Australia drop Marsh, rest Haddin for Tri-series

Australia has announced a 14-man squad for the first three matches of the tri-nations limited-overs series against India and Sri Lanka.

Shaun Marsh, who has struggled for form since rejoining the test side following injury, has been dropped from the squad.

Marsh makes way for Queensland batsman Peter Forrest, who will make his international debut.

Brad Haddin has been rested from the first three matches of the series, he has been replaced by the Victorian gloveman Matthew Wade.

Strong form in the Twenty20 Big Bash League has helped David Hussey win a recall to the team.

Brett Lee, who missed the ODI series in South Africa due to appendicitis, is also back.

Xavier Doherty is the only spinner in the squad, while Lee, Mitch Starc, Clint McKay, and Ryan Harris will lead the pace attack.

Mitch Marsh, the younger brother of Shaun, will be released from the squad for the first two ODIs to allow him to play in the BUPA Sheffield Shield match against Queensland.

“Peter Forrest, Mitchell Marsh, Matthew Wade, Dan Christian and Clint McKay are in form and will have a chance to either prove or further prove themselves on the international stage,” the national selector John Inverarity said.

“Brad Haddin has come off a heavy program of Test cricket – the workload for a wicketkeeper/batsman is rigourous and resting him for the start of the series will refresh him for coming international commitments while also giving us a chance to look at Matt Wade at this level.

“We have not at this stage named a vice-captain for the first three games with Brad resting and Shane Watson still unavailable while he completes his recovery from injury, and will assess that position when the squad assembles.

“Peter Forrest, in great form for Queensland and also for his KFC T20 Big Bash League side this summer, comes into the group but will remain available for the PM’s Xl game in Canberra this Friday, where he is vice-captain to Brad Haddin.

“Shaun Marsh is obviously disappointed with his own form in recent weeks and is out of the side but remains in our thinking for the future while he works at state level – as they say, class is permanent but form can be temporary.

“Brett Lee had a terrific Big Bash League and with Ryan Harris provides the squad with the experience at this level that will benefit the broader fast bowling group, while Xavier Doherty’s ability in this format speaks for itself.

“Mitch Marsh will be released from the squad for the first two ODIs to allow him to play in the BUPA Sheffield Shield match against Queensland as part of our planning for him to continue to benefit from long-form experience.”

The tri-nations series will start Friday with Australia playing India in Melbourne, through to March 2. A best of three finals series will be played between the top-two teams from March 4-8.

Australia ODI squad: Michael Clarke (capt), David Warner, Ricky Ponting, Peter Forrest, Daniel Christian, David Hussey, Michael Hussey, Matthew Wade, Brett Lee, Ryan Harris, Mitchell Starc, Xavier Doherty, Clint McKay, Mitchell Marsh, Ben Hilfenhaus.

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