Faulkner returns as Australia announce squads for India

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    The Australian Test team is about to embark on a two-Test tour to Bangladesh and several of those players will also go straight to India for a One-Day and Twenty20 series.

    A 14-player squad has been named for the five-game One-Day series in India during September and October.

    Nathan Coulter-Nile and James Faulkner will both return to the side.

    “Nathan brings raw pace to the side with good variation. It is great to see him back from injury and we are hopeful he will have a big impact in this series,” National Selector Trevor Hohns said.

    “James Faulkner is a solid One-Day campaigner and is very familiar with sub-continent conditions, coming off a very good tour of Sri Lanka last year. We hope that he will take his chance in returning to the one-day side.”

    Interestingly, the schedule for the tour has yet to be locked in but the Board of Control for Cricket in India has confirmed that Chennai, Bengaluru, Nagpur, Indor and Kolkata will host games.

    Meanwhile, a 13-man Twenty20 squad has been announced with Tim Paine being rewarded for his consistent form.

    Pace bowler Mitchell Starc has been left out of both squads as he continues to recover from a foot injury.

    “We have recently reviewed the progress of Mitchell’s right foot injury and the healing process has been slower than we would have liked,” Physiotherapist David Beakley said.

    “Consequently, in order to ensure his best possible preparation for the Ashes, he will be unavailable for the Tour of India and will continue his rehab in Australia with an aim to have him play for New South Wales in the domestic one-day cup.”

    Australian ODI Squad for India Tour

    Steve Smith (C) NSW
    David Warner (VC) NSW
    Ashton Agar WA
    Hilton Cartwright WA
    Nathan Coulter-Nile WA
    Patrick Cummins NSW
    James Faulkner TAS
    Aaron Finch VIC
    Josh Hazlewood NSW
    Travis Head SA
    Glenn Maxwell VIC
    Marcus Stoinis WA
    Matthew Wade TAS
    Adam Zampa SA

    Australian T20 Squad for India Tour

    Steve Smith (C) NSW
    David Warner (VC) NSW
    Jason Behrendorff WA
    Dan Christian VIC
    Nathan Coulter-Nile WA
    Patrick Cummins NSW
    Aaron Finch VIC
    Travis Head SA
    Moises Henriques NSW
    Glenn Maxwell VIC
    Tim Paine TAS
    Kane Richardson SA
    Adam Zampa SA

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    • Roar Guru

      August 18th 2017 @ 3:41pm
      Scott Pryde said | August 18th 2017 @ 3:41pm | ! Report

      Strange they have announced the squad, but not the fixtures.

      Squads look pretty right to me. Shame we don’t have Starc, but the Ashes have to be the primary goal at this stage. It’ll be interesting to see what Cartwright can do – I’m also a little concerned that there isn’t another good spin option in the ODI squad – Agar as the second spinner isn’t what I would have gone with.

      • Columnist

        August 18th 2017 @ 9:31pm
        Ronan O'Connell said | August 18th 2017 @ 9:31pm | ! Report

        Scott the matches in India kick off on September 17, according to Indian media.

    • August 18th 2017 @ 3:52pm
      Jimbo said | August 18th 2017 @ 3:52pm | ! Report

      do you reckon we have enough allrounders? probably could chuck a couple more in…

    • August 18th 2017 @ 4:40pm
      Nathan said | August 18th 2017 @ 4:40pm | ! Report

      Only 3 actual batsman for the One Day Team.

      Our weakness is always our batting.

      Also Aaron Finches batting in ODI’s 16-17 is only 28.9! thats simply not good enough.

      So we are going with two good batsman, 7 All Rounders, 1 spin bowler (+ Agar) and 2 quick’s (+Counter Nile)

      What could possibly go wrong?

      • August 18th 2017 @ 4:47pm
        Jimbo said | August 18th 2017 @ 4:47pm | ! Report

        ^^^ you could not be more spot on

      • August 23rd 2017 @ 8:31pm
        Arwin said | August 23rd 2017 @ 8:31pm | ! Report


    • Roar Guru

      August 18th 2017 @ 4:42pm
      Giri Subramanian said | August 18th 2017 @ 4:42pm | ! Report

      Don’t care for this series. Just a money making vehicle for BCCI. Hope players from either side don’t get injured as they have important season coming up. Wonder why Australia is playing all their games in the sub continent ahead of the Ashes. Does not make sense.

      • August 19th 2017 @ 8:00pm
        Jameswm said | August 19th 2017 @ 8:00pm | ! Report

        Maybe. But I think we know how to play in Australia.

        • Roar Guru

          August 21st 2017 @ 10:37am
          Giri Subramanian said | August 21st 2017 @ 10:37am | ! Report

          It is not about knowing how to play in Australia, I know Australia will do well at home. But still the scheduling does not make much sense to me. Why to go to India to just play ODI’s? They could have done this earlier this year when they were on a test tour. India did the same last year. The unnecessary bi-lateral ODI’s is going to kill the format.

      • August 19th 2017 @ 8:50pm
        BurgyGreen said | August 19th 2017 @ 8:50pm | ! Report

        Not everything has to be preparation for the Ashes. I like that cricket tests teams in vastly different conditions from series to series.

        The reason I’m not particularly looking forward to this series is because there is no more boring sight in international cricket than watching gun-barrel straight pace bowling being drop-kicked over tiny boundaries by mediocre batsmen with the surface offering nothing but pain for the bowlers in exchange for their toil. The pitches and grounds that are currently being used for limited overs cricket all over the world seem tailor-made for the most asinine play imaginable.

        • Roar Guru

          August 21st 2017 @ 10:33am
          Giri Subramanian said | August 21st 2017 @ 10:33am | ! Report

          These bi-lateral ODI series need to stop. It is fine when a team is on a full tour to a country and they play ODI’s as a part of that tour. But to just travel to the country to play ODI’s is boring to be frank. Considering the previous Australian ODI tour to India, this is going to be another high scoring dud with teams making in excess of 300 in every game. I hope at least the pitches are little bowling friendly this time.

          • August 22nd 2017 @ 9:50am
            Bakkies said | August 22nd 2017 @ 9:50am | ! Report

            It was scheduled this way due to the Champions Trophy

    • August 18th 2017 @ 5:48pm
      Bazz said | August 18th 2017 @ 5:48pm | ! Report

      Only 3 actual front line batsmen in the whole squad.

      Sure why not…

      • August 20th 2017 @ 12:42am
        Don Freo said | August 20th 2017 @ 12:42am | ! Report

        Smith (#4), Warner (opener), Cartwright (#3), Head (#4 or 5), Finch (opener), Stoinis (#3). Just because they bowl a bit does not make them not specialist batsmen.

        • Roar Pro

          August 20th 2017 @ 11:42am
          Andy Hill said | August 20th 2017 @ 11:42am | ! Report

          I agree with Don. Add to that list Maxwell and you have plenty of batsmen.

    • Roar Guru

      August 18th 2017 @ 6:17pm
      Ryan H said | August 18th 2017 @ 6:17pm | ! Report

      Agree, way too bits and pieces for the ODI squad; it’s becoming a strange and problematic theme in the last 12 months by Aus in ODI matches.

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