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Stanlake's ODI selection no shock: Khawaja

AAP logoAAP 8/01/2017 Scott Bailey

Billy Stanlake could be Australia's biggest bolter in more ways than one, but Queensland teammate Usman Khawaja won't be surprised to see him in Australian colours.

At 204cm, Stanlake is set to become the tallest player to represent Australia if he replaces a rested Josh Hazlewood on Friday in the first one-day international against Pakistan at the Gabba.

However, his height wasn't the biggest shock when selectors read his name out as part of the 14-man squad for the five-match ODI series.

The 22-year-old quick has played just two first-class matches and four one-day games for Queensland, making him one of the most-inexperienced call-ups in Australian history.

Despite not played in the Sheffield Shield since December 2015, when back injuries struck him down, Khawaja said he wasn't surprised when he heard Stanlake was in the squad.

"His name was mentioned last year before he got injured - he's just that kind of bowler," Khawaja said.

"He's a tall bloke, bowls fast, hits the bat hard and he's very ugly to face.

"The selectors think he's ready and I'm sure that he is and, if he gets a chance, he'll do really well."

Stanlake won his way into the squad off the back of an impressive Big Bash League campaign for the Adelaide Strikers, with six wickets in his past three matches.

He also has seven Shield and seven one-day domestic wickets to his name and, while Khawaja has played in just two of those matches alongside him, he's seen enough in the nets.

"He's very tall and very fast, and that's two commodities you don't get together a lot of times," he said.

"Either you bowl fast and you're not as tall, or you're tall and you're not as fast, but he can do both which is quite impressive."

Khawaja might need to tell the man himself that, though.

Stanlake on Sunday revealed he missed the call from interim chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns when he was announced in the team, and was left shocked when he called him back.

However, he believes he has plenty to offer against a Pakistan team aiming to bounce back from the 3-0 drubbing they copped in the Test series.

"I think my height and bounce makes me a little bit of an x-factor," he said.

"I'm probably a bit of an unknown to the Pakistan side; they wouldn't have seen me at all. That's a bit of an upside as well."

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