Clarke, Maxwell, Bailey: one of these three miss out in my Australian squad for the World Cup…
The Roar: Funnily enough, Michael Clarke’s extremely long odds of leading the Australian side in the 2015 Cricket World Cup actually make the 15-man squad a little easier to name.
It’s always felt to me that the 15 would be split pretty evenly – seven bats, seven bowlers, and a ‘keeper; Brad Haddin probably. Batting and bowling allrounders – think Mitch Marsh, James Faulkner, maybe Glenn Maxwell – would take up a spot in their respective dominant fields.
I think the squad used for the South African series gives a pretty strong hint to the World Cup squad, as will the squad for the Tri-Series with India and England. With the possible exception of someone like Ryan Harris, I can’t see anyone coming in for the World Cup who we haven’t yet seen in the coloured gear..
The reaction of Ten commentators, Adam Gilchrist and Damien Fleming was priceless…
Without doubt, Glenn Maxwell is one of the more talented young players in Australian cricket. He’s got all the shots, is one of the best fielders in world cricket, and is already mounting a case to be the preferred one-day spinner.
But with all that going for him, he still does something mind-blowingly, jaw-droppingly stupid like this…
Phil Hughes made an outstanding hundred on ODI debut in Melbourne last Friday night. Image: ABC Grandstand
Phil Hughes’ impressive century on One-Day International debut on Friday night, as well as the superb form of George Bailey and David Hussey, means the debates around the ideal batting order for the Test team now extend to the ODI team, too, with Michael Clarke and David Warner set to return this week after some gardening leave.
Likewise, the indifferent showing of Glenn Maxwell makes the batting puzzle clouded, just as what to do with the return of ‘keeper and sometime opener, Matthew Wade.