Siddle, Haddin back for T20
Sydney - Paceman Peter Siddle and wicketkeeper Brad Haddin have returned to Australia's squad for next weekend's Twenty20 match with Sri Lanka in Perth after injury, selectors said on Monday.
Siddle is available for Sunday's game after a lengthy rehabilitation from a back injury, while Haddin has returned to full fitness following an elbow complaint.
Haddin's return meant there was no place available for Tasmanian wicketkeeper Tim Paine, who played in the Test and one-day series in India this month.
"It’s exciting to see the return of Peter Siddle and Brad Haddin into international cricket," chairperson of selectors Andrew Hilditch said.
"Peter is a key bowler in all forms of the game and has made a return from injury and is now ready to take his place in the Australia Twenty20 squad.
"It is unfortunate for Tim Paine, having played so well for Australia recently, to miss out on this squad but Brad has made a very good recovery from his elbow injury and is an established member of our side in all forms of the game."
Hilditch said the squad assembles some of Australia's best young talent as they broaden their international experience.
"Players like Steve Smith, Stephen O’Keefe and John Hastings have exciting all-round skills for T20 cricket and it will be great to see them against a very strong Sri Lanka squad."
Hilditch said senior Australian players Mike Hussey and Mitchell Johnson, were not considered for the T20 match ahead of the Ashes series squad selection.
But he said they will be available for selection in the Western Australia-South Australia Sheffield Shield match, beginning in Adelaide on Friday.