Melbourne:Australia on Tuesday named injured pacer Brett Lee and temperamental all-rounder Andrew Symonds in its 15-member squad for next month's ICC World Twenty20.
Talking about Lee's inclusion in the squad, Cricket Australia's chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch said, "Brett Lee is progressing well and will return to international cricket in Thursday's Twenty20 game against Pakistan.
"We expect it will take him a few games to regain his rhythm after the extended break but the medical and coaching staff are very confident Brett will be back to his best for this tournament," he said.
Lee has been out of action after sustaining a foot and ankle injury against South Africa last December.
Symonds had an indifferent form with the bat ever since returning to the national side for the one-day series against Pakistan but Hilditch showed lot of trust in the all-rounder's ability.
"At his best Andrew Symonds is one of the best Twenty20 players in the world. In limited opportunities in the UAE he showed, during game two, his ability to win games for Australia. He also adds versatility to our squad," Hilditch said.
The side also includes all-rounder Shane Watson and hard-hitting batsmen David Hussey and youngster David Warner. The bowling line-up is also pretty impressive with Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Bracken and Peter Siddle giving Lee company.
Ricky Ponting will lead the side with Michael Clarke named vice-captain.
Ricky Ponting (captain), Michael Clarke (vice-captain), Nathan Bracken, Brad Haddin, Nathan Hauritz, Ben Hilfenhaus, James Hopes, David Hussey, Mike Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Peter Siddle, Andrew Symonds, David Warner, Shane Watson.