Carlton Mid ODI Tri-Series
Smith to skipper as White and Marsh added to ODI squad
Bailey suspension hands captaincy to Smith for Hobart ODI while Warner recuperates from hamstring strain
20 January 2015, 04:29 PM AEST
Steve Smith has been named captain of Australia's one-day team for Friday's Carlton Mid ODI Tri-Series match against England with George Bailey suspended after a second slow-over rate offence in Sunday's match in Melbourne.
Shaun Marsh and Cameron White have both been called up for the fourth match in the tri-series, with David Warner not travelling with the squad to Hobart to recuperate after picking up a slight hamstring strain earlier in the series.
Josh Hazlewood (heel soreness) and Mitchell Johnson (personal reasons) will also miss the trip to Hobart so Australia have named a 12-man squad for the match.
White and Marsh will both link up with the squad on Thursday morning after Wednesday night's KFC T20 Big Bash League clash between Melbourne Stars and Perth Scorchers at the MCG.
They were both named in their respective club's 13-man squads today, and the clash is crucial for both clubs with a home semi-final up for grabs.
The call-up marks a return to the fold for White, who last played an ODI for Australia in April 2011 in Bangladesh. The Victorian had been named player of the tournament for the past two domestic one-day competitions, most recently in October for the Matador One-Day Cup where he scored 354 runs at 59 with two centuries and two fifties in seven matches.
Warner had complained of a slight hamstring issue after his century in the opening tri-series match in Sydney against England, but played in Melbourne. His omission would likely see an all-Victorian duo of White and Aaron Finch open the batting for Australia in Hobart, with Marsh slotting into the middle order in place of Bailey.
However, with Smith taking over the captaincy, it is the captain's perogative to set the batting order and he may opt to shuffle the deck, although as a stand-in for one match that seems unlikely.
Smith will become Australia's 22nd ODI skipper and his appointment was made following approval by the Cricket Australia Board of Directors.
"Steven's appointment was a straightforward decision given the excellent impression he made in charge of the side during the Commonwealth Bank Test series when he stepped in for the injured Michael Clarke," said National Selector Rod Marsh.
"It is unfortunate for George Bailey that he will miss the match in his home state but in Steven we have a dynamic player who leads from the front, by example, and we look forward to him doing so again on Friday."
Bupa Support Team Head Coach Darren Lehmann said Bailey's suspension emphasised that his team needed to improve its over-rates.
"We have bowled too many wides and we have been too slow between the overs," he said. "We have got to get better at that.
"We should be able to get through the overs in three-and-a-half hours with no dramas but we have been too slow.
"I have spoken with the players quite firmly as we do not want that happening.
"We want to get through our overs, play an up-tempo game and make sure we are entertaining the people who are coming to watch in the right timeframe."
SQUAD Steven Smith (captain), Patrick Cummins, Xavier Doherty, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Brad Haddin, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Gurinder Sandhu, Mitchell Starc, Shane Watson, Cameron White