Drew misses squad
FORMER Alstonville cricketer Brendan Drew has missed out on the 15-man Australian squad for the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa in September. The big fast bowler, who plays first class cricket with Pura Cup holders Tasmania, was selected in an expanded 30-man Aussie squad earlier this month. However, the 23-year-old was overlooked for the big name bowlers who did the job so well for the World Champion Australian side during the 50-over World Cup earlier this year. "Nothing was really said (about his omission)," Drew told The Northern Star. "It was quite a surprise that I was selected in the first place. But it was good to know that I am in the thoughts of the selectors. I'll just keep working away and try to get the results on the board." Part of that work has been a 20-week off-season program at the Australian Cricket Academy based in Brisbane. "It's quite full on over five-and-a-half days per week," Drew said. "I've been learning a fair few things up here especially on the technical side of things." The program entails playing in the Emerging Players Tournament, which started on the Sunshine Coast last week. Playing for the Cricket Academy, Drew's team has won two matches against India, but has dropped games against New Zealand and South Africa. The tournament continues this week in Brisbane. Following his commitments in Brisbane, Drew will tour India with the Cricket Academy for three weeks with matches scheduled against all of the Indian first class teams. Being a fast bowler on the dry, unresponsive Indian pitches is a test the Tiger's pacemen is looking forward to. "I've been there before so I know how hard it is," he said. "But it just makes any good results all the more rewarding." While Drew missed out on the Twenty20 World Cup, Lismore's Adam Gilchrist won selection for the inaugural hit and giggle tournament. He was picked as vice-captain and will then travel to India with the Australian team for a month-long one-day tour. , x Australian cricket squads named for the Twenty20 World Championship, one-day tour of India, and A team's tour of Pakistan:x x TWENTY20 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP,x x South Africa, September 11-24: Ricky Ponting (c), Adam Gilchrist (vc), Nathan Bracken, Stuart Clark, Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin, Matthew Hayden, Brad Hodge, Brad Hogg, Michael Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Andrew Symonds, Shaun Tait, Shane Watson.x x TOUR OF INDIA,x September 25-October 21: Ricky Ponting (c), Adam Gilchrist (vc), Nathan Bracken, Stuart Clark, Michael Clarke, Matthew Hayden, Brad Hodge, Brad Hogg, Michael Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Andrew Symonds, Shaun Tait, Shane Watson.x x AUSTRALIA A TOUR OF PAKISTAN,x x September 1-22: Adam Voges (c), Cameron White (vc), Cullen Bailey, Doug Bollinger, Dan Cullen, Ben Hilfenhaus, James Hopes, David Hussey, Phil Jaques, Andrew McDonald, Stuart MacGill, Ashley Noffke, Chris Rogers, Luke Ronchi.