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Symonds picked for World Twenty20

Andrew Symonds
Symonds is back in favour with the Australia selectors

Australia have included controversial all-rounder Andrew Symonds in their 15-man squad for the World Twenty20 in England, which starts on 5 June.

Symonds has just returned to the Australia set-up after a spell out of favour because of disciplinary issues.

Pace bowler Brett Lee is also included, despite his recent injury problems.

Ricky Ponting will continue to skipper the side, while young opener David Warner and in-form all-rounder Shane Watson have also been selected.

National selection panel chairman Andrew Hilditch said both Symonds and Lee, who underwent ankle surgery in January, fully deserved to be selected for the tournament.

"At his best, Andrew Symonds is one of the best Twenty20 players in the world," said Hilditch.

"In limited opportunities in the UAE (against Pakistan) he showed, during game two, his ability to win games for Australia. He also adds versatility to our squad.

We've picked a strong batting group with a mix of stroke players and players capable of being very destructive

Andrew Hilditch

"Brett Lee is progressing well and will return to international cricket in Thursday's T20 game against Pakistan.

"We expect it will take him a few games to regain his rhythm after the extended break but the medical and coaching staff are very confident Brett will be back to his best for this tournament."

Hilditch said there was an excellent balance in the squad and believes there is enough quality for Australia to win the tournament.

"Nathan Hauritz is the specialist spinner in the side. Nathan has made great progress in limited overs cricket to become a regular member of the side during series' in South Africa and the UAE.

"Spin is having a significant impact on T20 cricket worldwide and Nathan is well placed to play a significant role in this tournament.

"Mitchell Johnson and Peter Siddle have both had their workloads managed in advance of upcoming international cricket. They are both very important members of the Australian bowling group and their return will add significant strength to the side.

"We've picked a strong batting group with a mix of stroke players and players capable of being very destructive.

"David Hussey is an important part of our plans and displayed his credentials in the first international T20 against South Africa in South Africa recently. His fielding is sharp and he gives us good overs in T20 cricket.

"David Warner is an example of a player added for his specific skills in T20 cricket and has the ability to give us an explosive start at the top of the order."

Australia squad: Ricky Ponting (c), Michael Clarke (vc), Nathan Bracken, Brad Haddin, Nathan Hauritz, Ben Hilfenhaus, James Hopes, David Hussey, Mike Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Peter Siddle, Andrew Symonds, David Warner, Shane Watson


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