There was no place for leg-spinner Stuart MacGill when the team was named for the anticipated spin-friendly pitch at SCG.
The Australians are chasing the first Ashes 5-0 series clean sweep in 85 years with victory in the Sydney Test.
The New Year Test also marks the final match for all-time great Australian bowlers Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath, who have announced their retirements from Test cricket.
Left-arm seamer Mitchell Johnson will be the 12th man.
Australia: Ricky Ponting (capt), Adam Gilchrist (vice-capt, wk) Stuart Clark, Michael Clarke, Matthew Hayden, Michael Hussey, Justin Langer, Brett Lee, Glenn McGrath, Andrew Symonds and Shane Warne. Mitchell Johnson (12th man).