Spinner Nathan Lyon recalled to Australia ODI squad for trip to Zimbabwe
Last Updated: 04/08/14 2:43pm
Australia have recalled Nathan Lyon to their one-day squad for the first time in two years ahead of the team's first trip to Zimbabwe in a decade.
But Phil Hughes misses out on the tour despite pressing his case with a brilliant unbeaten 202 against South Africa in a quadrangular one-day A team series in Darwin last week.
Hughes had hoped to earn a call-up in the absence of David Warner, who is missing the tour to remain in Australia for the birth of his first child.
"We would have loved to pick Phillip but it's quite difficult to find the spot for him with a strong batting line-up," said new head selector Rod Marsh.
"He was in superb form during the recent Australia A one-day matches, including a stand-out double-century, and (we) will certainly be continuing to watch him closely."
Lyon has been preferred to Xavier Doherty as the specialist spinner in the 14-man party and is posied to represent his country in an ODI for the first time since March 2012.
"Nathan Lyon has done very well in Test match cricket, but first came under notice through his performances in short form cricket," Marsh added.
"He bowled well in last year's (inter-state) competition and having not played an ODI since early 2012, the (selectors) are keen to see him in action again."
All-rounders Ben Cutting and Mitchell Marsh, as well as seamer Kane Richardson, are all in the squad as Australia build towards next year's World Cup, which it is hosting alongside New Zealand.
Richardson and Cutting both made their international debuts in a defeat to Sri Lanka in Adelaide in January last year.
"Ben Cutting has been in terrific form for Australia A and bowled his heart out," added Marsh. "Kane Richardson has been bowling beautifully up in Darwin ... and his figures have been terrific.
"The thing we like most about Mitch Marsh at the moment is his bowling. He's capable of opening the bowling or coming on through the middle overs and can do so with good pace which is pleasing."
Australia will face Zimbabwe and South Africa in a triangular series from August 25.
Australia squad: Clarke (captain), Bailey, Cutting, Faulkner, Finch, Haddin, Johnson, Lyon, Marsh, Maxwell, Richardson, Smith, Starc, Watson