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Australia name unchanged 12-man squad for fourth test

cricket Updated: Dec 19, 2010 15:04 IST

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Australia named an unchanged 12-man squad for the fourth test in Melbourne following the team's dominant 267-run win over England in Perth on Sunday.

Opening batsman Phillip Hughes has retained his place in the side following twin failures at the WACA ground, while untried spinner Michael Beer holds hopes of being selected for Melbourne after being the only man left out in Perth.
Captain Ricky Ponting remains the sole injury concern after breaking his little finger in a catch attempt during the dismissal of England batsman Jonathan Trott on Saturday.

Ponting rated himself a good chance to play in Melbourne despite admitting that the injury was 'sore and angry'.
"Should the NSP (National Selection Panel) determine the need for a standby player for Ricky Ponting, this will be announced in due course," a team statement said.

Australia will head to Melbourne on Wednesday ahead of the fourth test which starts on Dec. 26.
Team:

Ricky Ponting (c), Michael Clarke, Michael Beer, Brad Haddin, Ryan Harris, Phillip Hughes, Ben Hilfenhaus, Mike Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Peter Siddle, Steve Smith, Shane Watson.