Hogg recalled for T20s; Bailey is new captain

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Published: Monday, January 23, 2012, 10:52 [IST]
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T20s: Hogg recalled; Bailey is captain

Melbourne, Jan 23: Retired left-arm spinner Brad Hogg earned a shock recall on Monday to the Australian Twenty20 squad to face India in a two-match series starting on February 1.

George Bailey has been named new captain in place of the out-of-form Cameron White, who has been axed from the squad. Tasmania's Bailey, 29, is yet to play international cricket.

Opener David Warner is the vice-captain in the 14-man line-up.

Hogg, 40, quit international cricket in 2008. He has played seven Tests, 123 ODIs and two T20 Internationals. He has had a fine season with Perth Scorchers in Australia's Big Bash Twenty20 League which has prompted the selectors to force him out of retirement. He had a big role in taking Perth to the final of the Big Bash League.

Bailey and White are Melbourne Stars team-mates in the Big Bash League. Both have had a quiet series. White scored only 55 runs at an average of eight and Bailey 114 runs at an average of 19.

Matthew Wade is the wicketkeeper for the series.

Bailey had captained Australia A against New Zealand in Brisbane in November. He also captains Tasmania in one-day and first class matches.

"The National Selection Panel unanimously favoured George Bailey as captain of the T20 team," chairman of selectors John Inverarity said.

"George is a very good T20 player with a sound record. He is widely respected and regarded as an outstanding captain, having had sustained success in this role."

There is no place for vice-captain Shane Watson and fast bowlers Pat Cummins and James Pattinson who are all injured.

"Shane Watson has yet to regain match fitness and was not considered for selection," Inverarity said.

"The intention is for Shane to take however long it takes to become fully fit and then to declare himself available for selection.

"Brett Lee and Bradley Hogg are the veterans in the team and provide a pleasing blend of experience with the youth and relative inexperience in the squad. Brad Hogg's bowling has been outstanding and his case for inclusion was compelling. He has had a real impact in the BBL in recent weeks."

Australia squad: George Bailey (captain), David Warner (vice-captain), Travis Birt, Dan Christian, Xavier Doherty, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Brad Hogg, David Hussey, Brett Lee, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Clint McKay, Matthew Wade (wicketkeeper).


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