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Hilton Cartwright to make debut for Australia in Sydney Test

Steve O'Keefe has taken the place of Jackson Bird in the line-up
Steve O'Keefe has taken the place of Jackson Bird in the line-up
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Australia have made two changes to their line-up for the third Test against Pakistan in Sydney with all-rounder Hilton Cartwright set to make his debut.

Cartwright will provide some relief with medium pace to the workload of the Australian bowlers, who were made to work hard in the second innings of the Brisbane Test and the first innings of Melbourne Test.

The 24-year-old will take the place of New South Wales batsman Nic Maddinson, who has been dropped after scoring just 27 runs in the three Tests he played previously.

With the conditions at Sydney Cricket Ground expected to aid spin, Australia have also opted for left-arm-spinner Steve O'Keefe in the place of Jackson Bird, who picked 10 wickets in the last two Tests.

O'Keefe will be the second spinner in the team after Nathan Lyon and will join force with pace bowlers Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood as they eye a 3-0 series whitewash against Pakistan.

This also means Ashton Agar will have to wait for his chance after last playing a Test in 2013.

Australia XI for Sydney Test:

David Warner, Matt Renshaw, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith (captain), Peter Handscomb, Hilton Cartwright, Matthew Wade (wk), Mitchell Starc, Steve O'Keefe, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon

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