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Five unlucky outs for India ODIs

18 August 2017

Moises Henriques has been omitted // Getty

Laura Jolly


Laura Jolly


Take a look at the players who could be considered unlucky to miss Australia's one-day series in India

Moises Henriques

The only non-injury omission from Australia’s 14-player squad was the exclusion of Henriques, who batted at No.4 for Australia during the Champions Trophy. Henriques was a surprise selection ahead of Chris Lynn and Marcus Stoinis in the XI in the UK and while he looked the part early in both his innings during the tournament, he could only manage scores of 18 and 17. However, the poor weather which wreaked havoc with Australia’s campaign, ensuring it ended in the group stage with two washouts from three games, didn’t provide much opportunity for Henriques to prove himself. Coach Darren Lehmann had hinted that Henqriques may be in trouble in June when he said Australia's plans for the No.4 position would be assessed as part of their review of the tournament. And while Henriques has an excellent one-day domestic record, having averaged 69, 63 and 54 respectively in the past three seasons, his international ODI average is below 10.

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George Bailey

Bailey had a strong campaign for Hampshire in England’s domestic one-day competition, scoring 312 runs at 78 across six matches, including an unbeaten 145, but it hasn’t been enough for him to earn an international recall. A batsman who’s captained Australia in both limited-overs formats and holds an ODI average north of 40, Bailey lost his spot for the Pakistan series earlier this year and was then left out of the Champions Trophy squad despite strong Big Bash League and Sheffield Shield form following his axing. Coach Darren Lehmann stressed Bailey’s ODI career wasn’t over at the time, but his next stop will be the domestic one-day cup.

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Peter Handscomb

After making the most of a few slices of luck to score 82 on ODI debut against Pakistan in Perth in January, the Victorian then took the gloves on Australia’s tour of New Zealand in February after Matthew Wade flew home with a back injury. But the return of the first-choice wicketkeeper for the Champions Trophy saw Hnadscomb lose his spot in the ODI squad for that tournament and while he was an emergency, his services weren’t required. However, he has a two-Test tour of Bangladesh looming, where he could remind selectors of his skill just in case injury should strike during the five-match ODI series in India.

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Usman Khawaja

The left-hander opened the batting in three of Australia’s five ODIs against Pakistan in January but was left out of the ODI squad that flew across the Tasman for the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy in February, instead heading to Dubai with an advance party of Australian Test players who were preparing for the Border-Gavaskar series in India. He remained on the outer when Australia’s squad for the Champions Trophy was named and given the last time he played an official cricket match was the fifth ODI against Pakistan on January 22 – having carried the drinks in India and during the IPL – he’s had no opportunity to push his case for a recall.

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Billy Stanlake

With the likes of Mitchell Starc, James Pattinson and John Hastings all injured, the Cricket Australia-contracted Stanlake may have been holding out hope of a berth in the touring party for India, having been selected in both of Australia's ODI squads earlier this year. The towering quick made encouraging one-day and T20 international debuts last summer and his potential was underlined with a call-up to the Indian Premier League, where he played two matches for Royal Challengers Bangalore. That call didn’t come with selectors instead looking to Nathan Coulter-Nile to join Josh Hazelwood and Pat Cummins. But given he was awarded a CA contract earlier this year, the selectors are clearly a fan, so expect to see Stanlake’s name pop up in the future.

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About the Writer


Laura Jolly is a writer for She previously wrote for News Corp Australia and the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.