George Bailey will make his Test debut in the opening Ashes clash against England next week while Mitchell Johnson returns to Australia’s pace attack, selectors said on Tuesday.
Bailey got the nod in a 12-man squad on the back of his remarkable ODI form including the recent tour to India where he amassed 478 runs at 95.60 while also serving as captain.
Selectors will be hoping he can bring much-needed middle order stability with the Tasmanian preferred to Alex Doolan.
Warner to open innings
There were no surprises in the squad, with a rejuvenated David Warner to open the innings with Chris Rogers after hitting four centuries in the past month and all-rounder Shane Watson included despite a niggling hamstring injury.
James Faulkner is likely to be 12th man, although he will play if Watson does not recover sufficiently. Johnson returns to the attack alongside Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle in the absence of the injured Mitchell Starc.AFP