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Johnson, Short, Hardie to debut against South Africa

Rookie quick Johnson tipped to make Starc-like impact

Three debutants, including one likened to Mitchell Starc, will be blooded in Australia’s first T20 in almost a year, with breakthrough left-arm phenom Spencer Johnson named alongside fellow uncapped pair Matt Short and Aaron Hardie to face South Africa in their tour opener.

Mitch Marsh will lead the fresh-faced XI in his first international match as captain on Thursday morning (2am AEST, 6pm Wednesday evening local time) as the bulk of Australia’s first-choice side sit out the three-T20I series being held entirely in Durban this week.

Standouts from the last KFC BBL season, Short and Johnson, look set to open the batting and bowling respectively, while allrounder Hardie, a breakout star for the Perth Scorchers last summer, is listed at…

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