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Opener Hughes in Oz Test squad for India tour

Published: Thursday, September 2, 2010, 13:12 [IST]
 
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Phillip Hughes to make a return in India

Australian opener Phillip Hughes who was sidelined due to injury has recovered fully to be recalled in the Australian Test squad to tour India next month.

Hughes had dislocated his shoulder in May and had to undergo surgery to repair the damage.

The selectors were however, unable to consider wicketkeeper Brad Haddin, who hopes to have recovered from an elbow injury in time to play in the one-day series that follows in India, with Tim Paine to again continue on with his wicketkeeping duties in his absence.

Teenage paceman Josh Hazlewood and 23-year-old Peter George has also received a Test call up in the Australian squad.

The New South Wales bowler has played just six first-class games after making his debut in a tour match against New Zealand just under two years ago while George was a member of the Australia squad that drew 1-1 with Pakistan earlier this year in England, but did not take part in the series.

Hazlewood did, however, represent Australia in a one-day international against England in late June, the right-hander dismissing opener Craig Kieswetter to finish with one for 41 from seven overs and has claimed 17 wickets for the Blues with a best haul of three for 94.

After grabbing two for 53 from 18 overs and tow for 23 from 11.1 overs against the Black Caps at the SCG, Hazlewood did not play again for his state in the first-class arena that summer, with his Sheffield Shield debut coming more than a year later against Western Australia when he took four for 83.

"The squad we have selected sees the return from injury of Phillip Hughes and includes a very good mix of experience and new young talent with Steven Smith, Hughes and two young fast bowlers in Peter George and Josh Hazlewood," said Andrew Hilditch, chairman, National selection panel.

"All these exciting young players have the potential to have a big impact in international cricket for many years and the NSP is confident they will all equip themselves well if the opportunity presents itself on this tour."

He added: "India is ranked number one in Test cricket and there is no harder assignment in Test cricket at the moment than playing India on their home soil.

"The Australian squad is really looking forward to the challenge.

"The Australian team had a very successful home summer last year and an away series win against New Zealand.

"While it was disappointing to draw the series in England against Pakistan, the squad reflects the good performances of the team over the last 12 months as we continue to prepare for the Ashes."

Australia and India will go head to head in a two-Test series for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy from October 1 in Mohali and from October 9 in Bangalore before contesting a three-match one-day series in Kochi (October 17), Visakhapatnam (October 20) and Goa (October 24).

Australia Squad:

Ricky Ponting (c), Michael Clarke (vc), Doug Bollinger, Peter George, Nathan Hauritz, Josh Hazlewood, Ben Hilfenhaus, Phillip Hughes, Michael Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Simon Katich, Marcus North, Tim Paine, Steven Smith, Shane Watson.

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