Hogg and Hodge drafted into Australia World T20 squad

         

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Hogg and Hodge are expected to play pivotal roles in the World Twenty20

Australia spinner Brad Hogg may become the oldest man to play in a Twenty20 International after he was included in the country’s World Twenty20 squad.

The 43-year-old was drafted into the side along with 39-year-old Twenty20 specialist Brad Hodge.

As of right now, Kenya’s Steve Tikolo holds the record for being the oldest man to play in a Twenty20 International, which he accomplished when playing against Canada in Sharjah in November at the age of 42.

“We have selected a squad that has plenty of experience playing the Twenty20 format in the sub-continent, which augers well for the challenges of Bangladesh,” national selector John Inverarity said. “Brad Hogg comes into the squad . Once again Brad bowled very well for the Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League and many batsmen found him difficult to read. Despite his age, his enthusiasm and fitness are undiminished.

“Brad Hodge has made a great number of Twenty20 runs on the sub-continent and played many match defining innings there. He will provide the squad with a great deal of calm experience and knowledge. His inclusion is just reward for his outstanding performances in this form of the game over many seasons.”

Leg-spinner James Muirhead, 20, has also been included in the team after he impressed the national selectors by taking four wickets in the recent Twenty20 series against England.

“The national selection panel was pleased with the way the side performed in those Twenty20 matches where they played with great confidence and authority,” Inverarity said. “Of those performances we were highly impressed with James Muirhead who displayed a good temperament, excellent control and a legbreak that turns significantly. He is an exciting inclusion.”

With Muirhead having been included in the team, it means that there was no space for fellow spinner Xavier Doherty.

However, all-rounder James Faulkner is expected to be fully fit by the time the tournament gets underway after he was forced to miss Australia’s tour of South Africa due to knee surgery.

“James Faulkner is recovering well from his knee surgery,” Inverarity said. “He is expected to be fully fit for Bangladesh. We will monitor his rehabilitation to see how he is progressing for the matches in South Africa.”

Australia World T20 squad George Bailey (capt), Daniel Christian, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Brad Haddin, Brad Hodge, Brad Hogg, Glenn Maxwell, James Muirhead, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, David Warner, Shane Watson, Cameron White.

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