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17-Feb-2010 07:05:00 GMT
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Daniel Christian New Face in Aus T20 Squad

Melbourne: Explosive all-rounder Daniel Christian, on Wednesday, became only the second aboriginal player to get a national call after he was selected in the Australian squad for the two Twenty20 Internationals against West Indies.

Christian has joined former pacer Jason Gillespie on the list after he was picked up in Australia 14-member squad for two games to be held in Hobart on Sunday and Sydney on February 23.

Christian, who was rewarded for his form in both Twenty20 and One-day cricket on the domestic circuit, is the only new face in the squad that defeated Pakistan at the MCG earlier this month.

The squad will be led by Michael Clarke and will have pace trio of Mitchell Johnson, Shaun Tait and Dirk Nannes.

"We have added Dan Christian to the squad as we continue to look at various options and the balance of the team leading into the ICC World Twenty20," Cricket Australia National Selection Panel chairman Andrew Hilditch said.

"Dan has been selected on the back of a successful KFC Twenty20 Big Bash campaign for South Australia and continued good form recently. We see Dan as an explosive all-rounder who could have a good impact for us in Twenty20 internationals," he said.

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

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