Australia squad - 3rd, 4th & 5th ODIs
Michael Clarke (captain)
Clarke has endured a trying Australian summer, to say the least. Painfully short of confidence during the Ashes, he retired from Twenty20 cricket in the immediate aftermath of the final Test. However, his one-day record - he averages 44 over 182 games - is enviable, and a return to his best form would delight the purists.
Cameron White (vice-captain)
A powerful, upright batsman whose hitting, especially down the ground, is amongst the most destructive in the one-day game, White captained Australia in the Twenty20 series against England. While he is capable of more than serviceable leg-spin, his bowling days appear to be behind him.
Although Watson was one of the few batsmen to emerge with any credit from Australia’s humbling Ashes campaign, the feeling persists in many quarters that he remains better suited to one-day cricket. Another top-heavy batsman, he drives well straight and through cover, and is equally capable of hitting over the top.
Marsh is a versatile left-hander who can either open the batting or move down the order. The Western Australian possesses an array of shots all around the wicket and has made a successful start to his international career, which included an impressive run-a-ball 112 against India in 2009. He replaced the injured Mike Hussey.
A prolific batsman in Australian and English domestic cricket, David Hussey - the younger brother of Mike, whose series was ended by a hamstring injury - has had to settle for limited-overs recognition only on the international stage. Powerful and versatile in equal measure, the 33-year-old possesses a wealth of experience.
An idiosyncratic batsman who is always on the front foot - literally and metaphorically - Smith endured a tough Ashes series in which he was variously charged with filling the roles of number six, first-choice spinner and all-rounder. He has enjoyed greater success in the one-day arena, where his leg-spin and wonderful fielding are more prevalent.
Overlooked in favour of Tim Paine for the Twenty20 series, wicketkeeper Haddin returns to add ballast to Australia’s batting in the 50-over format. He is a technically sound batsman who favours the arc between the bowler and mid-on, and, given his penchant for clearing the infield, is ideally suited to limited-overs cricket.
As the leading wicket-taker for Victoria in every form of the game in 2009-10, Hastings’ case for an Australia call-up was compelling. Tall, broad-shouldered and athletic enough to play schoolboy rugby for Australia, he is a seamer by trade but also a more than handy lower-order batsman. He made his ODI debut on the tour of India late last year.
The list of injuries he has suffered is topped only by the number of observers who have written Lee off, but he insists he relishes proving them wrong. Still capable of express pace - if only in shorter bursts these days - England have been on the receiving end of enough Lee bouncers in the past to make them wary once more.
Ridiculed like no other Australia bowler during the Ashes by England’s legions of travelling fans, left-arm pace bowler Johnson continues to mix match-winning potency with the sort of discipline seen on a club ground. Australia clearly believe in him, though, and his problems swinging the ball may count for less in 50-over cricket.
Tait, the quickest bowler in the world, served a reminder of his potency in England in 2009 following a belated introduction to the NatWest Series. A combination of a low, slingy action and late swing make him especially tough to face, although physical and mental issues have meant his appearances are now only in the limited-overs arena.
Few could claim Bollinger is not committed to the cause - he pledged to put in 150,000% on his Test debut - but his most noteworthy recent achievements include having hair implants. Another member of Australia’s voluble pace contingent, he made a solitary appearance in the Ashes due in no small part to his poor conditioning.
Jettisoned after his inadequacies and inexperience were shown up in the first two Ashes Tests, Doherty is regarded by many as a brighter one-day prospect. He is a combative cricketer whose slow left-armers, delivered from wide on the crease with subtle changes in pace, earned him 4-46 on his ODI debut.
The undoubted workhouse of the Australia attack, Siddle’s skills - genuine pace and an ability to move the ball off the seam - are often overshadowed by his wholehearted approach. Aggressive in both word and deed, he is a fierce competitor who has also made significant strides with the bat in recent times.
Siddle was placed on standby for Shaun Tait, who sustained a thigh injury in the second ODI in Hobart.