Canberra: David Hussey, younger brother of Australia star Mike, has been rewarded for his outstanding form in domestic cricket with a spot on the 13-man squad for Friday's Twenty20 international against India.
The match at the MCG, expected to attract a crowd of up to 90,000, is sure to be spirited, after several Australian players expressed disappointment at the overturning of Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh's three-Test suspension.
The Husseys would become the first brothers to represent Australia since the Waughs, Steve and Mark.
"I'm nervous about it but excited as well," the younger Hussey, 30, said Wednesday.
"To be honest, I wasn't actually expecting it."
David Hussey has earned his international debut with excellent play for Victoria, particularly in Twenty20 cricket, in which he recently led them to the national title.
His aggressive batting, brilliant fielding and clever spin bowling have made him a dominant player in Twenty20 matches.
This season, he scored 237 runs for Victoria in Twenty20 matches at 47.40, with a strike rate of 153, and took eight wickets at 12 apiece.
Hussey also boasts a first-class average of 56.11 and is averaging 66.28 for Victoria this season.
"When everybody keeps asking 'when are you going to play, when are you going to get picked', it gets on your mind and you start believing it a bit," he said.
"He's a good friend of mine, not only my brother, but he's such a fantastic player to watch so I am excited about playing with him."
Ponting will lead the team despite back soreness suffered in the fourth Test against India in Adelaide.
Troubled paceman Shaun Tait and seamer Stuart Clark were both omitted from the side, but Tasmanian quick Ben Hilfenhaus, Queensland paceman Ashley Noffke and experienced swing bowler Nathan Bracken were included.
Victorian batsman Brad Hodge and Queensland all-rounder James Hopes are also in the side, while retiring wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist will make his last Twenty20 appearance for his country.
Squad: Ricky Ponting (c), Michael Clarke, Adam Gilchrist, Nathan Bracken, Ben Hilfenhaus, Brad Hodge, James Hopes, David Hussey, Michael Hussey, Brett Lee, Ashley Noffke, Andrew Symonds, Adam Voges.