Selectors wild about Shaun Tait
Australian selectors have wound back the clock by selecting the "Wild Thing" Shaun Tait for three Twenty20 internationals against India later this month.
In-form Perth Scorchers paceman Andrew Tye and Test spinner Nathan Lyon also get the chance to play in their first T20 international.
The series begins in Adelaide on Australia Day.
Tait has consistently pushed the speed gun above 145kmh for Hobart in the Big Bash League, and selectors have made it clear they wanted pacemen who could bowl above 140kmh.
Tait has not represented Australia since its quarter-final exit in the 2011 World Cup in India, but has taken 10 wickets in eight matches for the Hurricanes in BBL 05.
Despite Tait being 32, national selector Rod Marsh said his raw pace was a large reason why he got the call-up.
"Shaun Tait returns on the basis that he is the quickest bowler going around in Australia at the moment and he offers us that explosive option if we choose to use it," Marsh said.
Tye's inclusion is due to his stellar form for the Scorchers.
The right-armer has taken 13 wickets in eight matches for the BBL champions, and has conceded only 6.79 runs per over - the fewest by a fast bowler with more than 20 overs in the tournament.
While Tait and Tye were the surprise inclusions, batsman George Bailey and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh were the shock exclusions.
Bailey is the Hurricanes' leading run-scorer with 240 runs at 60 in the BBL, and also scored his third ODI hundred against India in Perth last Tuesday.
The Tasmanian may have already done enough to earn a place in the squad for the Twenty20 World Cup in India in March.
Brisbane Heat captain Chris Lynn's stunning Big Bash form could not be ignored, making the squad as the BBL's leading run-scorer with 378 runs in eight matches, including one century at a stunning strike rate of 173.39.
The Adelaide Strikers' Travis Head was also included, with a memorable 101 not-out against the Sydney Sixers on December 31 the highlight of his outstanding tournament.
Queensland leg-spinner Cameron Boyce retained his spot after some impressive BBL performances.
Veteran all-rounder Shane Watson's recent performances for the Sydney Thunder were also enough for him to hold his place.
Melbourne Stars duo John Hastings and Scott Boland join Strikers speedster Kane Richardson in the fast bowling ranks, with all three men able to bowl with the new ball and at the death.