Ronchi replaces Haddin in T20 Internationals

CA Selection Panel announced Luke Ronchi to replace Brad Haddin in Australia's team for the two T20 International matches against South Africa.

updated: January 10, 2009 10:50 IST
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New Delhi:

The Cricket Australia National Selection Panel has on Saturday advised that Luke Ronchi has replaced Brad Haddin in Australia's team for the two KFC Twenty20 International matches against South Africa at the MCG and Gabba.

Haddin's workload is being managed following his involvement in Australia's VB Tour of India and 3 Mobile Test Series against New Zealand and South Africa.

"Brad arrived in Melbourne yesterday feeling the effects of his heavy workload over the past three months which has included consecutive Test series against India, New Zealand and South Africa", National Selection Panel (NSP) Chairman Andrew Hilditch said.

"In accordance with our policy of managing the workloads of players involved in all three forms of the game, it was decided that he would benefit from not playing in the two KFC Twenty20 Internationals.

"Despite being initially selected in the squad, we wanted to assess Brad once he had arrived in Melbourne after playing five tough days of Test cricket in Sydney, and before that, equally as tough matches in Perth and Melbourne.

"It is the same process we employ for all players in that we assess them after they have had a chance to rest and recover immediately following a match, especially if they have been involved in a lot of cricket as Brad has been.

"Given the high intensity of Twenty20 cricket and the upcoming schedule of One-Day International matches, it was decided that this was an appropriate time to manage Brad's workload with his and the Australian team's long-term interests in mind.

"It now provides a deserved opportunity for Luke Ronchi to come back into the Australian squad after he impressed in the West Indies last year."

A surprise for Ronchi

Australian wicket-keeper Luke Ronchi got completely surprised by the call-up for the upcoming T20 clash against South Afrcia at Melbourne Cricket Ground.

"I've just got to do my job and have fun and from there hopefully it all works out for itself," he said to ABC news.

"More than anything just go out there and have some fun because I'm not here for long."

Australia (from):

Ricky Ponting (capt), Nathan Bracken, Ryan Harris, Nathan Hauritz, James Hopes, Ben Hilfenhaus, David Hussey, Mike Hussey, Shaun Marsh, Luke Ronchi, Shaun Tait, David Warner, Cameron White.