Veteran Haddin recalled as Australia announce 16-man squad heading to England in bid to win back the Ashes
02:22 GMT, 24 April 2013
02:30 GMT, 24 April 2013
Wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has been named as Australia vice-captain for the upcoming Ashes series in England.
The 35-year-old replaces Shane Watson, who stepped down as Michael Clarke's deputy after the troubled tour on India but remains part of the 16-man squad.
National selector John Inverarity said: 'We feel it's important to have a senior, seasoned player support Michael at this time.
Return the Urn: Michael Clarke (centre), Steve Waugh (left) and Mark Taylor before today's squad unveiling
June 26-29: v Somerset
July 2-5: v Worcs
July 10-14: 1st Test, Trent Bridge
July 18-22: 2nd Test, Lord's
July 26-28: v Sussex
August 1-5: 3rd Test, Old Trafford
August 9-13: 4th Test, Durham
August 16-17: v Northants
August 21-25: 5th Test, The Oval
'When Shane Watson advised of his
decision to stand down, the NSP (national selection panel) viewed Brad
as the exceptional candidate to step into this leadership void.'
Matthew Wade, who has been Australia's first-choice wicketkeeper of late, will also travel to England.
'Matthew Wade is a very good cricketer and remains central to our plans for the future,' Inverarity added.
Left-arm seamer James Faulkner is the only uncapped player to be named, with Mitchell Johnson missing out.
Chris Rogers, the 35-year-old batsman
who has just one Test cap to his name, also makes the squad and seamer
Ryan Harris returns.
'Chris Rogers is a hardened
first-class cricketer and has been given a deserved opportunity on the
back of sustained run-scoring in both Australia and England over many
seasons,' said Inverarity.
Eyes on the prize: Brad Haddin has been recalled to the Australia squad to tour England this summer
'James Faulkner has also been given
an opportunity after impressing in recent months as an all-rounder. His
performance in last month's Bupa Sheffield Shield final was compelling
and he has now produced three consistently good seasons with the ball at
Shield level for Tasmania.
'He is a player who is seldom out of the game for long. He takes wickets, forms partnerships and makes valuable runs.
'Ryan Harris has regained fitness and
it is great to have such a very highly regarded and well-performed pace
bowler back in the mix.'
Fawad Ahmed, the Pakistan-born
leg-spinner who has not yet received his Australian passport, has not
been included, leaving Nathan Lyon as the only spinner in the 16.
Ahmed also misses out on the 14-man
Australia A squad to tour the British Isles ahead of the Ashes, which
contains a number of players from the senior squad including Haddin, who
will captain the side, James Pattinson, Peter Siddle, Harris, Jackson
Bird and Nathan Lyon.
Steven Smith, who misses out on a
place in the Ashes squad despite some creditable performances in India,
is vice-captain of the A side.
Smith is one of five men to drop out
from the India squad – along with Johnson, Moises Henriques, Xavier
Doherty and Glenn Maxwell – which slipped to a 4-0 series defeat amid
high-profile problems with discipline.
Revenge: England were convincing 3-1 series winners in the 2010-11 series
Inverarity added: 'The tour to India was very demanding and a learning experience for all.
'The result was unacceptable and the
players, coaches, support staff and NSP are smarting from those
performances and are galvanised to ensure that we play tough,
competitive cricket throughout the Ashes.'
The first Ashes Test begins at Trent
Bridge on July 10, with two tour matches before that, while Australia A
will take on Scotland, Ireland and Gloucestershire, with the first match
getting under way in Edinburgh on June 7.
Lawrence Booth, Sportsmail cricket writer and editor of Wisden, gives a run down on the Australian squad heading to England for the Ashes series this summer
MICHAEL CLARKE (c)
VERDICT: World cricket's in-form batsman in 2012, the captain will need to score three hundreds to give Australia a chance.
BRAD HADDIN (vc)
VERDICT: Ousted by Wade behind the stumps, he's a spiky character who England would rather not have to deal with.
VERDICT: Seam bowler who is not particularly fast but his ability to swing the ball both ways has proven very successful in domestic cricket.
VERDICT: Steady, cerebral left-handed opener, but unlikely to frighten the England attack.
VERDICT: England have exploited his vulnerability outside off stump in the past – expect more of the same, plus a peppering of short stuff.
VERDICT: Another left-handed opener, he has the potential to destroy the opposition, but inconsistent at Test level. Jimmy Anderson will fancy swinging the ball into him.
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VERDICT: A left-arm seamer and hard-hitting batsman, the 22-year-old Faulkner is an outsider for a Test spot – but look out for him in the shorter stuff.
VERDICT: Left-handed top order batsman who was one of the four players dropped ahead of the third Test in India following a breach of discipline.
VERDICT: Averaging only 25 since the start of 2011, he needs a big series to prove he was right to quit the vice-captaincy. Could do with bowling too.
VERDICT: His batting can be punchy, but his glovework is shaky. And he's a place too high at No 6.
VERDICT: Australia's first-choice spinner is tidy but unthreatening, and his confidence was knocked recently when he was dropped in India.
VERDICT: Fast and hostile, as he showed when England lost at Perth in 2010-11. Only trouble is, he's rarely fit.
Home of cricket: The first Test in the five match series will take place at Lord's in north London
VERDICT: Another left handed top order batsman whose one and only cap came against India in 2008. Played country cricket so is used to English conditions.
VERDICT: Young, hungry, angry and highly talented. He will be the bowler England's batsmen fear most.
Rain on their parade: The Aussies will be hoping they have their own Sprinkler Dance on English soil
VERDICT: The workhorse of Australia's seam attack, he has improved hugely over the last year. But will he be bowled into the ground
VERDICT: Tall left-arm seamer who could be Australia's best chance of keeping Alastair Cook quiet. Can bat a bit too.