Big-hitting Tiger gets chance to roar
SWASHBUCKLING Tasmanian opener Ben Dunk is set to make his international debut against South Africa next month after being named in a 13-man Australian squad for the T20 clash at Adelaide Oval.
Dunk (pictured) blasted the highest score in Australian domestic one-day history last week, smashing 13 sixes and 15 hours in his 229 not out off 157 balls in a losing effort against Queensland at North Sydney Oval.
The former Queenslander is the only wicketkeeper named in the squad, which includes just five players - captain Aaron Finch, Sean Abbott, Cameron Boyce, James Faulkner and Kane Richardson - from the team that beat Pakistan in the UAE last month.
All-rounder Shane Watson has been selected after recovering from a calf injury that ruled him out of the series against Pakistan. The powerful Queenslander played for Sydney club side Sutherland on Sunday, making 37 off 43 balls in a Twenty20 match at Coogee Oval, but did not bowl.
National selector Rod Marsh said:
"We've seen some good form in Matador One-Day Cup recently from players such as Cameron White, Nathan Reardon, Ben Dunk and Ben Cutting, and they've been rewarded for those good performances."
Faulkner is in the squad, but he will be replaced if he is selected in the Australian team for the first Test against Pakistan starting in Dubai tomorrow night.
Squad: Aaron Finch (c), Sean Abbott, Doug Bollinger, Cameron Boyce, Pat Cummins, Ben Cutting, Ben Dunk, James Faulkner, Nic Maddinson, Nathan Reardon, Kane Richardson, Shane Watson, Cameron White.