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Stoinis, Behrendorff called up as Australia rest Test regulars for T20Is


AUSTRALIA T20I SQUAD

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Marcus Stoinis missed the T20I series against Pakistan in the UAE. © Getty

All-rounder Marcus Stoinis and seamer Jason Behrendorff have been named in a 13-man squad for Australia’s forthcoming T20I assignments against South Africa and India. The Aaron Finch-led side has several big name absentees including Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle and Mitchell Marsh with an eye on the Test series against India that follows these four T20 games.

Australia’s T20 squad vs SA and India: Aaron Finch (c), Alex Carey (vc), Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, D`Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa

Stoinis missed Australia’s defeat to Pakistan in a one-off T20I in UAE last month with a hamstring injury picked up at the T20 Blast in England compromising his bowling. He returned to action in the ongoing ODI series against South Africa, claiming three wickets in Australia’s Perth defeat.

“We welcome Marcus Stoinis and Jason Behrendorff back into the T20 squad for the upcoming matches against South Africa and India,” head coach and national selector Justin Langer said.

“Marcus missed our recent T20 matches in the UAE because he hadn’t resumed bowling, but now he’s back to full fitness he’ll add great depth to the squad. Marcus is such a versatile player, he’s a powerful middle order batsman and he provides us with another solid bowling option.”

Meanwhile, Behrendorff will look to add to his T20I appearances for Australia, which incidentally came 12 months ago in India. The 28-year-old hogged the spotlight with his match-winning figures of 4 for 21 in Australia’s victory in Guwahati, a performance that caught the eye of IPL franchises, earning him a contract with Mumbai Indians.

However, a chronic back injury flared up once more ruling him out of the remainder of Australia’s domestic season and IPL 2018. Behrendorff returned to action earlier this season, claiming five wickets from two List A games for Western Australia. He also claimed 3 for 35 in a recent tour game against the visiting South African side.

“Jason Behrendorff has also earned a spot in the squad after returning to full fitness. It was exciting to see him bow well in the JLT Cup and in the recent Prime Minister’s XI match, and it gave us more evidence of how devastating he can be with the new ball. Tactically we believe it’s important to have a good left-arm swing bowler at our disposal for the four matches,” Langer said.

Langer also added that the decision to leave senior players like Starc and Lyon out of the squad was in keeping with Australia’s busy summer schedule ahead.

“We know coming off the back of the tour to the UAE, a huge summer at home, and the World Cup and Ashes just around the corner that we have to get the balance right between playing our best T20 team and preparing for the upcoming Test series.”

“While I know all four have a desire to be playing cricket for Australia in every format, with a really tough Test series against India coming up, we believe their best preparation is to go back and get some really good cricket under their belts in the Sheffield Shield.”

Australia will play a one-off T20I against South Africa at Carrara Oval in Queensland on November 17 before turning their focus to India with three T20 games at Brisbane (November 21), Melbourne (November 23) and Sydney (November 25).

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