Australia have finally named their 13-man squad for the series against India starting this January. But the beginning of the year didn’t seem to be rewarding as far as things planned for Shane Watson. The former captain Watson has been one of the best all-rounders in the world but the selectors felt that his contribution is no more needed in the Australian squad.
Watson had his unique sense of batting and even got crucial breakthroughs when the team needed him to deliver the most. As per the Daily Mail UK reports his international future looked bleak as the selectors named the squad on Monday.
The 34-year-old ace all-rounder had already retired from the longer format of the game but vowed to continue in the shorter formats. He has 190 ODIs to his name and even played a major role in the World Cup Winning campaigns for Australia.
James Faulkner has been recalled for the series against India. He missed Australia’s last ODI series die to Drink-Driving conviction. Mitchell Marsh as well as Glenn Maxwell were also made part of the team as all-rounders.
The Australian Squad included two uncapped quicks Scott Boland and Joel Paris. Unfortunately, Mitchell Starc as well as Peter Siddle were left out due to injuries. It would be interesting to note who would lead the bowling attack now.
The Guardian quoted Head Coach Rod Marsh as saying, “Scott has continued to impress the selection panel, having bowled very well for Victoria this year. He certainly deserves this chance at the top level.”
Speaking about Joel he stated, “Joel is an exciting young left-arm bowler who swings the ball well and has bowled beautifully in the Big Bash League for the Perth Scorchers.”
The Australian Team is definitely looking forward to the next gen squad. It seems hard for Shane Watson to make a comeback on the young side.
Australia Squad vs India
Steve Smith (Captain), David Warner, George Bailey, Scott Boland, Josh Hazlewood, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Mitch Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Glen Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Joel Paris, Mathew Wade