Accomplished West Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh will take the reins as Australia's captain for the upcoming T20 international series in South Africa, marking Australia's first T20 appearance without former captain Aaron Finch.
The squad selected for the tour includes a plethora of Big Bash talent, with exciting players like Aaron Hardie, the hard-hitting allrounder and reigning BBL player of the tournament, Matt Short, and the left-arm firebrand, Spencer Johnson.
All are likely to make their international debut during the three-match T20 series.
The squad is also filled with fresh faces, with only five players retained from the last T20 XI played in November. Those five include Marsh himself, along with Steve Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, and Adam Zampa.
The selection chair, George Bailey, expressed confidence in Marsh's leadership skills, citing his seniority within the white-ball setup. Marsh's resurgence in the T20 format, coupled with his experience as captain for Perth Scorchers and Western Australia, has earned him this opportunity at the international level.
"Mitch has long been a senior player within the white-ball structure, with this an opportunity for him to add to his leadership skills at international level," Bailey mentioned in the squad announcement.
"We look forward to him taking that step in South Africa."
While the squad is decided, the lineup within remains up for grabs, with no definitive answers for who will bat where.
Matt Short and Travis Head opened proceedings against Pakistan in Australia's last T20I, the absence of David Warner and Aaron Finch creates a vacancy Australia hasn't been challenged with for some time.
Australia T20 squad: Mitchell Marsh (c), Sean Abbott, Jason Behrendorff, Tim David, Nathan Ellis, Aaron Hardie, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Spencer Johnson, Glenn Maxwell, Matt Short, Steve Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa
August 30: First T20I, Durban (August 31, 2am AEST)
September 1: Second T20I, Durban (September 2, 2am AEST)
September 3: Third T20I, Durban, September 3, 10pm AEST