Australia in England 2009 August 11, 2009

Australia name Nannes for Twenty20s

Cricinfo staff

Two months after making his debut for Netherlands, Dirk Nannes has been given a lifeline by Australia after being named for the two Twenty20s in England following the Ashes. But Michael Hussey and Nathan Bracken have been axed from the Twenty20 squad as the selectors consider changes ahead of next year's World Twenty20.

Ricky Ponting will also rest from the two Twenty20s at Old Trafford and will miss the start of the ODI series, when he will return to Australia as part of his workload management. However, Ponting was still named as captain of the ODI squad and is expected to return to England for the back end of the one-day series.

"Ricky Ponting is having his workload managed and will return home to Australia after the fifth Test at the Oval and will miss the ODI against Scotland, the two Twenty20s and the start of the of the ODI series against England," the chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch said.

"This is the last opportunity we have to give Ricky a break until next year, with the ICC Champions Trophy, ODIs against India and of course a full domestic summer against the West Indies and Pakistan to finish 2009. The plan for him to return to Australia before rejoining the team is considered the most appropriate course of action."

Michael Clarke will captain the team in Ponting's absence and he will be in charge of a familiar-looking one-day squad. The only surprise in the ODI group was the addition of a second wicketkeeper with Tasmania's Tim Paine confirmed as the preferred one-day backup for Brad Haddin, who will act as vice-captain under Clarke.

But the axing of Hussey, Bracken and Peter Siddle from the Twenty20 line-up gives a strong indication that the selectors will consider a more specialist squad for the World Twenty20 in the West Indies early next year. Australia's poor showing at this year's event in England led to criticism of the selectors for not choosing more Twenty20 specialists.

The addition of Nannes, 33, is the major surprise after he failed to make the 30-man preliminary group for this year's World Twenty20 despite being the best bowler in Australia's domestic Twenty20 competition over the past two years. Nannes' Dutch passport allowed him to play for Netherlands this year but the selectors are keen to see him in Australian colours.

"The National Selection Panel is using the two matches against England to look at different make-ups to the squad and include players who we consider Twenty20 specialists in preparation for the ICC World Twenty20 next year," Hilditch said. "We obviously know what Mike Hussey and Nathan Bracken are capable of in one-day and Twenty20 cricket but with limited opportunities at international level in this format of the game we wanted to look at different players as we look to improve our Twenty20 performances. Their omissions do not mean we won't look to them for the World Twenty20.

"With respect to the one-day side, we have picked a team that we believe can do well against England, but with a view to preparing for the ICC Champions Trophy in South Africa which follows directly after the series. The one new face is Tim Paine. Tim performed outstandingly in the recent Australia A series and we thought it was necessary to have a second wicketkeeper on tour."

ODI squad Shane Watson, Michael Clarke, Ricky Ponting (capt), Michael Hussey, Callum Ferguson, Brad Haddin, Tim Paine, James Hopes, Cameron White, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Nathan Hauritz, Peter Siddle, Nathan Bracken, Ben Hilfenhaus.

Twenty20 squad David Warner, Shane Watson, Michael Clarke (capt), Callum Ferguson, David Hussey, Adam Voges, Brad Haddin, Cameron White, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Nathan Hauritz, Ben Hilfenhaus, Dirk Nannes.

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  • Daniel on August 14, 2009, 13:53 GMT

    What does Brad Hodge need to do to get a game. Australia need to put their best side on the park regardless of any hidden agendas!

  • Luke on August 14, 2009, 5:31 GMT

    Who cares! Sekharbobba, what eactly is the importance of 20/20? Is it the interruption of international test cricket while increasing the injury rate of cricketers? Is it an opportunity for India to further consolidate their power base in World cricket? Perhaps it is the lucrative enticement for cricketers to retire or exclude test cricket altogether. Or maybe it is because there is cricket on constantly so players play too much which leads to the injury rates and retirement mentioned above. I wish selectors just picked blokes who they don't generally consider for test cricket and maybe they'll spot some potential. The issue with this is that players like Ferguson will be unlikely to wear the baggy green when they are more than just hitters. This 20/20 rubbish is BAD for cricket.

  • hayden on August 12, 2009, 23:24 GMT

    id have rather have seen shaun tait in the team over nannes, but the selectors seem to think they can only have him or lee in the team not both! leave nannes for the dutch! we have so many fast bowlers fighting for spots i dont think australia needed to widen the list of candidates even more!

  • shravan on August 12, 2009, 12:15 GMT

    It a good move by the aussie. And Nannes is good Bowler. Its a good side

  • Jonathon on August 12, 2009, 11:08 GMT


    Marsh is/has been injured.Good sides overall good job Selectors:)

  • Matthew on August 11, 2009, 16:17 GMT

    Reckon not caring about T20 and concentrating on cricket (yes I meant to write it like that as T20 isn't cricket) is about the only thing the Australian selectors have been doing right the past few years.

  • Ramakrishnan on August 11, 2009, 11:18 GMT

    The continued inclusion of Cameron White and exclusion of Shaun Marsh is baffling.

  • Amit on August 11, 2009, 11:12 GMT

    Removing Ricky, Hussey and Bracken from the T20 side is a good move.This team looks far better than one played in T20 WC.

  • Neil on August 11, 2009, 10:23 GMT

    Nannes is a great cricketer, but doesn't his selection for Netherlands exclude him from representing Australia? I know that he is an Aussie by birth, but surely you can't keep chopping and changing international sides as though they were MLB teams.

  • venkata on August 11, 2009, 6:02 GMT

    finally Australian selectors realizing the importance of twenty 20.

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