Nannes goes in search of special double

Updated: 29 August 2009 08:43 IST

Australia's tour of England enters its closing stages with the first of two Twenty20 matches at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Nannes goes in search of special double

London:

Australia's tour of England enters its closing stages with the first of two Twenty20 matches at Old Trafford on Sunday.

And while many in the Australia side lick their wounds after a 2-1 Ashes series loss, for one player the Twenty20 games offer the chance to complete a notable double.

In June, Dirk Nannes was a member of the Netherlands side that dramatically defeated England in the opening match of the World Twenty20 at Lord's.

But the Victoria left-arm quick, qualified for the Netherlands through his parents, made his Australia one-day international debut yesterday in the side that beat Scotland by 189 runs in Edinburgh.

Nannes, who took one for 20 in his seven overs against Scotland and who also runs a ski-travel company, only made his first-class debut at the relatively late age of 29 during the 2005/06 season.

The Melbourne-born quick enjoyed state success in both first-class and Twenty20 cricket, taking four for 23 as the Bushrangers won the 2008 Australian domestic Twenty20 final against Western Australia.

But Australia's selectors had still to be convinced. However, that changed earlier this month when he was selected in the Australia squad for the Twenty20 matches against England, the second of which takes place at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

Nannes admitted the call from Cricket Australia's Michael Brown made him think he was in disciplinary trouble.

"I was sitting at home and the phone rang and it was Michael Brown and he normally calls either if you're selected or you've done something wrong and I was scratching my brain to work out what I'd done wrong because I had no idea there were even Twenty20s in England, I hadn't even looked," Nannes said.

"Cricket's been a bit of a whirlwind for me, starting so late and it's kind of crept along and crept along.

"One day I'm playing for Victoria which I thought was amazing the next day I got the IPL (Indian Premier League) gig and then I'm playing in the World Cup for Holland and then this, it's all a bit bizarre and it's probably going to be in 10 years when I sit down and go 'geez I've done some pretty good things'."

Someone else hoping to make an impact against England, who despite their Dutch debacle reached the second stage of the World Twenty20, unlike Australia, is David Hussey.

Nannes's state colleague hit 111, his maiden One-Day International century, against Scotland but has only been selected for the two Twenty20s against England and not the seven one-dayers that follow.

The 32-year-old, who averages 28.47 in 23 ODIs, said, "I've had a mix of games in Twenty20 and one-dayers in the past year but I haven't really taken the chance with both hands," he said.

Australia are set to be led in the first half of their limited overs campaign by Michael Clarke, with regular captain Ricky Ponting having a brief break after the Ashes.

England too will have a different captain in Paul Collingwood, Test skipper Andrew Strauss having opted out of Twenty20 cricket.

England were given a scare before beating Ireland by three runs in Belfast in a One-Day International on Thursday.

"It was obviously a quick turnaround after the Ashes, (England won the series at the Oval on Sunday) let's be fair, so we are just thankful we managed to get the win,"

Collingwood said after a match where Joe Denly top-scored on his England debut with 67.

Many will regard the one-dayers as a sideshow following the Ashes. But don't tell that to Nannes, Hussey or Denly.

Topics : Cricket Sreesanth
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