James Muirhead the bolter for Australia's Twenty20 squad

Melbourne Stars spinner James Muirhead is the selection bolter for Australia's three-game Twenty20 series against England.

The 20-year-old leg spinner who has made just four Twenty20 appearances and only two first-class matches was named on Monday in Australia's 14-man squad for the three-match series against England.

Fast bowlers Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazelwood, who are on the comeback trail from injury, have also been included in the squad.

Chairman of selectors John Inverarity said the Australian team had one eye on the upcoming World Cup in Bangladesh.

“The ICC World Twenty20 is just around the corner and these and other players will come into contention for our 15-man squad for that tournament,” Inverarity said.

“Cameron White and Chris Lynn have been in tremendous form this season and have shown themselves to be destructive hitters of the ball, as have all-rounders Dan Christian and Ben Cutting.

“The NSP is looking to develop spin bowling options for both the ICC World Twenty20 and the 2015 ICC World Cup. James Muirhead has impressed recently. He is an exciting prospect as an emerging leg-spinner and will be looking to make the most of his opportunity. Mitchell Starc has a fine record in International T20 cricket and is an important player in our ICC World Twenty20 campaign. It is anticipated that he will be ready to perform by the end of this month. Josh Hazelwood has returned to fitness and his Big Bash League performances have been consistently very good.”

Australia will also play three T20 fixtures against the Proteas following the Tests series in South Africa.

The Australian Twenty20 squad: George Bailey (c), Aaron Finch (vc), Dan Christian, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ben Cutting, James Faulkner, Josh Hazelwood, Moises Henriques, Glenn Maxwell, James Murihead, Chris Lynn, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, Cameron White.

The story James Muirhead the bolter for Australia's Twenty20 squad first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.

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