Yesterday was one of the better days of Shane Harwood's cricket career, a few hours after getting the nod for Victoria's Sheffield Shield final team, the 35-year-old's one-match international career was restarted.
The intimidating paceman, who this week was named in the all-star teams for the Ford Ranger Cup and Big Bash, was rewarded by Australian selectors with a call-up for the two Twenty20 matches against South Africa this month.
Harwood, who will play for the Rajasthan Royals in the upcoming Indian Premier League season, said he almost gave up on his international career when overlooked for Australia's two Twenty20 matches this summer.
"I've been pretty consistent with the Twenty20 and the one-day format for a few years, and I managed one game (for Australia in 2007). I just thought they were looking at possibly going for the youth … so I thought I was going to struggle a little bit," he said.
Harwood and David Warner have been selected only for the two Twenty20 matches.
The major changes in the 14-man Australian squad for the five one-dayers against South Africa were the inclusions of Tasmanian Brett Geeves and Queenslander Ben Laughlin, who have been promoted to allow Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus to recover from niggling injuries.