Cricket: Australian Short Form Squad named for post Ashes series

National Selection Panel Chairman of Selectors, John Inverarity, has announced the following squad to play England in a series of T20 and ODI fixtures against England after the end of the Ashes series:

Michael Clarke (c), George Bailey (vc), Fawad Ahmed, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazelwood, Phil Hughes, Mitchell Johnson, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Clint McKay, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Adam Voges, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Shane Watson

One assumes that Watson will be released from the squad if the injury he sustained in the 4th Test at Chester-le-Street leads him to having to withdraw from the 5th test at the Oval in a week’s time. Xavier Doherty has been left out in favor of Fawad Ahmed which, if nothing else, vindicates the Australian government decision to fast track his citizenship. According the Chairman, Doherty might be in the frame to play in the seven match ODI series in India which follows this series. Given that Doherty has done nothing wrong, in my opinion, in ODI fixtures or T20 fixtures for that matter it is a strange decision.

From the current squad in the UK, Clarke, Faulkner, Hughes, Smith, Wade and Warner will remain to play in this series.

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