Sunday, September 01, 2013

Australia announces a 15-man squad for Scotland and England tour

Australia cricket has announced a 15-man squad for the upcoming ODIs against Scotland and England. The biggest change of this squad is perhaps the exclusion of David Warner. The 26-year-old left-handed batsman has been dropped from the squad due to his poor form.
David Warner has been out of form for the last few series. He was struggling with the bat. In his only ODI against England in Champions Trophy he scored just 9 runs and could not play all the matches after being suspended due to a bar incident in Birmingham.
He has not played too many ODI matches this year. In January, he has played three ODIs against Sri Lanka and scored respectively 10, 60 and 4 runs. His last big score of 42-ball 53 came against England on Saturday in the second T20 match. His performance was not satisfactory enough to select him for the future ODI series.
Coach, Darren Lehmann, said that Warner will have to get back to playing Ryobi Cup and to make his return to the national squad he will have to score huge runs.
Australia’s tour of Scotland will kick off on September 3 in Edinburgh where they will play only one ODI match. After that, they will play a five-match ODI series beginning from September 6 in Leeds.
Good news for Australian cricket is that Mitchell Starc has been included in the squad. He has made his return after recovering from lower back soreness. Australian cricket will also miss the service of Steven Smith, who was sent back home after sustaining a thigh injury.
Australia Squad: Michael Clarke (capt), George Bailey, Fawad Ahmed, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Phillip Hughes, Mitchell Johnson, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Clint McKay, Adam Voges, Matthew Wade (wk), Shane Watson.