Australia today announced the one-day international (ODI) and T20 international squads for series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Australia have called up the uncapped allrounder Glenn Maxwell, who has played just 11 first class matches for Victoria since his debut last year.
Batsman Callum Ferguson has been recalled to the ODI side, having last played for Australia more than a year ago.
Cameron White has been named in the T20 squad, six months after losing the national captaincy to George Bailey
Senior batsman Mike Hussey, who stayed at home and missed Australia’s recent one-day tour of England after the premature birth of his child, was selected in both squads.
Shane Watson and Ben Hilfenhaus have been given a break from the ODIs to concentrate on getting fit after Australia’s 4-0 ODI series loss in England earlier this month.
They’ll rejoin the squad along with White and veteran legspinner Brad Hogg for the T20s.
“The ODI squad has a strong development aspect to it,” chief selector John Inverarity said in a media release.
“Shane Watson and Ben Hilfenhaus have not been included and Brett Lee has retired. This will provide development opportunities for others and allow Shane and Ben to complete a more thorough strength and conditioning program before embarking on a very demanding schedule.
“The team includes many talented young players; David Warner, Matthew Wade, James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Steve Smith, and of particular interest Glenn Maxwell and Callum Ferguson.
“Glenn Maxwell is a relatively inexperienced player who debuted for Victoria in 50-over and T20 cricket in the 2009-10 season and in the Bupa Sheffield Shield the following season. He’s a versatile and lively off-spinning all-rounder and brilliant fieldsman that has caught the eye of the NSP.
“An injury last January somewhat halted his progress but in recent months he has impressed in the IPL and with Hampshire. Glenn will provide another spin bowler option on the slow, low, turning wickets in the UAE.
“Callum Ferguson played very well at times for the Australian ODI team in 2009 before a serious knee injury halted his progress at international level. The NSP is keen to facilitate Callum’s return to consistent good form and has included him in the squad and anticipates that he will benefit greatly from being in the team environment and any opportunities that may come his way.
“The ODI tour together with the Australia A tour will also provide an ideal pathway back to form and confidence for a very fit Mitchell Johnson.
“Peter Forrest has not been included in the ODI squad and will be looking forward to furthering his development batting at number three on the Australian A tour. He will be hoping to find some sunshine and firm pitches.”
“Michael Hussey’s return to the fold in both squads will be welcomed. His all-round batting skills, the outstanding manner in which he prepares, and his unrelenting quest for excellence will add greatly to the team dynamic.
“The conditions in the UAE will be very demanding. The pitches will be different and it will be extremely hot, necessitating ODIs beginning at 6pm and ending after 1am. The players will be able to add further to their kitbags of experiences.”
Australia Squad for Pakistan series
ODIs: Michael Clarke (capt), David Warner, George Bailey, Dan Christian, Xavier Doherty, Callum Ferguson, David Hussey, Michael Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Glenn Maxwell, Clint McKay, James Pattinson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade.
T20: George Bailey (capt), Shane Watson, Dan Christian, Pat Cummins, Xavier Doherty, Ben Hilfenhaus, Brad Hogg, David Hussey, Michael Hussey, Glenn Maxwell, Clint McKay, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Cameron White.