Watson back for SA T20

2014-10-20 07:36
Shane Watson (Gallo)

Sydney - Ben Dunk was named on Monday as wicketkeeper for Australia in their Twenty20 series against South Africa, while veteran Shane Watson returns from injury.

Australia, captained by Aaron Finch, play three games against the Proteas starting on November 5 in Adelaide, with Dunk among a host of fresh faces in the 13-man squad.

With regular wicket-keeper Brad Haddin among those still in the United Arab Emirates on Test duty against Pakistan when the T20 series begins, Dunk leapfrogged other potential glovemen including Tim Paine and former Australian keeper Matt Wade.

His elevation follows his 229 not out in a record domestic one-day innings for Tasmania on Saturday.

"The squad itself includes a good blend of youth and experience, providing Aaron with multiple options with both bat and ball," said national selector Rod Marsh.

"We've seen some good form recently from players such as Cameron White, Nathan Reardon, Ben Dunk and Ben Cutting and they've been rewarded for those good performances.

"Shane Watson also returns from injury and we certainly know the destruction he is capable of causing in this format of the game."

All-rounder Watson has not played since the Indian Premier League in May after being ruled out of Australia's tours of Zimbabwe and the UAE with complications from stepping on a ball during training.

He made his return in a Sydney club match on Sunday, with the break allowing him to work on his fitness and strength.

As well as Dunk, Queenslander Reardon is in line for his international debut, while selectors have shown faith in promising youngsters Sean Abbott, Cameron Boyce and Pat Cummins to continue their development.

Nic Maddinson returns to the squad and will likely open the Australian batting alongside Finch, while veteran left-arm paceman Doug Bollinger has been given another chance at age 33.

After Adelaide, the series moves to Melbourne and Sydney with the squad coached by Trevor Bayliss while Darren Lehmann is on Test duty.

The squad:

Aaron Finch (capt), Sean Abbott, Doug Bollinger, Cameron Boyce, Pat Cummins, Ben Cutting, Ben Dunk, James Faulkner, Nic Maddinson, Nathan Reardon, Kane Richardson, Shane Watson, Cameron White.

Read more on:    australia  |  shane watson  |  cricket

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Under fire Proteas coach Russell Domingo has blamed player workloads and fatigue as the reason for the national team's woeful showing in the Tri Series in the Caribbean. Your thoughts?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.