Young bowler Paris named in Aussie ODI squad

SYDNEY • Joel Paris has been tipped to be part of Australia's next generation of fast bowlers after the West Australian left-armer was named alongside Kane Richardson and Scott Boland in a 13-man one-day international (ODI) cricket squad to play India.

Shane Watson, Usman Khawaja, Joe Burns and Nathan Lyon were the big names left out of the squad, while veterans Shaun Marsh and George Bailey were included.

An Australian Under-19 representative, Paris, 23, impressed in the one-day domestic competition earlier this summer and has taken that form into the Big Bash League.

Boland, 26, has been a part of the Australian squad for the second and third Tests - the series is currently on - against the West Indies, while Richardson, 24, has been considered an emerging limited-overs candidate for several years now.

Boland and Paris are yet to represent Australia, while Richardson has played eight ODIs and two Twenty20 international fixtures.

Australia's chairman of selectors Rod Marsh said the trio had worked hard to earn their call-ups.

A PROMISING LAD

Joel is an exciting young left-arm bowler who swings the ball well and has bowled beautifully in the Big Bash League. He has had very good figures in the short form of cricket.''

ROD MARSH, Australia's chairman of selectors, on Joel Paris

"Scott has continued to impress the selection panel, having bowled very well for Victoria this year. He certainly deserves this chance at the top level," Marsh said.

"Joel is an exciting young left-arm bowler who swings the ball well and has bowled beautifully in the Big Bash League. He has had very good figures in the short form of cricket and we really want him to make the most of this opportunity.

"Kane has had a taste of cricket at the international level and although that has been interrupted on occasions through injury, we think he is ready to perform consistently for Australia."

Selector Trevor Hohns said Lyon, Australia's leading all-time Test off-spin wicket-taker, was still in consideration for future ODIs.

"Nathan is not far out of the picture for one-day cricket, and of course with the (World) T20 coming up it's probably ideal for him to go back and play some of those games," Hohns said. "We're playing the first few games in Brisbane and Perth where normally you play with your faster bowlers."

All-rounder Glenn Maxwell will be the team's spinning option.

Top-ranked Australia will face India for the first time since beating them in the World Cup semi-finals in Sydney last March. The series starts at Perth's Waca ground next Tuesday.

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