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Ahmad, Khawaja, Sandhu in Australia’s W. Indies, UK and India tours

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By SAT Sports Desk

Melbourne, 31 March: Cricket Australia’s (CA) National Selection Panel today announced squads for the upcoming Test tours of the West Indies and the United Kingdom. The panel has also announced the 2015-16 list of CA contracted players and squads to represent Australia A in four-day and one-day cricket against India A in India throughout July.
Fawad Ahmed gets the nod as second spinner for Test tours of the West Indies and the Ashes. Ahmed, 33, who helped steer Victoria to Sheffield Shield victory, was the competition’s leading wicket-taker with 48 wickets at 24.85, including a record-breaking 8-89 in the first innings of the Shield final against Western Australia at Blundstone Arena.
Ahmed, granted Australian citizenship in 2013 played three one-day internationals and two T20 internationals on Australia’s tour of the UK later that year.
Australia will face the West Indies in Test matches at Windsor Park, Dominica (5-9 June) and Sabina Park, Jamaica (13-17 June), before travelling to the UK for the five Test Ashes Series beginning at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff (8-12 July).
According to CA Australia’s Frank Worrell Trophy/Ashes squad:
Michael Clarke (c), Steve Smith (vc), 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 Victorian leg spinner Fawad Ahmed has got the nod ahead of Ashton Agar as Australia’s second spinner in their Test squad for the tours of the West Indies and the UK for the Ashes.
Australia A squads to face India A
The four-day squad is Usman Khawaja (c) QLD, Matthew Wade (vc) VIC, Ashton Agar WA, Cameron Bancroft WA, Joe Burns QLD, Patrick Cummins NSW, Andrew Fekete TAS, Peter Handscomb VIC, Travis Head SA, Nic Maddinson NSW, Glenn Maxwell VIC,Stephen O’Keefe NSW, Gurinder Sandhu NSW and Marcus Stoinis VIC.

The One-Day squad for India :
Usman Khawaja (c) QLD, Matthew Wade (vc) VIC, Sean Abbott NSW , Ashton Agar WA, Cameron Boyce QLD, Joe Burns QLD, Nathan Coulter-Nile WA, Patrick Cummins NSW, Callum Ferguson SA, Peter Handscomb VIC, Travis Head SA, Chris Lynn QLD, Gurinder Sandhu NSW and Adam Zampa SA.

- SAT News Service

Cricket Australia targets multicultural communities

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By Neeraj Nanda

Melbourne, 18 January: Cricket Australia (CA) is on a mission to promote Cricket as a sport for all. The aim is to make the game reflective of the current and future Australian population, to ensure their involvement and participation all levels of Cricket. Three subcontinent players F. Ahmad, Usman Khawja and Gurinder Sandhu are already in first class Cricket.
It’s ‘National Multicultural Engagement Framework’ for Game and Market Development to grow multicultural participation at all levels of Cricket. Further, the strategy focuses on the creation of role models across players, coaches, umpires, administrators and officials.
This message was given at an interaction with the multicultural media with CA and ICC officials presenting the strategy followed by a lively question answer session. Those present included CA’s Sam Almaliki, Sr. Manager Communiuty Engagement, Andrew Ingleton, Ececutive General Manager, Game and Market Development and John Kent, General Manager, Communications and Communiuty Engagement ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.Pakistan origin Australian cricketer Fahad. Ahmad also answered questions from media persons.
Answering to a question on the coming India-Pakistan match in Adelaide (during the ICC World Cup), Fahad Ahmad said, the Indian team is good and in the previous World Cup India won against Pakistan but Pakistan on its day can win.
In their addresses Sam Almaliki and Andrew Ingleton briefed the media persons how the CA plans and resources are driven by the principals of inclusion that will lead to increased access, choice and opportunities for the multicultural communities.
For more information: www.playcricket.com.au/a-sport-for-all or Sam Almaliki – sam.almaliki@cricket.com.au or Aaron Dragwidge – aaron.dragwidge@cricket.com.au

- SAT News Service.

Australia Test team leadership changes

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From Sports Desk

Melbourne, 15 December : Cricket Australia (CA) has announced that Steven Smith has been appointed vice-captain of the Australian Test team effective immediately and will captain the Australian side in the absence of Michael Clarke.

Clarke is expected to miss the remainder of the Commonwealth Bank Test Series against India due to an injured right hamstring.

Current vice-captain Brad Haddin who led the Australian side on the final day of the Adelaide Test will serve as Smith’s deputy in Brisbane.

The appointment was recommended by CA’s National Selection Panel and was endorsed by CA’s Board of Directors last night, says a CA media release.

When Clarke returns to the side he will do so as captain with Smith serving as deputy.

National Selector Rod Marsh said: “These are difficult circumstances given Michael’s injury and the fact that we don’t know how long he will be out of the game.

“What we do know is that it won’t be an overnight fix so after a lot of thought we have taken the opportunity to appoint an emerging young leader as captain until such time as Michael regains fitness and returns to the side.

“We congratulate Steve on the wonderful honour of leading his country. On Wednesday he will become Australia’s 45th Test captain and at the age of 25 will become one of our youngest leaders. He is an exceptional young man who is highly regarded by the National Selection Panel not only for his fine performances with the bat but also his maturity and clear leadership potential.

“Brad Haddin has done an exceptional job as vice-captain since assuming the role last year and will provide strong support to Steve just as he has done for Michael.

“There was a strong argument for Brad to assume the captaincy until Michael returns, but given we don’t know how long that will be, we felt the time was right to take a longer-term view and give a young player this chance.”

Commenting on the announcement, CA Chairman Wally Edwards said: “The Board fully endorsed the recommendation put forward by the selectors. Steve is an impressive young leader who deserves high praise for his temperament and on-field performances to date. We believe he will do an excellent job when given the chance to captain his country against India.”

The leadership change relates only to Test cricket.

Australia lead India 1-0 in the four-match Commonwealth Bank Test Series for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. The second Commonwealth Bank Test starts at the Gabba in Brisbane on Wednesday 17 December.

Steven Peter Devereux Smith

Born June 2, 1989, Sydney, New South Wales

Australian Test player number: 415

Test debut: July 2010 v Pakistan at Lord’s

Tests played: 23

Runs scored: 1749

Batting average: 46.03

100s: 5

Highest score: 162* v India, Adelaide Oval, December 2014

Wickets: 14

Bowling average: 50.64

Catches: 18

Captaincy record (all categories of major cricket): 26 games, 16 wins, 9 losses, 1 draw

First-class captaincy record: 3 games, 2 wins, 1 draw

- SAT News Service

Ben Hilfenhaus to replace Brett Lee in ODI squad for Perth

By Neeraj Nanda

Melbourne, February 6: Cricket Australia said today that it’s National Selection Panel has named Ben Hilfenhaus in the squad for Australia’s Commonwealth Bank Series ODI against Sri Lanka this Friday (10th February) in Perth, due to the foot injury sustained by Brett Lee during Friday’s KFC T20 INTL against India at the MCG.

Cricket Australia had on Thursday (5th February) confirmed Australian fast bowler Brett Lee has been diagnosed with a broken foot following a fielding incident in Friday night’s KFC T20 International against India at the MCG.

Cricket Australia team Doctor Trefor James said:

“Brett Lee sustained a fracture of his right foot when he was struck by a ball in the last over of his spell during the KFC T20 against India at the MCG on Friday night.

“He was able to complete the over however the foot became more painful and swollen the following day. An x-ray has confirmed a fracture of the small toe and we now expect Brett will return to cricket in four-six weeks.”

A decision regarding a replacement player for Lee will not be made until after today’s first Commonwealth Bank ODI against India at the MCG. Squad members will return to homeports until Wednesday when the squad will congregate in Perth for Friday’s second match, Cricket Australia media release says.