Sutherland's Ben Dwarshuis named to make Twenty20 debut for Australia

Called up: Sutherland all-rounder Ben Dwarshuis bowling against Fairfield-Liverpool at Glenn McGrath Oval earlier this season. Picture: John Veage
Called up: Sutherland all-rounder Ben Dwarshuis bowling against Fairfield-Liverpool at Glenn McGrath Oval earlier this season. Picture: John Veage

Sutherland’s Ben Dwarshuis will make his international debut after the all-rounder was chosen in Australia’s Twenty20 squad for their international tri-series against England and New Zealand.

Australia named a 14-man squad on Monday with Dwarshuis included in the side to be captained by David Warner.

A number of players were rewarded for their excellent Big Bash League form including Alex Carey and D’Arcy Short, while Glenn Maxwell was given an international reprieve having missed out on Australia’s Test and one-day squads earlier in the summer.

Australian selector Mark Waugh said Dwarshuis’ selection was well earned.

“Ben gives us good variety in the attack with his left-arm pace and has bowled particularly well with the new ball in the Big Bash League,” he said.

Dwarshuis relinquished the captaincy at Sutherland this season to focus on his BBL commitments with the Sydney Sixers having also battled injury in the last 12 months.

The 23-year-old from Kareela has taken six wickets in seven BBL matches this season at an average of 27.66, strike rate of 25 and economy rate of just 6.64 runs per over. Dwarshuis has taken wickets in five matches and in four of those he took a wicket in his first over. In the other match he took a wicket in his second over. In last season’s BBL Dwarshuis took 13 wickets in 10 matches at just over 23.5.

Australia start the tri-series when they host New Zealand at the SCG on February 3 with the final to be played in Auckland.

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