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CRICKET: Bailey, Johnson named in Australia's squad

Published:Tuesday | November 12, 2013 | 12:41 PM

Uncapped batsman George Bailey and pace bowler Mitchell Johnson have been named in Australia's 12-man squad for the first Ashes Test against England.

The 31-year-old Bailey edged out fellow Tasmanian Alex Doolan after impressing as stand-in captain of Australia's one-day team.

Left-armer Johnson, 32, was dropped for Australia's 3-0 Ashes defeat in England this summer, but showed good form in the one-day series in September.

Injured left-arm paceman Mitchell Starc is the only absentee from the Australia Eleven that played in the final Ashes Test at The Oval in August.

James Faulkner keeps his place, while fellow all-rounder Shane Watson is included despite a hamstring injury that may prevent him from bowling.

The first of five Tests starts in Brisbane on November 21.

Australia are unbeaten in 24 Tests in Brisbane, their last defeat coming against West Indies in 1988.


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