David Hussey axed from Australia ODI squad

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Published: Friday, January 25, 2013, 11:32 [IST]
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David Hussey axed from Aus ODI squad

Melbourne, Jan 25: David Hussey has been omitted from Australia One Day International squad to face West Indies in the first two matches of the five-match series on February 1 and 3 in Perth.

Hussey's place has been taken by Aaron Finch. Australia drew 2-2 against Sri Lanka in the recently concluded five-match ODI series. Australia and West Indies will play five ODIs and one Twenty20 International.

The Cricket Australia (CA) National Selection Panel (NSP) on Friday announced a 13-player squad. Michael Clarke will lead the side.

Commenting on the squad, National Selector John Inverarity said: "The NSP was delighted with the ODI team's impressive win against Sri Lanka in Hobart on Wednesday, in particular with Phillip Hughes' well-crafted innings and the bowling of Xavier Doherty and Moises Henriques. There were concerns, however, with the team's batting performances during the series when the conditions were conducive to swing bowling, conditions that were beautifully exploited by Nuwan Kulasekara and Lasith Malinga."

He added: "Aaron Finch has been included in the squad at the expense of David Hussey. A top four of Warner, Finch, Hughes and Clarke has good balance and the team looks forward to getting better starts than has been the case recently. David Hussey has been dropped from the squad as the NSP keeps a constant eye on the future.

"Michael Clarke is making steady progress with the ankle he injured on 22 January and we are confident that Michael will recover in time to be fit for the first of the ODI fixtures against the West Indies on 1 February.

"James Pattinson came under consideration for this squad but, at the time of the selection meeting, he had not bowled a ball in interstate or international cricket since 24 November. It is anticipated that James will go to Perth to practice with the Squad.

"Shane Watson has been making pleasing progress in recent weeks. He is planning on playing for his Sydney club tomorrow and will be available for selection for New South Wales' RYOBI One-Day Cup fixture against Western Australia on 30 January," Inverarity said.

Australia squad: Michael Clarke (captain), George Bailey, Ben Cutting, Xavier Doherty, Aaron Finch, Moises Henriques, Phillip Hughes, Mitchell Johnson, Glenn Maxwell, Clint McKay, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner.


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