Hauritz in Aussie T20 squad
Spinner named for tour of New Zealand
Last Updated: February 18, 2010 9:06am
Hauritz: included in T20 squad
Spinner Nathan Hauritz has been included in Australia's 15-man Twenty20 squad for the upcoming tour of New Zealand.
As well as Hauritz, the Twenty20 group to face the Black Caps later this month is made up by the squad named on Wednesday for the upcoming two-match series against West Indies, which included Redbacks all-rounder Dan Christian.
The New South Wales off-spinner returns to the shortest form of the game after playing three matches last year in England.
The two-game series against New Zealand - following Sunday and Tuesday's matches against the Windies - will be Australia's final matches before the ICC World Twenty20 in the Caribbean.
"Nathan (Hauritz) has proven himself to be our best spinner in Test and one-day cricket and, with the important role spin plays in Twenty20 cricket, Nathan deserves the chance to try and establish himself in Australia's Twenty20 side ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 in the Caribbean," said chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch.
The one-day squad, meanwhile, named a day before Australia look to beat West Indies at the MCG to wrap up a 4-0 win in the five-match series, includes the majority of the players who have secured so much success in the limited-overs arena in the past six months.
To be captained by Ricky Ponting, it includes batsmen Michael Clarke, Mike Hussey, Cameron White, Shaun Marsh and Adam Voges, all-rounders Shane Watson and James Hopes, wicketkeeper Brad Haddin and bowlers Doug Bollinger, Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris, Clint McKay and Hauritz.
"Australia's one-day side has enjoyed virtually unparalleled success in ODIs over the last 10 months with series victories in the UAE, England, at the ICC Champions Trophy in South Africa, in India and the two home series against Pakistan and the West Indies," Hilditch added.
"The selection of the one-day squad for New Zealand acknowledges that success and continues to support those players who have contributed to that success over the last 10 months.
"We look forward to a very challenging tour of New Zealand."
Twenty20 squad: Michael Clarke (captain), Cameron White (vice-captain), Travis Birt, Daniel Christian, Brad Haddin, Ryan Harris, Nathan Hauritz, David Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Shaun Marsh, Dirk Nannes, Steven Smith, Shaun Tait, David Warner, Shane Watson.
One-day international squad: Ricky Ponting (captain), Michael Clarke (vice-captain), Doug Bollinger, Brad Haddin, Nathan Hauritz, Ryan Harris, James Hopes, Mike Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Shaun Marsh, Clint McKay, Adam Voges, Shane Watson, Cameron White.