Australia have named their Twenty20 International and One Day International squads to play South Africa with an eye on the future.
Veteran opener Matthew Hayden has been left out with David Warner and Ryan Harris coming into the Twenty20 squad while Shaun Tait has been recalled to the ODI squad. “The announcement of these squads for the KFC Twenty20 Internationals and the Commonwealth Bank Series is a clear indication we are now in full-scale planning for the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 and the 2011 ICC World Cup,” chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch commented. “Winning a fourth consecutive ICC World Cup and our first ICC Twenty20 title is an ambitious project. For this reason there will be very few players selected from this point that we can not see playing a role in achieving this goal.
“The omission of Matthew Hayden from the KFC Twenty20 and Commonwealth Bank Series squads is not a reflection on his performances in the recent Test series but rather a strategic decision made by the National Selection Panel as we plan for these signature events. His possible selection for the upcoming tour of South Africa will be discussed as with all players when we select a squad after the round of interstate matches at the beginning of February.”
Mitchell Johnson has been rested while Michael Clarke will sit out the Twenty20 Internationals after sustaining ligament damage to his right thumb in the final Test in Sydney.
Long-term injury had already ruled out Brett Lee, Andrew Symonds and Shane Watson. The first Twenty20 takes place in Melbourne on January 11th before the first of five One Day Internationals is held on January 16th, also in Melbourne.
Australia Twenty20 squad: Ricky Ponting (captain), Mike Hussey (vice-captain), Nathan Bracken, Brad Haddin, Ryan Harris, Nathan Hauritz, Ben Hilfenhaus, James Hopes, David Hussey, Shaun Marsh, Shaun Tait, David Warner, Cameron White
Australia ODI squad: Ricky Ponting (captain), Michael Clarke (vice-captain), Nathan Bracken, Brad Haddin, Nathan Hauritz, Ben Hilfenhaus, James Hopes, David Hussey, Mike Hussey, Shaun Marsh, Peter Siddle, Shaun Tait, Cameron White
Source: Cricket World 2009