Waugh brothers vouch for Ben Rohrer's selection in Australian T20 team

Ben Rohrer scored a quick-fire half-century for Sydney Sixers against Melbourne Renegades in this year’s Big Bash League © Getty Images

Sydney: Jan 12, 2013

Steve Waugh and Mark Waugh believe the 31-year-old Ben Rohrer should be given a go in the Australian T20 side.

The left-handed batsman has done well in this year’s Big Bash League with Melbourne Renegades, with his most recent knock of a fast-paced 57 at the SCG coming against Sydney Sixers.

The Waugh brothers likened him to Michael Bevan and believed that his current form warranted a selection in the national side.

”The way Ben is playing, well, I think he’s been one of the Big Bash League’s best batsmen,” said Mark Waugh, as reported by Sydney Morning Herald

”He has always been a good player but I think he’s always had limited batting opportunities for NSW batting at six or seven.

”He’s been given more responsibility at the Renegades and improved out of sight as a result of that, sometimes a player needs a chance. He’s shown us a different side to his game. He looks to be a lot more powerful, he looks more expansive in his stroke-play and he’s hitting more boundaries rather than scoring the ones and twos he was always good at getting.

”He can improvise and has all the shots. He’s batting with a lot of confidence and when people are in form like that it’s time to test them at a higher level.”

Steve felt that the soft-spoken Rohrer had a lot to offer in the shortest format of the game.

“I think he has a great temperament, his skills are good and I can see no reason why he won’t play T20 for Australia,” he said. ”He chips the ball, he finds good angles and is smart; he’s a lot like Michael Bevan was when he first played the 50-over game, the format seems to really work for him, ” he said.