Australia drop 'unlucky' Voges
Adam Voges was the unfortunate player dropped from Australia's one-day international squad for the upcoming tour of Ireland and England, while Tim Paine is omitted from the Twenty20 squad.
Despite being part of the side that has secured four consecutive ODI series wins over India, West Indies, Pakistan and New Zealand, 30-year-old all-rounder Voges has been cut from the squad and replaced by his fit-again Western Australia team-mate Shaun Marsh.
Marsh missed the tour of New Zealand after he injured his back in the warm-up to the third one-day international against West Indies in February.
“It is the same squad that won the ODI series in New Zealand earlier this year, except that Shaun Marsh has recovered from injury and returns to the side in place of Adam Voges,” national selection panel chairman Andrew Hilditch said.
“Adam is very unlucky to miss selection having had only limited opportunities last season, but Shaun deserves to return to the side and he gives us very good options at the top of the order in one-day cricket.”
The selectors have kept faith with Twenty20 skipper Michael Clarke, despite his poor run of form at the recent ICC World Twenty20, to ensure he again leads the side in two matches against Pakistan on July 5 and 6 in Birmingham.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Paine is the only player omitted with the World Twenty20 squad, with Hilditch explaining: “The NSP felt it wasn't necessary to have a second keeping option for such a small number of matches.”
Ben Hilfenhaus’ hopes of returning for the two-Test series against Pakistan in England were boosted after he was named in Australia A’s squad to face Sri Lanka in two four-day games next month.
Hilfenhaus has been sidelined by a knee injury since the first Test against West Indies in November, when he produced a man-of-the-match display with the ball in taking 5-36 over two innings.
The Tasmania fast bowler also had an impressive Ashes campaign last year and will use the Sri Lanka series to push his claims for a return to English soil.
Fellow quicks Brett Lee and Peter Siddle will not make the trip, however, as they recover from injuries.
Lee injured an elbow on the eve of the World Twenty20 which ruled him out of the tournament while Siddle will continue to be be rested with this winter’s Ashes series in mind after he suffered stress fracture in his lower back during the Australian summer.
“Ben Hilfenhaus is making good progress with his knee tendon injury,” Australia team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said.
“So far he has coped well and if his progress continues with an increasing bowling workload over the coming weeks, he’ll take his place for Australia A against Sri Lanka A in preparation for possible selection in the Test squad.
ODI squad: Shane Watson, Shaun Marsh, Ricky Ponting (captain), Michael Clarke, Mike Hussey, Cameron White, Brad Haddin (wkt), Steven Smith, James Hopes, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Hauritz, Ryan Harris, Clint McKay, Doug Bollinger.
Twenty20 squad: Shane Watson, David Warner, Michael Clarke (captain), Cameron White, David Hussey, Mike Hussey, Brad Haddin (wkt), Daniel Christian, Steven Smith, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Hauritz, Ryan Harris, Dirk Nannes, Shaun Tait.