But it’s another veteran bowler that has captured new Australian captain George Bailey’s attention.
The Tasmanian firmly believes he has one of the best T20 bowlers in the world in former Test quick Brett Lee, especially after the 35-year-old’s starring role in the Sydney Sixers’ Big Bash League triumph.
“I certainly do (see him as one of the best),” Bailey told reporters in Sydney.
“His experience is going to be really important and something that we’ll tap into.
“His numbers in the Big Bash were outstanding for someone who bowls in the key periods at the top, in that powerplay, and also at the death.”
Bailey said Lee, who has taken 22 wickets at 27.31 in 21 T20 internationals, brings more than just his bowling skill to the team.
“I think Lee embraces that role as the frontline leading fast bowler in our team and his experience is outstanding,” he said.
“The thing I love about him is just how competitive he is. He loves the contest and loves to lead from the front.”
Indian captain MS Dhoni is also a fan of the blond quick, saying his ability to bowl more than just searing pace was the key behind his longevity and usefulness at T20 level.
“He’s a very good bowler with plenty of experience,” Dhoni said.
“Don’t forget he’s someone who always keeps experimenting with his bowling, always tries to come up with deliveries that could help him contain the batsmen, especially in the extra short format that is Twenty20.
“It really helps to have bowlers that can bowl quick but at the same time have variations when needed.”