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ESPNcricinfo Awards 2010 T20I bowling nominees: Antipodes all-stars

Aussies and Kiwis make up the bulk of the shortlist

Dustin Silgardo
15-Jan-2011
Southee: took three in three against Pakistan, but didn't stop there  •  Getty Images

Southee: took three in three against Pakistan, but didn't stop there  •  Getty Images

Shaun Tait
3 for 13 vs Pakistan
only T20I, Melbourne

Having quit first-class cricket to focus on the shorter formats, Tait vindicated his decision with a display of raw pace that saw him record the fastest ball bowled in Australia when he clocked 160.7kph with his third delivery of the match. He didn't drop below 150kph in his opening two overs and had Pakistan opener Imran Farhat edge a 152kph rocket to slip. Australia were in a tight spot, having only scored 127, when Tait took the crucial wicket of Kamran Akmal in his second spell to finish with three wickets and an economy rate of 3.45 from his four overs.
Graeme Cremer
3 for 11 vs West Indies
only T20I, Port-of-Spain

It's not often that a spinner dominates a Twenty20 match, but Zimbabwe's effort to restrict West Indies to 79 and pick up a 26-run win laid to rest the notion that Twenty20 cricket is only about big-hitting batsmen. West Indies' left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn had taken 4 for 6, which looked like it would be a match-winning performance, but legspinner Cremer spun a web of his own, dismissing Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo and Darren Sammy in a match that saw a record eight ducks.
Tim Southee
5 for 18 vs Pakistan, first T20I, Auckland

Southee ripped the heart out of the Pakistan line-up with a brutal spell that included a hat-trick and fetched him five wickets in nine deliveries. Pakistan had got off to a flyer, reaching 51 for 1 in five overs before Southee crippled the innings, using his height to generate pace and bounce on the quick, hard surface, and throwing in the odd slower ball to keep the batsmen guessing. He stopped the run-flow with the wicket of Ahmed Shehzad, then got the hat-trick in his next over, dismissing Younis Khan, Mohammad Hafeez and Umar Akmal, before getting the big-hitting Abdul Razzaq. By the time he was done, Pakistan were 68 for 6 and couldn't get to a challenging enough total.
Ian Butler
3 for 19 vs Pakistan
World T20, Barbados

Butler's last over, which went for nine, gave New Zealand a tense one-run victory. He had already played a vital role in helping his side defend 133, taking the crucial wickets of Misbah-ul-Haq and Shahid Afridi and giving away only 11 in his first three overs, but everything rode on his last six balls, with Pakistan needing 11 to win and Salman Butt, batting on 59, to take strike. Butt got two fours away, but there were two dot balls in between. The penultimate delivery was a yorker, Butt could only manage a bye, and Abdur Rehman wasn't able to get the winning runs of the final ball.
Steven Smith
3 for 20 vs West Indies
World T20, St Lucia

Before he was called up to the Ashes squad, it was in Twenty20 that Smith first announced himself as Australia's new blond, legspinning prodigy. In St Lucia he served notice of his talent with a ripping legbreak that dragged the dangerous Kieron Pollard out of his crease and had him stumped. The next ball was another classic legspinner's dismissal: Darren Sammy drove the turning ball straight into Smith's hands. West Indies might have thought Smith's overs would be a reprieve from Australia's deadly pace attack, but they lost their middle order to him instead.

Dustin Silgardo is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo