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Australians include Michael Beer in Ashes shock

Australian cricketer Ben Hilfenhaus during the...

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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