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Australia squad announced for fifth Ashes Test

Doug Bollinger released to play Big Bash League

Australia squad announced for fifth Ashes Test - Cricket News
Alex Doolan has been included in the squad for the next Test in case Shane Watson is unable to recover his groin injury.

The Cricket Australia National Selection Panel (NSP) has advised of one change to the squad for the fifth and final Ashes Test in Sydney, starting 3 January at the Sydney Cricket Ground, with Alex Doolan coming in and Doug Bollinger omitted.

National Selector John Inverarity said: “The NSP has selected a squad of 14 players for the Sydney Test with the addition of Tasmanian Alex Doolan coming in and Doug Bollinger going out. With some players still being assessed by our medical team after four demanding Tests, we have decided to add Alex to ensure we have sufficient cover in our batting line-up should it be required.

“Alex is a talented player who came under strong consideration for selection ahead of the Ashes series after a string of solid performances in four day cricket for Tasmania at the start of this season, but also after an excellent finish to last season and we feel those performances warrant his inclusion in the squad of 14 for Sydney.

“Doug, who has been bowling impressively this season, has been released to play Big Bash League as the NSP feels there is sufficient cover with James Faulkner and Nathan Coulter-Nile also in the squad.”

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