Ben Cutting bowls during the Twenty20 International between Australia and the West Indies at the Gabba last February.
Ben Cutting bowls during the Twenty20 International between Australia and the West Indies at the Gabba last February.

Cutting a determined figure in T20 series

BrisbaneHeat all-rounder Ben Cutting's international Twenty20 record doesn't make for impressive reading ahead of today's clash with England in Hobart.

Twice he has played for Australia, against Sri Lanka and the West Indies, and twice the side has lost.

Cutting has also failed to score a run after making a golden duck in his only innings against the Windies at the Gabba last February, and he is still to take a wicket while conceding an average of 10 runs an over.

However, he is determined to change those unwanted statistics in the series-opener.

"Yeah, it (his record) is certainly a bit ordinary," Cutting told APN with a laugh after Australian team training yesterday.

"They are definitely not the sort of figures I want to have on the board, so I will certainly be trying to improve on them in this series."

Cutting has plenty of reason to do just that with so much to play for on the horizon.

Australia will play three T20s in South Africa next month followed by the T20 World Cup in Bangladesh in March.

Cutting earned his call-up for the three-match series against the Poms on the strength of his performances for the Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League.

His massive hitting ability saw him smash 12 sixes in his eight games and finish with an average of 26 and an impressive strike-rate of 178. But he only took seven wickets and knows that wasn't good enough.

"I really struggled with the ball in hand for the first half of the campaign, but I feel it's coming out good now," he said.

"If this three-game series against England is an audition for what's to come, I want to pass it."

England has endured a horror tour to date, losing the Ashes 5-0, and the ODI series 4-1, but Cutting said that counted for nothing.

"The slate has been wiped clean for most of the blokes in this squad, including me, as we played no part in those successes," he said.

"This series represents a whole new ball game and challenge for both sides.

"But you can be sure that they (England) will come at us hard. They will be desperate to try and salvage some pride given the way the summer has gone."

South Australian paceman Kane Richardson has replaced injured all-rounder James Faulkner (knee) in the T20 squad.

Faulkner was ruled out of the series and the Test tour of South Africa after having surgery yesterday and has been replaced in the 15-man Test squad by NSW all-rounder Moises Henriques.

Batsman Shaun Marsh (calf) and paceman Jackson Bird (back) also have injury concerns and will not fly to the Republic with the rest of the squad today.

T20 Squads

AUSTRALIA: (from) George Bailey (capt), Aaron Finch, Dan Christian, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ben Cutting, Kane Richardson, Josh Hazelwood, Moises Henriques, Glenn Maxwell, James Muirhead, Chris Lynn, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, Cameron White.

ENGLAND: (from) Stuart Broad (capt), Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Danny Briggs, Jos Buttler, Jade Dernbach, Chris Jordan, Alex Hales, Michael Lumb, Eoin Morgan, Boyd Rankin, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, James Tredwell, Luke Wright.