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Australia squad for first Ashes Test announced

With the exception of the injured Mitchell Starc and George Bailey, who is set to make his debut, all the players who represented Australia in its most recent Test match at the Oval in August, have been retained

Australia squad for first Ashes Test announced - Cricket News
Mitchell Johnson has been included in the squad, as he comes in as a replacement for the injured Mitchell Starc.
The Cricket Australia (CA) National Selection Panel (NSP) today announced a 12-player squad for the opening Ashes Test against England at the Gabba, starting Thursday (21 November).

Commenting on the squad, National Selector John Inverarity said: “We have settled on a strong 12-player squad for the opening Test of this important series. 

“Ten players who represented Australia in its most recent Test match, which was at the Oval in August, have been retained in this squad. Mitchell Starc is unavailable due to injury and he has been replaced by Mitchell Johnson.  

“We have included George Bailey in this line-up and are excited by what he can offer at Test level. George has shown outstanding international form over the past 20 months, including the recent limited-overs series in India. He is calm and composed and comes into the squad full of confidence. 

“Mitchell Johnson has been bowling impressively in recent times. He has good rhythm and is generating good pace.  

“James Faulkner has retained his place in the squad and his all-round development over the past five months has been most noticeable and pleasing. 

“As selectors we are confident that this squad will provide options for a well-balanced XI that will acquit itself very well in Brisbane,” Inverarity said. 

Some players not involved in Bupa Sheffield Shield matches, including Clarke, Siddle, Harris and Johnson will arrive at the National Cricket Centre later this week.  

Squad:

Michael Clarke (c) (NSW)  
Brad Haddin (vc) (NSW) 
George Bailey (TAS)
James Faulkner (TAS)
Ryan Harris (QLD)
Mitchell Johnson (WA)
Nathan Lyon (NSW)
Chris Rogers (VIC)
Peter Siddle (VIC)
Steve Smith (NSW)
David Warner (NSW)
Shane Watson (NSW)
 


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