Australia have named a 12-man squad for the third Ashes Test against England, calling up uncapped spinner Michael Beer as a replacement for Xavier Doherty.
Middle-order batsman Marcus North has also lost his place as leg-spinner Steven Smith is handed a recall while opener Phillip Hughes has been drafted in to take the place of Simon Katich, who will miss the rest of the series with an Achilles injury.
Fast bowler Doug Bollinger misses out and Ben Hilfenhaus, who played in Brisbane but was dropped for the innings-and-71-run defeat in Adelaide, is called up once again - as is Mitchell Johnson.
“Phillip Hughes replaces the injured Simon Katich in the squad for the third Test match in Perth," National Selecton Panel Chairman Andrew Hilditch said.
"Phil is an exciting young batsman who has already proven his ability to succeed at international level and he deserves this opportunity to return to the Australian side.
“Steve Smith replaces Marcus North in the 12-man squad. This is obviously disappointing for Marcus who has played some outstanding Test innings for Australia but it was felt to be the right time to bring the exciting prospect Steve Smith into the Test team. Steve has already had success at international level and will also add to the bowling depth with his leg spin bowling and dynamic fielding.
“Michael Beer replaces Xavier Doherty in the squad. Michael is a left-arm orthodox spinner who has been very impressive at domestic level this year. He took wickets against England in the tour match earlier this summer and we expect he will bowl very well against the English on his home ground.
“Doug Bollinger has been omitted from the squad. Both Mitchell Johnson and Ben Hilfenhaus did not play in Adelaide but will be strongly considered for selection in the Perth Test match where conditions will suit them. Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle were the pick of our quicks at Adelaide Oval and these four make up the pace attack for the Perth Test match.
“The squad is a very exciting one with a blend of talented young players and experienced international cricketers. We are confident it will play an aggressive brand of cricket as we try to change the momentum of the Test series in this critical Vodafone Ashes Perth Test match.”
The match gets underway on 16th December with England leading the series 1-0 following the win in Adelaide and a high-scoring draw in Brisbane.
Australia 3rd Test squad: Ricky Ponting (captain), Michael Clarke (vice-captain), Michael Beer, Brad Haddin, Ryan Harris, Ben Hilfenhaus, Phillip Hughes, Michael Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Peter Siddle, Steven Smith, Shane Watson
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