Australia turn to Nannes
Left-arm pace bowler Dirk Nannes has been named in Australia’s Twenty20 squad to face England despite representing Holland in the ICC World Twenty20.
Skipper Ricky Ponting will not only miss both Twenty20 games against England but also the one-day international against Scotland and the start of the NatWest Series, as he returns home to rest after the final Ashes Test. Michael Clarke will captain the side in his absence.
Responding to the failure to advance from the group stages of the ICC World Twenty20 in June, the selectors have left out Mike Hussey and Nathan Bracken.
Instead, they have turned to Nottinghamshire’s Adam Voges and 33-year-old Nannes, who has been the premier bowler in Australia’s domestic Twenty20 competition in the last two years, helping Victoria to a third successive title in 2007-08 and then to the final again this year.
Having regularly been overlooked by Australia, a disillusioned Nannes instead opted to play for Holland.
The 33-year-old can still represent Australia, though, because Holland are an associate rather than full member of the International Cricket Council.
“In this instance we have selected Dirk Nannes following his strong domestic performances in recent seasons to have a look at him in the Australian set up,” said Andrew Hilditch, chairman of the national selection panel.
"Adam Voges also comes into the side, with his batting, fielding and left-arm orthodox spin adding versatility to the team's make-up."
Wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Paine, meanwhile, has been included in the one-day squad as back-up for Brad Haddin.
"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," Hilditch said.
"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.
"Tim has been picked not only because he is an excellent wicketkeeper but because he has opened the batting in this form of the game with great success, which gives us good versatility if Brad Haddin misses any of the ODIs."
Hilditch added: “Notable omissions from the Twenty20 squad are Mike Hussey, Peter Siddle and Nathan Bracken.
“The NSP 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.
“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.”
Injury-plagued fast bowler Shaun Tait was overlooked for the limited-overs leg of the tour due to a side strain suffered during the Emerging Players Tournament last month.
England and Australia meet at Old Trafford in Twenty20 internationals on August 30 and September 1, before the seven-match NatWest Series gets under way at the Brit Oval on September 4.
Australia ODI squad: Ricky Ponting (captain), Michael Clarke, Nathan Bracken, Callum Ferguson, Brad Haddin, Nathan Hauritz, Ben Hilfenhaus, James Hopes, Mike Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Tim Paine, Peter Siddle, Shane Watson, Cameron White.
Australia Twenty20 squad: Michael Clarke (captain), Brad Haddin, Callum Ferguson, Nathan Hauritz, Ben Hilfenhaus, David Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Dirk Nannes, Adam Voges, David Warner, Shane Watson, Cameron White.