped for the Ashes. The selectors would probably almost go a “better the devil you know” selection rather than debut a new keeper for the Ashes unfortunately. But if he has a couple of shockers to start the Ashes and Australia aren’t thrashing England despite those poor games from Wade, and Whiteman/Carey continue both keeping well and scoring runs in the Shield, then there’s got to be pressure on.

            • June 19th 2017 @ 8:52am
              Don Freo said | June 19th 2017 @ 8:52am | ! Report

              Whiteman is the obvious one. He is head and shoulders the best available…when available. The problem is that broken thumb (finger?). It has impacted 2 seasons now. He didn’t lose form last year after a great start, his season ended with injury. Inglis took over.

            • Roar Guru

              June 19th 2017 @ 9:01am
              Giri Subramanian said | June 19th 2017 @ 9:01am | ! Report

              I think a young keeper should be picked to travel with Wade for experience. Some planning needs to be done for the future. Wade is a good bat and a decent keeper but again there needs to be a clear successor for Wade who should be ready to take over.

            • Roar Guru

              June 19th 2017 @ 9:55am
              Rellum said | June 19th 2017 @ 9:55am | ! Report

              Right now is the time for all young keepers to stand up and show what they have with both Gloves and bat. Wade is not long for the Aus team based on his current form. A big season with both and you leap frog all others, and if Wade continues to under perform and we loose games then a change might happen quickly.

              Do they go back to Nevill or go with a younger player? This season coming, if they drop Wade then Nevill would come in, but after that, if Wade is still in then after the tour of South Africa they could go to the younger player.

              • Roar Guru

                June 19th 2017 @ 10:11am
                Giri Subramanian said | June 19th 2017 @ 10:11am | ! Report

                To be frank Wade is a better bat than Nevill. I understand that Nevill hasn’t played that much test cricket but going back to him will not be a great move. If if the selectors go back to Nevill it will be a temporary solution and not a permanent one. Nevill and Wade have played similar amount of games for Australia and Wade clearly has had a better time with the bat. Wade is younger and has similar first class record to Nevill and the selectors will hope that he carries on till they find a replacement.

      • June 16th 2017 @ 6:31pm
        Mike Dugg said | June 16th 2017 @ 6:31pm | ! Report

        Lol. The same Neville who after 20 test matches has the worst batting record of all international keepers? The same Neville who fumbled all over the place in Sri Lanka?

        • June 17th 2017 @ 2:39pm
          George said | June 17th 2017 @ 2:39pm | ! Report

          ‘All over the place’. Not true.

        • June 18th 2017 @ 1:48am
          Don Freo said | June 18th 2017 @ 1:48am | ! Report

          Mike, I think you’ll find Wade’s average since he replaced Nevill is worse than Nevill’s.

          • Columnist

            June 18th 2017 @ 12:04pm
            Ronan O'Connell said | June 18th 2017 @ 12:04pm | ! Report

            No actually Wade has averaged 24.6 since he replaced Nevill, whose average was 22.3.

            Both poor returns.

            • June 18th 2017 @ 1:13pm
              Don Freo said | June 18th 2017 @ 1:13pm | ! Report

              .. and we’ve sacrificed a wicket keeper. That’s at least a catch and a few byes an innings.

              Anyway, Nevill is no longer the alternative. Carey and Whiteman (not to mention Neilsen and Inglis) are better options.

            • Roar Guru

              June 18th 2017 @ 1:27pm
              Rellum said | June 18th 2017 @ 1:27pm | ! Report

              Combine that with their keeping you would think Neville would be a lock. But it comes down to favorites, team politics and all that as well.

              • Columnist

                June 18th 2017 @ 6:43pm
                Ronan O'Connell said | June 18th 2017 @ 6:43pm | ! Report

                Actually Wade only missed two chances in four Tests in India. That’s a very solid effort for a visiting keeper in those conditions.

                His keeping was better than Nevill’s in Sri Lanka last year.

                And that’s coming from someone who has always been very critical of Wade’s glovework in the past.

              • June 18th 2017 @ 7:15pm
                Don Freo said | June 18th 2017 @ 7:15pm | ! Report


              • Roar Guru

                June 19th 2017 @ 9:57am
                Rellum said | June 19th 2017 @ 9:57am | ! Report

                I can’t see how you would pick Wade over any other FC keeper, even with his improved keeping. He has raised himself to almost FC standard. He is still dropping catches and missing run outs and even if Nevill didn’t have a great series in Sri Lanka than doesn’t mean Wade gets a pass on his keeping.

              • Columnist

                June 19th 2017 @ 11:03am
                Ronan O'Connell said | June 19th 2017 @ 11:03am | ! Report

                Rellum I never said anything about picking Wade ahead of other keepers I just addressed Don’s two incorrect statements regarding Nevill having a better batting average than Wade’s since his return, and Wade dropping an extra catch per innings compared to Nevill.

              • Roar Guru

                June 19th 2017 @ 10:56pm
                Rellum said | June 19th 2017 @ 10:56pm | ! Report

                Ronan, given Nevill’s form in FC cricket since his dropping, and Wade’s form with both bat and gloves at international level, if both continue can you see Nevill returning during the ashes or the SA tour

              • Columnist

                June 20th 2017 @ 12:07am
                Ronan O'Connell said | June 20th 2017 @ 12:07am | ! Report

                Rellum the fact that Nevill wasn’t selected for next month’s Australia A tour of South Africa suggests he may now be 3rd in line for a Test spot behind Carey, who will tour SA.

                If the selectors were seriously considering bringing Nevill back for the Ashes I think he probably would have toured SA to give him a tune up.

                In regards to Wade I think he actually might have built up some credits with the selectors in India. He had a good series – he batted well and was solid with the gloves. Wade was very poor last summer but his efforts in India may well have bought him a start in the Ashes.

                The Bangladesh series could yet throw a cat amongst the pigeons though. If Carey excels in SA and Wade flops in Bangladesh, who knows?

    • June 16th 2017 @ 3:50pm
      Brian said | June 16th 2017 @ 3:50pm | ! Report

      Given that Smith doesn’t rate Maxwell the bowler at all and given that surely 2 spinners will be required Agar seems a certainty. Cartwright a surprise not sure what he would add that as an all-rounder ahead of say Head.

      Interesting that Starc was rested from the Tests rather then the recent ODI.

      • Roar Guru

        June 16th 2017 @ 4:32pm
        Michael Keeffe said | June 16th 2017 @ 4:32pm | ! Report

        I would say Cartwright adds runs considering he averages 52 in fc cricket compared to Head’s 34. Both are part time bowlers at best, but Cartwright is clearly the superior batsmen.

        And in 33 fc innings Cartwright has 4 centuries in 99 fc innings head has just 5 centuries.

        • June 16th 2017 @ 4:48pm
          BurgyGreen said | June 16th 2017 @ 4:48pm | ! Report

          Yeah I reckon they’re looking at Cartwright as a reserve batsman rather than an allrounder. Excellent selection in my opinion, he absolutely dominated the Shield batting at first drop and deserves to be next in line when a middle order spot opens up.

          • June 16th 2017 @ 5:08pm
            Sideline said | June 16th 2017 @ 5:08pm | ! Report

            Agree. Good selection, based on shield form. I’m pretty happy with the team to be honest. Not too many surprises, but a good solid team.

    • June 16th 2017 @ 4:05pm
      jonty smith said | June 16th 2017 @ 4:05pm | ! Report

      Best xi
      Maxwell- if smith’ll bowl him
      Sayers is yet to be announced in the squad however CA are likely to add a player with Starc out and should be Sayers for a good balance. Love having Cartwright in the squad, brings plenty of upside. SOK being out for a lack of form is a load of garbage, for he has more control than Lyon. It’ll be a great contest not to be taken lightly. Bring it on

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