Australia Announce T20I Squad For Series Against South Africa and India
Australia have recalled allrounder Marcus Stoinis and pacer Jason Behrendorff in their T20I squad for the upcoming season against India and South Africa.
The hosts have opted to leave out Mitchell Marsh, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon and Peter Siddle, keeping in mind the upcoming Test series against India. Both Marsh and Lyon were both left out of the ODI squad for the ongoing series against South Africa in order to be rested ahead of a “busy summer schedule”. And the selectors have left the duo out again so that the two can continue to play Sheffield Shield cricket.
“We know coming off the back of the tour to the UAE, a huge summer at home, and the World Cup and Ashes just around the corner that we have to get the balance right between playing our best T20 team and preparing for the upcoming Test series,” Australia coach Justin Langer said.
“While I know all four have a desire to be playing cricket for Australia in every format, with a really tough Test series against India coming up, we believe their best preparation is to go back and get some really good cricket under their belts in the Sheffield Shield.”
Stoinis, meanwhile, returns to the T20I squad for the firs time after the triangular tournament in Zimbabwe mid-year. A hamstring injury had ruled him out of the three-match series against Pakistan in UAE last month. Australia had gone on to lose the series 3-0. The allrounder recently returned to action during the first ODI against South Africa. He impressed straightaway by picking up three wickets.
“We welcome Marcus Stoinis and Jason Behrendorff back into the T20 squad for the upcoming matches against South Africa and India,” Langer said.
“Marcus missed our recent T20 matches in the UAE because he hadn’t resumed bowling. But now he’s back to full fitness he’ll add great depth to the squad. Marcus is such a versatile player, he’s a powerful middle order batsman. And he provides us with another solid bowling option.”
Behrendorff, on the other hand, played the last of his two T20Is in October last year during the tour of India. He had made a big impact on his debut with a match-winning spell of 4 for 21. But he soon found himself on the sidelines for a lengthy spell due to a chronic back injury.
The left-arm pacer returned to action earlier this season, claiming five wickets from two List A games for Western Australia. He also claimed 3 for 35 in a recent tour game against the visiting South African side.
“Jason Behrendorff has also earned a spot in the squad after returning to full fitness. It was exciting to see him bow well in the JLT Cup and in the recent Prime Minister’s XI match, and it gave us more evidence of how devastating he can be with the new ball. Tactically we believe it’s important to have a good left-arm swing bowler at our disposal for the four matches,” Langer said.
Australia will play a one-off T20I against South Africa at Carrara Oval in Queensland on November 17. The hosts will then welcome India for a three-match series, starting November 21.
Australia’s T20 squad:
Aaron Finch (c), Alex Carey (vc), Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, D`Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa
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