Phil Hughes Replaces Injured Marsh

Phil Hughes
Phil Hughes has been called up to replace Shaun Marsh, who will miss the Test series in South Africa
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Phil Hughes has been called up to replace fellow left-handed top-order batsman Shaun Marsh in Australia's Test squad for the tour of South Africa.

Marsh suffered a calf injury during the recently-concluded One-Day International series against England and will not be fit for the three-match series.

Australia left it as late as they could before making the decision, and while fast bowler Jackson Bird was passed fit, Marsh was not so lucky.

"As Shaun Marsh’s calf injury has not improved as much as required over the past four days he has been withdrawn from the Test Squad for the Tour of South Africa," National Selector John Inverarity said.

"Phillip Hughes had been placed on standby and now comes into the Test Squad as a replacement for Shaun. Phillip will head to South Africa as soon as possible."

Hughes, who has now played 26 Tests for Australia, made his Test debut in South Africa in 2008, hitting a century in his second game.

He has gone on to score 1,535 runs at an average of 32.65 with two further three-figure scores and this season in first-class cricket has struck 549 runs in five games with three centuries.

He becomes the second replacement player to join up with the squad after Moises Henriques was drafted in to replace all-rounder James Faulkner.

The opening Test at Centurion Park gets underway on 12th February but before that, Australia take on an Invitational XI in a game that begins on Wednesday (5th February).

Australia Test squad: Michael Clarke (captain), Brad Haddin (wicket-keeper, vice-captain), Jackson Bird, Alex Doolan, Ryan Harris, Phillip Hughes, Moises Henriques, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Lyon, James Pattinson, Chris Rogers, Peter Siddle, Steve Smith, David Warner, Shane Watson

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Fixtures & Results

12th-16th February: 1st Test, Centurion
AUS 397 & 290-4d. beat RSA 206 & 200 by 281 runs
20th-24th February: 2nd Test, Port Elizabeth
RSA 423 & 270-5 dec. beat 246 & 216 by 231 runs
1st-5th March: 3rd Test, Cape Town
AUS 494-7d & 303-5d beat RSA 287 & 265 by 245 runs
9th March: 1st T20I, Port Elizabeth
Match abandoned without a ball bowled - rain
12th March: 2nd T20I, Durban
AUS 81-5 beat RSA 80-1 by 5 wickets
14th March: 3rd T20I, Centurion
AUS 129-4 beat RSA 128-7 by 6 wickets