: Phillip Hughes is in line to replace newly retired Ricky Ponting after being named on Thursday in the Australian squad for the opening Test against Sri Lanka, starting in Hobart next week.

Hughes, whose last Test appearance was against New Zealand in December 2011, was preferred ahead of Rob Quiney and Usman Khawaja. The squad: Michael Clarke (capt.), Shane Watson, David Warner, Ed Cowan, Phil Hughes, Mike Hussey, Matthew Wade, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Ben Hilfenhaus, Nathan Lyon. — AFP

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