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Qantas Tour of South Africa and Gillette T20 International Tri-Series squads named


January 22, 2018

The National Selection Panel have selected a 15-player squad for the Qantas Tour of South Africa and a 14-player squad for the Gillette T20 International Tri-Series against England and New Zealand.

 

Qantas Tour of South Africa squad

Name

State

Steve Smith (c )

NSW

David Warner (vc)

NSW

Cameron Bancroft

WA

Jackson Bird

TAS

Pat Cummins

NSW

Peter Handscomb

VIC

Josh Hazlewood

NSW

Jon Holland

VIC

Usman Khawaja

QLD

Nathan Lyon

NSW

Mitchell Marsh

WA

Shaun Marsh

WA

Tim Paine

TAS

Jhye Richardson

WA

Mitchell Starc

NSW

Gillette T20 International Tri-Series squad

Name

BBL Club

David Warner (c)

N/A

Aaron Finch (vc)

Melbourne Renegades

Ashton Agar

Perth Scorchers

Alex Carey

Adelaide Strikers

Ben Dwarshuis

Sydney Sixers

Travis Head

Adelaide Strikers

Chris Lynn

Brisbane Heat

Glenn Maxwell

Melbourne Stars

Kane Richardson

Melbourne Renegades

D’Arcy Short

Hobart Hurricanes

Billy Stanlake

Adelaide Strikers

Marcus Stoinis

Melbourne Stars

Andrew Tye

Perth Scorchers

Adam Zampa

Melbourne Stars

 

The squad for the Qantas Tour of South Africa will play four Test matches against South Africa, beginning in Durban on 1 March.

 

The NSP have elected to retain the same squad that successfully retained the Ashes, with the addition of West Australian fast-bowler Jhye Richardson and Victorian left-arm orthodox spinner Jon Holland.

 

Commenting on the inclusion of Holland, National Selector Trevor Hohns said: “Jon was the second leading wicket taker in the Sheffield Shield last season and has performed well in the games he has played for Victoria this season.

 

“We envisage the wickets we will see in South Africa will not warrant the need to play two spinners. Therefore, should Nathan not be able to play at any stage, we wanted to have the best specialist spinner available to us and based on current red ball form Jon warrants that spot."

 

On Richardson’s inclusion in the Test squad for the first time, he said: “Jhye is a talented right-armer that bowls with very good pace through the air. He impressed in his first One-Day International and has bowled well in the Sheffield Shield this season. He is an exciting young prospect who will benefit immensely from his time with this squad.”

 

All members of the Test squad will head to South Africa on February 15, with the exception of David Warner will who captain the Australian T20 International side.

 

Commenting on the exclusion of the Test players in the T20 side, Hohns said: “The South African Series is a very important one and we have made no secret of our desire to improve our record away from home. As such, we wanted to ensure the players had the best possible preparation and that means playing the tour match prior to the first Test.

 

On the decision for Warner to captain, he said: “Steve has had a very big summer and will benefit from a short break both physically and mentally, before he leaves for South Africa.

 

“David is a very capable leader and has captained in Steve’s absence before and done a fine job. We wanted to ensure the T20 side had key leadership throughout this Series and we know the team is in good hands with him at the helm.”

 

Meanwhile, the National Selection Panel have confirmed a 14-player squad for the Gillette T20 International Tri-Series.

 

Commenting on the squad, National T20 Selector Mark Waugh said: “We have selected a very strong batting line-up with some heavy hitters.

 

“With some players currently injured and our frontline quicks heading to South Africa it gives a great opportunity to some of the young pace-bowlers who have been selected to make their mark on the international stage.”

 

Selected in the T20 squad for the first time are Sydney Sixers fast-bowler Ben Dwarshuis, Adelaide Strikers wicket-keeper Alex Carey and Hobart Hurricanes D’Arcy Short.

 

Commenting on the inclusion of Dwarshuis, Waugh said: “Ben gives us good variety in the attack with his left-arm pace and has bowled particularly well with the new ball in the Big Bash League.”

 

On the inclusion of Carey and Short, he said: “Alex has impressed in every form he has played this year. He has been in great form in the BBL with both bat and gloves and stood up to the challenge when he had to take the gloves for an ill Tim Paine in the ODI team.”

 

“D’Arcy’s selection speaks for itself, he is the leading run scorer in the BBL and has also taken valuable wickets when handed the ball. He is in outstanding form and we look forward to seeing what he can bring to this T20 side.”

 

Meanwhile, Chris Lynn has also been included in the squad and is tracking well in his return from injury and is due to play for the Brisbane Heat in their next game on January 27.