Australia announce Carlton Mid ODI Series squad

29 Oct 2014

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Australia have announced a 13-player squad for he first two matches of the Carlton Mid ODI Series against South Africa, to be played at the WACA Ground in Perth on 14 and 16 November.

Australian Squad

Michael Clarke (c) NSW
George Bailey (vc) TAS
Nathan Coulter-Nile WA
Aaron Finch VIC
Josh Hazlewood NSW
Mitchell Johnson WA
Mitchell Marsh WA
Glenn Maxwell VIC
Kane Richardson SA
Steve Smith NSW
Matthew Wade VIC
David Warner NSW
Shane Watson NSW

Commenting on the squad, National Selector Rod Marsh said: "We are continuing to keep a close eye on players we feel could have a significant role to play in the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup and many of these players have been rewarded with selection in this initial squad to face South Africa.

"At this stage, the squad is only for the first two matches of the series and balances out player preparation for long and short form cricket as we build into a big summer.

"This squad caters for the WACA's renowned fast and bouncy surface with six pace bowling options.

"Nathan Coulter-Nile has returned from injury after missing the Zimbabwe tour and along with Josh Hazlewood, finished in the top three wicket-takers in the Matador Cup."

Mitch Starc and James Faulkner, who were part of the recent squad that played Pakistan in the UAE, have been left out of the initial squad to face South Africa. Both will be given an opportunity at Bupa Sheffield Shield level ahead of the summer of Test cricket.

Meanwhile, Victorian gloveman Matthew Wade has been called into the squad, replacing Brad Haddin who will be given some time to rest following Australia's VB Tour of the UAE.

"James Faulkner will play some Shield cricket after his T20 commitments against South Africa, allowing Mitch Marsh additional opportunities in Australia's one-day setup, while Matthew Wade comes in for Brad Haddin who will have a short break.

Marsh also said the squad offered great batting depth and flexibility.

"We are pleased with the batting line-up that we have at our disposal. It has great balance with the likes of David Warner, Aaron Finch and Shane Watson at the top of the order complemented by players such as Michael Clarke, George Bailey and Steve Smith.

"We again look forward to seeing some entertaining cricket against South Africa, a side that we've had some excellent battles with in recent times," Marsh said.