Brisbane, Mar.12 (ANI): Queensland fast bowler Ben Laughlin, who has taken 20 wickets at an average of 15.85 to guide his team to the Ford Ranger Cup final, has been called into the Australian squad for the Twenty20 and one-day clashes with South Africa.
Laughlin, 26, snared 3-25 in the final as Queensland stunned hot favourite Victoria.
"Ben has had an extremely good summer for Queensland and was instrumental in their one-day final victory," chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch said.
"Ben will add to the versatility of the Australian bowling line up as we continue to look at options progressing forward to the 2011 World Cup."
Australia will rest Test pacers Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus for the limited-overs series, which include two Twenty20 and five one-day internationals.
"Both Ben Hilfenhaus and Peter Siddle are being rested from the South African one-day series as part of their workload management to prepare for their possible inclusion in key upcoming events which include the World Twenty20 and the Ashes," Hilditch said.
"Both Peter and Ben had significant injuries during the 2008 off-season.
"Since returning to cricket they have had a demanding and heavy Australian season and will have completed three back-to-back Test matches in South Africa.
"The recommendation of the coaching and fitness staff was that they have time off now to allow them to recuperate and then commence a structured training program in ideal preparation potentially for the World Twenty20 and the Ashes."
NSW blaster Dave Warner and Victorian bowler Shane Harwood have been included in the squad only for the two Twenty20 matches.
Australia: Ricky Ponting (capt), Michael Clarke (vice-capt), Nathan Bracken, Callum Ferguson, Brett Geeves, Brad Haddin, Nathan Hauritz, James Hopes, David Hussey, Michael Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Ben Laughlin, Adam Voges, Cameron White, David Warner, Shane Harwood. (ANI)