Friday, February 22, 2019 01:08:13 AM
Legspinner Fawad Ahmed, batsman Adam Voges and wicketkeeper Peter Nevill were all called up by Australia Tuesday for their upcoming tour of the West Indies and the Ashes campaign in England.
But there was no room in the 17-man squad for allrounders James Faulkner and Glenn Maxwell, who were a potent part of Australia's one-day World Cup winning side.
Joe Burns was also overlooked, despite scoring two half-centuries in Australia's last Test, against India in January, while paceman James Pattinson missed out with a hamstring injury, opening the door once again for Peter Siddle.
Australia play two Tests in the West Indies from June 5, with their five-Test Ashes series starting in England on July 8.
Pakistan-born Ahmed, who sought asylum in Australia in 2010, got the nod ahead of Ashton Agar as the second spinner behind Nathan Lyon after a stellar Sheffield Shield season in which he took 48 wickets.
"It's been an amazing 2015 for me," said Ahmed, 33, who was granted citizenship in 2013 and played three one-day internationals and two T20 internationals during Australia's tour of England and Scotland later that year.
"I've bowled with a big heart and a big chest in every situation."
Voges won his place on the plane for similar reasons, with the 35-year-old Western Australian captain smashing 1,358 Shield runs to be the season's highest scorer and player of the year with an average of 104.46.
New South Wales keeper Nevill was picked as Brad Haddin's understudy, preferred to Matthew Wade.
National selector Rod Marsh said the Test team had performed very well in recent times, and the big challenge was to maintain the form away from home.
"We believe this squad has sufficient depth for these important Test matches against the West Indies and England and will give us the best chance of success," he said.
Marsh said selectors could not ignore Ahmed and Voges after "sensational seasons" at domestic level.
"They thoroughly deserve their call-up and the opportunity to be a part of this squad. We believe that both can play important roles in the side if required," he said.
"Adam had one of the great seasons in Sheffield Shield history. He is an experienced player and quality character who will add talent and leadership to the touring party.
"Fawad has worked incredibly hard on his game and has demonstrated throughout the season that he can be a consistent wicket taker.
"Peter Nevill has been on our radar for some time and deserves his opportunity through weight of runs and performances behind the stumps," he added.
Fast bowler Ryan Harris was included in the squad, but will only play the Ashes series, remaining in Australia throughout the West Indies tour for the birth of his first child.
While Faulkner and Maxwell missed out, selector Marsh cast an air of mystery over his plans for them.
"We've got hopeful plans that I can't reveal right now for Jimmy Faulkner. He'll be right," he told reporters, adding of Maxwell: "It's a tragedy we can't play him in every game at the moment. But watch this space."
Ahmed and Voges were selected despite missing out on Cricket Australia contracts for the 2015/16 season.
CA announced on Tuesday it had contracted 19 players, one more than last season. Emerging fast bowlers Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood and allrounder Mitchell Marsh won contracts.
Dropping off the list were Siddle, despite being named for the Test tours, and deceased batsman Phillip Hughes.
Australia depart for the West Indies on May 19.
Michael Clarke (capt), Steve Smith, Fawad Ahmed, Brad Haddin, Ryan Harris (Ashes only), Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Peter Nevill, Chris Rogers, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Adam Voges, David Warner, Shane Watson.
Sports Reporter :Despite Sabbir Rahman's century Bangladesh lost to New Zealand by 88 runs in the third and last One Day International (ODI) match at Dunedin in New Zealand on Wednesday. New Zealand clinched the ODI series 3-0.Sabbir hit a marvelous 102. His 110-ball innings was laced with 12 fours ...
THE nation solemnly remembers the supreme sacrifice of the valiant souls who laid down their lives to establish the right of our mother tongue Bangla as the state language of Pakistan on this day in 1952. As the pioneering movement that led to our ultimate independence, Ekushey invokes the emotional ...
Reuters, Ramallah, West Bank :The Palestinian Authority (PA) will no longer accept tax revenues collected on its behalf by Israel following its decision to trim the sum over the PA's financial support of militants' families, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said.The cash-strapped Palestinian Authority, an interim self-government body set up following ...
Actress Kriti Sanon is all set for a superb 2019 with Luka Chuppi, Arjun Patiala, Housefull 4 and Panipat. The characters the actress is essaying are strong-minded and confident as she is drawn towards such empowered characters. Kriti’s role in Bareilly Ki Barfi as Bitti was that of an independent ...
GAS explosion has become very common in the country nowadays. Even if someone escapes death, the victim has to suffer burn injury or loss of valuable organs. The authorities concerned still did not take any effective step to control such incidents. In the latest incident, seven people including a couple ...
Malaika Arora, who is recently making headlines for her relationship with Arjun Kapoor and the couples social PDA, recently opened up about her divorce with Arbaaz Khan on a radio show. Talking about her divorce she revealed that it was a mutual decision to part ways so that they could ...
Reuters, Islamabad :Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Tuesday Pakistan was ready to cooperate with India in its investigation of a deadly bombing in the disputed Kashmir region last week, which India blamed on Pakistan, but warned of retaliation if attacked.Tension between the nuclear-armed neighbors has risen sharply over the ...
ABOUT one lakh students have applied to the Directorate of Primary Education (DPE) of the Primary and Mass Education Ministry for reexamination of their results, claiming that justice will be established if the authorities work properly. Some of students who failed in the examination alleged that they did not get ...
AP, Washington :Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said in an interview that aired Sunday that a "crime may have been committed" when President Donald Trump fired the head of the FBI and tried to publicly undermine an investigation into his campaign's ties to Russia. McCabe also said in the ...
Sheikh Arif Bulbon :Actress of present generation Moury Salim has been engaged with acting for many days. Though she has been busy with acting for long time but could not get the opportunity to work in challenging roles properly or the directors did not utilise her acting quality appropriately. On ...
BBC Online :Real Madrid missed the chance to go second in La Liga as Girona came from behind to record a surprise away win on Sunday.Casemiro powerfully headed in from Toni Kroos' deep cross from the right wing to give the hosts a first-half lead.Cristhian Stuani's penalty made it 1-1 ...