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Shane Watson Included In Australia T20 Squad

Shane Watson
Shane Watson is set for a return to international cricket as Australia take on South Africa
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Shane Watson has been included in Australia's 13-man Twenty20 International squad to take on South Africa in three matches early next month.

Watson missed the tour of the United Arab Emirates to play Pakistan with a calf injury but will be fit to take on the Proteas.

Ben Dunk, who scored an unbeaten 229 in a domestic one-day game for Tasmania this weekend, is named in the squad, along with Ben Cutting, Nathan Reardon and Cameron White, who have also started the season strongly.

"This series of three matches provides new captain Aaron Finch the opportunity to really work with the T20 squad after commencing his tenure as captain with a win against Pakistan in the one-off T20 a couple of weeks ago," National Selector Rod Marsh said.

Trevor Bayliss will coach the Twenty20 squad for the series as Darren Lehman takes a short break.

Dunk and Reardon are the only uncapped member of the squad while Sean Abbott, Cameron Boyce, Nic Maddinson and Kane Richardson have played just one T20I.

Australia may add one more player to the squad before the series gets underway on 5th November.

Australia T20I squad: Aaron Finch (captain), Sean Abbott, Doug Bollinger, Cameron Boyce, Patrick Cummins, Ben Cutting, Ben Dunk (wicket-keeper), James Faulkner, Nic Maddinson, Nathan Reardon, Kane Richardson, Shane Watson, David Warner

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