Short shrift: Selectors dump Husseys from Twenty20s
Bounced out ... David Hussey. Photo: Getty Images
For the first time in more than five years Australia's Twenty20 team will take to the field on Saturday without a member of the Hussey family.
National selectors have again overlooked retiring veteran Michael Hussey but, in a shock omission, have also left out his younger brother David for the two Twenty20 games against Sri Lanka.
Hobart Hurricanes' paceman Ben Laughlin was the bolter in Australia's 12-man squad, while Shaun Marsh was rewarded after his stunning return to form for Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash. But there was no fairytale comeback for Brisbane Heat opener Luke Pomersbach.
Australia v Sri Lanka, SCG - Game 4
David Warner cuts at the ball early in the Australian innings. Photo: Brendan Esposito
Of the 58 matches Australia have played in the shortest format of the game, in only two matches have they not included a Hussey in their XI.
The last time this happened was against India in Mumbai in October 2007 and the only other occasion came against South Africa in Johannesburg in February 2006.
Ominously for George Bailey's team, Australia lost both games.
While Michael Hussey's absence was expected after he announced his international retirement, many had earmarked David to keep his place in the side.
But the 35-year-old has paid the price for his failure to make the most of his opportunities in last year's World Twenty20 and for his lacklustre form in this summer's Big Bash, during which he managed 151 runs at 21.57 and failed to register a half-century.
Performance in Australia's domestic Twenty20 tournament counted for plenty with selectors, who have named six players – Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, Adam Voges, Ben Cutting, James Faulkner and Laughlin – not involved in last year's world championship in Sri Lanka.
Of that six, only Cutting is uncapped at international level in Twenty20s.
Laughlin, the son of former Australian Test quick Trevor Laughlin, has not been seen in national colours since playing in an ODI series against Pakistan in the Middle East since 2009.
Although far from express, his changes of pace and clever variations won him a place.
Laughlin was the leading wickettaker in the Big Bash with 14 victims at 15.35 and a respectable economy rate of 7.16 runs per over.
Marsh won a recall on the back of a strong campaign for Perth where he topped the Big Bash League's run-scorers' list with 412 at 59.
Pomersbach came close to a call-up as did Melbourne Renegades recruit Ben Rohrer, who impressed many with his thoughtful strokeplay and calmness under pressure.
The pair lost out to Perth's experienced middle-order batsman Adam Voges, whom selectors felt had proven himself over a longer period of time.
"Ben Rohrer played brilliantly with the Melbourne Renegades and was in strong contention for inclusion, as was Luke Pomersbach. The NSP is pleased to see Luke playing so well and hope his good form continues," said selection chairman John Inverarity said.
Australia: George Bailey (capt), Ben Cutting, Xavier Doherty, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Ben Laughlin, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Adam Voges, Matthew Wade, David Warner.
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