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George Bailey Appointed As Australia’s New Selection Chief

George Bailey, a former Australian batsman has been named the new chairman of selectors of the Australia men’s team following the retirement of Trevor Hohns. George Bailey, who played 125 times for Australia, joined the panel in 2019 and takes on the top job ahead of selecting squads for the T20 World Cup and the Ashes later this year.

Trevor Hohns steps down having served collectively on the selection panel for 21 years – 16 as chairman – across two periods from 1991 to 2005 and 2016 to 2021.

George Bailey joined the selection panel in 2019 Getty Images
George Bailey joined the selection panel in 2019 Getty Images

George Bailey Credited Trevor Hohns For Doing Well And Says He Has Been Calm Consistent And Approachable In His Challenging Job

George Bailey joined the panel in February last year and takes over as chief selector before this year’s Twenty20 World Cup, a home Ashes series against England as well as away tours to the sub-continent. George Bailey, who played 90 ODIs, 30 T20I, and 5 Tests for Australia and led the team in 57 fixtures (29 ODIs and 28 T20Is) in all, joined the selection panel last February as a replacement for Greg Chappell.

Trevor Hohns has reportedly quit his role as chief selector of the Australian men's cricket team.
Trevor Hohns has reportedly quit his role as chief selector of the Australian men’s cricket team. Source: AAP

“Firstly, I would like to thank Trevor for his incredible work which has helped shape the success of Australian cricket over a long period, including during my days as a player and captain,”George Bailey said.

“In what can be a challenging job Trevor has always been calm, consistent and approachable. Similarly to his journey, he has made my transition from player to selector as smooth as possible. There is a lot I will take from Trevor’s style and very much look forward to the journey ahead,”George Bailey said.

Trevor Hohns’ first period as chairman from 1995-2005 involved a period of huge success for the national team which included the 1999 and 2003 World Cup victories and the record run of 16 consecutive Test wins. He stepped down from his first stint after the 2005 Ashes defeat but returned in 2016 for a second stint.

The second spell included the dramatic fallout from the Newlands ball-tampering scandal which required the management of the post-ban returns of Steven Smith, David Warner, and Cameron Bancroft that happened during the 2019 Ashes were Australia retained the urn in England for the first time in 18 years.

“The game has been great to me and I have loved every minute of it, from the good times to the bad,” Hohns said. “I have been extremely fortunate to be involved with some of the greatest Australian teams of all time and many of the best players to have played the game.”

“The successes of the side over the years have been great but I remember my time just as much for the wonderful people you work with and those you meet along the way. It has been an amazing journey for me, but all things come to an end. I am happy with my decision.”

The 67-year-old, a former Australian spin bowler, became a selector in 1993 and under his first stint, Australia won a record 16 successive Test matches and claimed the 1999 and 2003 World Cups in a golden era.

Ben Oliver Paid Tribute To Trevor Hohn’s Unparalleled Impact On Australian Cricket

Ben Oliver, Cricket Australia’s head of national teams, paid tribute to Trevor Hohns‘ service to the game and the qualities of his successor.

“The impact Trevor has had on Australian cricket has been unparalleled over a long period of time,” he said. “For someone to have played such an integral part in so many incredible eras is a feat few, if any, ever achieve.”

“The role of national selector is one of the most scrutinised in Australian sport and Trevor has performed it with great strength, judgement and humility. We will miss his experience but respect his decision to take a step back from the game and are grateful for his stewardship.”

Ben Oliver appointed as Executive General Manager of National Teams at Cricket Australia
Ben Oliver was appointed as Executive General Manager of National Teams at Cricket Australia

“George is a highly respected leader who is now well established on the NSP alongside Justin as the head coach,” he added. “He has brought recent playing experience with a deep understanding of the game, an open and collaborative style and a desire to keep improving the selection function.”

Ben Oliver also confirmed a third member of the selection panel would be appointed in the coming months.

Chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns. Source: AAP
Chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns. Source: AAP
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Trevor Hohns Quits As Australia’s Chief Selector; George Bailey Likely To Replace Him

Trevor Hohns, Australia’s chief selector has reportedly quit his role ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. It is reported that Trevor Hohns has recently handed his notice. Former Australia batsman George Bailey is likely to replace him, according to the report.

Trevor Hohns had a combined 16 years as chief selector across two stints from 1995 to 2021. He was a selector in successful Australia’s World Cup campaigns of 1999 and 2003, apart from three successful Ashes defences and their series win in India in 2004.

Trevor Hohns has reportedly quit his role as chief selector of the Australian men's cricket team.
Trevor Hohns has reportedly quit his role as chief selector of the Australian men’s cricket team. Source: AAP

Trevor Hohns Had Two Stints As National Selector

The 67-year-old, a former Australian spin bowler, became a selector in 1993 and under his first stint, Australia won a record 16 successive Test matches and claimed the 1999 and 2003 World Cups in a golden era. His current stint as chief selector began in 2016 when Rod Marsh quit following a string of heavy test defeats. George Bailey is a current selector, but Cricket Australia is yet to confirm the report.

Trevor Hohns. (Credits: Web)
Trevor Hohns. (Credits: Web)

Trevor Hohns recently handed in his notice after the second of two stints as chair of selectors. His time in charge has added up to a combined 16 years, spanning 1995 to 2021 and featuring many of Australian cricket’s most dominant summers as he quietly managed successful transitions of several generations of international cricketers. It’s unclear when exactly Trevor Hohns will step aside with Australia set to play five T20Is against Bangladesh from Tuesday.

Trevor Hohns Tenure Saw Australia Lifting The 1999 And 2003 World Cups

As chair, Trevor Hohns’ honour board includes the 1999 and 2003 World Cups, rare series wins in Pakistan in 1998 and India in 2004, and successful Ashes defences in England in 1997, 2001, and 2019.

The Australian team celebrates on the Lord’s balcony after annihilating Pakistan in the 1999 final World Cup final © Getty Images
The Australian team celebrates on the Lord’s balcony after annihilating Pakistan in the 1999 final World Cup final © Getty Images.
On June 20, 1999, Pakistan abjectly surrendered to Australia in the final of the World Cup at the Lord’s. Shane Warne’s 4 for 29 against South Africa in the semi-final had almost single-handedly dragged Australia from the cusp of a World Cup exit to their second successive final.
On the last day of the tournament, Pakistan was decimated by Australia’s single-minded ruthlessness in a match that lasted just a ball over 59 overs. Shane Warne had claimed four wickets for the second game running, taking his tournament tally to 20, a shared World Cup record for the time, which was overtaken in subsequent editions. Shane Warne’s spin had reduced Pakistan to 133 and Adam Gilchrist then bludgeoned a 36-ball 54 to set Australia on the way to the first milestone of a famous World Cup treble.
In the 2003 World Cup, Australia missed Steve Waugh, Shane Warne, and Jason Gillespie only in spirit as they routed India by 125 runs. The mischievous smile rarely left Ricky Ponting’s boyish face as he led from the front, playing the innings of his life for an unbeaten 140 that powered Australia to 359/2 from 50 overs.
In the face of great pressure chasing 360, India was given fleeting glimpses of hope by Virender Sehwag (82) and the rain but succumbed to 234 all out in 39.2 overs.
Chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns. Source: AAP
Chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns. Source: AAP
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Trevor Hohns Hopes Australian Players To “Forego” IPL If A Tri-Series Is Scheduled At The Same Time

Trevor Hohns, Australia chairman of selectors on Wednesday said he expects the country’s IPL players to forgo the high-profile T20 league’s remainder starting mid-September 2021 if a tri-series involving West Indies and Afghanistan is scheduled at the same time.

In addition to the white-ball series against West Indies and Bangladesh, for which an 18-member squad was announced on Wednesday, Australia is hoping to finalize a T20 tri-series with West Indies and Afghanistan just before the T20 World Cup which will be held in October-November.

Trevor Hohns. (Credits: Web)
Trevor Hohns. (Credits: Web)

Trevor Hohns Hopes Players Forego The IPL For Representing Australia If A Tri-Series Involving Them Is Scheduled At The Same Time

Should that tri-series go ahead, it might potentially clash with the final phase of the IPL which is expected to resume in the UAE from mid-September, and Trevor Hohns made it clear where Cricket Australia expected players’ priority to lie.

“Around that time of the year, I would certainly hope so (that players forego the IPL for national representation),” Hohns was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.

“However, it will certainly depend on their commitments and what we think they should be committing to regarding their Australian commitments at that time.”

Trevor Hohns, however, added that the matter “would have to be addressed in the future”.

“We haven’t looked at that yet and we haven’t heard from our players at this stage,” he said.

Trevor Hohns also hinted that there is no guarantee that some of the IPL returnees who have opted out of the squad for the white-ball tours of West Indies and Bangladesh would get an automatic spot in the T20 World Cup.

David Warner and Steve Smith
David Warner and Steve Smith (Image Credit: Twitter)

Seven cricketers — David Warner, Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, and Daniel Sams — who recently played in the IPL have pulled out of the twin tours while Steve Smith has been rested to fully recover from an elbow complaint which flared during the IPL.

Trevor Hohns Disappointed As Several Frontline Players Opts Out Of The Twin Tours To Bangladesh And West Indies

The Aussies have included Dan Christian, Wes Agar, Ben McDermott, and Ashton Turner in the squad. Meanwhile, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Alex Carey, Moises Henriques, and Mitchell Swepson are also back in the white-ball squad having missed the recent series against New Zealand.

“That will be an interesting discussion for us, there’s no doubt about that, depending on performances in the West Indies particularly by some of the extra inclusions for this tour,” Hohns said.

Australia's Mitchell Starc prepares to bowl during the World Cup group stage match against England at Lord's Cricket Ground in London. Image Credit: AFP
Australia’s Mitchell Starc prepares to bowl during the World Cup group stage match against England at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London. Image Credit: AFP

He said it would have been ideal to have all the players together and play as a group and a squad (ahead of the World Cup).

“It is concerning … but unfortunately we can’t. However, we’ve got at least half of our (first-choice) squad going to the West Indies and Bangladesh, so a core group will be there, and they will be able to play together.”

Trevor Hohns also said prior to the finalization of the 18-man touring party for the West Indies and Bangladesh, the selectors were “pretty well down the track” in finalizing the squad they planned to take to the T20 World Cup.

“There may have been one or two positions up for grabs, but we virtually thought we were close to the mark or had a good idea of where we would be going with our T20 World Cup squad. We’re obviously disappointed they made themselves unavailable for this tour, but quite frankly we totally understand and respect their decisions,” Hohns said.

Trevor Hohns has made it clear where Cricket Australia expected players’ priority to lie.

Australia squad For West Indies And Bangladesh: Aaron Finch (C), Ashton Agar, Wes Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey, Dan Christian, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Mitchell Marsh, Riley Meredith, Ben McDermott, Josh Philippe, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa.

Australia Pic: Getty
Australia Pic: Getty
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Australia’s Top Cricketers Might Pull Out Of Upcoming West Indies, Bangladesh Tours

Australia has a packed calendar ahead of the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup in 2021. The Men in Yellow are set to tour West Indies and Bangladesh for the limited-over matches. With two away tours coming up and considering the bio-bubble environment and quarantine rules, many of the top players might pull out of the tour.

Apparently, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, David Warner, Pat Cummins, Jhye Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, Kane Richardson, and Riley Meredith are the ones who are likely to miss the series. While there is no conclusive news as to why the above players might pull out, but mental health is one of the primary reasons apart from the physical issues.

Steve Smith
Steve Smith Photograph: David Gray/AFP/Getty Images

Australian Top Order Players Like Steve Smith And David Warner Among Others May Opt Out Of Forthcoming West Indies And Bangladesh Tours

After the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) got suspended on May 4, the Australian bound players faced a lot of difficulties as they had to take a halt in the Maldives before jetting off to Australia due to the ban of direct flights from India.

David Warner
David Warner. (Photo by Philip Brown/Popperfoto/Popperfoto via Getty Images)

Three weeks ago, Cricket Australia (CA) had released a list of 23 players (to be whittled down nearer to the dates of departure) that will tour the West Indies and Bangladesh.  According to the latest development, CA has added six more players to the preliminary Australia squad for the West Indies series and Bangladesh tour, thus taking the number of players to 29.

However, missing in action at the top will be Marnus Labuschagne, who is currently playing for Glamorgan County at the ongoing English County Championships. Logistical issues are said to be the reason by CA for excluding him. A report in ”Nine Media” said Pat Cummins, David Warner, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Kane Richardson, and Jhye Richardson could pull out of the tour.

Australia’s Dan Christian And Cameron Green Among 6 Players Added As Backup Options For The 8 Players Who Are Likely To Opt-out

It certainly took a toll on players who missed their loved ones a lot during these tough times. According to a report in The Sydney Morning Herald, Cricket Australia (CA) selection chief Trevor Hohns recently spoke to all the 23 players in the preliminary squad announced for the West Indies tour about the bio-bubble fatigue and mental wellbeing.

“During the course of those discussions, it has become clear that recent experiences abroad, including but not limited to extended periods in bio-secure hubs and hard quarantine, have had an impact on the health and wellbeing of some players and their families.

“CA has maintained that the wellbeing of players, staff, and officials is a top priority, and never more so than during the COVID-19 pandemic given the extraordinary challenges it has placed upon international athletes and sporting teams,” Trevor Hohns said.

Australia's Cameron Green Image Source : GETTY IMAGES
Australia’s Cameron Green Image Source: GETTY IMAGES

Now Australia has added six new players to the preliminary squad with Dan Christian, Cameron Green, Ashton Turner, Wes Agar, Nathan Ellis, and Ben McDermott – as the backup options for the eight players who are likely to opt-out. Australia will play five T20Is and three ODIs against West Indies starting from July 10 and then they travel to Bangladesh to play five more T20I games in August.

Australia preliminary squad: Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Wes Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey, Dan Christian, Pat Cummins, Nathan Ellis, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Josh Philippe, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Tanveer Sangha, D’Arcy Short, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa.

Australia Pic: Getty
Australia Pic: Getty
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Cricket Australia Hands Contract To Cameron Green Among 17 Cricketers

Cricket Australia hasn’t handed contracts to Travis Head and Matthew Wade while allrounder Cameron Green has earned his first deal and youngster Will Pucovski has not been included.

Joe Burns, who lost his place during the Test series against India, and injury-prone Mitchell Marsh have also been omitted from last year’s original list with just 17 deals handed out by Cricket Australia for the 2021-22 season.

Cameron Green
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA – DECEMBER 15: Cameron Green of Australia poses before an Australian Nets Session at Adelaide Oval on December 15, 2020, in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Cricket Australia Want To Create An Environment Where Players Strive For National Selection Through Consistent International Performances

Cameron Green is the only new name in Cricket Australia’s contract list pruned to 17 instead of the maximum 20. However, players who make enough appearances during the period are elevated as Marcus Stoinis was last season but he too doesn’t make this selection.

The contracts include just three specialist Test batsmen in veteran David Warner, Steven Smith, and Marnus Labuschagne with Cricket Australia’s national selector Trevor Hohns saying he wants competition from outside those contracted.

“There are two main reasons behind the size of the contract list,” he said. “Firstly, we have seen format specialisation become increasingly prevalent in recent seasons which, accordingly, has resulted in a broader group of players representing Australia, often beyond the initial list of contracted players at the start of each year. Secondly, we want to create an environment where players strive for national selection through consistent domestic performances and earn national contracts through consistent international performances.”

Cricket Australia Haven't Handed Contract To Matthew Wade
Cricket Australia Haven’t Handed Contract To Matthew Wade (PA AAP)

The axing of Matthew Wade suggests he will struggle to resume his Test career as he was also dropped from the squad for the postponed tour of South Africa in February. However, he may still feature in the T20 World Cup as he featured on the recent limited-overs tour of New Zealand and captained Australia, as a stand-in for Aaron Finch, against India in December.

Travis Head was dropped after two Tests against India when the selectors opted to stick with Matthew Wade amid a batting reshuffle when Will Pucovski and David Warner both returned from injury at the SCG.

However, he was part of the squad for the then scheduled South Africa tour and had a prolific Sheffield Shield season, having finished as the second-leading run-scorer behind Cameron Green and is likely to be a strong candidate for a middle-order spot in the Ashes.

“There is a considerable amount of international cricket to be played across all formats in the next 12 months and the door to national selection is never closed to players outside this list,” Cricket Australia national selector Trevor Hohns said.

Both Cameron Green and Will Pucovski made their debuts last summer, but it’s only the all-rounder who makes the list. Cameron Green played all four Tests against India while Will Pucovski, who earlier in the season hit back-to-back double centuries in the Sheffield Shield before suffering another concussion, made his debut in Sydney where he scored a half-century but was then sidelined by a shoulder injury.

Will Pucovski is expected to recover in time for the start of next season and is the favorite to open the batting alongside David Warner in the Test side for the Ashes and the one-off match against Afghanistan penciled in beforehand.

Cameron Green had a magnificent season with the bat for Western Australia where he was the leading Sheffield Shield run-scorer with 922 at 76.83. In four Tests, he made 236 runs including a maiden half-century at the SCG. However, he went wicketless in the series – and only collected three in the Shield – as he worked his back from a stress fracture.

“Cameron is a player we believe will play an important role for Australian cricket after his impressive breakout summer,” Hohns said. “His 84 in the second innings against India at the SCG demonstrated excellent technique and resolve and we are confident his bowling will be impactful at the international level. His domestic form was also outstanding, and we expect he will only get better with more international exposure.”

While much of Australia’s schedule over the next 12 months remains to be confirmed, they are due to return to action in July with ODIs and T20Is in West Indies before potentially heading straight to Bangladesh for a T20I series.

Cricket Australia will send its team to be in Sri Lanka ahead of the T20 World Cup – currently scheduled for India in October – before returning home for a season that is expected to include a one-off Test against Afghanistan ahead of the Ashes that will run from early December to mid-January.

Australia
Australia. Image Credits: Twitter

According to the FTP, South Africa is due to tour early next year for white-ball matches before Australia has a full tour scheduled against Pakistan from late February. Australia has not played an overseas Test since the 2019 Ashes with tours of Bangladesh and South Africa postponed due to Covid-19.

Cricket Australia Contracts list: Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Tim Paine, James Pattinson, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, David Warner, Adam Zampa

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Don’t Say Nothing Is Wrong With Tim Paine’s Captaincy: Michael Clarke

Michael Clarke, former Australian skipper has questioned national selector Trevor Hohns for not finding anything wrong with current skipper Tim Paine’s leadership.

Selectors announced Australian Test squad for the upcoming South Africa Series on Wednesday and retained under-fire Tim Paine who was skipper in Test Series loss to India as the captain. National selector Trevor Hohns said that Tim Paine’s leadership was never in doubt after announcing the squad and mentioned that the panel did not waste any time pondering on it during the meeting.

Tim Paine.
Tim Paine. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Michael Clarke: Tactically Tim Paine Missed A Few Tricks And His Keeping Wasn’t The Best

The comments have not gone well with former Australia captain Michael Clarke.

He has questioned the stance of selectors regarding Tim Paine and said, ““Don’t say nothing’s wrong there. Tactically he missed a few tricks and his keeping was nowhere near as good as what I’ve seen from Painey.”

The 39-year-old said he was having no problem with under fire Tim Paine continuing as the captain but he definitely feels there is a need of more people to help him with it. Further, Michael Clarke stated that selectors should not stay in an illusion and think that tactics which failed against India will all of a sudden work during the South Africa tour.

“Obviously you have to make the team first but then the captaincy, it would have been spoken about,” he said on Sky Sports’ Big Sports Breakfast.

“My question is – so many past players, so many people – the fans of the game – have questioned Painey’s tactics throughout the series. So, you haven’t questioned his captaincy and you haven’t added anyone, whether it is a player or support staff member to the squad to help him with his tactics.”

Michael Clarke
Michael Clarke. Image Credit: Getty Images

“How does he get better? How does he go to South Africa to improve? It seems like that is an area that he needs help, whether it is extra leadership on the field or extra people around him to help him get better. If you keep doing the same thing you will keep getting the same results.”

Mitchell Johnson has backed skipper Tim Paine to continue as Australia’s captain, and believes that calls for him to be dropped are “ridiculous.” Kevin Pietersen said Australia should look beyond Tim Paine for Test captaincy while Greg Chappell has thrown his support behind Tim Paine, with the Test legend claiming that it is still not the time to be jettisoning Australia’s captain.

Michael Clarke: There’s Nothing Wrong With Sticking With Tim Paine But Help Him Get Better By Giving Him Some Help

Tim Paine’s captaincy and his wicket-keeping standards have come under severe criticism ever since India thrashed Australia 2-1 in the recently-concluded 4 match Test series. Tim Paine has led his country to 11 wins, four draws and eight defeats.

“There’s nothing wrong with sticking with Painey. I like him, that’s great, stick with your captain if you think he is the right man for the job. Still help him get better. This is my point about Painey. I’m not saying it is time to go. Stick with the captain, I love that. But give him some help. Allow him to get better in the areas he needs to get better.”

Matthew Wade.
Matthew Wade. Image Credit: Getty Images.

“What changes are we making for South Africa to help Painey call it tactically? What are we doing different? We go to South Africa and win and everything is different? That is not how you win the Ashes,” Michael Clarke said.

Matthew Wade was axed from Australia’s Test squad for South African tour and he was replaced by Alex Carey. The squad includes four more uncapped cricketers apart from Alex Carey. They are Sean Abbott, Michael Neser, Mitchell Swepson and Mark Steketee. Matthew Wade averaged just 21.62 with 173 runs coming from his bat.

Marcus Harris, Australia vs India 2018
Marcus Harris (Credits - Getty)
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Marcus Harris Added Into Australian Test Squad For 1st Test

Marcus Harris, the opening batsman, was added to the Test squad as announced by Cricket Australia (CA) for the first Test which will be a day-night affair at Adelaide.

Marcus Harris was drafted into the squad as a late inclusion after openers David Warner and Will Pucovski were ruled out for injuries and subsequently becoming unavailable for the first test.

Marcus Harris
Marcus Harris (Credits – Getty)

Marcus Harris Been In Outstanding Form For Victoria And Played Both Tour Games: Trevor Hohns

Marcus Harris has played only 9 tests representing Australia in the longer format and was in the squad who retained the Ashes in England last year. He scored 355 runs averaging 118.33 in two Sheffield Shield matches for Victoria this season, highlighted by a brilliant 239 against South Australia.

“Given the spate of injuries in recent weeks, we’re fortunate to be able to bring a player of Marcus’ calibre into the Test squad. Marcus has been in outstanding form for Victoria this season and has had the benefit of facing India’s bowlers in both three-day tour matches at Drummoyne and under lights at the SCG,” National Selector Trevor Hohns was quoted as saying in an official release.’

Trevor Hohns
Trevor Hohns Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Marcus Harris played 9 tests and scored 385 runs averaging 24.06. In first-class cricket, he played 98 matches and averages 39.14. He debuted in 2018 against India at Adelaide and played his last test in September 2019 against England. He will possibly open with Joe Burns who isn’t in a form in the 1st Test.

Trevor Hohns: Disappointed For David Warner And Will Pucovski Both Of Whom Will Be Unavailable For 1st Test

David Warner, who is in great form in international matches in both tests and limited-overs, suffered a groin injury and had injured his adductor muscle while fielding during the second ODI against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).

Will Pucovski was concussed while batting for Australia A in 2nd innings receiving a blow in helmet off Kartik Tyagi bouncer in the tour match against India at Drummoyne Oval last week. Both batsmen will now target a return to the Australian team for the 2nd test – the Boxing Day Test.

Will Pucovski.
Will Pucovski. Image Credit: Getty Images.

“At the same time, we are disappointed for David and Will that they will not be available for the first Vodafone Test. We have taken a conservative approach in managing Will since he sustained the concussion and hope he and David will be back to full health ahead of the Boxing Day Test,” he added.

India and Australia clash in the first Test at Adelaide Oval, beginning December 17 which will be the only match where Virat Kohli will be seen in action. The contest will be played under lights as it is a pink-ball Test-India’s first overseas one.

Steve Smith, David Warner
Smith and Warner to strengthen Aussies batting. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
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Trevor Hohns Hints at Steven Smith, David Warner in the Mix for 2019 World Cup

Cricket Australia (CA) chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns on Friday (March 8) revealed there is a maximum of 19 names in the mix for Australia’s 2019 World Cup squad. In the lead up to the ODI showpiece in the United Kingdom (UK), banned duo Steven Smith and David Warner are expected to make a return in the quadrennial event. The multi-national competition will commence from May 30 in London

“I won’t nominate anyone at the moment but there’s still probably 18 or 19 names going around in my head. There’s still this lot, of course, there’s no doubt about that,” Hohns told CA in Ranchi.

Hohns also revealed the unchanged Aussie squad for the five-match One-day International series against Pakistan. The ODI leg will kick-off in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from March 22.

Hohns hint direct at Smith and Warner:

Trevor Hohns, 2019 World Cup
Trevor Hohns has backed Smith and Warner. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

With Smith and Warner missing the cut for Pakistan series, the duo recent picked elbow injuries during the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). As of now, the star batters have been doing well ahead of the multi-nation event in England and Wales.

“We’ve got the other couple of boys that will everyone knows will be available again. And there’s still others back home on the sidelines that could consider themselves a chance. Ideally we’d like him in the UAE to play those games,” Hohns added.

On the other side, speedster Mitchell Starc is expected to make a return. But Josh Hazlewood is yet to recover from his back injury.

With less than three months for the kick off of the ICC tourney, Australia had plenty to work on owing to a batting front.

The National Selection Panel for Australia has backed Aaron Finch. He has returned to a form in Ranchi ODI by scoring 93 off 99 deliveries in the Ranchi clash.

With trio sidelined for Pakistan series at their adopted home, it could be a ploy only to spring a surprise in the ODI showpiece.

As far as the lifting of the ban is concerned, Smith and Warner will be exempted from the sanction on March 28.

Hohns indicated that there are vacant spots for the ODI showpiece.

As Australia would enter as the defending World Cup winners, the lack of match practice for Warner and Smith has had to be a major concern.

IPL to help Smith and Warner:

David Warner, Steven Smith, 2019 World Cup
Smith and Warner had won games for Australia. Photo Credit: Getty Images

While lavishing praise on Smith and Warner, Hohns stressed that they’re supposed to feature in the competitive cricket. He said the duo had done exceedingly well for Australia over the years. And he would be happy to see them doing well.

Hohns hinted the Indian Premier League (IPL) would also play its part in deciding the fate of banned Aussie stars. The faced sanctions in the wake-up of the ball-tampering saga in Cape Town, last year.

“It’d be nice to see them perform but it’s just a matter of playing. We all know they’re two of the better players in world cricket. The main thing for them and us is to have them playing competitive cricket,” Hohns inferred.

Australia has seven matches to play before announcing their 15-man World Cup squad by or before April 23.

Trevor Hohns, David Warner,
Trevor Hohns is keen to see Warner scoring runs in competitive cricket. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
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Australia vs India 2018: Marcus Harris has Got Mindset to Play Test Cricket – Trevor Hohns

Every new series in international cricket is a break or make for a certain individual. The latest one to experience it is Marcus Harris from Australia, who is all set to take the field against India in upcoming Test series. Chris Tremain is the other youngster, who made it into the squad. Meanwhile, Trevor Hohns is hopeful of them delivering it for Australia.

Cricket Australia announced squad for the first Two Test matches against India. As usual, they have made some surprising inclusions and exclusions for the side that toured the UAE to play Pakistan.

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Marcus Harris has forced his way – Trevor Hohns

The chief official quoted Marcus Harris has been prime run-scorer in the domestic cricket and also got the mindset that can deal the things in international cricket.

Marcus Harris
Marcus Harris. Image Courtesy: Getty

Further, he also spoke on the inclusion of Usman Khawaja, Chris Tremain and Peter Handscomb back in the side. Hohns has got his reasons for excluding the players, who played in the UAE tour.

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“Marcus Harris has forced his way into the squad after an impressive start to the Sheffield Shield campaign for Victoria, and in recent times has performed in high-pressure matches, including Sheffield Shield finals,” said Hohns. “Not only has he made plenty of runs, but he’s also displayed the mental application we believe is required to compete at Test cricket.”

Peter Handscomb
Peter Handscomb (Credit: Getty Images)

”Chris Tremain has been performing consistently with the ball for Victoria. We’ve been really impressed with the way Usman Khawaja has applied himself through his rehabilitation. Peter is a calm head at the crease and has also played against India at Test level. The missed players have had the opportunity to put their best case forward for selection through the JLT Cup and Sheffield Shield, but unfortunately haven’t done enough to earn selection,” he added.

All in all, it seems like Australia has got all the required bases covered for the first Two Test matches against India. All it requires is the application from the players to deliver the goods.

Also Read – Most Runs in IPL 2017

during day two of the Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and Victoria at North Sydney Oval on November 25, 2017 in Sydney, Australia.
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Ashes 2017/18: Discarded Glenn Maxwell Responds with Career-Best 278

Australia’s Chairman of Selectors Trevor Hohns on Thursday morning asked Glenn Maxwell to go and pile some runs in the domestic circuit and on Saturday afternoon, the swashbuckling all-rounder walked off the ground after hitting a sensational 278 which was also his first double century in his first-class career.

His devastating knock was studded with 36 fours and four hits over the fence. Courtesy his knock, Victoria Bushrangers reached a comfortable position at 478/4 against the New South Wales Blues who has been unbeaten in the competition so far.

Maxwell was brought in as a cover for David Warner and Shaun Marsh who were under injury clouds, but once they were deemed fit, Maxwell got released from the squad which allowed him to smash the sensational innings. Maxwell is well aware of the fact why he was dropped from the squad, as Hohns explained it was the lack of runs which led to his axing along with Hilton Cartwright’s.

“Both those fellas were spoken about, and we came up with the fact that they haven’t performed well enough in the early rounds of the competition this year,” Hohns said last week after Maxwell struck only 200 runs in the first 3 Shield Games.

“We just feel that Shaun Marsh … has performed much, much better and demanded to be chosen.”

 

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 24: Glenn Maxwell of Victoria bats during day one of the Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and Victoria at North Sydney Oval on November 24, 2017, in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)

Maxwell got some further feedback from Hohns in Brisbane this week.

“I spoke to ‘Cracker’ briefly after the warm-up once the team had been announced,” Maxwell said after his 257-ball innings. “He wanted me to go back and make hundreds. That was pretty simple.”

Maxwell replied with a laugh and said he has been trying,

“I said, ‘I’ve been trying!’ They’re not talking about technique changes or anything like that, it was just, ‘go pile on some runs’. 

Maxwell was sublime all around the wicket and punished anything which was full and short and there to be hit. The NSW bowling attack consisted of four bowlers with Test experience, but Maxwell was at his demolishing best and made the bowling attack look clueless.

Despite his highest first-class score, Maxwell was equally proud of spending a career-best six hours at the crease.

 

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 25: Glenn Maxwell of Victoria celebrates after reaching 250 runs during day two of the Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and Victoria at North Sydney Oval on November 25, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)

“Today was a giant step forward for me in this format. I trusted changes I’ve made in the pre-season and I think I’ve slowly made progress throughout the year. Last week against Tassie, I started to show that a tightened defence was starting to work for me and, starting my innings today (Friday), that was my focus.”

Maxwell was first picked as a specialist limited-overs player, but he has insisted in the past too he is at his best in the longest format of the game. His increase focus and defensive technique came in handy during the series against India early in the year where he struck a four hour-Test century.

“I feel like I’ve been building towards an innings like this. I knew that there’d be a little bit of panic set in the longer I stayed at the crease. It’s happened ever since I started my career – the longer I stay at the crease, there’s more loose balls I can go after.

“I just played the ball on its merits – if it was full, I drove it, if it was short I pulled it or cut. That’s the thing I was most pleased about as well. I was in a really good technical frame of mind the whole day, and I didn’t miss the middle too much.

“My technique is starting to become a lot more repeatable which I think, going back a year, it wasn’t. I was probably looser and didn’t switch on for as long. It was just a really comfortable time out in the middle for me. I was almost in that state of trance where batters get to that stage where they can almost be on auto-pilot.”

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Glenn Maxwell said Australian players should look up to Indian batsmen’s to see how spin should be played and also should learn from it.

Also Read: (Ashes 2017/18: Steven Smith Stitches Highest Average as Test Batsman in at least 100 Innings)

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