Brad Hogg and Brad Hodge make cut for Australia World Twenty20 squad
Australia have included veteran spinner Brad Hogg in their final squad for the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh next month.
Last Updated: 07/03/14 7:44am
The 43-year-old is set to become the oldest player ever in international Twenty20 cricket, eclipsing Kenya's Steven Tikolo.
Along with Hogg, Australia have also opted for experience in the form of batsman Brad Hodge and wicket-keeper Brad Haddin, who replaces Matthew Wade behind the stumps.
"Despite his age, his enthusiasm and fitness are undiminished," national selection panel chairman John Inverarity said of Hogg, who last played for his country in October 2012.
Hodge, 39, is rewarded for scoring 219 runs at an average of 36.5 for the Melbourne Stars in Australia's domestic Big Bash League.
Selectors have included big-hitting all-rounder James Faulkner in the hope he will recover from knee surgery in time for the start of the tournament on March 16.
And there is also a place for rookie leg-spinner James Muirhead who made a big impact in his debut international series against England.
"We have selected a squad that has plenty of experience playing the Twenty20 format in the sub-continent," Inverarity added. "We have a group with good depth in power hitting and a range of bowling options."
Australia squad: George Bailey (captain), Dan 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.