Home > News >

Michael Hussey dropped, Michael Clarke rested for ODI series against Sri Lanka

Michael Hussey dropped, Brad Haddin returns for ODI series against Sri Lanka

Brad Haddin last played for Australia in October 2011 © Getty Images

Sydney: Jan 6, 2013

Captain Michael Clarke was rested and senior batsman Mike Hussey omitted from the Australian squad named Sunday for the opening two one-day internationals against Sri Lanka this month.

Selectors, as expected, decided to give Clarke, David Warner and Matthew Wade a break from the early ODIs after they played in all six Test matches against South Africa and Sri Lanka this Southern Hemisphere summer.

Injured pair paceman James Pattinson (side strain) and Shane Watson (calf) were not considered for selection for the opening two ODIs in Melbourne on January 11 and Adelaide on January 13.

And there was no place for 37-year-old Hussey, who has announced that the current third Test against Sri Lanka in Sydney will be his last in a 79-Test career.

Chief selector John Inverarity said Hussey, who had been planning to retire from international cricket at the end of the Australian summer, was omitted for the whole series because the selectors were looking to build toward the 2015 World Cup.

“Michael has been a tremendous ODI player for Australia over a long period of time, a match-winner for his country, and his presence in coloured clothing will be sorely missed,” Inverarity said.

But there will be at least one Hussey in the squad, with younger brother David keeping his place as a middle-order batsman.

The squad have four potential debutants in batsmen Phil Hughes, Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja, and pace bowler Ben Cutting.

In Clarke’s absence, Australia’s Twenty20 skipper George Bailey will lead the team, while veteran Brad Haddin returns to take over the wicketkeeping duties from Wade.

“Michael (Clarke) has been battling a hamstring injury for a few weeks,” Inverarity said.

“Matthew Wade and Brad Haddin are considered to be the two best keeper-batsmen in Australia,” he said.

“Brad remains in consideration and he will play while Matthew has a break.”

Inverarity said Hughes and Khawaja had earned a crack at the shorter form of the game, along with Finch.

“Phillip Hughes and Usman Khawaja are generally considered to be ‘red-ball’ cricketers, but their recent 50-over figures are most impressive,” Inverarity said.

Cricket Australia said former Test batsman Dean Jones will be added to the coaching staff for the first two ODIs as batting coach, with Stuart Law deciding not to pursue the full-time batting coach role and returning to his job as Centre of Excellence high performance coach.

Australia Squad: George Bailey (c), Ben Cutting, Xavier Doherty, Aaron Finch, Brad Haddin (wk), Phil Hughes, David Hussey, Usman Khawaja, Glenn Maxwell, Clint McKay, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc.

Michael Hussey’s glorious cricket career in pictures

Read all stories related to Michael Hussey’s retirement

South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Jul 24, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Colombo

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 24, 2014 (12:30 IST)   at Bulawayo

India tour of England 2014

Jul 27, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Southampton

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 6, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Galle

India tour of England 2014

Aug 7, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Manchester

More

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 22, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 2 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 20, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 8 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 18, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 6 wkts

India tour of England 2014

Jul 17, 2014  at London

India won by 95 runs

South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Jul 16, 2014  at Galle

South Africa won by 153 runs

Photos

Gallery: India vs England 2nd Test at Lord's

Videos

Alastair Cook jokes about his bowling

India’s wins in England — from 1971 to 2014

Ravindra Jadeja knighted by her majesty Queen Elizabeth II

India’s win over England in 2nd Test at Lord’s: Twitter reactions

Ishant Sharma pummels England into submission as India clinch Lord’s Test by 95 runs

Ishant Sharma registers name at Lord’s honours board, takes 6 wickets in 2nd Test against England

Bhuvneshwar Kumar England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 Ishant Sharma MS Dhoni South Africa South Africa tour of Sri Lanka 2014 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka vs South Africa Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2014

PCB launches revamp of Pakistan’s domestic structure

Sri Lanka to look for new coaching staff

MS Dhoni better wicketkeeeper than what he showed at Lord’s: Farokh Engineer

Sachin Tendulkar: Century at Perth in 1992 against Australia changed my career

Ishant Sharma latest to feature in Amul’s ad after India’s win in 2nd Test against England

India vs England 3rd Test at The Ageas bowl: A sneak peek into England squad

Mohammad Irfan hopes Pakistani players will play in IPL

Stuart Binny and the selection conundrum for India’s third Test against England at Southampton

Can America be the ‘Land of Opportunity’ for cricket?

Graham Gooch’s fabulous numbers in all forms of cricket

Fan of the Day

Fan Cricket

Fan Cricket

11 Posts | 2 Fans

Brazil vs Netherlands, 3rd place Fifa World Cup 2014 match Video Highlights

Did Lionel Messi really consider moving to Arsenal?

Ajay Devgn and Kareena Kapoor cheat their diets while shooting for Singham Returns!

Malaysia airlines MH 17: Black boxes arrive in Britain for analysis

After Amala Paul, will Nazriya Nazim quit films after marriage?

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here