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Australia add Hilton Cartwright to squad for second Test against Pakistan

Mitchell Marsh has been left out once again
Mitchell Marsh has been left out once again

Western Australia all-rounder Hilton Cartwright has been added to the Australian squad for the Boxing Day Test against Pakistan in Melbourne.

The decision to include Cartwright comes after the Australian bowling attack were stretched in the second innings of the Brisbane Test where they had to bowl 145 overs to dismiss Pakistan for 450 and secure a 39-run victory.

Cartwright, has 890 runs in addition to 15 wickets from as many first-class games and has been preferred over Mitchell Marsh, who was dropped for poor form during the home Test series against South Africa.

Interim national selector Trevor Hohns said Cartwright can provide some relief to the bowlers with his handy medium bowling.

“To do that we wanted a batting all-rounder, someone to bowl seam-up and capable of batting in the top six as well, and after considering several names we came to the conclusion that Hilton fits that bill.

“We have seen plenty of him, he has performed well this season and we believe that if called upon he will do an excellent job.”

Australia squad to face Pakistan in Boxing Day Test:

Steve Smith (captain), David Warner (vc), Jackson Bird, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Nic Maddinson, Matt Renshaw, Chadd Sayers, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade

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