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Warner earns recall to ODI squad

By AAP .
31 December 2013 02:54PM EST

DAVID Warner is on track to become the most valuable commodity in Australian cricket after his outstanding career turnaround continued with a recall to the one-day squad on Tuesday.

Over the next 18 months, Australia will contest a T20 World Cup, an ODI World Cup and another Ashes series in England.

Explosive opener Warner is set to spearhead the country's ambitions in all three formats.

During a disastrous tour of the UK in mid 2013, Warner was dropped from the Test side for disciplinary reasons and dumped from the ODI squad for poor form.

But Warner, the top run-scorer this Ashes series, now has a chance to continue his momentum in the 50-over format as well, after earning a return to a 14-man squad to take on England in five internationals throughout January.

Fast bowler James Pattinson, returning from injury, is also included in the ODI squad and should form a lethal combination with Mitchell Johnson.

Pattinson can use the series as a springboard back into the Test reckoning for February's tour of South Africa.

Skipper Michael Clarke and Shaun Marsh are also back in coloured clothing after missing the India tour with injury.

Warner comes in at the expense of Phil Hughes while Adam Voges, Moises Henriques and Callum Ferguson have lost their places from the India one-day tour which preceded the Ashes.

Hughes, who also missed out on selection for the fifth Test in Sydney, is most unlucky after dominating the first half of the Sheffield Shield season for South Australia.

But while Hughes' international future appears clouded, Warner's star is rising rapidly.

The 27-year-old is already one of the highest paid Australian cricketers behind captain Clarke, and Warner could be a big winner when the CA contract list is announced in April-May.

Warner, whose earnings are already estimated to exceed $3 million, commands mega dollars in the Indian Premier League and his revitalised public image this summer will only boost his marketability.

Omitted from the one-day series that followed this year's Ashes tour in England and also the subsequent ODI tour to India in October, Warner's return follows his brilliant form for NSW in the domestic one-day competition and also in the victorious Ashes series which Australia leads 4-0 going into the final Test at the SCG from Friday.

"David Warner has won back his place in the Australia ODI squad with his outstanding recent form, not least in the domestic Ryobi One-Day Cup competition that was held in September and October in Sydney," said national selector John Inverarity.

"We believe this is a well-balanced squad that can build on the promising form displayed in our most recent limited overs series against England and India."

The first one-day match is Jan 12 at the MCG.

ODI squad: Michael Clarke (c), George Bailey (vc), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Xavier Doherty, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Brad Haddin, Mitchell Johnson, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Clint McKay, James Pattinson, David Warner, Shane Watson.

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