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Ponting rested for Twenty20 games

Australia captain Ricky Ponting
Ponting will head to Australia for a break and return during the ODI series

Australia captain Ricky Ponting will be rested for the two Twenty20 internationals against England after the Ashes Test series ends this month.

The 13-man squad, which will be led by vice-captain Michael Clarke, also includes paceman Dirk Nannes, 33.

Melbourne-born Nannes, who has a Dutch passport, played for the Netherlands in the recent ICC World Twenty20 after failing to make the Australia squad.

Ponting will return during the one-day series that follows the Twenty20s.

The only uncapped player in the 15-man one-day international squad, who will also be on duty for the ODI against Scotland on 28 August, is Tasmanian wicketkeeper/batsman Tim Paine, 24, who will understudy Brad Haddin.

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Haddin has also been named as vice-captain for the Twenty20 games - while also rested alongside Ponting for those matches are batsman Mike Hussey, paceman Peter Siddle and ODI regular seamer Nathan Bracken.

"Ricky is having his workload managed and will return home to Australia after the fifth Test at The Oval and will miss the ODI against Scotland, the two Twenty20s and the start of the ODI series against England," said chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch.

"This is the last opportunity we have to give Ricky a break until next year, with the ICC Champions Trophy, ODIs against India and a full domestic summer against the West Indies and Pakistan to finish 2009.

Dirk Nannes
Nannes has won domestic Twenty20 titles with Middlesex and Victoria

"We know what Mike Hussey and Nathan Bracken are capable of in one-day and Twenty20 cricket, but with limited opportunities at international level in this format of the game we wanted to look at different players.

"Peter Siddle is an exciting young bowler and we are sure that he will be a good Twenty20 bowler in time, but we have selected Dirk Nannes following his strong domestic performances in recent seasons to have a look at him.

"With respect to the one-day side, we have picked a team that we believe can do well against England, but with a view to preparing for the Champions Trophy in South Africa which follows."

Australia were knocked out of the World Twenty20 at the first hurdle after losing to West Indies and Sri Lanka.


Australia Twenty20 squad: Michael Clarke (capt), Brad Haddin (vc & wk), Callum Ferguson, Nathan Hauritz, Ben Hilfenhaus, David Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Dirk Nannes, Adam Voges, David Warner, Shane Watson, Cameron White.

Australia ODI squad: Ricky Ponting (capt), Michael Clarke (vc), Nathan Bracken, Callum Ferguson, Brad Haddin (wk), Nathan Hauritz, Ben Hilfenhaus, James Hopes, Michael Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Tim Paine (wk), Peter Siddle, Shane Watson, Cameron White.



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