Australia call up Burns and Ferguson; injured Shaun Marsh out

Joe Burns was dropped during the Sri Lanka Tests © Getty Images

Batsmen Joe Burns and Callum Ferguson have been included in Australia’s Test squad for the second Test against South Africa, which begins in Hobart on November 12. Shaun Marsh has been ruled out of the match with a broken finger.

Ferguson, 31, is yet to debut in Test cricket, has played 30 ODIs and three T20Is, but the last of those games for Australia came way back in April 2011. He has had a mixed start to the Sheffield Shield this season, scoring a century and a duck in two games for South Australia.

Burns, who was dropped during Australia’s Test whitewash in Sri Lanka, was Man of the Match for his 170 and 65 against New Zealand in Christchurch in February – Australia’s previous Test assignment to the Sri Lanka tour. He too, like Ferguson, has one century in his first two Sheffield Shield games this season.

Australia are 1-0 down in the series, having lost the Perth Test by 177 runs after a poor showing with the bat.

More to follow

Squad for Hobart: David Warner, Joe Burns, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith (capt), Adam Voges, Mitchell Marsh, Callum Ferguson, Peter Nevill (wk), Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Peter Siddle, Joe Mennie, Nathan Lyon

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Source: ESPN Crickinfo

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