Twenty20 call-up surprises Ben Hilfenhaus
Shaun Tait's emotional woes have given Tasmanian swing bowler Ben Hilfenhaus an unexpected lifeline back into the Australian squad.
Hilfenhaus, who burst on to the Australian scene during a breakthrough season last year, was surprised to discover he had been named in the Twenty20 squad to take on India at the MCG tomorrow.
The 24-year-old former bricklayer has had a miserable season, taking 16 first-class wickets at 49 and eight domestic one-day wickets at 33.
But Tait's physical and mental breakdown has allowed Hilfenhaus back into the frame to join Brett Lee, Ashley Noffke and Nathan Bracken as the quicks in the Twenty20 squad.
Skipper Ricky Ponting was named despite a niggling back injury, while opener Matthew Hayden, who has hamstring tightness, and Mitchell Johnson were rested.
Victorian batsman David Hussey, 30, will make his long-awaited debut for Australia, joining brother Mike.
In their junior playing days in Perth, it was widely thought David was the more talented Hussey sibling, and he gets his chance after averaging 47 at a strike rate of 153 in domestic Twenty20 matches this season.
Michael Clarke continued his path to the Australian captaincy by being named vice-captain, ahead of the retiring Adam Gilchrist.
INJURED Indian paceman R. P. Singh will miss the one-day tri-series and batsman Yuvraj Singh is also an injury concern, the Board of Control for Cricket in India said yesterday.
R. P. Singh suffered a hamstring injury during the fourth Test in Adelaide.
He will need three weeks to recover and will be replaced by Munaf Patel, who is returning after a spell out of the national side because of poor fitness.
Yuvraj will miss the start of the one-day series, which also involves Sri Lanka, because of a knee injury suffered while training.
The BCCI said Manoj Tiwari would be flown in as standby.
Yuvraj will consult an orthopedic surgeon in Melbourne, although he hopes to regain fitness for the one-dayer against Australia at the MCG on Sunday week.