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Thursday, 3 January 2019

Aussies wield axe for ODI series


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Australia has unveiled a new-look side for the upcoming one-day series against India, with batsmen Chris Lynn, Travis Head and D’Arcy Short dumped, while Peter Siddle is set to play his first white-ball match for his country in more than eight years.

Australia has won just three of its last 23 ODIs, and with the World Cup in England less than five months away, selectors have wielded the axe.

“After a disappointing period in ODI cricket, the National Selection Panel along with team coaches have reviewed our performances across this format and we’ve identified a number of key areas that we feel we need to improve in order to help put this team in the best possible position to turn this period around,” selection boss Trevor Hohns said.

“With this in mind and the World Cup looming, we’ve selected players we feel provide us with the flexibility to play a variety of roles at different stages of a match.”

Head managed just 15 runs in three matches during Australia’s 2-1 defeat to South Africa in November, while Short made a duck in his only match. Lynn was also disappointing, with scores of 15, 44 and 0.

“All three have had opportunities to cement their spots, but unfortunately, they have not been as productive as we would have liked in recent times when playing ODI cricket for Australia,” Hohns said.

D'Arcy Short axed from the Australian ODI side.

The axing of the trio has opened the door for Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb and Mitch Marsh to earn recalls.

Siddle appears set to play his first one-dayer since November 2010, with Australia’s Test fast bowlers given a rest.

Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins have all been left out of the squad to freshen up ahead of the two-Test series against Sri Lanka which starts later this month.

Siddle, Jhye Richardson, Jason Behrendorff and Billy Stanlake will handle the fast-bowling duties for the ODI series.

Nathan Lyon has also been given a chance to cement a spot ahead of the World Cup, having played just 15 ODIs in his career.

“Nathan is the best off-spin bowler in the world and we’ve noted how successful teams around the world have been using a two-pronged spin attack in the right conditions in white ball cricket, something we are very mindful of heading to the World Cup,” Hohns said.

Australian squad: Aaron Finch (c), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Mitch Marsh (vc), Alex Carey (vc), Jhye Richardson, Billy Stanlake, Jason Behrendorff, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa.

Australia has unveiled a new-look side for the upcoming one-day series against India, with batsmen Chris Lynn, Travis Head and D’Arcy Short dumped, while Peter Siddle is set to play his first white-ball match for his country in more than eight years.

Australia has won just three of its last 23 ODIs, and with the World Cup in England less than five months away, selectors have wielded the axe.

“After a disappointing period in ODI cricket, the National Selection Panel along with team coaches have reviewed our performances across this format and we’ve identified a number of key areas that we feel we need to improve in order to help put this team in the best possible position to turn this period around,” selection boss Trevor Hohns said.

“With this in mind and the World Cup looming, we’ve selected players we feel provide us with the flexibility to play a variety of roles at different stages of a match.”

Head managed just 15 runs in three matches during Australia’s 2-1 defeat to South Africa in November, while Short made a duck in his only match. Lynn was also disappointing, with scores of 15, 44 and 0.

“All three have had opportunities to cement their spots, but unfortunately, they have not been as productive as we would have liked in recent times when playing ODI cricket for Australia,” Hohns said.

D'Arcy Short axed from the Australian ODI side.

The axing of the trio has opened the door for Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb and Mitch Marsh to earn recalls.

Siddle appears set to play his first one-dayer since November 2010, with Australia’s Test fast bowlers given a rest.

Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins have all been left out of the squad to freshen up ahead of the two-Test series against Sri Lanka which starts later this month.

Siddle, Jhye Richardson, Jason Behrendorff and Billy Stanlake will handle the fast-bowling duties for the ODI series.

Nathan Lyon has also been given a chance to cement a spot ahead of the World Cup, having played just 15 ODIs in his career.

“Nathan is the best off-spin bowler in the world and we’ve noted how successful teams around the world have been using a two-pronged spin attack in the right conditions in white ball cricket, something we are very mindful of heading to the World Cup,” Hohns said.

Australian squad: Aaron Finch (c), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Mitch Marsh (vc), Alex Carey (vc), Jhye Richardson, Billy Stanlake, Jason Behrendorff, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa.

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