Warner out of ODIs: An armchair selector’s teams for the summer of cricket

Wayne Roar Guru

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    This is pseudo-serious attempt at selecting Test, ODI and T20 sides ahead of a huge summer of cricket, with the Old Enemy heading to our shores for the Ashes.

    To start with, my Test team will have six batsmen, one specialist wicketkeeper, three pace bowlers, and one spinner.

    The ODI and T20 Sides teams will be made up of four specialist batsmen, one specialist wicketkeeper, one batting all-rounder, one bowling all-rounder, and four bowlers.

    My Test team
    David Warner (vc), Matt Renshaw, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith (c), Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Peter Nevill, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon

    This team picks itself really, with the only change being Wade out and Nevill in. Maxwell keeps his spot with his ability to bowl if needed. With the WACA finishing this season, you’d still let Lyon loose. Barring injury, the side wouldn’t change too much.

    ODI team
    Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith (c), Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Peter Nevill, James Faulkner, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Andrew Tye, Jon Holland
    Extended squad: Billy Stanlake, Mitch Marsh, Cameron Boyce, Chad Sayers

    This is a little more controversial. I’m saving Warner for the T20 squad, and my rule states you can’t play all three. Head and Stoinis come into the side, with Renshaw out.

    Lyon is out for Holland, Cummins for Andrew Tye, which is more workload management than anything.

    The squad is a half/half of the Test and T20 sides, so there is some continuity, without having to overload the players.

    T20 team
    Dave Warner (c), Travis Head, Mitch Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Sam Heazlett, Ashton Agar, James Faulkner, Alex Carey, Chad Sayers, Andrew Tye, Cameron Boyce

    Extended squad: Billy Stanlake, Jason Behrendorff, Jon Holland

    I’ve swapped Smith out for Warner, giving the latter the captaincy, while Sam Heazlett, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, and Cameron Boyce all come into the team.

    This team was the hardest, because T20 doesn’t really suit having four specialist bowlers – it’s a mix of bits and pieces.

    Heazlett is a left handed batsman that has plenty of years of playing ahead of him, so he can cut his teeth here. Carey is in the same boat, getting involved in the national setup through T20s, with an eye to a Test or ODI spot in future.

    The main reason for setting the teams this way is to stop fatigue. Playing all three formats just isn’t feasible anymore, especially with the Test team and T20 team potentially playing back-to-back, as we had last year. Obviously, Warner would drop out of my T20 squad if that happened here, but I wanted his experience.

    But what do you think Roarers? Which players would you have coming in and out of these teams? Which players have I overlooked, or put too much faith in?

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    • September 23rd 2017 @ 9:52am
      AGordon said | September 23rd 2017 @ 9:52am | ! Report

      I like your logic about captaining/playing in all 3 formats Wayne.

      Maxwell hasn’t exactly covered himself in batting glory since his hundred in India, so his spot is still iffy, but the rest of your teams look pretty good

    • Roar Guru

      September 23rd 2017 @ 12:05pm
      Cadfael said | September 23rd 2017 @ 12:05pm | ! Report

      I can’t understand picking Maxwell. he scored a century in India that was well done but that was his only score over 50 in seven tests. A batting average of 26? And he is to be the number test 6 batsman?

      There are other batsmen who have shown better in the Shield: Jake Lehman, Patterson to name but two.

      Peirson may be good choice at keeper but with an Ashes series they may use Nevill, anyone but Wade.

      • September 23rd 2017 @ 3:48pm
        BurgyGreen said | September 23rd 2017 @ 3:48pm | ! Report

        If you’re going to drop Maxwell, who has averaged 37 since his return to the side in very difficult conditions, are you going to drop Renshaw who’s averaged 18 over that same period? And is Handscomb close to losing his place? He only averaged 43 compared to Maxwell’s 37.

        It’s very harsh to keep bringing up his first three Tests in which he was parachuted into a losing side in the toughest possible conditions and asked to open or bat at first drop. Do you really think Lehmann or Patterson would definitely have done better?

      • September 23rd 2017 @ 4:13pm
        BurgyGreen said | September 23rd 2017 @ 4:13pm | ! Report

        Just had a bit of a dig through the stats, and Steve Waugh averaged 16 after his first 14 innings. Amla averaged 26. Sir Viv averaged 32, Steve Smith 32, Khawaja 27. Should they have been persisted with?

        • Roar Rookie

          September 23rd 2017 @ 6:29pm
          Matthew Pearce said | September 23rd 2017 @ 6:29pm | ! Report

          What kind of sport fan are you, using facts instead of blindly hating?

          • September 24th 2017 @ 9:20am
            Chris said | September 24th 2017 @ 9:20am | ! Report

            I agree Mat,
            Just start watching something other than cricket. It’s just depressing to watch Australia play these days. Bad captaincy, inconsistency, excuses. Maybe they should put the womens cricket on – they’re playing professionally.

    • September 24th 2017 @ 10:29am
      Don Freo said | September 24th 2017 @ 10:29am | ! Report

      Billy Stanlake? Maybe he should earn his selection before he is parachuted in ahead of the 15 better performed bowlers.

      You can’t pick Jon Holland in limited overs. You need every player to be able to field.

      • September 24th 2017 @ 10:48am
        Ouch said | September 24th 2017 @ 10:48am | ! Report

        Yeh I’m not sold on Billy Stankake either. As far as Maxwell, let’s wait until he’s played some tests on home soil before judging him.

    • September 24th 2017 @ 4:28pm
      Chris Love said | September 24th 2017 @ 4:28pm | ! Report

      Excellent test squad. That should definitely be the first choice line up. Though I want Okeefe in the squad as back up or if Sydney looks like it will turn a bit.

    • September 25th 2017 @ 9:13pm
      nick said | September 25th 2017 @ 9:13pm | ! Report

      No Chris Lynn in the T20 and one day sides?

      • September 25th 2017 @ 11:40pm
        Don Freo said | September 25th 2017 @ 11:40pm | ! Report

        Nope…and with good reason.

    • September 26th 2017 @ 2:54pm
      Bucks said | September 26th 2017 @ 2:54pm | ! Report

      My 0.2c
      Same test team
      bench: Cartwright, Pattinson, Patterson
      OdI – Warner, Finch, Smith (c), Handscomb (wk), Stoinis, Head, M Marsh, Agar, Hastings, Starc, Hazlewood
      bench: J Richardson, Bailey, Khawaja, Paris
      T20 – Finch (c), Lynn, Maxwell, Head, Bailey, Turner, Christian, Nevill (wk), Zampa, Cummins, J Richardson
      bench: Tye, Stoinis, M Marsh

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