Sixers bolter Ben Dwarshuis named in Aussie T20 squad

Twenty20 bolter Ben Dwarshuis' initial reaction to Australian selector Mark Waugh's phone call on Monday morning was scepticism, before he realised what was happening and managed to articulate a few thank yous.

Waugh phoned the Sydney Sixers spearhead to tell him he'd been picked in Australia's 14-man T20 squad for next month's Tri Series against New Zealand and England and Dwarshuis couldn't believe the words he was hearing.

"I was a little bit sceptical at first, it was very much out of the blue," Dwarshuis said.

"Personally I think I've been bowling pretty well but it still came as a big shock to get the call from Mark Waugh. I was a little bit lost for words at first.

"You always aspire to play for Australia, as a young kid growing up it was always an ultimate goal. Every time that you go out and play for your domestic team you're looking to perform well and then hopefully get that selection into the national outfit."

The 23-year-old has long been on Waugh's radar and with Jason Behrendorff injured and Mitchell Starc being rested for the forthcoming Test tour of South Africa, Dwarshuis fills the hole left for a left-arm quick.

Teammate Sean Abbott meanwhile, who's 33 wickets in the BBL over the past two seasons is more than any other player, was again overlooked.

"He has improved out of sight from year-to-year," Waugh said of Dwarshuis.

"He's put on five or six kilometres in pace, he's been hovering around the low 140s every game and I think with the bowling attack you need variety in one-day cricket and he offers the left-arm variety, all the other bowlers are right-armers.

"He can swing the new ball and he's bowling quick, that's the reason he got the nod. He's been good for the Sixers, not taking a lot of wickets but with an economy rate of around six.

"Sean Abbott, he continues to get wickets but right-arm medium-fast bowlers we've got a few of them. Whilst he's doing well we just think there are better options."

Dwarshuis and Abbott will both play in Tuesday night's final-round Big Bash game against the Melbourne Stars at the SCG before the former links up with the Australian squad.

Much-maligned Stars all rounder Glenn Maxwell is set to play for the Stars on Tuesday after he was named in the Australian T20 squad meaning he will play international cricket for the first time this summer.

Alex Carey's super summer will continue after he was named at wicketkeeper, while Big Bash superstar D'Arcy Short is set to make his international debut after blasting 504 BBL runs already this season.

"He reminds me of David Warner a bit with his clean ball-striking," Waugh said about Short.

"He's come from nowhere for a lot of us, I hadn't seen him before last year in the Big Bash. He put together a lot of good innings there but this year he has gone to the next level.

"He's the sort of player that has that X-factor. He's got good left-arm wristies as well. He's the sort of player we want to keep coming through.

"We've got to keep regenerating our squad, he's the type of player who can do that."

Australian T20 Tri-Series squad

David Warner (c) (No BBL club)
Aaron Finch (vc) Melbourne Renegades
Ashton Agar Perth Scorchers
Alex Carey Adelaide Strikers
Ben Dwarshuis Sydney Sixers
Travis Head Adelaide Strikers
Chris Lynn Brisbane Heat
Glenn Maxwell Melbourne Stars
Kane Richardson Melbourne Renegades
D'Arcy Short Hobart Hurricanes
Billy Stanlake Adelaide Strikers
Marcus Stoinis Melbourne Stars
Andrew Tye Perth Scorchers
Adam Zampa Melbourne Stars

This story Sixers bolter Ben Dwarshuis named in Aussie T20 squad first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.