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Australia should use its next ODI series as a development tour

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Roar Guru
19th July, 2019
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The Australian cricket team’s next ODI series will be in India in January and the Australian selectors should only pick players who they think will still be playing in 2023.

David Warner will be 36, Aaron Finch will be 36, Nathan Lyon will be 35, Usman Khawaja will be 36, Nathan Coulter-Nile will be 35 and Shaun Marsh will be 39. It’s difficult to see any of them playing in four year’s time, so none of them should go to India in January.

Marcus Stoinis’ recent form has been abysmal and shows he probably isn’t up to international standard. Kane Richardson hasn’t done much at international level either.

Adam Zampa has had occasions of brilliance for Australia but has gone missing far too often.

Steve Smith will be 33 and would be a good chance to feature, however, for the next few years he should be kept out of Australia’s white-ball teams in order to focus on test cricket.

Fast bowlers Pat Cummins and Mitch Starc will probably be there as well, both should be kept out of the ODI side for the time being in order to focus on Test cricket and Twenty20 internationals.

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Glenn Maxwell should also be left out in order to focus on Twenty20 internationals and possibly Test cricket.

Even with the players mentioned above being left out, Australia could still pick a good team.

Jake Weatherald
List A batting record: 882 runs at 46.42, SR of 102.20

Weatherald has a solid List A record, but he is yet to play international cricket or even Australia A.

Josh Philippe
List A batting record: 236 runs at 39.33, SR of 120.40

An aggressive batsman who can also keep, Philippe had a good JLT Cup, opening the batting for Western Australia.

Ben McDermott
List A batting record: 652 runs at 50.15, SR of 82.21

McDermott was the man of the tournament in last year’s JLT Cup. He was called into the Australian ODI squad in November, but didn’t play.

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Mitch Marsh (c)
ODI batting record: 1428 runs at 35.70, SR of 93.08
Bowling: 44 wickets at 35.54, economy of 5.52

List A batting record: 3001 runs at 38.97, SR of 92.31
Bowling: 89 wickets at 30.03, economy of 5.40

Despite his failures at Test level, Marsh has a good ODI and was unlucky to miss out on World Cup selection. By far the most experienced member of the team, he’s the captain.

Alex Carey (vc)
ODI batting ecord: 804 runs at 40.20, SR 91.99
Fielding: 34 catches, five stumpings

List A batting ecord: 1521 runs at 33.80, SR 83.89
Fielding: 62 catches, six stumpings

Carey had a very good World Cup batting in the middle order, he’s the vice-captain.

D’Arcy Short
ODI batting record: 83 runs at 27.66, SR 83.83
Bowling: 0 wickets for 83 runs, economy of 8.42

List A batting record: 922 runs at 40.08, SR of 111.08
Bowling: 17 runs at 44.29, economy 5.89

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Short’s List A record is very good, while most of his success has come batting top three, the only way I could fit him in the team was by batting him at six.

Ashton Turner
ODI batting record: 125 runs at 62.50, SR 145.34
List A batting record: 867 runs at 36.12, SR of 97.63
Bowling: 6 wickets at 57.16, economy of 5.81

Ashton Turner would’ve made Australia’s World Cup squad if he didn’t have an injured shoulder. He’s since had surgery on his shoulder and will be looking to make a return at the start of the Australian summer.

Daniel Sams
List A batting record: 152 runs at 38, SR of 116
Bowling: 9 wickets at 22.44, economy of 5.13

Sams had a very good JLT Cup last year for New South Wales, he is a decent bowler and provides a decent lower order hitter.

Chris Green
List A bowling record: 8 wickets at 28.75, economy of 4.91

Despite not holding a state contract with New South Wales, Green earned a call up to the New South Wales one-day squad last year and he played ahead of former test spinner Steve O’Keefe.

Sean Abbott
ODI bowling record: 1 wicket at 25, economy of 5
List A bowling record: 92 wickets at 24.40, economy of 5.39

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Abbott played several international matches for Australia in 2014 but hasn’t played since. He bowled well recently for Australia A.

Jason Behrendorff
ODI bowling record: 16 wickets at 32.31, economy of 5.24
List A bowling record: 65 wickets at 29.49, economy of 4.94

Behrendorff had a good World Cup and should hold his position in the team.

My Australian team for January’s tour of India;
Jake Weatherald
Josh Philippe
Ben McDermott
Mitch Marsh (c)
Alex Carey (vc/wk)
D’Arcy Short
Ashton Turner
Daniel Sams
Chris Green
Sean Abbott
Jason Behrendorff