Xavier Doherty keen to use India tour to stake claim in 2015 World Cup side

Xavier Doherty felt playing World Cup at home is once in a lifetime opportunity and he is keen to be in Australia’s scheme of things for the marquee tournament © Getty Images

Oct 8, 2013

Left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty is keen to use to opportunity on the tour to India to reaffirm his place in Australia’s limited overs squad. The 30-year-old aims to be a part of the team’s ICC World Cup 2015 squad and feels the India tour is the ideal stage to stake claim.

“Conditions are going to be in my favour and there’s going to be that extra responsibility to really step up and lead in those conditions when the quicks probably aren’t going to have the pitches in their favour,” Doherty was quoted as saying by Australian Associated Press.

The left-arm orthodox spinner has been in and out of the squad in recent times and faces stiff competition from Ashton Agar and Nathan Lyon. Doherty is the only specialist spinner on the tour.

“From my point of view this series is about nailing down this one-day spot. I feel like I’ve been around this group for a few years now and it was disappointing to miss out on that English trip but I guess being this close to a World Cup, such a big tournament, they’re sort of looking at the options around. Personally it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity for us to play in such a big tournament on home soil,” he said.

The ICC World Cup 2015 will be held in Australia-New Zealand and Doherty is keen not to miss out. The Tasmanian spinner however is not sure about regaining his Test cap.

“As far as the Test team goes Lyno [Lyon] has bowled pretty well in the chances he’s had in India and in England. At the end of the day it’s on us. If we bowl we’re picking ourselves. It’s not about selectors trying people and rotating. If we bowl well, we stay in the team. That’s where that one sits,” he concluded.

Australia tour of India 2013 Match Schedule