Squad for WACA Test announced
Cricket Australiaâ€™s National Selection Panel (NSP) has today announced a 13-man squad for the third 3 mobile Test match against England starting on Thursday (14 December) at the WACA Ground in Perth.
The 13-man squad is: State Age
Ricky Ponting (captain) TAS 31
Adam Gilchrist (vice-captain) WA 35
Michael Clarke NSW 25
Stuart Clark NSW 31
Matthew Hayden QLD 35
Michael Hussey WA 31
Mitchell Johnson QLD 25
Justin Langer WA 36
Brett Lee NSW 30
Glenn McGrath NSW 36
Andrew Symonds QLD 31
Adam Voges WA 27
Shane Warne VIC 37
Commenting on the selection of Adam Voges NSP chairman Andrew Hilditch said: â€œThe retirement of Damien Martyn has given the NSP an opportunity to look at some of the fantastic young players who are emerging in Australia at the present time.
â€œThis was not an easy decision as there are many players pushing for selection which augers well for the future of Australian cricket.
â€œWe are excited to give Adam this opportunity to join the squad. He is an outstanding young player who performed exceptionally well at the Commonwealth Bank Centre of Excellence and since his time at the CBCE he has had a fantastic start to the domestic season. His inclusion in the squad is a just reward for his efforts to date.â€
â€œThere is some uncertainty as to the conditions we will face at the WACA and we will wait until after we have assessed these before naming a final eleven shortly before the commencement of the game on Thursday.
â€œShane Watson continues to recover from his hamstring strain but our advice from medical staff was that he would not be fully recovered by the start of the Test, therefore we will allow him to have a full recovery and we expect that he will be fully fit and available for selection ahead of the fourth 3 mobile Ashes Test in Melbourne.
Andrew Symonds has played 10 Test matches for Australia and his last appearance in the Test side was against South Africa in Johannesburg during March-April this year.
For information, the 13th man will return to home port on Wednesday 13 December and the 12th man will be released to play domestic cricket as required.