Ian Healy ‘filthy’ over Australian cricket selections

Australian cricket legend Ian Healy has questioned selectors over some of their decisions after one-day international and T20 squads were announced ahead of white-ball series against India Down Under.

Boom all-rounder Cameron Green, 21, was named in his first national squad while veteran New South Welshman Moises Henriques was also recalled after a lengthy absence.

There was no room for Queensland all-rounder Michael Neser, who started the Sheffield Shield season with a century and five-wicket haul, while Blues quick Sean Abbott was given a go.

Speaking on SEN’s Pat and Heals, former Aussie wicketkeeper Healy said he was “filthy” with some of the selections, questioning why so many New South Welshmen were rewarded.

“Daniel Sams, Moises Henriques, where has he come from?” Healy said. “They butchered his (Henriques’) selection seven years ago, he was going pretty well on an Indian tour, and then all of a sudden he was out of the team.

“For some reason he’s back, and you don’t put Moises in the side to not play him, so he’s going to be an important part with the leadership in the squad. I like him, he’s a good man, but he must be wondering, ‘How did they pick me?’

“Sean Abbott has a knack of getting wickets and handy runs, but does some silly things with the bat.

“Seriously, Michael Neser, where is he?”

Green has been touted as Australian cricket’s next big thing.Source:Getty Images

Healy doesn’t like the selection of wunderkind Green, who is fresh off a sparkling 197 for Western Australia against NSW in the Shield, dominating an attack featuring international bowlers Abbot, Trent Copeland and Nathan Lyon.

Healy thinks the national selectors should bide their time with Green and let him develop fully in first-class cricket before unleashing him in the green and gold.

“Cameron Green gets a run right, he won’t play, he’ll just be in there to get acclimatised to how the squad goes about it,” Healy said.

“They’ll manage him through this and get him into the squad set-up, hopefully they don’t rush him.

“I don’t want him rushed, he’s come good in the top order with the bat and he’s capable with the ball, but he’s got a lot of work to do.

“In about three years’ time he might be able to start to play for Australia, don’t rush him in my view.”

AUSTRALIA ODI/T20 SQUAD: Aaron Finch (c), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins (vc), Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Sams, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa

INDIA TOUR OF AUSTRALIA 2020-21

First ODI – November 27, SCG

Second ODI – November 29, SCG

Third ODI – December 2, Manuka Oval

First T20 – December 4, Manuka Oval

Second T20 – December 6, SCG

Third T20 – December 8, SCG

First Test – December 17-21, Adelaide Oval

Second Test – December 26-30, MCG

Third Test – January 7-11, SCG

Fourth Test – January 15-19, Gabba

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