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Australia welcome back Jason Behrendorff and Marcus Stoinis for upcoming T20 internationals

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8th November, 2018

Australia will be without any of their first-choice Test bowlers for the upcoming Twenty20 internationals against South Africa and India, but welcome back Marcus Stoinis and Jason Behrendorff to the T20I fold.

Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon have been left out of the 13-man squad for one Twenty20 against the Proteas and three against India after lining up against Pakistan in a three-match series last month, with coach Justin Langer pointing to a busy summer schedule as the reason for their omission.

“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,” Langer said.

“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.”

Mitchell Marsh and Peter Siddle have also missed selection after being included in the squad for the Pakistan series, however the Aussies will receive a much-needed boost with the T20I returns of Stoinis and Behrendorff.

Stoinis has battled fitness issues of late, and while he did little with the bat for Australia in their opening ODI against South Africa on Sunday, he impressed with the ball, taking 3-16.

“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, said Langer.

“Marcus is such a versatile player, he’s a powerful middle order batsman and he provides us with another solid bowling option.”

Behrendorff has played just the two Twenty20 matches for Australia, but his last T20 outing in the green and gold saw him return the outstanding figures of 4-21, including a blistering opening over which saw him dismiss Indian stars Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli.


The left-armer claimed 3-35 when he faced off against the Proteas in last week’s Prime Minister’s XI match at Manuka Oval.

“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,” Langer said of Behrendorff.

“Tactically we believe it’s important to have a good left-arm swing bowler at our disposal for the four matches.”

The Australian selectors also announced a 12-man CA XI side to play South Africa which includes three members of the full international squad: Behrendorff, Andrew Tye and Ben Mcdermott, the latter of whom who has been named captain for the November 14 match.

Australian squad for T20I series vs South Africa and India

Aaron Finch (c) – Melbourne Renegades
Alex Carey (vc) – Adelaide Strikers
Ashton Agar – Perth Scorchers
Jason Behrendorff – Perth Scorchers
Nathan Coulter-Nile – Perth Scorchers
Chris Lynn – Brisbane Heat
Glenn Maxwell – Melbourne Stars
Ben McDermott – Hobart Hurricanes
D`Arcy Short – Hobart Hurricanes
Billy Stanlake – Adelaide Strikers
Marcus Stoinis – Melbourne Stars
Andrew Tye – Perth Scorchers
Adam Zampa – Melbourne Stars

Cricket Australia XI squad for T20 vs South Africa
Ben McDermott (c) – Hobart Hurricanes
Fawad Ahmed – Sydney Thunder
Jason Behrendorff – Perth Scorchers
Max Bryant – Brisbane Heat
Ben Cutting – Brisbane Heat
Chris Green – Sydney Thunder
Matthew Kuhnemann – No BBL contract
Lachlan Pfeffer – No BBL contract
Alex Ross – Brisbane Heat
Gurinder Sandhu – Sydney Thunder
Kelvin Smith – No BBL contract
Andrew Tye – Perth Scorchers

Australian T20 international fixtures for November


CA XI v South Africa tour match – November 14
Allan Border Field, Brisbane
2:00pm (local time)

Australia v South Africa
Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast
6:20pm (local time)

Australia v India
The Gabba, Brisbane
5:50pm (local time)

Australia v India
MCG, Melbourne
6:50pm (local time)

Australia v India
SCG, Sydney
6:50pm (local time)