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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Australia vs India Twenty20: Australian Squad

Australian is going to face India in a twenty20 match, set to take place at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 1 February. Ahead of the match Australian selectors have made the squad for the twenty20 match public recently. The squad includes some young, talented players who have less experienced but have huge potential to lead Australian for a long time.

Mathew Hayden and Mitchell Johnson will not play the match as they have been handed a rest ahead of the CB series. Michael Clarke has been named vice captain for the match, the decision selectors had taken thinking of the future of Australian team. There is no doubt, after Ricky Ponting, selectors are considering Michael Clarke as the future captain of Australian team.

However, the most notable inclusion of the squad is David Hussey, brother of Michael Hussey. He has been performing very well for Victoria in domestic cricket which has been paid off at last. David is seeing the call as the first step to represent Australia in ODI and test cricket following the feat of his brother. After the era of Waugh brothers, now it seems that Australian is going to see the pair of brothers once again.

Cricinfo reported:

"This is recognition of David's outstanding form over the last few seasons, particularly in the KFC Twenty20," Hilditch said. He was in devastating touch for Victoria in their third Twenty20 tournament win, finishing the series as the second highest run-scorer with 237 in six matches at a strike-rate of 153.89. This season he also has two half-centuries in the FR Cup and 643 runs at 64.30 in Pura Cup matches, including two hundreds and five fifties.

Andrew Symonds and Brett Lee have a lot to offer for Australia in the twenty20 match. Ben Hilfenhaus has been back to the team who was earlier called up for the Chappell-Hadlee series. There are some more young and inexperienced cricketers including Ashley Noffke, Adam Voges. Brad Hogg has been back. Shaun Tait, who has recently declared a break from cricket recently, has been replaced by Ashley Noffke.

The only problem I see is in their opening. Without Mathew Hayden, it is yet to see if a new opening pair can give a good platform for Australia. Australian bowling attack also looks inexperienced. I think, Australian selectors are trying to give some chances to the young cricketers as their Indian counterparts are doing. Cricket fans are eagerly waiting to see a competitive match.

Australian Squad

Michael Clarke, Adam Gilchrist (wk), Ricky Ponting (capt), Brad Hodge, Andrew Symonds, Michael Hussey, David Hussey, Adam Voges, James Hopes, Brett Lee, Ashley Noffke, Nathan Bracken, Ben Hilfenhaus.

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