Australia v West Indies, Only T20, Brisbane February 8, 2013

Australia call up Rohrer and Coulter-Nile


The fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile and the batsman Ben Rohrer are in line to make their international debuts after being named in Australia's Twenty20 squad to take on West Indies next week. Australia's selectors have named a 12-man squad for the one-off game on Wednesday at the Gabba and it is bereft of big names because Australia's Test players will all be in Chennai by then, preparing for the first Test against India.

That means the absence of David Warner (who is also recovering from a thumb injury), Matthew Wade, Mitchell Starc, Glenn Maxwell and Xavier Doherty, all of whom were part of Australia's squad for the two Twenty20s against Sri Lanka last month. Along with Coulter-Nile and Rohrer, the selectors have added Brad Haddin, Clint McKay and Josh Hazlewood to the squad from outside the group that took on Sri Lanka.

Coulter-Nile, 25, collected 10 wickets at 27.60 for the Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League this summer and is viewed as a future Test and ODI prospect by John Inverarity's selection panel. Rohrer, 31, was a remarkably consistent performer for the Melbourne Renegades this season, scoring 295 runs at 49.16 and a strike rate of 152.06, and in the longer forms he remains an important senior player for New South Wales.

The other potential debutant is Hazlewood, 22, who has already represented Australia in ODI cricket but not in T20. He played only two games for the Sydney Sixers this season but is highly-rated by Inverarity's panel and will be competing for a place alongside several other fast bowlers including McKay, who has played only four T20 internationals despite being Australia's newly-crowned ODI Player of the Year.

The Brisbane game will also mark the return of Haddin to T20 internationals for the first time in 18 months. Haddin, 35, announced his retirement from international T20 cricket in September 2011, declaring at the time that his intention was to focus on Tests and ODIs. However, Haddin has been overtaken by Matthew Wade as Australia's preferred gloveman in all formats and the selectors are keen to keep him around the national setup wherever possible as he remains next in line behind Wade.

"Ben Rohrer had an outstanding season with the Melbourne Renegades in the middle order and Nathan Coulter-Nile has shown very good form in all three formats throughout the summer," Inverarity said. "Brad Haddin and Clint McKay are experienced campaigners and Josh Hazlewood is one of our very promising young pace bowlers who has recently regained full fitness. With the Test squad being in India this fixture will provide some more players with invaluable international experience."

Australia Twenty20 squad Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, George Bailey (capt), Adam Voges, Ben Rohrer, Brad Haddin (wk), Ben Cutting, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Faulkner, Clint McKay, Ben Laughlin, Josh Hazlewood.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Dummy4 on February 11, 2013, 1:58 GMT

    where is all the heat players? are you forgetting the won the comp. should definitely have pomers playing.

  • Dummy4 on February 11, 2013, 1:31 GMT

    Please no Laughlin, he has bowled poorly all the time

  • Adrian on February 10, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    Hi Alistair McDermott. Do you remember about 3 or 4 years ago when you were a tearaway 17 year old who, like your father Craig, was poised for international selection as a teenager, but then Craig McDermott was involved in coaching the Australian team and it was considered to be biased, even though you were easily the best teenager going around? Do you remember seeing them go with a hunch with Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and James Pattinson while ignoring you? And now they have gone in with the likes of Ben Cutting and Nathan Coulter-Nile, who aren't even in particularly good form, while still ignoring you? Are you feeling depressed? Feeling like the fact that you are probably the best bowler in the country right now and are yet to play for your country might be a bit unfair? Never fear. It just shows the strength in the country's bowling stakes. You'll be there eventually, and when you are, you'll make Glenn McGrath look like a nobody.

  • Hamish on February 9, 2013, 0:42 GMT

    I would have liked to see Richardson in the squad

  • Dummy4 on February 8, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    It beats me to see players like Paine, O'Keefe missing from the squad...if they don't want O'Keefe may be he can go the Gayle way and become a T20 player

  • Tim on February 8, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    @oneeyedkeepinitreal, while Rohrer deserves his spot here it's a long bow to suggest he's ever deserved a call up before. The guy didn't make his shield debut till he was 25, he averages 40 batting mostly at 5 or 6 in first class and still only has 4 centuries, his list a career is woeful so his only international chance could possibly be a T20 and generally that's considered a young mans game. Again, good on him for the call up but Australia have much better players for the other formats.

  • $$ milind on February 8, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    Rohrer is a good addition ... would have loved a goo no3 player as marsh would be opening .... amazingly voges and finch are their spinners ... shows the nonavailability of good spinners in Australia

  • Dummy4 on February 8, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    good on you selectors, i see that you are not only looking at eastern staters 1/4 of the team from wa hope all 3 of the boys play

  • Satish on February 8, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    Goodness me Laughlin??He cost Oz the two t20 vs Lankans,Why in the world would you keep him?Cutting and NCN for me look a btter bowling combo.They dominate the Sheild Cricket so why not T20??

  • Bryn on February 8, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    rohrer over pomersbach and still no okeefe? that is extremely hard to fathom especially when they havent chosen a spinner when there are top quality world class tweakers around like SOK and beer who has been demanding selection for the last 2 years in this form. great the NCN finally get his spot. the team should be: finch, haddin, marsh, bailey, voges, faulkner, coulter-nile, cutting, hazlewood, mckay.