Australia announce new-look T20 squad

20 Oct 2014

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Australia have announced a new-look 13-player T20 squad that will face South Africa, with just four men remaining from the team that defeated Pakistan in Dubai earlier this month.

Australia T20 squad

Aaron Finch (c) (VIC/Renegades)
Sean Abbott (NSW/Sixers)
Doug Bollinger (NSW/Sixers)
Cameron Boyce (QLD/Hurricanes)
Patrick Cummins (NSW/Thunder)
Ben Cutting (QLD/Heat)
Ben Dunk (wk) (TAS/Hurricanes)
James Faulkner* (TAS/Stars)
Nic Maddinson (NSW/Sixers)
Nathan Reardon (QLD/Heat)
Kane Richardson (SA/Strikers)
Shane Watson (NSW/Heat)
Cameron White (VIC/Stars)

*Faulkner selected subject to requirements on the VB Tour of UAE

A lot of the focus will be on Ben Dunk, who enters the squad on the back of his record-breaking 229no for Tasmania in the Matador Cup over the weekend and being the sole keeper selected in the squad, looks almost cerain of making his international debut on the 5th of November at the Adelaide Oval.

It comes at the right time for the 27-year-old, who topped the Big Bash League run scorers' list with 395 at 43.88 (SR 145.75) last year.

It's also good news for Shane Watson, who is set to return from the calf injury that ruled him out of Australia's tour of the UAE.

Commenting on the squad, National Selector Rod Marsh said: “While the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 seems a long time away, the nature of short T20 series at international level means every match between now and then is a great opportunity for players to show what they’re capable of against high quality opposition.

“This series of three matches provides new captain Aaron Finch the opportunity to really work with the T20 squad after commencing his tenure as captain with a win against Pakistan in the one-off T20 a couple of weeks ago.

“The squad itself includes a good blend of youth and experience, providing Aaron with multiple options with both bat and ball. We’ve seen some good form in Matador One-Day Cup recently from players such as Cameron White, Nathan Reardon, Ben Dunk and Ben Cutting and they’ve been rewarded for those good performances.

“Shane Watson also returns from injury and we certainly know the destruction he is capable of causing in this format of the game.

“We may also look to add a player to this squad following the naming of the second Test team in the UAE,” Marsh said.

KFC T20 Internationals v South Africa

Wednesday 5 November: Adelaide Oval
Friday 7 November: MCG
Sunday 9 November: Stadium Australia