Warner to make Aussies Twenty20 debut
New South Wales youngster David Warner will debut for Australia in tonight's Twenty20 match against South Africa at the MCG.
The 22-year-old has hammered 101 runs off only 62 balls at a strike rate of 162.90 from three domestic Twenty20 matches this season.
His form has earned him a contract in the Indian Premier League and now a dream start with the national side.
"To see the likes of Warner and (Shaun) Marsh back in the squad, or in the squad for the first time, and (Luke) Ronchi having a run around (and Ben) Hilfenhaus, this is going to be really exciting for us," coach Tim Nielsen said.
Australia is coming off nine Test matches in 11 weeks and Nielsen admits Twenty20 cricket will be a welcome change of pace.
"I think we're playing a lot of cricket at the moment because in the past there's been series that have been cancelled or had to have been delayed," Nielsen said.
"We're in a busy part of our future tours program. We have a couple of years every now and then where it's quieter, [but now] we're going into a very busy period.
"South Africa have just come off the back of that period for them so it's something we need to be aware of and we need to manage our players' programs accordingly."
Blues spinner Nathan Hauritz and Queensland all-rounder Ryan Harris were omitted from the starting side.
Ricky Ponting (c), David Warner, Shaun Marsh, Mike Hussey, David Hussey, James Hopes, Luke Ronchi, Ben Hilfenhaus, Nathan Bracken, Shaun Tait. 12th man: Ryan Harris or Nathan Hauritz.