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Round Up - Australia in the News

January 17th 2013 16:25
Hampshire County Cricket Club have announced a partnership with Cricket Australia which will see some of Australia’s best young talent spend the next English summer at the newly formed Ageas Bowl International Cricket Academy. Hampshire have been well supported by Australian players in the past, with the likes of Shane Warne, Shane Watson, Phil Hughes, Simon Katich and in 2013 George Bailey, grace the fields outside Southampton. English counties have often been criticised for taking on Australian players on short-term contracts during Ashes summer’s, but Hampshire’s Cricket Chairman, Rod Bransgrove hoped that the presence of some of Australia's top young cricketers in Hampshire will be universally seen as a success story. Discussions are also underway with India and Sri Lanka for similar tie-ups.

Jesse Ryder, the New Zealand batsman, has kept the door open for a return to international cricket for the visit of England which begins with Twenty20 internationals in early February. Ryder, who was dropped after an incident during the one-day series against South Africa last year and has not played since, has a meeting with the coach Mike Hesson on January 29 after the squad return from the tour of South Africa. Ryder said he wanted to take himself out of consideration for the side for a period of time while he worked on various "issues" although he did play in the IPL. This domestic season he has been in impressive form for Wellington in all forms of the game; he has made 558 runs at 69.75 in five Plunket Shield matches, including three hundreds, and has amassed 508 runs in 10 innings during the HRV Cup at a strike rate of 167.65. Ross Taylor, the former captain who also took time away from the team after his controversial sacking, is expected to return for the matches against England. New Zealand were also missing Tim Southee and Daniel Vettori from a first-choice Test side for the series in South Africa.

Jesse Ryder in action for Wellington.

Team news – Australia vs. Sri Lanka

Michael Clarke, David Warner and Matthew Wade all return for Australia as they look for revenge after their stinging defeat in the 2nd ODI. Shane Watson is still out injured, and the fitness of Moises Henriques is in doubt. If Henriques is ruled out it will mean Ben Cutting and Glenn Maxwell will vie for his place. The fact that the selectors specifically wanted an extra seamer, though, suggests they would likely choose Cutting, who was originally not part of the squad for this game, but may yet get the chance to play an international at his home ground. Matthew Wade will be looking to silence some critics, because during his rest period he received some harsh criticism about his glove work from former Test wicket keeper Ian Healy. The fact that Brad Haddin got runs and kept sharply will mean Wade will be under the spotlight.
Australia (possible) 1 Phillip Hughes, 2 David Warner, 3 Michael Clarke (capt), 4 George Bailey, 5 David Hussey, 6 Matthew Wade (wk), 7 Moises Henriques / Ben Cutting, 8 Mitchell Johnson, 9 Mitchell Starc, 10 Clint McKay, 11 Xavier Doherty.

Matthew Wade who had his wicket-keeping harshly criticised by Ian Healy on a radio interview last week.

Dinesh Chandimal remains in some doubt after missing Sunday's match due to a hamstring problem. If he is declared fit, the selectors could bring him back in a straight swap for the wicketkeeper Kushal Perera, although another option would be to drop the out-of-form opener Upul Tharanga.
Sri Lanka (possible) 1 Tilikaratne Dilshan, 2 Upul Tharanga, 3 Mahela Jayawardene (capt), 4 Lahiru Thirimanne, 5 Angelo Mathews, 6 Dinesh Chandimal / Kushal Perera (wk), 7 Jeevan Mendis, 8 Thisara Perera, 9 Nuwan Kulasekara, 10 Lasith Malinga, 11 Ajantha Mendis.

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