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ACB retains Waughs for Tests, opts for rookie spinner

Published: Saturday, August 24, 2002, 19:20 [IST]
 
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Sydney: Steve and Mark Waugh were on Saturday named in a 14-man Australian Test cricket squad to play Pakistan at a yet to be determined venue in October.

The brothers, axed from the Australian One-day squad, both kept their places for a series, which will be switched from Pakistan because of security concerns. Steve Waugh, who has been replaced by Ricky Ponting as One-day skipper, retains the captaincy. Off spinner Nathan Hauritz, who toured South Africa with the Australian One-day side earlier this year, was included in a Test squad for the first time but leg spinner Stuart MacGill and all-rounder Shane Watson both missed out. Trevor Hohns, chairman of the Australian selectors, said there was no reason to make major changes to the Australian side which was successful in South Africa. He said it was disappointing to drop MacGill, but the selectors' preference was to take one leg spinner and one off spinner. "He (McGill) is still very much in the mix for selection later in the year," Hohns said. Hohns said he hoped Hauritz's selection would fast track the youngster's development. "His inclusion will also give us some added variety in the spin bowling department by having a player that can offer us quality spells of off spin," he said. Hauritz, who is part of the Australian Limited Overs squad departing on Monday for a triangular tournament in Kenya and ICC Champions Trophy in Sri Lanka, said he was thrilled at his Test squad selection. "Touring with the Test team will be a fantastic opportunity for me and it has come so soon after the selectors put me in the mix for the One-day team," Hauritz said. "The rise in my career has happened so quickly and it is going to take me a few days to calm down now that I have been included in the Test squad. I believe I'm ready for the challenge and I can't wait to get away for the next few months of cricket. "I used the South African tour to look, learn and listen and I'll take a similar approach to the Test series against Pakistan. If I'm lucky enough to get a Test berth, it will be a dream come true." The squad: Stephen Waugh (captain), Adam Gilchrist (vice-capt), Andrew Bichel, Jason Gillespie, Nathan Hauritz, Matthew Hayden, Justin Langer, Brett Lee, Darren Lehmann, Damien Martyn, Glenn McGrath, Ricky Ponting, Shane Warne and Mark Waugh.

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