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Door not closed for Hughes: Warner

Monday, August 04, 2014 - 9:36 PM
Source: SportsFan

Phil Hughes has missed out on inclusion in the 14-man ODI squad to tour Zimbabwe

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Aussie batsman David Warner says Phil Hughes is still in the selection mix for the 2015 ICC World Cup despite being overlooked for the 14-man squad to tour Zimbabwe.

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Hughes was a surprise omission for the Australian one-day squad to face Zimbabwe and South Africa in four ODIs from August 25, despite his recent run-glut with Australia A in Darwin.

Last Tuesday, Hughes became the first male Australian to score a double century in 50-over cricket with a thumping 202 not out against South Africa A.

The left-hander followed that up with 58 from 87 balls in a loss to India A two days later.

Chairman of selectors Rod Marsh told reporters the selection panel agonised over leaving Hughes out of the touring party, calling the snub "really tough love."

Though he has missed out on a World Cup audition, Warner says Hughes is still in the mix to represent Australia in the ICC's flagship tournament next February.

"I reckon there are 20 guys [from Australia] who could play in that first game at the World Cup," Warner told the SportsFan Clubhouse.

"The good thing about Australian cricket is now we've got such great young talent coming through. We've got exciting fast bowlers, exciting batsmen and some wicketkeepers too.

"It's going to a tough challenge over the next 12 months in all three formats for the new selection panel."

West Aussie all-rounder Mitch Marsh has been named in the ODI squad, returning to the national set-up for the first time since Australia's ill-fated Champions Trophy campaign in 2013.

The 22-year-old's improved pace and control with the ball was pivotal to his call-up, and Warner says he's excited to see what Marsh brings against Zimbabwe and South Africa.

"He's a special talent," Warner continued.

"It's great to see him fit and playing fantastic cricket. The reports I've been getting is that he's bowling very well, and I know he hits them as well as anyone.

"I'm looking forward to seeing what he produces when he goes over there."

Warner is another notable omission from the one-day squad and with good reason – he and partner Candice Falzon are expecting their first child in four weeks.

The left-hander isn't worried about Australia's chances in Zimbabwe, however.

"It's a very well-balanced team," he said.

"We've got three all-rounders there, a spinner, and Glenn Maxwell there as well who can bowl some off-spin.

"It's a very, very strong team and I reckon we're going to go very well over there."

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