Sydney: Fast bowler Dirk Nannes has claimed he would love to play for Australia again in the Twenty20 format, adding he felt absolutely duded by selectors when dropped at the start of last year on the grounds of following a youth policy before picking 40-year-old Brad Hogg 12 months later.
Nannes, who has represented Australia and Holland, and 12 T20 teams in seven different countries, has been brilliant in his first two games for the struggling Sydney Thunder.
while injury cripples the fast-bowling stocks, Nannes is sure to give selectors something to think about ahead of the Australia Day T20 against Sri Lanka at ANZ Stadium, as well as the January 28 clash at the MCG.
“I`d absolutely love to play for Australia again, but whether it`s realistic, I don`t know. Age shouldn`t be a factor in an international team. The best XI in the country should be playing, pure and simple. It`s not a developmental team,” News.com.au quoted Nannes, as saying.
“My last year of international cricket I took 27 wickets in something like 15 games.” That was and still is the best year for any bowler in Twenty20 cricket. I felt absolutely dudded when dropped.
And they couldn`t really come up with an excuse when I grilled them about it,” he added. Nannes added: “The way I`m bowling at the moment, you go through phases where you know if you can bowl a ball in the right area and where you want to bowl it nobody can play it.
I know I can still bowl those sorts of balls. I think I`m still good enough, but it`s not up to me to pick the team.” Nannes finished with an overall T20 international record of 28 wickets at 16.39.