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A New-look Aussie Test and ODI Squad to WI

Written by F Mirza on April 1st, 2008   (137 views)

Australia has announced its test and ODI squad for their 8-week tour to West Indies (May22 to July 6). Pura cup finalists, NSW and Victoria, see their stars in the squad. Champions NSW skipper Simon Katich was certain to make his place back into the test side after he plundered a record-smashing 1506 runs in Pura cup and also earning the Man of the Match award in the final. His team mate Beau Casson, the left arm spinner and a handy batsman, has a great opportunity to make an impression on the turning wickets of Caribbean. He took 29 Pura cup wickets to catch selectors’ eyes. Ashley Noffke and Ben Hilfenhaus are the other two young exciting prospects for Australia which were named in the test squad.

After going through the rehabilitation phase after a carpel tunnel syndrome surgery on his right wrist, Stuart MacGill is expected to perform well in the tests starting from May 6 in Jamaica. Brad Haddin finally finds himself to be the only wicket keeper in the squad after Gilly-The Big Ears decided to hang-up his gloves. Australia should not find it an up-hill task to beat WI 3-0 in the tests as WI test squad looks to be a pretty inexperienced side.

The Test Squad is as follows:

Matthew Hayden, Phil Jaques, Ricky Ponting (Capt.), Michael Hussey, Michael Clarke, Andrew Symonds, Simon Katich, Brad Haddin (wk), Ashley Noffke, Beau Casson, Brett Lee, Mitchell Johnson, Stuart Clark, Stuart Mac Gill, Ben Hilfenhaus.

ODI squad does not look much different from the test team. David Hussey successfully makes his way into the team after he featured in a 20-20 match against India in February. Another Victorian, Cameron White, makes a comeback into the one-day side. A surprise inclusion is of Shaun Marsh the son of former opener Geoff Marsh. He carries the reputation of a top order batsman who had a good Pura cup tournament. James Hopes is a potential candidate for the vacant opening position. He showed his caliber in the 2nd Final of the Commonwealth Bank Tri Series in earlier last month. He is a fine all-round cricketer and knows how to change gears when required of him. He plays with a straight bat making him eligible to open the innings for Australia with Mathew Hayden. His disciplined medium pace bowling puts a halt to scoring rate in the middle overs of the innings.

The ODI Squad is as follows:

Matthew Hayden, Michael Clarke, Ricky Ponting (Capt.), Michael Hussey, Andrew Symonds, David Hussey, Shaun Marsh, Cameron White, Brad Haddin (wk), James Hopes, Brett Lee, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Bracken, Stuart Clark.

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