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Australia call up Rohrer and Coulter-Nile

Brydon Coverdale

February 8, 2013

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Nathan Coulter-Nile celebrates a wicket, Adelaide Strikers v Perth Scorchers, Big Bash League 2012-13, Adelaide, January 10, 2013
Nathan Coulter-Nile could make his debut for Australia next week © Getty Images
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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.

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Posted by   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.

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 1:31 GMT)

Please no Laughlin, he has bowled poorly all the time

Posted by Ozcricketwriter 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.

Posted by Cereshamish on (February 9, 2013, 0:42 GMT)

I would have liked to see Richardson in the squad

Posted by   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

Posted by Dashgar 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.

Posted by class9ryan 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

Posted by   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

Posted by Thefakebook 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??

Posted by jonesy2 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.

Posted by venkatesh018 on (February 8, 2013, 7:19 GMT)

By any yardstick, this is Australia's second XI(or maybe third). But we should appreciate the Broadcasters, Sponsors who have put aside their commercial considerations and given first priority to the Aussie Test tour of India. Hope this will happen someday in India !

Posted by venkatesh018 on (February 8, 2013, 7:14 GMT)

BCCI , learn a lesson from the ACB if you can. Irrespective of the result of the Test series, the Aussies have done the right thing by prioritizing the Indian Tour and giving enough time for their players to acclimatise in India.

Posted by MrArmchairCricket on (February 8, 2013, 6:33 GMT)

okay.. O'Keefe fans, I understand your pain, I am a Brad Hodge fan, I have been through this... SOK is currently injured, and could not be considered..

Posted by sifter132 on (February 8, 2013, 5:03 GMT)

It's an indictment that they can't find a spinner to try. Steve O'Keefe in particular must have done something terribly wrong, even if T20 isn't his best format. Having been snubbed for India, this would be a good olive branch from the selectors 'hey mate, you're going well - we haven't forgotten you, keep it up', but nope 6 fast bowlers is the answer...Aaron O'Brien had a useful BBL, Brad Hogg was good enough to be in the team 6mths ago, but not now...(if age is the argument, why pick Haddin???) Brad Young did well on return and would add some novelty to a game that badly needs some at the end of a long summer. Cameron Boyce and Adam Zampa would have been bold gambits to promote wrist spin, but they weren't the worst in the BBL.

But I'm glad they are bowler heavy at least. Faulkner and Coulter-Nile are good enough for 7 and 8 in a T20. If you are relying on batsmen that far down, you are screwed anyway. Better to have the extra bowling options.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2013, 4:22 GMT)

Brad Haddin retired from T20I a while back

Posted by MrArmchairCricket on (February 8, 2013, 3:49 GMT)

Aside from Haddin, I don't actually mind this squad... though there is a distinct lack of spin bowling.

Posted by Sachit1979 on (February 8, 2013, 3:48 GMT)

Strange!!! No spinners in the squad that has to play against WI. Atleast O'keefe should have got chance in this team. Looks like CA selectors are investing just too much on pacers. I think they need to realize that their team's weakness at this moment is spin not fast bowling.

Posted by landl47 on (February 8, 2013, 3:26 GMT)

Good to see NCN and Hazlewood joining Cutting and Faulkner in the squad. Australia's young fast bowling talent is magnificent. Unfortunately the same can't be said for the spin bowling and batting; no spinners and Ben Rohrer, who will be 32 next month, is the batting debutant.

And what's Laughlin still doing in the squad? He's given absolutely no indication that he's international class.

Posted by Mr_Chrisco on (February 8, 2013, 3:22 GMT)

Really disapointing to see only one Brisbane Heat member selected for this team. It would be nice if the selectors would actually say why they wont choose all of the top performers and mention what those players need to do to be selected. Whilst I'm undoubtably biased, being from Brisbane, but Pomers, Christian and Joe Burns should be given a go.

Stop picking teams on potential, pick them on form and Australia might start winning consistently.

Great to see Rohrer getting a go and Finchy getting another opportunity.

Posted by steve_mcking1 on (February 8, 2013, 2:58 GMT)

about time NCN was given an opportunity. now let's hear from O'Keefe and Butterworth... these three are crying out for a chance!

Posted by Chiller38 on (February 8, 2013, 2:38 GMT)

I must say that is about time Coulter-Nile got a look in. This bloke has been performing consistenly for the past 2 years and deserves his chance on the numbers produced alone.

He could be the next great all rounder for Australia in all forms of the game. He bowls quick, bats well and is an outstanding fielder.

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (February 8, 2013, 1:55 GMT)

Happy to see this "rotation" now that the series is decided. Hope Hazlewood and Counter-Nile get a show, as they are both very good - although Hazlewood is yet to prove his potential, IMHO. The selectors made the mistake vs SL of changing half the team after the first game when AUS has a big win, then again for the 3rd game. They ended up with egg on their faces.

Posted by Andrew202 on (February 8, 2013, 1:53 GMT)

I'd love to have an explanation of why Josh Hazlewood is favoured by the selectors because, to date, I've yet to see any reasons for this. He has rarely produced any performance of note.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (February 8, 2013, 1:50 GMT)

We have picked 4 quicks that like to bang it into the pitch, West Indies should make 200. SUrely could've picked someone capable of bowling a yourker like Richardson.

Posted by bobagorof on (February 8, 2013, 1:17 GMT)

Good to see the selectors prioritising the India series. Perhaps next season they can look at not scheduling matches so close together, as a way of dealing with the inevitable backlash from fans about not having any 'star' players.

I also note that there's no spinner in this side, so it will be interesting to see how Bailey manages to get the overs bowled within time.

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