Mark Waugh Sacked by ACB

Cricket News 28/10/02

Australian Cricket Board (ACB) Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland today announced that the National Selection Panel (NSP) has chosen a 12-man squad for the first Orange Test match against England, beginning in Brisbane on 7 November.

The squad is:

The only change to the side that claimed victory by an innings and 20 runs in the third match of the recent Travelex Tour against Pakistan, is prolific Southern Redbacks batsman Darren Lehmann, who replaces Mark Waugh.

Lehmann, a regular member of the Australian one-day international side, was part of the Australian Test squad for the 2002 Travelex Tours of South Africa and Pakistan.

A three-time winner of the State Player of the Year Award at the Allan Border Medal presentation, the 32-year -old is the leading run-scorer in the history of Australian first-class cricket, having surpassed Jamie Siddons' record (11,587 runs) in December 2001.

The left-hander has played five Tests for Australia, the last of which was against England at the Sydney Cricket Ground in January 1999.

Upon learning of his selection, Lehmann said:

"I am obviously sad for Mark who has been such a great player for Australia for so many years but at the same time I am delighted and very grateful to get another chance at Test level.

"This is the perfect lift for me personally after a disappointing few days for the Southern Redbacks.

"Although it's been four years since my last Test, I never gave up hope of getting back and I thought I was close after being picked on the last two Test tours.

"I have obviously seen a lot of the English bowlers by playing for Yorkshire over the last few years and hopefully I can use that experience to our advantage in Brisbane," he said.

Jason Gillespie is continuing to recover from the strain to his right calf muscle suffered in the first Test of the Travelex Tour against Pakistan. He is expected to play for the Southern Redbacks in their ING Cup match against the New South Wales Blues on Saturday 2 November at the Adelaide Oval.

Source: ACB

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