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Australia spinner Nathan Lyon has been recalled into the ODI squad for the upcoming tri-series against Zimbabwe and South Africa later this month.
All-rounders Mitchell Marsh and Ben Cutting, along with pace bowler Kane Richardson, have also been included in the 14-man squad.
“Nathan has done very well in Test match cricket,” Australia’s chairman of selectors Rod Marsh said. “He first came under notice in T20 cricket, he’s bowled well in last year’s Ryobi Cup and I guess the unlucky one there is Xavier Doherty. But having said that we know exactly what Xavier is capable of. We’re not 100% sure of what Nathan is capable of seeing as his last ODI for Australia was in the West Indies and that’s a couple of years back now.
“We want to give him another opportunity before we even start talking too much about the upcoming World Cup. It’s not to say that Doherty won’t be in that squad but we just want to have a look at Nathan on top of some pretty good Test match form.
“The thing we like most about Mitch Marsh at the moment is his bowling. He’s capable of opening the bowling or coming on through the middle overs and can do so with good pace which is pleasing. It’s the sign of a true allrounder if they can be in the side for either their bowling or batting and he is certainly getting close to that which is great for Australian cricket.”
The major surprise was that there was no room in the squad for batsman Phillip Hughes, who recently became the first Australian to score a double century in a List A game. Hughes achieved the feat when he scored an unbeaten 201 against South Africa A in Darwin on July 29.
Pace bowler Clint McKay and spinner Xavier Doherty also failed to make the cut.
“We would have loved to pick Phillip but it’s quite difficult to find the spot for him with a strong batting line-up,” Marsh said. “He was in superb form during the recent Australia A one-day matches, including a stand-out double-century and the national selection panel will certainly be continuing to watch him closely.
“We’re very aware of what both Xavier and Clint offer and both have played important roles for the ODI team and performed very well but with the World Cup edging closer we have to take opportunities to also consider players like Cutting, Lyon and Richardson who have all been pressing claims.”
Australia squad Aaron Finch, Shane Watson, Michael Clarke (capt), George Bailey, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Brad Haddin (wk), Mitchell Marsh, James Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson, Ben Cutting, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Nathan Lyon