Spin King Mentors Aussies

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Dave Warner hopes to carry his outstanding test form into the T20. Image courtesy of bigpondsport.com

After coming under the watchful eye of ‘the sheik of tweak’, Shane Warne, spinners Brad Hogg, James Muirhead and Glenn Maxwell may hold the key for Australia in the second T20 match against South Africa in Durban on Thursday morning (AEST). While Hogg is unlikely to play because of a hamstring niggle, Maxwell and Muirhead are right to go.

The opening game of the three-match T20 series at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth was washed out without a ball being bowled. Further rain is predicted in Durban. While test players Dave Warner, Mitchell Johnson, Shane Watson and Brad Haddin are all match fit, some of the other T20 squad members would love game time, with the Twenty20 World Cup commencing in five days. Australia’s opening match is against Pakistan on March 23 in Mirpur.

Following impressive test series victories over England and South Africa, Australia has firmed into outright favourite for the T20 World Championship and desperately wanted to use this 20-over-a-side series against the Proteas as a lead-up.

Should he play in South Africa or Bangladesh, 43-year-old Brad Hogg will become the oldest man to take part in a T20 International.

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