11 August 2009



The Squad's to play in ODI's and T20's against England have been announced by the NSP.
The reason I call this leg of the series The Remains, is due to the fact it is the last remaining scraps of cricket before the curtains close against England till we meet again on other shores.
It looks okay, although the only two player's I am partially curious about not being in there are Doug Bollinger and David Hussey for the ODI's.
Having thought a bit harder about David Hussey's situation, he has been playing County cricket in England, but he didn't have the most spectacular series against The Proteas in South Africa. However with a long Domestic summer ahead and series' against the Windies and Pakistan, he'll have plenty chances with the Vic's to get his Green and Gold Cap back on. The good news is he will feature in the Twenty20 game. Perhaps himself and Brad Hodge are likely runners for the games in Australia, although my battle to push Hodge's case should probably be put to rest, as the Selectors have clearly given him two fingers after issuing him another CA Contract likely to be worthless.
Doug Bollinger was excellent in the UAE and played brilliantly for Australia A against Pakistan A in Brisbane. I find it hard to believe why he has been left out. I would have rather seen Peter Siddle given a rest before the very busy upcoming schedule, with the ICC Champions Trophy to follow these ODI's, then off to India for another One Day series which only seems like it was last week, and then the Australian summer fixtures.

Twenty20 squad:
David Warner, Shane Watson, Michael Clarke (capt), Callum Ferguson, David Hussey, Adam Voges, Brad Haddin, Cameron White, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Nathan Hauritz, Ben Hilfenhaus, Dirk Nannes.

Good to see the NSP taking Twenty20 Internationals seriously, with a team that looks a bit more like a T20 squad. Blokes highly worthy of mention:
David Warner, 'The Pitbull': Yeah you know him although he hasn't done too much in recent times. But as 'the Pitbull' gets stuck into the English bowlers, he'll have plenty to feast on. He had a bit of a bash in the English T20 circuit so I am sure he has been doing some homework.
Adam Voges is now a married man and has another chance to play for Australia after missing out on his last call-up. He may not look a strong bloke but he can hit out if needed, and his fielding isn't short of worthy entertainment too. Remember the catch against the Black Caps?
Cameron White is the Vic's Skipper, and Bear gets another chance after he lucked out against the Proteas. A Twenty20 natural, who didn't play in the IPL despite having extended time in South Africa to represent Bangalore (their loss), and I hope to see him impose his rated brand of cricket for Australia that he gives his State team.
Dirk Nannes is a wise choice, and glad we may not lose him just yet to the Netherlands. A Skier with some major skill away from cricket, I hope he grabs this opportunity strongly. He can skid the ball through, similar to Bollinger, but can generate quick, effective bounce. He did a neat job in the 2009 ICC T20 Champions Trophy for the Netherland's in the English conditions.
Also, why does it seem Victoria produce most of the Twenty20 maestro's?
Warnie will tell you it's because all Victorians are strong lad's, strong physically and strong at heart, unlike those New South Wales boys.

The Remains ODI squad:
Shane Watson, Michael Clarke, Ricky Ponting (capt), Michael Hussey, Callum Ferguson, Brad Haddin, Tim Paine, James Hopes, Cameron White, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Nathan Hauritz, Peter Siddle, Nathan Bracken, Ben Hilfenhaus.

Tim Paine is the only unfamiliar player in this team, and got his call-up after his efforts for Australia A against Pakistan A. The young Tasmanian keeper is an explosive batsman, and taking him on tour is a positive move. He is a similar age as to when Brad Haddin and Adam Gilchrist were given there lure into International One Day cricket, so this is a good move by the NSP, not too mention he has similar attributes as a keeper/batsman . With Brad as Vice-Captain I am not too sure if Tim will make his debut, but if an extra batsman is needed due to any circumstances he will be easily slotted in there. I am excited by the young talent starting to burst through at the right time!

Glad to see Callum Ferguson's name on that squad card once again, and Cameron White too. Cameron White probably grabbed his place ahead of David Hussey, while James 'Catfish' Hopes is still in the picture after a good series against the Proteas this year. Only change that may have been worthwhile would be Bollinger for Siddle, and that is really to rest Sid's as there is serious risk in overplaying these young guys, especially one as ambitious and fired up as Sid's. Douggie will have another chance though. Then again Warnie would give you his legit reason too for the Victorian wood chopper over the New South Wales left-arm quickie.

Ricky Ponting is listed there, but it is reported that he will only join the team towards to later stages of the ODI's. Michael Clarke will lead as Captain, while Brad Haddin will stand in as Vice-Captain.

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