Sydney - Australia on Monday named
virtually the same squad for a one-day series in New Zealand next month as the
lineup that just white-washed India, controversially leaving out in-form
batsman Usman Khawaja.
"This squad remains largely unchanged
after a fantastic series win against India," national selector Rod Marsh
"We have selected Adam Zampa as the
spinning option for this tour in place of Nathan Lyon."
Australia want their leading spinner to
return to domestic action to prepare for the upcoming two-Test series in New
"This will give us a chance to have a
good look at Adam ahead of the ICC World T20," Marsh added. That
tournament takes place in India during March and April.
"Adam has certainly put forward a
strong case for selection through good performances in the KFC Big Bash
(League) ... and we think he has thoroughly earned this opportunity."
But there was no place for Khawaja despite
his man-of-the-match winning performance in the BBL final on Sunday night when
he hit 70 off 40 deliveries.
Selector Mark Waugh led a charge for
Khawaja's inclusion, arguing that he was the top opener in the world today.
"He is batting as well as anyone can
possibly bat," Waugh said.
Sydney's Daily Telegraph said on Monday that
if Khawaja was not in the squad, "it will be the biggest embarrassment of
the summer and create uproar in cricketing circles."
Marsh chose to focus on the challenges to
be faced in New Zealand.
"We know one of the biggest challenges
we will face in New Zealand is adapting to the change in conditions," he
"The New Zealand side will be very
tough to beat in their home conditions.
"We know we will need to be at the top
of our game if we want to be competitive."
The Chappell-Hadlee Trophy series starts in
Auckland on February 3 and moves on to Wellington on February 6 and Hamilton
February 8 with the Test matches to follow.
Australia: Steve Smith (captain), David
Warner, George Bailey, Scott Boland, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, John
Hastings, Josh Hazelwood, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane
Richardson, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa.