Australia announce T20, ODI squad for South Africa tour

Chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch felt that the tour of South Africa will be tough but the Australian team is up for the challenge Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Melbourne: Sep 28, 2011

Cricket Australia on Wednesday announced two 14-man squads for the Twenty20 and ODI for the upcoming tour of South Africa.

Speaking to the media, Chairman Andrew Hilditch said: “We consider we have picked an extremely strong Twenty20 squad, which has a good balance of experience and exciting young talent. There is flexibility in the squad to deal with conditions in South Africa as we continue to prepare for the ICC World Twenty20, which is only a year away.

“The retirement of Brad Haddin from International Twenty20 and the injury to Tim Paine, has given a well-deserved opportunity to Matthew Wade. Matthew is an extremely exciting keeper batsman who is very well equipped for Twenty20 cricket and we think he will have an immediate impact on the international scene,” Hilditch said.

“John Hastings was unavailable through injury. This has given a great opportunity to Patrick Cummins to come into the Twenty20 squad. Patrick is a very exciting fast bowler and was one of the youngest players ever to receive an Australian contract this year. We are very confident he will succeed at international level.

“The squad also sees the addition of Mitchell Marsh, an extremely talented and exciting all-rounder. Mitchell played extremely well on the recent Australia A tour of Zimbabwe and his all-round skills with bat and ball are well suited to Twenty20 cricket. We think he’s ready for the international stage,” the chairman of selectors added.

Hilditch felt the tour of South Africa will be a tough but the Australian team is up for the challenge.

“South Africa will be an extremely tough tour. South Africa is a very strong side and playing them away is always difficult. It will be another great test for the Australian side but we are confident they are up for the challenge.”

Twenty20 squad:

Cameron White (c), Shane Watson (vc), Doug Bollinger, Patrick Cummins, Aaron Finch, David Hussey, Brett Lee, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Stephen O’Keefe, James Pattinson, Steven Smith, Matthew Wade (wk), David Warner

ODI squad:

Michael Clarke (c), Shane Watson (vc), Doug Bollinger, Patrick Cummins, Xavier Doherty, Brad Haddin (wk), Mike Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Shaun Marsh, James Pattinson, Ricky Ponting, Steven Smith, David Warner