Hampshire opener Michael Carberry has been named in England’s Twenty20 squad for the first time ahead of the forthcoming matches against Australia.
Carberry, who has made his Test debut for England in Bangladesh, is the only member of the squad not to have represented his country at T20 level.
Joe Root was a late inclusion to the original 13-man squad.
The 32-year-old could make his debut at his home ground on the 29th August at The Ageas Bowl, before the second match two days later at Durham.
Only two of England’s current Test squad, T20 captain Stuart Broad and bowler Steven Finn are included for the shorter format.
Broad will captain the side, with Alex Hales and Michael Lumb likely to open the batting. Eoin Morgan, Ravi Bopara and Jos Buttler will make up the middle order, with the more than capable James Tredwell likely to be the spin option.
Jade Dernbach, Steven Finn and Boyd Rankin will be confident of making up the seam attack. Joe Root, Michael Carberry, Luke Wright and Danny Briggs will all be vying for the remaining spots in the team.
National selector Geoff Miller said: “With only eight international T20 matches until the ICC World T20 next April this NatWest Series is an important chance for the players to show they’re capable of performing well at this level.
“The two matches will also allow Ashley Giles and Stuart Broad an opportunity to look at a number of different options.”
Carberry has had a sensational season for his county Hampshire this season, guiding them to the semi-final stage of the competition with an average above 56. He also scored his maiden t20 hundred against Lancashire in the quarter-finals.
Stuart Broad (captain), Ravi Bopara, Danny Briggs, Jos Buttler, Michael Carberry, Jade Dernbach, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Michael Lumb, Eoin Morgan, Boyd Rankin, Joe Root, James Tredwell, Luke Wright
NatWest International Twenty20 Series vs. Australia:
29th August: The Ageas Bowl, Hampshire
31st August: Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground