Australia squad - Twenty20 Series 2014

George Bailey

While Bailey’s maiden Test series did not go entirely to plan in the Ashes – an average showing saw him dropped from the squad that will tackle South Africa – he remains a fine limited-overs batsman and astute captain.

Aaron Finch

A thorn in England’s side over the last six months, Finch has developed into a consistent performer that belies his swashbuckling style. A century in the first one-day international illustrated that, while England will not forget his remarkable Twenty20-best 156 at the Ageas Bowl last summer in a hurry.

Daniel Christian

A canny all-rounder, Christian has made a good living on the worldwide Twenty20 circuit without ever really producing substantial returns in international cricket. He will be desperate to make an impact with a World Twenty20 just months away.

Nathan Coulter-Nile

A fast bowler who has ability with the bat, Coulter-Nile is yet to make a lasting impression in the international arena and is among those who need to perform as he aims to earn a spot in Australia’s World Twenty20 party.

Ben Cutting

A tall paceman capable of extracting bounce and big-hitting batsman, Cutting was in and around the Australia set-up in 2013 without nailing down a regular pace. Much like Coulter-Nile and Christian, he has a great opportunity to make an impact.

James Faulkner

A fiery all-rounder, the destructive lower-order batsman and excellent death bowler was ruled out of the series by a knee injury. With the bat, he was beginning to establish himself as a Michael Bevan-esque star in one-day cricket as his sublime 69 not out in the second ODI, which followed a maiden format ton in India, showed.

Josh Hazlewood

The fresh-faced seamer has played just two ODIs and as many Twenty20s but continues to be chosen in Australia squads. Clearly one for the future, he is just 23 years old.

Moises Henriques

Like many of his colleagues in the squad, Henriques is a bit-part player. However, he has appeared across all formats and is one of the bits-and-pieces all-rounders that can be so useful in the shortest form. After the first game he was called up to the Test tour of South Africa.

Chris Lynn

An explosive batsman who is uncapped at all levels, Lynn is someone Australia are keen to have a look at before the World Twenty20. His short-form domestic record is excellent, with the Queenslander – who is just 23 years of age – averaging just under 30 at a strike-rate around 140.

Glenn Maxwell

A wily off-spinner and useful hitter down the order, Maxwell is still best known as the man who barely played after being bought for in excess of $1million by Indian Premier League franchise Mumbai Indians. Having impressed on Australia’s tour of India, he continued his momentum with a decent showing in the ODIs against England.

James Muirhead

A leg-spinner with minimal experience to say the least, Australia have taken a punt on Muirhead. The tweaker claimed three wickets versus England in a warm-up game on this tour but boasts just two first-class appearances.

Mitchell Starc

A promising left-arm paceman, Starc has fallen down the pecking order due to the re-emergence of Mitchell Johnson as a force. He will see this series as a great chance to get back to the front of the selectors’ minds.

Matthew Wade

The wicketkeeper replaced the rested Brad Haddin for last two games of the ODI series. Wade, like Haddin an attacking batsman, has not delivered on his limited-overs promise, losing his place as first-choice gloveman. However, he is certainly capable of being destructive on his day.

Cameron White

A fine batsman and part-time leg-spinner, White has previously captained Australia in the limited-overs formats and possesses a good record. Somerset fans still talk of his ludicrous 141 not out during a stint with the club and, should he regain his best form, the veteran is sure to cause England problems.

Kane Richardson

The promising paceman replaced Faulkner in the squad on the eve of the series. Richardson, who was bought for $700,000 by Pune Warriors and played three games in the 2013 IPL, possesses a threatening yorker.

Brad Hodge

The 39-year-old batsman, having not represented his country for six years, was surprisingly called up after Henriques was added to Australia’s Test squad to face South Africa. Hodge, who has played domestic cricket all round the world, is the leading scorer in T20 history.

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