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Steve Smith added to Australia's Ashes squad

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Published: Monday, June 24, 2013, 16:17 [IST]
 
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Melbourne, June 24: All-rounder Steve Smith join Australia's Ashes series squad in England, Cricket Australia's selection panel has announced.

The Cricket Australia National Selection Panel (NSP) has today advised that Steve Smith has been added to the Australian Ashes squad on the VB Tour of England, CA's statement said.

Steve Smith added to Ashes squad

Smith has played 7 Tests so far since making his debut against Pakistan in 2010 at Lord's.

Commenting on the decision, National Selector John Inverarity said: "The NSP advises that Steve Smith has been added to the Australian Ashes squad until the beginning of the Second Test when it will be reviewed. Given David Warner is unavailable for the upcoming tour games against Somerset and Worcestershire and while Michael Clarke continues to make good progress from a back injury, we feel further batting cover is required.

"Ashton Agar is to accompany the Ashes Squad until the beginning of the Second Test as a development player. This will be similar to the situation when Mitchell Starc accompanied the ODI, T20 and Test Squads on the tour to West Indies in 2012 as a development player.

Pakistani refugee spinner Fawad Ahmed will return to Australia from the "A" squad to complete processes to become an Australian citizen.

"Fawad Ahmed will return to Australia tomorrow (Monday) while he goes through the processes required of him to become an Australian citizen and remains a player of interest to the National Selection Panel."

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