New caps in Australian T20 side to face Windies

Last updated 14:23 08/02/2013

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Nathan Coulter-Nile and Ben Rohrer are set to make their international cricket debuts in Brisbane on Wednesday when Australia hosts West Indies in a Twenty20 clash.

Western Australia allrounder Coulter-Nile and NSW batsman Rohrer are the newcomers in the Australian squad for the final international cricket fixture of the summer.

It will be a severely understrength Australian side, with the entire 17-man test squad having already arrived in India for the upcoming four-Test tour.

"Ben Rohrer had an outstanding (Big Bash League) season with the Melbourne Renegades in the middle order and Nathan Coulter-Nile has shown very good form in all three formats throughout the summer," chairman of selectors John Inverarity said.

Retired star Mike Hussey on Thursday hailed Coulter-Nile as a test-quality paceman after bowling Western Australia to a remarkable comeback victory over Sheffield Shield leaders Queensland.

"He's our most influential player at the moment," the 79-test batsman said.

"I couldn't be more impressed with the way he's gone about it.

"He's definitely good enough to play for Australia."

Brad Haddin will be the side's wicketkeeper in the absence of Matthew Wade, while Clint McKay and Josh Hazlewood spearhead the attack.

"Brad Haddin and Clint McKay are experienced campaigners and Josh Hazlewood is one of our very promising young pace bowlers who has recently regained full fitness," Inverarity said.

Hazlewood, 22, joined the test squad in Perth last year, but selectors opted to instead hand a baggy green to Victoria's John Hastings in the series-deciding loss to South Africa.

A foot injury then sidelined him for over a month.

Hazlewood debuted for NSW at the age of 17 and played an ODI game for Australia at the age of 19 - before fellow upstart quicks James Pattinson and Pat Cummins burst onto the scene.

Australia squad:
George Bailey (capt), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ben Cutting, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Brad Haddin, Josh Hazlewood, Ben Laughlin, Clint McKay, Shaun Marsh, Ben Rohrer, Adam Voges.

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