Clarke skipper as Aussie name squad for T20

MELBOURNE: Cricket Australia has announced a 13-man squad for the KFC Twenty20 International against Pakistan at the MCG this Friday night.

Michael Clarke will captain the side for the T20 match, and Cameron White will act as vice captain.

The 13-man squad included Michael Clarke, Cameron White, Travis Birt, Brad Haddin, Ryan Harris, David Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Shaun Marsh, Dirk Nannes, Steven Smith, Shaun Tait, David Warner and Shane Watson.

Speed demon Shaun Tait is the only South Australian named in the team.

Andrew Hilditch, NSP Chairman, said the selections were made in preparation for the World Twenty20 in the West Indies.

"The NSP has picked this squad with a view to continuing our preparation of the team for this key tournament whilst looking at several new players ahead of the world cup," he said.

“In selecting this squad, the NSP has taken into account the performances of players in international Twenty20 matches, the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash and also the correct balance of the side to be able to implement our match plans and tactics for Twenty20 cricket going into the world cup.

“One this occasion there are significant changes between the one-day and Twenty20 side as we look at several players who could play a key role in our World Twenty20 campaign.

Also named in the squad is the new paceman, Ryan Harris.

“Ryan Harris also is someone who has been in the plans of the NSP for the World Twenty20. Ryan''s chances have been limited by injury but he’s now back to full fitness and playing very well,'''' Mr Hilditch said.

Pakistan''s team has not yet been named, however it is clear that Shahid Afridi will miss the match after being slammed ban for two Twenty20 internationals by the International Cricket Council (ICC) following his ball tampering in last night''s one-dayer.