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KFC T20 INTLS V SRI LANKA

Ten unlucky omissions from T20 squad

01 February 2017

Dunk, the leading run-scorcer in BBL|06, missed out on T20 selection // Getty

Martin Smith


@martinsmith9994

Martin Smith


@martinsmith9994

We take a look at 10 players who missed the cut from Australia's Twenty20 squad to take on Sri Lanka

Australia's squad for the KFC T20 INTL series against Sri Lanka has been named and, as with most selection decisions, there were several unlucky players who missed out on the 13-man squad.

Quick Single: Scorchers dominate Australia's T20 squad

While the likes of Michael Klinger, Chris Lynn, Tim Paine and Jhye Richardson pushed themselves into the squad on the back of strong form in the KFC Big Bash League, several BBL star performers missed the cut.

We take a look at 10 squad hopefuls who were overlooked.

Sean Abbott (Sydney Sixers)

BBL|06 form
M: 10 | Wkts: 20 | Ave: 16.15 | Econ: 8.72 | BBI: 5-16

Abbott cameo inspires Sixers to victory

The leading wicket-taker in BBL|06, Abbott was a strong favourite to resume his spot in Australia's T20 team after he played three matches in late 2014. The right-armer averaged two wickets a game as he helped the Sixers into the BBL final, including a five-wicket haul against the Strikers on New Year's Eve. He also hammered a vital innings of 33no in his side's crucial victory over the Stars, showing off his useful hitting ability down the order.

Fawad Ahmed (Sydney Thunder)

BBL|06 form
M: 8 | Wkts: 9 | Ave: 21.88 | Econ: 6.79 | BBI: 4-14

Fawad rips through the Sixers with four wickets

With fellow leggie Adam Zampa ahead of him in the pecking order, Ahmed was always going to be at long odds to return to Australia's T20 side, but he gave himself a chance with some standout performances for the Thunder in BBL|06. His most notable effort came when he took 4-14 from four overs in the Sydney Smash, proving that big-turning leggies remain a force to be reckoned with in 20-over cricket.

George Bailey (Hobart Hurricanes)

BBL|06 form
M: 8 | Runs: 247 | Ave: 49.40 | SR: 132.79 | 50s: 3 | HS: 74*

Bailey responds to ODI axing with unbeaten 69

Normally a regular for Australia in ODI cricket, Bailey has dropped out of the one-day side and has also missed out on a T20 recall despite another strong season for the Hurricanes. The right-hander posted three half-centuries in eight matches, coming after he averaged 60 and scored his runs at a strike rate of 150 last season.

Scott Boland (Melbourne Stars)

BBL|06 form
M: 9 | Wkts: 14 | Ave: 20.42 | Econ: 8.37 | BBI: 4-30

Boland produces his BBL best

One of only a handful of incumbents available from Australia's T20 series against Sri Lanka last year, Boland had another strong BBL campaign for the Stars, although his tournament economy rate of 8.37 is higher than his normal standard. The right-armer will instead return to Shield cricket and have to wait to add to his 14 international caps.

Ben Dunk (Adelaide Strikers)

BBL|06 form
M: 8 | Runs: 364 | Ave: 52.00 | SR: 163.96 | 50s: 3 | HS: 85

Consistent Dunk hammers half-century

The leading run-scorer in BBL|06, Dunk thrived after an off-season move to the Strikers and posted three half-centuries for the tournament and finished with a strike rate of more than 160 across his eight matches. The No.2 ranked batsman in the Extra BBL Player Rankings, Dunk could have also been an option to take the gloves, but has missed out to former BBL teammate Tim Paine.

Chris Green (Sydney Thunder)

BBL|06 form
M: 8 | Wkts: 7 | Ave: 28.14 | Econ: 6.79 | BBI: 2-26

Green misses a hat-trick by just inches

A consistent performer for the Thunder again this season, Green's strong form saw him rewarded with a contract in the upcoming Pakistan Super League. Still without a first-class match to his name, Green was hoping to do as David Warner famously did back in 2009 and debut for his country before he'd had a taste of first-class cricket.

Ben Laughlin (Adelaide Strikers)

BBL|06 form
M: 7 | Wkts: 9 | Ave: 14.88 | Econ: 6.09 | BBI: 3-19

Leaping Laughlin lands a screamer

He wasn't a prolific wicket-taker in BBL|06, but Laughlin again showed why he's rated one of the best T20 bowlers in Australia with another solid season for the Adelaide Strikers. His tournament economy rate of 6.09 is the second-best in the competition behind Mitchell Johnson and he was the No.2 ranked bowler in the Extra BBL Player Rankings.

Mark Steketee (Brisbane Heat)

BBL|06 form
M: 9 | Wkts: 15 | Ave: 17.66 | Econ: 7.57 | BBI: 3-32

Super Steketee makes a stunning start

The Heat paceman flew under the radar for most of the BBL season, but he was a key performer in Brisbane's run to the finals. The right-armer was a potent wicket-taker and also kept things tight in a Heat bowling attack that lacked star power, but it wasn't enough to earn him a maiden international call-up.

Marcus Stoinis (Melbourne Stars)

BBL|06 form
M: 7 | Runs: 76 | Ave: 25.33 | SR: 120.63 | 50s: 0 | HS: 40*

Super Stoinis sets new all-round benchmark

Marcus Stoinis had a disappointing time in the BBL, but his memorable ODI performance this week would have given his case plenty of weight at the selection table. The powerful right-hander launched 11 sixes in posting a record-breaking century against New Zealand and also picked up three wickets with the ball, but it wasn't enough for him to make the cut in the T20 squad.

Sam Whiteman (Perth Scorchers - injured)

BBL|06 form
M: 9 | Runs: 154 | Ave: 22.00 | SR: 138.73 | 50s: 0 | HS: 41

Whirlwind Whiteman smashes Sixers

The Perth Scorchers keeper-batsman would have been a chance having impressed under the pressure in consecutive BBL finals matches last week, but an ill-timed finger injury ruled him out of contention.

About the Writer

@martinsmith9994
Martin Smith is a writer for cricket.com.au. He previously wrote for Yahoo!7 Sport and Fox Sports.