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Australia’s ideal ODI squad

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By Barry & Zac, Barry & Zac is a Roar Pro


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    Recently the Australian selectors named their one-day squad to play England and Zimbabwe, but most agree it’s a list lacking explosiveness during the powerplay and at the death as well as the ability to keep going if a few early wickets are lost.

    This is what our ideal ODI squad looks like in the lead up to the 2019 World Cup. We have put a strong emphasis on picking younger players, as they need some experience, especially with the World Cup and world T20s in consecutive years (2020 and 2021).


    Aaron Finch (c)
    His experience alone guarantees Finch a spot in this side. In 2017 Finch already has two 100s and one 50 from three innings. He has a career average of around 40 and a strike rate of just over 90. The most experienced campaigner in this squad, he also gets the captaincy as the only player on the side to have captained Australia before.

    Daniel Hughes
    In a team full of explosive batsmen, Daniel Hughes is the perfect anchor for them all to lean on. He has shown that he is ready for the Test of international cricket, with an average of 65.16 in list A and a strike rate of 88.06 from 14 matches. He is what Australia so desperately needs right now in the ODI format because he is so consistent. He is perhaps the most controversial pick because he is the only player in the squad not to have international experience.

    Chris Lynn
    One of the most exciting Australian batsmen, Lynn can take apart attacks with relative ease and shows no fear of getting out. The only two problems with Lynn are that he will win a game for you and then get injured and that he is something of a liability in the field at the moment. We see him as that matchwinning batsman, though, and you cannot leave him out.

    Chris Lynn

    (AAP Image/Darren England)

    Glenn Maxwell
    Glenn Maxwell was absolutely robbed this past summer. After losing his place in the Test team he went out to score a massive haul of runs, but they give the spot to Mitchell Marsh (even though it did pay off). The one summer he actually scores runs consistently and the selectors won’t pick him. Despite these setbacks, Maxwell has found his way back into the squads for all three formats and looms as a key figure in this one. He could get selected for his batting alone, but let us not forget that he was Australia’s only spinner in the 2015 World Cup, and that will be more than handy.

    D’Arcy Short
    D’Arcy Short has been on a roller-coaster these past few months and could easily open or slot in the middle order as he has done for Western Australia in the recent JLT Cup. He has a Twenty20 average of 49 and a strike rate of 150. In the list A format his results are also impressive: an average of 32.57 from eight innings. He can also give us some handy overs of his left arm wrist spin, which he has been working closely with Shane Warne on. He has a list A bowling average of 33.75.

    Tom Cooper
    After moving away from the Netherlands because he wanted a shot at Test cricket, Tom Cooper is an outside pick for this side despite being one of the more experienced cricketers in the country, having played international cricket. After debuting in 2010 he spent six years with the Dutch before he moved to Australia, where he could play Test cricket because of his dual citizenship. He has a list A average of over 30 and a high score of 203 not out, which is ridiculous as he usually bats at five He is perhaps the most underrated Australian batsman. On top of all this Cooper is a handy part-timer and a gun fielder.

    Tom Cooper Melbourne Renegades

    (AAP Image/Hamish Blair)


    Marcus Stoinis
    The other player guaranteed a spot in this side, Stoinis has become a mainstay in the Australian line-up after his heroics at Eden Park in New Zealand. The innings was so amazing that it brought the usually hostile crowd to their feet, and it’s not hard to see why.

    With Australia reeling at 5/54 Stoinis single-handedly brought the country from certain loss and embarrassment to 9/280. Australia needed only one more six out of him – he had already hit 11 to go with his nine fours – but could only watch as Hazlewood was run out for a diamond duck. This is my most memorable innings of all time purely because Stoinis backed himself to go the distance when most batsmen would have tried to rebuild, and it most certainly paid off.

    Ashton Agar
    Ashton Agar is a handy bat, exceptional bowler and gun fielder. In other words, he’s everything that you could want from a player. Agar made a good impression on debut – to say the least – scoring 98 runs from number 11, but the more impressive thing was that when he came back to the changing room he looked at it as 98 runs scored rather than two runs missed. This shows his character and his desire for the team to do well above himself. His list A stats are impressive: a bowling average of 28.79 and a batting average in excess of 20, but we all know that he is a better bat than that.

    Moises Henriques
    ‘Big’ Moises has not been in the selectors’ minds as of late and I am still at odds as to why he was dropped in the first place – two and a bit games in terrible weather does not give reason enough to drop him. If something happens to Stoinis, he is a shoo-in. He has a list A average of over 30 and over 2000 runs. He is a somewhat controversial pick for this side but he is a medium-pace bowling all-rounder, which is always handy in England, who can bat almost anywhere, and he also has plenty of experience.

    Blues Moises Henriques celebrates after taking a wicket

    (AAP Image/Daniel Munoz)


    Alex Carey
    The wicketkeeping spot was out of Tim Paine and Alex Carey, so in other words it was between Alex Carey and Alex Carey. Carey is a much better batsman and scores quicker. He gives better balance to the team being able to bat wherever, whereas Paine can bat only down the order. One interesting fact: Australia is the only Test-playing nation that still bats their keeper at number seven in the ODI format.

    Carey has come off an exceptional season in 2017-18, when he scored his maiden Big Bash and first-class ton and came agonisingly close in the JLT Cup (out on 92). His list A average of just over 30 is very good. Carey also has age on his side – at 26 he is Australia’s next-in-line keeper for all formats.


    Kane Richardson
    You can see with the bowlers that we have gone with limited-overs specialists over Test players, and Richardson is easily one of the best limited-overs specialists. He can swing the ball both ways, has a good slower ball and yorker and will bowl better at the death than Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins, who quite frankly haven’t been up to the mark as of late. His stats are good at international level: 21 wickets from 15 matches at an average of 33.23 and a list A average of just over 28. He has vastly improved from the last time he played international cricket, though, and that has me excited.

    Andrew Tye
    Tye is easily the best death bowler in Australia. He can give us five handy overs during the middle of the innings to apply the brakes and a further five at the death. He has so many variations – how can he remember them all? Tye isn’t bad with the bat either. He has very nice international stats: an average of 21 and an economy rate of 4.68, which is ridiculous considering he bowls at the death.

    Andrew Tye

    (AAP Image/Joe Castro)

    Billy Stanlake
    An exciting prospect, Stanlake brings the speed and aggression this side is lacking with the ball at the moment. He regularly hits 150 kilometres per hour, has a good yorker and a nasty bouncer. On his day he is unplayable thanks to his sharp bounce. We all remember his spell against New Zealand in the T20 tri-series – if he produces something like that in the ODI arena, then Australia are pretty much guaranteed a victory. He has not played much list-A cricket, but that’s okay because he balances this team out and we all know how special a talent he is.

    Mitchell Swepson
    When picking this side one of the must-haves was a wrist spinner. Due to Adam Zampa’s performance as of late, Swepson gets a chance. He is an exciting young player and has got good variations. He is more famous for his BBL feats, but he could easily transfer them to the ODI arena. He has many variations and gets enough spin to deceive the batsmen.

    Josh Hazlewood
    The only person who plays Test cricket at the moment in this squad, Hazlewood has been exceptional in the ODI format as well as the Tests. This boils down to doing the simple things right: where other bowlers, such as Starc and Cummins, change their style drastically, Hazlewood just keeps bowling that tight line and length that restricts the runs scored in the powerplay.

    He is right up there on the ICC ODI bowling rankings as well, currently sitting third, and he also had a great Champions Trophy, which is nice, because we know he can perform in England. He has an average of 24.28 and a strike rate of 30.81, which is about two wickets per match.

    Ideal starting XI

    1. Aaron Finch
    2. Daniel Hughes
    3. Chris Lynn/D’Arcy Short
    4. Glenn Maxwell/Tom Cooper
    5. Alex Carey
    6. Marcus Stoinis
    7. Ashton Agar/Moises Henriques
    8. Andrew Tye
    9. Kane Richardson
    10. Billy Stanlake/Mitchell Swepson
    11. Josh Hazlewood
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    • May 13th 2018 @ 4:48am
      KenoathCarnt said | May 13th 2018 @ 4:48am | ! Report

      J Richardson/Stanlake

      LOL Henriques how is his name even mentioned. Short is a good enough 6th bowling option. His stats in the JLT cup are much better then a part timer. There is not enough batting depth in that Ideal squad considering Australia batting has been below par.

      • Roar Pro

        May 13th 2018 @ 9:25am
        Barry & Zac said | May 13th 2018 @ 9:25am | ! Report

        That is because of the selectors not choosing batsmen that contribute to the balance, all our bats either hit out or get out. I am also a Vic so why would i be biased to NSW with my selections?

        • May 13th 2018 @ 6:06pm
          KenoathCarnt said | May 13th 2018 @ 6:06pm | ! Report

          It’s not about bias it’s that Henriques has been absolutely hopeless of late.

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            May 16th 2018 @ 9:21am
            Barry & Zac said | May 16th 2018 @ 9:21am | ! Report

            Yeah but we couldnt think of a backup allrounder that can bowl pace

    • May 13th 2018 @ 7:56am
      Basil (the original) said | May 13th 2018 @ 7:56am | ! Report

      Daniel Hughes?
      His name wouldn’t even be mentioned if he played for SA, Vic, Tas, or Qld. Average at best.

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        May 13th 2018 @ 9:22am
        Barry & Zac said | May 13th 2018 @ 9:22am | ! Report

        Yeah because he only has the best ever career batting figures in List A for an Aussie batsman, better than Bevan who is second best

    • May 13th 2018 @ 8:05am
      Paul said | May 13th 2018 @ 8:05am | ! Report

      Daniel who?

      Lynn would have to make huge scores each time he played to offset his inability to field properly.

      Henriques should have been guiding NSW to better results in all 3 formats last year, but essentially did nothing.

      You boys might want to go back and have a rethink about your selections.

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        May 13th 2018 @ 9:24am
        Barry & Zac said | May 13th 2018 @ 9:24am | ! Report

        And who would you suggest to go in place of them mate

        • May 13th 2018 @ 11:15am
          Paul said | May 13th 2018 @ 11:15am | ! Report

          Finch, Short, Khawaja, Maxwell, Head, Stoinis, Carey, then the bowlers, depending on conditions.

          • Roar Pro

            May 16th 2018 @ 9:22am
            Barry & Zac said | May 16th 2018 @ 9:22am | ! Report

            We said we were being bias to young players because we are trying to give them some experience leading up to the 2019 WC

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      May 13th 2018 @ 9:06am
      Rellum said | May 13th 2018 @ 9:06am | ! Report

      So no Starc or Cummins? I am fairly sure they should be fit and firing well before the next world cup.

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        May 13th 2018 @ 9:23am
        Barry & Zac said | May 13th 2018 @ 9:23am | ! Report

        Fit but not firing, in case you didnt watch the 5 match ODI series against England. Starc and Cummins allowed Buttler to score a ton in 10 overs

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      May 13th 2018 @ 9:29am
      Rellum said | May 13th 2018 @ 9:29am | ! Report

      So a few bad overs means they are now both on the outer. Starc didn’t have the best season but I would have him as a walk up start.

      • May 13th 2018 @ 11:17am
        Paul said | May 13th 2018 @ 11:17am | ! Report

        I’d have both somewhere assuming they were fit, Rellum. Both came off bowling a heap of overs in the Melbourne and Sydney Tests and were simply knackered. No way these guys could be on the outer, if their batting and fielding is taken into account as well.

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        May 13th 2018 @ 1:23pm
        Barry & Zac said | May 13th 2018 @ 1:23pm | ! Report

        A few bad overs… here are their stats: Starc (4 matches) has no maidens 7 wickets for 256 runs and Cummins has slightly better figures of (3 matches) 7 wickets for 154 runs with 3 maidens

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          May 13th 2018 @ 6:53pm
          Rellum said | May 13th 2018 @ 6:53pm | ! Report

          I find it interesting that you can use a small sample size of form to drop our two best bowlers but you can bring in a guy who hasn’t bowled in anything other than a T20 game at the professional level for years. Stanlake has only managed 4 overs every four days for a few weeks a year and you are now seeing him as the front line strike bowler who will bowl 10 overs every 3-4 days.

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            May 16th 2018 @ 9:34am
            Barry & Zac said | May 16th 2018 @ 9:34am | ! Report

            he is not a frontline bowler, he is jostling for a spot in the starting XI

    • May 13th 2018 @ 11:58am
      Jameswm said | May 13th 2018 @ 11:58am | ! Report

      Hughes and Cooper? And Hughes in during the power play overs when we need hitters?

      Even though Maxwells power is great at 5, I’d like to see him opening with Short, with Finch at 3. Finch can bat as needed. I could see us 0 for 60 off 6 every 3-4 games. They make it harder to open with spinners against us.

      Carey 7, MMarsh and Stoinis at 5-6. Just leaves a solid 4 who also has some power. Maybe Khawaja but his fielding lets him down. Smith would otherwise be the obvious one.

      • Roar Pro

        May 13th 2018 @ 12:27pm
        Barry & Zac said | May 13th 2018 @ 12:27pm | ! Report

        This is an ODI side, you are not gonna be 0 for 60 very often at all, that is plain suicide even in T20 you rarely lose 0 wickets in the powerplay, if you overpitch or bowl short to Hughes he puts it away for 4

        • May 13th 2018 @ 4:27pm
          Jameswm said | May 13th 2018 @ 4:27pm | ! Report

          Short and Maxwell don’t? I guess they’d put it over the fence half the time. England lose a wicket or two in the power play and keep hitting. Have you been watching?

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            May 16th 2018 @ 9:35am
            Barry & Zac said | May 16th 2018 @ 9:35am | ! Report

            I have, they only score at around 100 s/r