Australia recall Stoinis, Behrendorff for T20s, pace-trio rested
Jason Behrendorff. (Getty Image)

Fast bowler Jason Behrendorff and allrounder Marcus Stoinis were included in Australia’s 13-man squad for T20I series against South Africa and India, while the pace trio of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins has been rested keeping an eye on the Test series against India starting November 6 in Adelaide.

In their absence, Behrendorff will share the fast-bowling responsibilities alongside Billy Stanlake, Andrew Tye and Nathan Coulter-Nile. Mitchell Marsh, Peter Siddle and Nathan Lyon found no place in the squad, a call that has been taken considering Australia’s busy schedule ahead.

“We know coming off the back of the tour to the UAE, a huge summer at home, and the World Cup and Ashes just around the corner that we have to get the balance right between playing our best T20 team and preparing for the upcoming Test series,” said coach and selector Justin Langer. “While I know all four (Starc, Siddle, Lyon and Marsh) have a desire to be playing cricket for Australia in every format, with a really tough Test series against India coming up, we believe their best preparation is to go back and get some really good cricket under their belts in the Sheffield Shield.”

Behrendorff’s progress has been hampered by injuries but the 20-year-old dished out impressive returns during his debut last year against India. In Guwahati, Behrendorff took 4 for 21, including the wickets of Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and captain Virat Kohli. However, that last was the last T20I series he played for Australia after suffering a chronic back injury.

“We welcome Marcus Stoinis and Jason Behrendorff back into the T20 squad for the upcoming matches against South Africa and India,” Langer added. “It (India series) gave us more evidence of how devastating he can be with the new ball. Tactically we believe it’s important to have a good left-arm swing bowler at our disposal for the four matches.”

Stoinis was part of the triangular series in Zimbabwe but missed the T20 series after he picked up a hamstring injury during the T20 Blast in England. “Marcus missed our recent T20 matches in the UAE because he hadn’t resumed bowling, but now he’s back to full fitness he’ll add great depth to the squad. Marcus is such a versatile player, he’s a powerful middle order batsman and he provides us with another solid bowling option,” Langer said.

Australia will play a one-off T20I against South Africa at Carrara Oval in Queensland on November 17 before turning their focus to India with three T20 games at Brisbane (November 21), Melbourne (November 23) and Sydney (November 25).

Australia’s T20 squad vs SA and India: Aaron Finch (c), Alex Carey (vc), Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, D`Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa