The Cricket Australia National Selection Panel (NSP) has today announced a 14-man squad for the T20 matches against India.
Left arm spinner Brad Hogg, who retired from international cricket in 2008, has been named in Australia’s T20 squad.
Hogg , 40, has been in excellent form in the ongoing Big Bash league, where his team Perth Scorchers have made it to the finals.
Cameron White following a poor season with the Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash has been dumped as Australia’s Twenty20 captain and replaced by George Bailey.
“Australia’s T20 Team has been ranked a disappointing 6th in World Rankings. It is considered that the team needs refreshment and a number of changes have been made,” said National Selector John Inverarity.
“The NSP has been discussing this T20 squad for about six weeks and has unanimously decided on the squad, the captain and the vice-captain.
“The selectors consider this to be a very well balanced T20 squad and look forward to the team acquitting itself very well.”
“Brett Lee and Bradley Hogg are the veterans in the team and provide a pleasing blend of experience with the youth and relative inexperience in the squad.
“Brad Hogg’s bowling has been outstanding and his case for inclusion was compelling. He has had a real impact in the BBL in recent weeks.”
“The NSP unanimously favoured George Bailey as Captain of the T20 team. George is a very good T20 player with a sound record. He is widely respected and regarded as an outstanding captain, having had sustained success in this role.”
Vice-captain Shane Watson and young bowlers Pat Cummins and James Pattinson are all injured.
“Shane Watson has yet to regain match fitness and was not considered for selection,” Inverarity said. “The intention is for Shane to take how ever long it takes to become fully fit and then to declare himself available for selection.”
The first T20 match will be held on Wednesday, February 1, at Sydney and it will be followed by another game at Melbourne on February 3rd.
Squad: George Bailey (capt), David Warner (vice-capt), Travis Birt, Dan Christian, Xavier Doherty, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Brad Hogg, David Hussey, Brett Lee, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Clint McKay, Matthew Wade (wk) .