Peter Siddle, Ben Hilfenhaus to miss third Test

The game at Adelaide was a tough one for Australia's bowling unit. And so the fast bowlers Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus have been rested from the Perth Test.

Updated: November 29, 2012 12:14 IST
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Sydney: Fast bowlers Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus were Thursday left out of the Australian team for the third Test in Perth after their exhausting workload in Adelaide.

Instead pace quartet Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and John Hastings were named in the 12-man squad, while star all-rounder Shane Watson will play after recovering from a calf injury.

Right-arm quick James Pattinson was a forced omission due to a side strain, while Siddle and Hilfenhaus rested after the drawn Adelaide Test.

Should Johnson return, it would mark his first Test since breaking down with a toe injury in South Africa last November.

Hastings and Hazlewood will make their Test debuts if they play.

Australia - Michael Clarke (capt), David Warner, Ed Cowan, Shane Watson, Ricky Ponting, Mike Hussey, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, John Hastings (12th man to be named).

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