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Birt move on from T20 omission

UPDATED 12 February, 2013 3:52PM AEST | by Jacob Kagi, Sportal

Western Australian batsman Travis Birt says he is unfazed by the decision to leave him out of Australia's Twenty20 squad for the West Indies tour.

Birt was one of several batsmen omitted from the squad named on Wednesday, despite his fantastic performances throughout the KFC Big Bash League.

The 30-year-old played for the Hobart Hurricanes and was one of the stars of the league, leading the tournament with 345 runs at a phenomenal average of 43.

That performance saw Birt named in Australia's side for the KFC T20 INTL matches against India in February, scoring 17 in his only appearance, but the left-hander said he remained confident of earning a place in the ICC World Twenty20 tournament in September and October.

"I can understand it's a long way to take a specific squad of Twenty20 players to the West Indies so I'm not that disappointed I've missed out," he said.

"I wasn't really bothered about that. I'd actually forgotten there was a squad going to the West Indies."

"Hopefully I can get some runs later in the year and hopefully I can push to go. The goal is still to go to the Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka."

"It's handy having Mickey Arthur's number, I can always give him a call and he's always open for a chat. I know where I stand and I'm pretty happy with where things sit at the moment."

Birt said all he could do was focus in scoring large amounts of runs for WA in the Bupa Sheffield Shield to push his place and he did just that on Friday, scoring 54 as the Warriors took first innings points with a lead of 24 against Victoria.

The veteran needed plenty of luck to get the half-century though, as wicketkeeper Ryan Carters dropped a simple catch to deny Peter Siddle a hat-trick the first ball the former Tasmanian faced.

"I didn't look around, I just knew that I'd nicked it and then heard Siddle's response," Birt said.

"It was a lucky one to get but it was good to actually contribute."

Birt said he was delighted with the way his off-season move from the Tigers had worked out, even though he admitted his form in the four-day and 50-over competitions had been disappointing at times.

He said it was critical for WA to take early wickets on day three against the Bushrangers, who sit at 0-12 in their second dig of the crucial match and still trail by 12.

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 03 March, 2012 11:02AM AEST

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