Australian fast bowler Sean Abbott has confidence in the future four new ODI members following their debut performances where “they looked ready to keep playing”
Abbott bullish about future of new Aussie ODI members
Sean Abbott believes Australia's one-day International series victory against West Indies has unearthed long-term stars of the future.
Only four players who played in last year's victorious World Cup final were available for both of Australia's two matches since, leading four debutants to earn selection across the pair of wins.
Quicks Xavier Bartlett and Lance Morris each earned their first caps in the eight-wicket defeat of West Indies at the MCG on Friday, with Bartlett earning player of the match honours.
Swashbuckling batter Jake Fraser-McGurk and allrounder Will Sutherland were selected for their own debuts on Sunday, when the hosts closed out the series with an 83-run victory at the SCG.
Only three members of Australia's champion World Cup squad are under 30, emphasising the need for the side to begin assessing its options for the coming years.
Bowling allrounder Abbott, player of the match in the SCG win, is confident that process is going swimmingly.
"We've seen four debutants already who have gone about it in different ways," said Abbott, who scored 69 and took 3-40.
"But I think they've jumped on the front foot early and they look ready to keep playing.
"I think there are some long-term options that we've seen there already."
Fraser-McGurk played a fierce and fleeting innings on debut, smacking Alzarri Joseph down the ground for four and over deep square leg for six before being caught behind on 10 runs.
A shining light for Melbourne Renegades in this summer's BBL, Fraser-McGurk attempted a slog on the very first ball of the innings.
"I'm not going to quote what he said but we knew he was going to go out and take it on," Abbott said.
The 21-year-old's furious efforts reminded Abbott of two international teammates.
"We've seen Travis (Head) build a game around that, Mitch Marsh is sort of not as aggressive as that but they all take the positive option and that's the way we've played for a long time now.
"That's going to complement the other batters around him in the powerplay if (Fraser-McGurk) continues to get opportunities, which I'm sure he will."
Sutherland posted figures of 2-28 with the ball and took a leaping catch to dismiss Justin Greaves (8) as Australia restricted the tourists to 175 in their pursuit of 259 for victory.
The Victorian captain also impressed Abbott with his maturity during the pair's 57-run partnership for the eighth wicket of Australia's innings at the crease.
"We were obviously under a bit of pressure," Abbott said.
"As soon as we started talking I knew he was ready for it. The game plan was pretty simple, just get together and rotate the strike and hopefully be there around the 45th over.
"He went about it beautifully and then he did the same with the ball."
Men's Dettol ODI Series v West Indies
February 2: Australia won by eight wickets
February 4: SCG, 2.30pm AEDT
February 6: Manuka Oval, Canberra 2.30pm AEDT
Australia ODI squad: Steve Smith (c), Travis Head (vc), Sean Abbott, Xavier Bartlett, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Cameron Green, Aaron Hardie, Josh Inglis, Marnus Labuschagne, Lance Morris, Matt Short, Will Sutherland, Adam Zampa
West Indies ODI squad: Shai Hope (c), Alzarri Joseph, Alick Athanaze, Teddy Bishop, Keacy Carty, Roston Chase, Matthew Forde, Justin Greaves, Kavem Hodge, Tevin Imlach, Gudakesh Motie, Kjorn Ottley, Romario Shepherd, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh Jr.
Men's Dettol T20I Series v West Indies
February 9: Blundstone Arena, Hobart 7.00pm AEDT
February 11: Adelaide Oval, 7pm AEDT
February 13: Perth Stadium, 7pm AEDT
Australia T20I squad: Mitchell Marsh (c), Sean Abbott, Jason Behrendorff, Tim David, Nathan Ellis, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Glenn Maxwell, Matt Short, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa
West Indies T20I squad: Rovman Powell (c), Shai Hope, Johnson Charles, Roston Chase, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Gudakesh Motie, Nicholas Pooran, Andre Russell, Sherfane Rutherford, Romario Shepherd, Oshane Thomas