Nannes named in Aussie Twenty20 squad
Australia has named Victorian leftarmer Dirk Nannes in its Twenty20 squad to play England only months after he represented the Netherlands.
The inclusion of 33-year-old Nannes, who played for Holland at the world T20 tournament, and resting of captain Ricky Ponting are the main surprises in the national squads named on Tuesday for the seven one-day international matches and two T20 matches which follow the current Ashes series in England.
Notable omissions from the T20 squad include Mike Hussey, Nathan Bracken and Peter Siddle, all of whom are still in the ODI squad.
Chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch added a new name to the mix by employing Tasmanian wicketkeeper Tim Paine as Brad Haddin's understudy for the ODI series.
Speaking about Nannes, Hilditch said his panel was looking at using a greater number of specialists ahead of next year's World T20 in the West Indies following a disappointing result when eliminated early in this year's event in England.
"We are using the two matches against England to look at different make ups to the squad and include players who we consider T20 specialists in preparation for the ICC World T20 next year," he said.
"We are keen to look at different players as specialist T20 players in these two matches and in this instance we have selected Dirk Nannes following his strong domestic performances in recent seasons to have a look at him in the Australian set up."
Ponting's resting following the end of the Ashes series was described by Hilditch as the last chance to give him a break before 2010.
"Ricky Ponting is having his workload managed and he will return home to Australia after the fifth Test at the Oval and will miss the ODI against Scotland, the two Twenty20s and the start of the of the ODI series against England," Hilditch said.
"This is the last opportunity we have to give Ricky a break until next year, with the ICC Champions Trophy, ODIs against India and of course a full domestic summer against the West Indies and Pakistan to finish 2009."
Australian Twenty20 squad: Michael Clarke (capt), Brad Haddin (v-capt), Callum Ferguson, Nathan Hauritz, Ben Hilfenhaus, David Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Dirk Nannes, Adam Voges, David Warner, Shane Watson, Cameron White.