Aussies on ODI talent search

Cricket Australia's former coach Mickey Arthur.
Cricket Australia's former coach Mickey Arthur. Ryan Pierse - Getty Images

AUSTRALIA'S coach Mickey Arthur believes the upcoming five-game one-day series against Sri Lanka will be an important indicator in how the side will go in tough tours to India and England this year.

Retired champion Mike Hussey was denied a sentimental farewell tour of his country as the selectors instead chose to blood young batsmen Usman Khawaja, Phil Hughes and Aaron Finch, all-rounders Glenn Maxwell and Steve Smith and paceman Ben Cutting.

"You lose Ricky (Ponting), you lose Mike (Hussey), you're losing such a massive amount of experience," Arthur said.

"But we've got to coach the younger boys to take up that mantle and hopefully we find some real talent.

"Our message to the one-day squad will be 'who's going to stand up?'

"Because if you stand up, there might be some places for you. To be a young player in Australia now is a really exciting time."

Australia's chairman of selectors John Inverarity stood firm on the decision to deny Hussey a farewell tour.

He said cricket's chief decision makers took a forward-planning approach in considering the India and England tours, and the 2015 World Cup.

There may still be a Hussey on the tours, however, with Michael's younger brother David, 35, named in the 13-man ODI squad after selectors could not ignore his form.

Michael scored three hundreds this summer in six Tests against the Sri Lankans and South Africa, and has been an integral part of the one-day team, leaving many fans disappointed they won't get to farewell him in that format.

But the 37-year-old was more than happy with the international career he experienced.

"I couldn't have dreamed of it. I remember when I hadn't even played and Jason Gillespie said to me 'you've got 50 Test left in you Huss and I said 'no way mate'," he said.

"I was already probably 30 at that stage.

"So to play 79 Tests and be part of a winning World Cup and Ashes team, that's what it's all about."

Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene lamented some missed opportunities in the third Test after seeing his team get clean swept 3-0.

But he was proud of the way his team fought back after copping a hiding by an innings and 201 runs in Melbourne.

 

Australian one-day squad: George Bailey (capt), Ben Cutting, Xavier Doherty, Aaron Finch, Brad Haddin, Phil Hughes, David Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Usman Khawaja, Glenn Maxwell, Clint McKay, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc.


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