Four changes for Australia
Australia have made four changes to their squad for the third Test in Perth, including recalls for Phil Hughes and Mitchell Johnson.
Last Updated: 10/12/10 1:03pm
Australia have made four changes to their squad for the third Ashes Test in Perth, including recalls for Phil Hughes and Mitchell Johnson.
Opener Hughes has been named in the 12-man squad after Simon Katich was ruled out of the rest of the series with an Achilles injury, while Johnson has earned a reprieve having being dropped following the first Test draw in Gabba.
The Australia selectors have also reacted to the innings and 71-run defeat in Adelaide by calling up spinners Steve Smith and Michael Beer - with Marcus North, Doug Bollinger and Xavier Doherty all axed.
National selection panel chairman Andrew Hilditch said: "Phil (Hughes) is an exciting young batsman, who has already proven his ability to succeed at international level - and he deserves this opportunity to return to the Australian side.
"This is obviously disappointing for Marcus, who has played some outstanding Test innings for Australia - but it was felt to be the right time to bring the exciting prospect Steve Smith into the Test team.
"Steve has already had success at international level and will also add to the bowling depth, with his leg-spin bowling and dynamic fielding."
England have already come up against Beer, having taken on the spinner in the opening tour match against Western Australia.
Beer finished that game with match figures of 5-207 and Hilditch believes he can prosper on his home ground.
"Michael is a left-arm orthodox spinner, who has been very impressive at domestic level this year," he said.
"He took wickets against England in the tour match earlier this summer, and we expect he will bowl very well against the English on his home ground."
Hilditch believes the conditions at the WACA will also suit Johnson, who managed match figures of 0-170 in the first Test.
Hilditch added: "Doug Bollinger has been omitted from the squad. Both Mitchell Johnson and Ben Hilfenhaus did not play in Adelaide but will be strongly considered for selection in the Perth Test match, where conditions will suit them.
"Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle were the pick of our quicks at Adelaide Oval, and these four make up the pace attack for the Perth Test match.
"The squad is a very exciting one with a blend of talented young players and experienced international cricketers.
"We are confident it will play an aggressive brand of cricket as we try to change the momentum of the Test series in this critical match."
Australia squad: R Ponting (capt), M Clarke, M Beer, B Haddin (wkt), R Harris, P Hughes, B Hilfenhaus, M Hussey, M Johnson, P Siddle, S Smith, S Watson.