The uncapped Ashton Turner has been added to Australia’s squad for Saturday’s opening ODI against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Turner, who has been capped three times in T20I cricket, but not yet in the intermediate format of the international game, has replaced the ill Mitchell Marsh.
‘I remember when Mike Hussey came into Australian cricket, what almost got him a shot in the one-day team was his running between the wickets,’ said coach Justin Langer.
‘That might sound like the dumbest thing you’ve ever heard, but Turner’s running between the wickets is unbelievable, he’s such a great athlete, and one of the hallmarks of great Australian teams – think of Dean Jones, Michael Bevan, Michael Hussey – is the running, it’s a basic, but he does that.’
The 25-year-old Turner has relished a rich run of form for the Perth Scorchers in the ongoing Big Bash League. His last three innings were 67 not out, 47 and 43 not out.
‘We’ve also talked about getting players who can finish off innings and he’s shown that, particularly in what we can go off in the Big Bash. He’s in great form,’ added Langer.
‘He’s an elite athlete in the field and he’s also a captain. You see the way he finishes innings that he’s a good thinker and a really good leader.’