Steven Smith will seem certain to make his debut for Australia in the final ODI of the series vs the Windies at the MCG.
Sylvester, you pleased about this mate?
Steven Smith has a great opportunity here for himself and he has been a bit out of touch in the Ford Ranger Cup as opposed to his efforts for NSW in T20 cricket and Sheffield Shield games. He is an effective spin bowling option with plenty room to develop it as an attacking element to his game, while his middle order batting can be explosive yet still shows glimpses of maturity and fast learning.
Nathan Hauritz has been given a rest along with Michael Hussey after their massive workload this summer, with positive results.
The two of them will also not participate in the T20's alongside Ricky Ponting meaning this will be their last appearances until the upcoming T20's and ODI's against The Blacks Caps.
Brad Haddin returns to hold the fort behind the stumps meaning Tim Paine has returned to the Tassie Tigers. In fact he has actually just hit a half-century for them tonight against WA. I like the way we have been giving Tim really good exposure at International level like the selectors did with Hads in the Gilchrist days. Hads' 'Keeping has been sensational this summer!
As for the T20's at The Bellerive Oval and the SCG, the selectors are starting to smarten up. Instead of throwing in our Test and ODI specialists which they have done for too long now, they are focusing on specialist players.
Steven Smith was amongst the players of this change in plans and performed excellently on debut.
Travis Birt lucked out but has another chance to shine, while Daniel Christian has his moment after showing his value to the Redbacks.
Here's the T20 Squad for the two T20's:Michael Clarke (Captain), Shane Watson, David Warner, Shaun Marsh, Cameron White, David Hussey, Travis Birt, Brad Haddin (Wicketkeeper), Steven Smith, Daniel Christian, Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris, Dirk Nannes, Shaun Tait.