Aussies drop Hayden
Australia have left troubled opener Matthew Hayden out of the one-day and Twenty20 squads to face South Africa.
Last Updated: 08/01/09 7:15am
Australia have left troubled opener Matthew Hayden out of the one-day and Twenty20 squads to face South Africa as his international future continues to be questioned.
Left-handed Hayden has struggled for runs recently, and he averaged under 20 during the three-Test series against South Africa, which the Aussies lost 2-1.
The 37-year-old is getting no younger, and national selection panel chairman Andrew Hilditch says that Hayden's age was the major factor of him being left out of the limited overs squads.
Australia are looking to build a side for the World Twenty20 this year and the 2011 World Cup, and they say Hayden being dropped was mainly due to his age, and not his recent bad form.
Cricket Australia announced 13-man squads for the Twenty20 internationals with the Proteas and the following Commonwealth Bank Series, with Hayden left out of both.
"The omission of Matthew Hayden from the Twenty20 and Commonwealth Bank Series squads is not a reflection on his performances in the recent Test series but rather a strategic decision made by the national selection panel as we plan for these signature events," Hilditch said.
"His possible selection for the upcoming tour of South Africa will be discussed as with all players when we select a squad after the round of interstate matches at the beginning of February.
"Winning a fourth consecutive ICC World Cup and our first ICC Twenty20 title is an ambitious project.
"For this reason there will be very few players selected from this point that we can not see playing a role in achieving this goal."
Shaun Tait has been named in both squads, while explosive opener David Warner earns his chance after a fine start to the season.
"Although he (Tait) has had some injury problems since playing a leading role in the 2007 ICC World Cup, he is an explosive weapon at his best and we hope he will play a key role in both forms of the game this summer," Hilditch said.
Mitchell Johnson is rested for the Twenty20s and the first two one-dayers, while Michael Clarke will miss the Twenty20s with a thumb injury, but it is hoped he will return for the one-dayers.
All-rounders Shane Watson and Andrew Symonds are still out through injury for the games, which begin with Twenty20s against South Africa in Melbourne on Sunday January 11 and in Brisbane on Tuesday January 13.
Australia Twenty20 squad: Ricky Ponting (capt), Michael Hussey (vc), David Hussey, Ben Hilfenhaus, James Hopes, Nathan Bracken, Brad Haddin, Shaun Marsh, Shaun Tait, David Warner, Ryan Harris, Cameron White, Nathan Hauritz.
One-day international squad: Ricky Ponting (capt), Michael Clarke (vc), Brad Haddin, James Hopes, Nathan Bracken, Shaun Marsh, Michael Hussey, David Hussey, Nathan Hauritz, Ben Hilfenhaus, Cameron White, Shaun Tait, Peter Siddle.