Australia 2009 Ashes Squad

Australia Ashes Squad 2009

Brad Haddin

Wicket keeper Haddin will be appearing for the first time in an Ashes series. He made his Test match debut in last year and so far has played seven Tests and batted 13 times and has an average of 28.54.

Michael Clarke

Current Vice-Captain and has played 39 Tests. He played poorly last Ashes tour in England and was later dropped from the side. However he made an outstanding comeback in the Ashes series in 2006/7 and scored two centuries in the second and third tests and is now established in the team. He has an overall test average of 45.61.

Shane Watson

A bowling all rounder, who has struggled to establsih himself in the Test team. To date he has played 7 Tests and has a batting average of 22.81, and has taken twelve wickets for 37. This will be his first Ashes Series having been ruled out in the Ashes 2006/7 through injury.

Peter Siddle

A newcomer to Test cricket and to date has only played one test against India last year. He is a quick bowler with a good reputation in League cricket and he marked his debut against India with 4 wickets in the match at an average of 44.

Mitchell Johnson

A left arm fast bowler, Johnson made his Test debut in 2007 and has since played 13 Tests. He has taken 47 wickets at an average of 34.87. He also has useful batting figures for a tail ender, scoring 234 runs at anaverage of 23, with atop score of 50 not out.

Stuart Clark

Right Arm fast aggressive bowler, who made his Test debut in 2006, he has since played 20 Tests.His best series however was against England in their Ashes Tour of Australia in 2006/7. He was the bowler of the series taking 26 wickets at an average of only 17. He now has 83 wickets at a world class average 22.47. He is sure to be a danger man on this tour.

Brett Lee

Brett LeeAustralias most experienced bowler, Lee is an Ashes veteran of three series, but has yet to really make the impression that his speed bowling should warrant. He played reasonably well in the 2005 Ashes but each wicket taken cost him 40 runs, and in the 2006/7 Ashes, he only managed 8 wickets in the first three Tests, he did bounce back however in Tests Three and four and he finished the series with 20 wickets at 33 average for each. In total in 72 Tests, he has taken 297 wickets at an average of 30.44. He has also contrinuted with 1358 runs at an average of just over 20 and has hit five 50’s.

Nathan Hauritz

A right hand off break bowler who is in the squad due to the absence of Jason Krezja. He has only played a handful of test matches but is an economical bowlerwho can bit a bit. It is doubtful that he will be a first choice team player.

Ben Hilfenhaus

A right handed swing bowler who could relish conditions in England. He has only played three test matches to date against Sri Lanka and this is his first Ashes series. An unknown quantity but has plaenty of admirers, including Aussie bowling legend, Glenn McGrath

Phillip Hughes

A left handed opening batsman who is only 20 years old. Hughes is already regarded by many as a future superstar. He is a prolific run getter for his Stae side, New South Wales and was called up into the full test team after just seasons. He has only played three test matches so far, all against South Africa, where he scored two centuries and a fifty. When scoring his first hundred he became the youngest ever Australian player since Doug Walters to score a century and when he followed that up with a centruy in the second innings, he became the youngest ever cricketer to achieve the feat. He is certainly a more than adequate replacement for the now retired, Matthew Hayden.

Michael Hussey

On eof the very best batsmen in the world right now, Hussey did not make his test debut until aged 30, but has been a refelationsince doing so. He is a specialist left handed batsman, who has scored over 3000 runs in 37 matches at an average of 55.29. Much of Australias hopes will rest on the broad shoulders of this batsman, known to many as 'Mr Cricket'.

Simon Katich

A tenacious left handed opening batsman who can bowl moderate left arm spin when required. Another latecomer to test cricket, not making his debut until 2001 when 26 years old. He has since gone on to amass 2,649 runs at an average of just over 43. He has also taken 18 wickets.

Graham ManouGraham Manou

Little is known about this wicketkeeper/batsman as he is yet to make his test or international debut. He has been brought along as understudy to Brad Haddin, but it should be noted that he is the top scoring wicketkeeping batsman in the Australian first class game. He also took the most catches last season.

Andrw McDonald

All ounder, who bats right handed and bowls medium fast. He only made his test debut this year against South Africa and has to date played just the four tests. He has scored one fifty and taken 11 wickets. He is unlikley to be included in the test team as a first choice, but will be a valuable back up squad player.

Marcus North

North only made his test debut earlier this year against South Africa and astonishingly scored a century on debut. He is a middle order left handed batsman with a good variety of shots and is likely to make the starting eleven. He can also bowl right arm off break and has so far claimed two wickets.