Oz name squad for SA tour
Sydney - Australia dropped batsman George Bailey from the squad for their
three-Test tour of South Africa on Monday and brought uncapped Alex
Doolan and Shaun Marsh into the 15-man party.
Bailey made his debut in the first Test of the recently concluded Ashes
series but scored only 183 runs at an average of 26 as an unchanged
Australia romped to a 5-0 sweep of England.
Bowling all-rounder James Faulkner, who was 12th man throughout the Ashes
series, was also included in the party and is likely to contend with
Doolan and Marsh for the No 6 spot in the batting order vacated by
"We felt Alex and Shaun have games that are well suited to facing South
Africa in South Africa," chief selector John Inverarity said in a news
"We consider that both are strong players of pace bowling which is important given the strength of South Africa's attack.
"Alex was on standby for the recent fifth test in Sydney and scored a
most impressive 165 not out against South Africa for Australia A last
"Shaun is a talented batsman who is striking the ball very well at the moment. He has the technique and potential to do well."
Former Test opener Phil Hughes, who was in outstanding form for South
Australia this season in the domestic Sheffield Shield, was omitted but
remained "a highly regarded batsman whose time will come," Inverarity
James Pattinson and Jackson Bird have been called up to reinforce the
pace attack of Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle, which
played a major role in the humiliation of England in the Ashes.
"James Pattinson is regaining fitness and form," Inverarity added.
"At his best he is a fine test match bowler. Jackson Bird shaded out
Nathan Coulter-Nile for the final bowling position and each of these
bowlers is showing encouraging form."
There was no place for fast bowler Pat Cummins, however, as he continues
to recover from the latest of a string of injuries that have plagued
him since he made his sensational test debut in South Africa in 2011.
In his only test match to date, the then-teenager took six for 79 in the
second innings as Australia beat the hosts by two wickets at Wanderers.
That series was drawn 1-1 and South Africa won 1-0 in Australia in another tight series in 2012.
South Africa have topped the test rankings since deposing England in
August 2012 and open the series againstAustralia at Centurion on
Michael Clarke (captain), Brad Haddin (vice
captain), Jackson Bird, Alex Doolan, James Faulkner, Ryan Harris,
Mitchell Johnson, Shaun Marsh, Nathan Lyon, James Pattinson, Chris
Rogers, Peter Siddle, Steve Smith,David Warner, Shane Watson