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Coulter-Nile in T20 squad

UPDATED 12 February, 2013 2:31PM AEST | by Omnisport 1

Nathan Coulter-Nile and Ben Rohrer have been rewarded for their strong Big Bash League seasons with selection in the Australia Twenty20 squad to face the West Indies.

Coulter-Nile, fresh from taking match figures of 9-125 for Western Australia against Queensland in the Sheffield Shield, was included in the 12-man squad.

The 25-year-old paceman and Rohrer, who made 295 runs at an average of 49.16 for the Melbourne Renegades during the season, could make their international debuts at the 'Gabba on Wednesday.

Coulter-Nile grabbed 10 wickets at an average of 27.6 during the BBL season and Shane Warne named him among the country's best players in all three forms of the game.

Brad Haddin and Clint McKay return to the T20 squad, while Josh Hazlewood has also been included.

Australia chairman of selectors John Inverarity said the one-off clash was a good opportunity for less experienced players on the international stage.

"David Warner was not available due to his injured thumb while Matthew Wade, Mitchell Starc, Glenn Maxwell and Xavier Doherty will be in India preparing for the Test Series there," he said.

"Ben Rohrer had an outstanding 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.

"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.

"With the Test squad being in India this fixture will provide some more players with invaluable international experience."

<b>Australia T20 squad:</b> George Bailey, 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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First Posted 08 February, 2013 1:18PM AEST

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