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Ferguson Included In Invitational XI

Callum Ferguson
Callum Ferguson gets another chance to impress the Australian selectors
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Callum Ferguson has been given another opportunity to press his case for a Test call-up by being included in the Invitational XI to play England this week.

Ferguson played for Australia 'A' in the recent game but due to bad weather, had little opportunity to bat, and will get another chance at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

England's opponents were originally scheduled to be a New South Wales XI before Cricket Australia opted to instead select an Invitational XI to give further chances to potential Ashes squad members.

To that end, Ed Cowan (Victoria), Adam Voges (Western Australia) and South Australian Ferguson are included alongside eight New South Wales players, none of whom have played a Test match.

With Ferguson being drafted in, South Australia team-mate Phillip Hughes, who was originally named in the Invitational XI, will remain with his state side and feature in this week's Sheffield Shield game against Western Australia.

Similarly, Queensland's Usman Khawja, who was also named in the original Invitational side, will play for his injury-hit state this week.

Cricket Australia Invitational XI: Peter Nevill (captain), Nic Bills, Ryan Carters, Ed Cowan, Callum Ferguson, Aaron Finch, Josh Lalor, Stephen O'Keefe, Ben Rohrer, Chris Tremain, Adam Voges

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