Marsh back in Australia fold

Sportal January 21, 2013, 1:43 pm
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Big Bash star Shaun Marsh is among a group of six players named in the T20 squad to take on Sri Lanka who were not involved in last year's World Twenty20.

Monday's squad announcement saw Marsh, Aaron Finch, Adam Voges, James Faulkner and Ben Laughlin all recalled to the T20 side while Ben Cutting, who is yet to represent Australia in the format, is in line to make his debut.

Marsh finished the recently completed Big Bash League as the competition's highest run-scorer with 412 for the Perth Scorchers and selectors will hope he can carry this form into the two-game series against the Sri Lankans which will be held over the Australia Day long weekend.

Aaron Finch is also an exciting addition to the squad after the 26-year-old batsman had an outstanding Big Bash campaign which saw him named as the player of the tournament, finishing with 332 run at an average of 66.4 and a strike rate of 125.8.

"Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, Adam Voges, Ben Cutting, James Faulkner and Ben Laughlin have shown outstanding form in the T20 format over the past two months," National Selector John Inverarity said.

"Their performances have been compelling and we anticipate they will take this momentum into the two fixtures scheduled for 26 and 28 January. All except Ben Cutting have represented Australia in T20s previously.

"Aaron Finch was the player of the tournament in the KFC T20 Big Bash League, while Shaun Marsh finished as the highest run-scorer with 412 runs.

"Ben Laughlin bowled cleverly to take the most number of wickets, 14, while Ben Cutting was second highest wicket-taker with 13 at a very good economy rate.

"Ben Rohrer played brilliantly with the Melbourne Renegades and was in strong contention for inclusion, as was Luke Pomersbach. The NSP is pleased to see Luke playing so well and hope his good form continues."

'''Australia squad:''' George Bailey (c), Ben Cutting, Xavier Doherty, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Ben Laughlin, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Adam Voges, Matthew Wade, David Warner.

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