Australia squad for 2nd Test vs New Zealand

Cricket Australia has announced the squad of twelve for the second Vodafone Test vs New Zealand in Hobart, which begins on Friday 9 December.

Daniel Christian, the South Australia allrounder, has replaced Ben Cutting in the only change to the Australia squad for the second Test against New Zealand.

Commenting on the squad, National Selector John Inverarity said: “The National Selection Panel has decided to replace the injured Ben Cutting with Daniel Christian in the twelve for the Second Test, which begins in Hobart this Friday.

“It is disappointing for Ben that he will be sidelined for some weeks with a side strain, but this provides an opportunity for Daniel who has been performing well as an all-rounder for South Australia.

“The balance of a team is always enhanced by the presence of an energetic all-rounder who is in good form. Michael Clarke and his team are buoyant after their convincing victory in Brisbane.

“James Pattinson’s performance on debut will provide a great boost not only the team as a whole but to those who are new to the team in particular.”

Second Test squad: Michael Clarke (capt), David Warner, Phillip Hughes, Usman Khawaja, Ricky Ponting, Michael Hussey, Daniel Christian, Brad Haddin (wk), Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, James Pattinson, Nathan Lyon.

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