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Muirhead and Lynn in Australia's T20 squad

Brydon Coverdale

January 20, 2014

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Muirhead surprised, Doolan and Bird pleased

Legspinner James Muirhead and batsman Chris Lynn will be in line for international debuts after being named in Australia's Twenty20 squad to take on England. Aaron Finch has been named vice-captain to George Bailey for the three-match T20 series that follows the ODIs, with Cameron White and Mitchell Starc both back in the reckoning along with Josh Hazlewood, Ben Cutting and Moises Henriques.

The most surprising selection was that of Muirhead, 20, who has played only four Twenty20 matches in his career, including only two for the Melbourne Stars this summer for a return of one wicket. However, Muirhead did bowl well in the Prime Minister's XI match against England in Canberra, where he took 3 for 52, and he also played against England in two other tour games earlier in the summer.

"We'll select the 15-man squad for the T20 World Cup in the middle of February and we're looking at spin-bowling options," John Inverarity, the national selector, said. "There are a number of spin-bowling options. Xavier Doherty of course has strong claims, Brad Hogg still has strong claims and we're interested in a legspinner also.

"So we're having a look at James Muirhead this time. He's a young man and he's impressed this season when he's played against England. He's a young man who really puts a lot on the ball and his legbreak turns. He's in the squad for the experience and if he plays I'm sure that he'll be striving to make the most of the opportunity."

Legspinner James Muirhead finished with 3 for 52, Prime Minister's XI v England XI, Tour match, Canberra, January 14, 2014
James Muirhead has impressed the selectors in tour matches against England this season © Getty Images

The inclusion of Lynn was less of a surprise as he has been one of state cricket's most promising young batsmen for several seasons, and this summer has 197 BBL runs at 32.83. A clean striker of the ball for the Brisbane Heat and Queensland, Lynn also impressed the selectors with his 104 and 61 not out when he was drafted into the Western Australia Chairman's XI that took on England before the first Ashes Test.

"[He] had a difficult season last season and wasn't included in Queensland's first Sheffield Shield match," Inverarity said of Lynn. "He came here to play against England for the Western Australia XI and made a century, and hasn't looked back. He's a fine striker of the ball."

James Faulkner is the only member of Australia's Test squad to tour South Africa who will also be part of the T20s against England, with other senior T20 players such as David Warner and Shane Watson to focus on their Test preparations. Starc will be back for his first internationals since the Ashes tour of England, having missed the home Ashes with a back injury.

"Mitchell Starc has a fine record in international T20 cricket and is an important player in our ICC World Twenty20 campaign," Inverarity said. "It is anticipated that he will be ready to perform by the end of this month."

Twenty20 squad George Bailey (capt), Aaron Finch (vice-capt), Daniel Christian, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ben Cutting, James Faulkner, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, James Muirhead, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade (wk), Cameron White.

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Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 2:49 GMT)

Great to see White back only problem I have is only 6 batsman for a T20 squad it's way to heavy on bowling and a lot to ask from the batsman imo

Posted by BradmanBestEver on (January 22, 2014, 8:16 GMT)

I am liking these selections muchly.If only Invers had gone with youth for the test squad selection also - then we would be well and truly on the main road.

Selection of Marsh is taking us on a short detour before we realize we went the wrong way

Posted by antselector on (January 21, 2014, 10:13 GMT)

Mike Hussey must have said no.. Chris Lynn is a great selection and is a real impact batsmen- he will never play test cricket but what a dynamic hitter and great fielder. 20 year old leg spinner.... Please, if he is quality and potential, why the hell would you test him in T20? Nurture him and take him on OS tours, not send him to the slaughter in this form of the game. Cutting has huge potential but needs to get smarter with his bowling when he gets some stick, again a dynamic hitter. Haddin deserves a rest and don't want to see his technique ruined by too much T20, but agree that Paine is miles ahead of Wade currently. A pretty good squad, but Hoggy over the young dude just makes total sense

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 6:53 GMT)

I like Wade, but there's heaps of better keepers now, Paine, Hartley, Ludeman, Whiteman, stop living in the past selectors..

Posted by Chris_P on (January 21, 2014, 6:37 GMT)

Before seeing Muirhead I would have suggested Zampa, but Muirhead has really impressed me in the games I have seen him play. Most of these guys have performed really well in the BBL although Wade was very lucky to get in. I would say he has been the worst keeper on show out of the 8, way behind Paine, Whiteman, Carters & Hanscomb. Really am impressed with Whiteman, he is worth following.

Posted by cricketsubh on (January 21, 2014, 6:13 GMT)

bad selection to pick murirhead he just 20 he need time to grow picking him in the aus team now is not right okeef should be picked

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 3:41 GMT)

well honestly they should keep wade for this series and then try haddin and paine in other series to make the perfect squad for the world cup of course considerin they get the rest of the squad right!

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 0:34 GMT)

How did Michael Klinger not make this team? One of the best performed openers of the tournament. Highest average of the top 5 run scorers for the tournament. Even batted though an entire 20 overs in a match winning performance for the Strikers..

These selectors are smoking CRACK. Henriques out for Klinger, Muirhead out for Hogg. Cheers.

Posted by hmmmmm... on (January 20, 2014, 23:42 GMT)

paine is so much better than wade...why persist? wade can't keep and is an inconsistent bat.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 22:30 GMT)

What did Coulter-Nile do wrong? He was 12 man in each of the 5 Ashes test. Then he comes into the one day team... and he's currently leading wicket-taker. Now he's been dumped from the tour of South Africa?

That's... harsh!

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