Ben Hilfenhaus is also back in contention. Image via Wikipedia
Unkown West Australian spinner Michael Beer is the bolter in Australia’s 12-man squad for the third Ashes beginning in Perth next Thursday.
Beer replaces fellow left-arm tweaker Xavier Doherty while Marcus North and Doug Bollinger have also been dropped from the team which lost the second Test in Adelaide by an innings and 71 runs on Tuesday.
Despite poor form for NSW this season Phil Hughes has been chosen to replace the injured Simon Katich while Steve Smith has replaced North following a strong bowling performance for NSW against South Australia with his leg-spinners.
Ben Hilfenhaus, 12th man in Adelaide, remains in the squad and is expected to play while Mitchell Johnson has been recalled.
Beer, 26, made his debut for WA this season and has played just five first-class matches, claiming 16 wickets at an average of 40.
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Marcus North, Doug Bollinger and Xavier Doherty have been axed, and Australia’s selectors have sprung a major surprise by naming the little-known spinner Michael Beer in their 12-man squad for the Perth Test. Phillip Hughes has been picked to replace the injured Simon Katich, while Steven Smith is a strong chance to play after no other specialist batsman was named to replace North.
Mitchell Johnson and Ben Hilfenhaus are also likely to come back in to the side in what could be a four-man pace attack with Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle, who the selectors considered the best of the bowlers in the Adelaide loss. But it’s the inclusion of Beer that will raise eyebrows, especially with Nathan Hauritz fresh from a first-class century and five-wicket haul for New South Wales.
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Xavier Doherty speaks to the media following his naming in the Vodafone Ashes Squad ahead of the first Test in Brisbane on November 25th.