Melbourne, Feb 29: Wicketkeeper Brad Haddin and offspinner Nathan Lyon have returned to Australian One Day squad for the tour of West Indies as the country's National Selection Panel (NSP) on Tuesday announced ODI and Twenty20 squads for next month's trip to the Caribbean.
There is no place for former captain Ricky Ponting, who was dropped recently and later he conceded that his ODI career is over.
Haddin, who was ignored for the ongoing tri-series, has been included and there is also place for Matthew Wade, who is currently doing duty behind the stumps in the tri-series.
Michael Clarke will continue to lead the ODI team and there is no change in leadership role in the T20 format as well. George Bailey will be the captain. Shane Watson will be the deputy in both formats.
Australia will play five ODIs and two T20 Internationals. The first ODI starts on March 16.
Commenting on the squad, National Selector John Inverarity said: “The ODI squad is the same as the squad for the Commonwealth Bank Series finals beginning next week with the addition of three players in Brad Haddin, Nathan Lyon and George Bailey."
“This completes a well-balanced squad and it is anticipated that most players will receive good opportunities to show their worth."
“Shane Watson and Mike Hussey come back into the T20 squad to provide a great deal of experience and power to the batting line-up. If we were to select our best T20 team to play next week the top seven in order would be Watson, Warner, Mike Hussey, David Hussey, Bailey, Wade and Christian. Hence, there was simply no room on this occasion for Shaun Marsh, Travis Birt and Aaron Finch. Though Peter Forrest is in the T20 squad, it is not anticipated he will be in the team and is there as back-up.
“As was stated in January, Brad Hogg was not considered for this tour. However, he remains in strong contention to be a member of our ICC World Twenty20 squad which is likely to include three spin bowlers.
“Additionally, Mitchell Starc has not been selected as a member of this squad. However, Mitchell will travel with this group as a further development opportunity and spend valuable time around the Australian squad in the West Indies," Inverarity said.
ODI Squad: Michael Clarke (captain), Shane Watson (vice-captain), George Bailey, Dan Christian, Xavier Doherty, Peter Forrest, Brad Haddin, Ben Hilfenhaus, David Hussey, Michael Hussey, Brett Lee, Nathan Lyon, Clint McKay, James Pattinson, Matthew Wade, David Warner
T20 Squad: George Bailey (captain), Shane Watson (vice-captain), Dan Christian, Xavier Doherty, Peter Forrest, David Hussey, Michael Hussey, Brett Lee, Nathan Lyon, Clint McKay, James Pattinson, Matthew Wade, David Warner
16 March – 1st ODI at Arnos Vale Cricket Ground, St Vincent
18 March – 2nd ODI at Arnos Vale Cricket Ground, St Vincent
20 March – 3rd ODI at Arnos Vale Cricket Ground, St Vincent
23 March – 4th ODI at Beausejour Cricket Ground, St Lucia
25 March – 5th ODI at Beausejour Cricket Ground, St Lucia
27 March – 1st T20 at Beausejour Cricket Ground, St Lucia
30 March – 2nd T20 at Kensington Oval, Barbados