Paris comes in from left field for ODI squad
IMPRESSIVE performances in the Sheffield Shield match between Western Australia and Victoria at the WACA last November have given rookie fast bowlers Joel Paris and Scott Boland the chance to make their debuts for Australia.
The pair has been named in a 13-man squad to take on India in a series of five one-day internationals starting in Perth on January 12.
National selector Trevor Hohns was at the WACA for the Shield game where Paris - playing in his debut first-class match - took match figures of 6-118. He followed that up with 8-116 in the next Shield game against Tasmania, grabbing a match-winning 6-23 in the second innings.
Boland finished with 9-72 in the match against WA, including a career-best 7-31 in the second innings.
The Victorian first made his mark in the 2013-14 Shield season, taking 19 wickets at 37.73. He had also been the leading wicket-taker for the Bushrangers in the Ryobi Cup one-day competition that season, and then collected another 25 wickets in the 2014-15 Shield season.
He was unexpectedly called in to Australia's squad for the Hobart Test against West Indies, but was left out of the final XI.
Hohns said Boland's effort at the WACA showed he was capable of playing at a higher level.
"I was lucky to be present when he bowled WA out (in Perth)," Hohns said. "He was very impressive. His pace was good and his bounce was good. It was very high.
"He has come on and we know and knew that his short form cricket was very good for the past couple of years. He gets the opportunity and it is up to him to make the most of it."
Hohns also said Paris had been on the radar since playing a key role in helping Western Australia win the 2014-15 Matador Cup one-day competition, taking 13 wickets at just 12.92.
The left-armer's cause has been helped by the retirement of Mitchell Johnson and injury to World Cup star Mitchell Starc.
"He (Paris) is coming along nicely," Hohns told reporters after the squad was announced.
"We find him exciting, particularly being a left-armer. Possibly not quite as quick as Starc and Johnson, but he swings the ball and he is tall and gets good bounce.
"We'd like to encourage him as much as we can.
"We need to balance our attack for Test match cricket. He may need some more long form cricket, but he is high on our agenda."