Australia include Bailey, Johnson for first Ashes Test

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Published: Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 11:18 [IST]
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Melbourne, Nov 12: George Bailey's superb run of form in One Day Internationals in India has earned him a place in the Australian Test squad for the Ashes Series opener against England starting in Brisbane on November 21.

The Cricket Australia (CA) National Selection Panel (NSP) today announced a 12-player squad for the opening Test at the Gabba.

Bailey included for 1st Ashes Test

The selectors have recalled left-arm quick Mitchell Johnson. Michael Clarke will lead the side while stumper Brad Haddin will be his deputy.

Commenting on the squad, National Selector John Inverarity said: "Ten players who represented Australia in its most recent Test match, which was at the Oval in August, have been retained in this squad. Mitchell Starc is unavailable due to injury and he has been replaced by Mitchell Johnson.

"We have included George Bailey in this line-up and are excited by what he can offer at Test level. George has shown outstanding international form over the past 20 months, including the recent limited-overs series in India. He is calm and composed and comes into the squad full of confidence."

"Mitchell Johnson has been bowling impressively in recent times. He has good rhythm and is generating good pace.

"James Faulkner has retained his place in the squad and his all-round development over the past five months has been most noticeable and pleasing.

"As selectors we are confident that this squad will provide options for a well-balanced XI that will acquit itself very well in Brisbane," Inverarity added.

England are the current holders of the Ashes after winning at home few months back.

Australia squad: Michael Clarke (captain), Brad Haddin (vice-captain), George Bailey, James Faulkner, Ryan Harris, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Lyon, Chris Rogers, Peter Siddle, Steve Smith, David Warner, Shane Watson.


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