Doolan in Aussie squad for final Ashes test

Last updated 12:57 30/12/2013

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Tasmanian batsman Alex Doolan is a step closer to making his test debut after being included in the Australian 14-man squad for the final Ashes test in Sydney.

The Australian selectors named Doolan in the team as cover for injured all-rounder Shane Watson, who has a groin injury but is hopeful of taking his place in the side for the fifth test against England, which starts on Friday.

NSW fast bowler Doug Bollinger has been omitted from the squad which travelled to Melbourne for the fourth test victory.

National selector John Inverarity said: "With some players still being assessed by our medical team after four demanding tests, we have decided to add Alex to ensure we have sufficient cover in our batting line-up should it be required.

"Alex is a talented player who came under strong consideration for selection ahead of the Ashes series after a string of solid performances in four-day cricket for Tasmania at the start of this season, but also after an excellent finish to last season and we feel those performances warrant his inclusion in the squad of 14 for Sydney.

"Doug, who has been bowling impressively this season, has been released to play Big Bash League as the national selection panel feels there is sufficient cover with James Faulkner and Nathan Coulter-Nile also in the squad."

Squad: Michael Clarke (c), Brad Haddin (vc), Chris Rogers, David Warner, Shane Watson, Alex Doolan, Steve Smith, George Bailey, James Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon, Nathan Coulter-Nile.

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- Sydney Morning Herald

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