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18-Feb-2010 08:44:00 GMT
Australia in New Zealand, 2010

Christian in Australian T20 Squad for NZ Series

Melbourne: Australia on Thursday included rookie all-rounder Daniel Christian in their 15-member Twenty20 squad but made no change to their One-day side for the tour of New Zealand starting February 26.

The Twenty20 squad, to be captained by Michael Clarke, also includes spinner Nathan Hauritz, who has been rewarded for his fine performance in the Test and ODI arena in the past few months.

"The NSP on Thursday announced a 15-man squad for the two Twenty20 games in New Zealand. The squad is the same as that which will compete in the final two Twenty20 Internationals against the West Indies in Australia, but also includes Nathan Hauritz," said Australia's selection chief Andrew Hilditch said in a statement.

"Nathan 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."

The One-day squad, to be led by Ricky Ponting, has not been tinkered with. The Test squad for two matches between March 19 to 31 would be announced later.

"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 said.

T20 squad: Michael Clarke (captain), Cameron White (vice-capt), David Warner, Shane Watson, Shaun Marsh, Brad Haddin (wk), Daniel Christian, David Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris, Nathan Hauritz, Travis Birt, Dirk Nannes, Steven Smith, Shaun Tait.

ODI squad: Ricky Ponting (captain), Michael Clarke (vice-capt), Shaun Marsh, Shane Watson, Cameron White, Mike Hussey, Brad Haddin (wk), James Hopes, Adam Voges, Mitchell Johnson, Clint McKay, Ryan Harris, Nathan Hauritz, Doug Bollinger.

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