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Dirk Nannes

Dirk Nannes on duty for Holland during this year's ICC World Twenty20. He looks unlikely to play for them again

Dirk Nannes was stunned to learn of his inclusion in the Australia squad for the two Twenty20 internationals against England.

Despite playing for Holland in the recent ICC World Twenty20, Nannes is permitted to represent Australia because Holland are associate members of the International Cricket Council and do not have full membership rights.

However, if he plays for Australia he will not be allowed to represent Holland again.

Nannes admitted he thought he had done something wrong when he answered a call from Cricket Australia's general manager of operations Michael Brown.

"I was sitting at home and the phone rang and it was Michael Brown. He normally calls either if you're selected or you've done something wrong and I was scratching my brain to work out what I'd done wrong because I had no idea there were even Twenty20s in England - I hadn't even looked. Complete surprise!" Nannes said.

"It hasn't sunk in for me but my wife was jumping up and down."

The 33-year-old, who has performed superbly for Victoria in the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash tournaments in Australia, thought he would never get the chance to represent Australia after he was overlooked for the World Twenty20.

"Bizarre the way the world turns, isn't it? At the time I certainly didn't think I'd get a go," he said. "But at the time I didn't really know there was another Twenty20 World Cup coming up next year again.

“Certainly when you're growing up as a kid you think about it but cricket's been a bit of a whirlwind for me, starting so late, and it's kind of crept along and crept along.


The Holland players enjoy their shock victory over England at Lord's in June, the "best sporting moment" in Nannes' career

“One day I'm playing for Victoria, which I thought was amazing, the next day I got the IPL gig and then I'm playing in the World Cup for Holland - and then this.

“It's all a bit bizarre and it's probably going to be in 10 years when I sit down and go, ‘Geez, I've done some pretty good things’.”

Playing against England will hold no fears for Nannes, having helped Holland to a historic final-ball victory over the host nation in the opening World Twenty20 game at Lord's in June.

“That moment was probably the best sporting moment I've had and I'll never forget that,” he added.

"It was good fun, and it was certainly unique because everyone there, they're all amateurs. I was playing with a Burger King manager and a debt collector and an insurance salesman and they were just having fun playing cricket.

“It's a super plus for me that I've done that. Who knows whether I would have been selected if I didn't play for them. I had a great experience there and it's done me a world of good.”

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