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Rookie Smith covers for Hauritz

Australia today included all-rounder Steve Smith as cover for spinner Nathan Hauritz, who injured his right-hand finger during a practice session ahead of the third and final cricket Test against the West Indies in Perth starting Wednesday.

cricket Updated: Dec 15, 2009 22:42 IST

Australia today included all-rounder Steve Smith as cover for spinner Nathan Hauritz, who injured his right-hand finger during a practice session ahead of the third and final cricket Test against the West Indies in Perth starting Wednesday.

“Leg spinning all-rounder Steve Smith will join the Australian squad as a standby player for Nathan Hauritz who suffered a knock to the middle finger on his right hand during the team’s finals practice session before tomorrow’s third Test against the West Indies at the WACA,” Cricket Australia said in a statement.

Hauritz suffered a blow to his finger at training and is in some doubt for the final match of the series, which Australia leads 1-0.

“To ensure sufficient coverage is available the NSP has today named Steve Smith as a standby player for Nathan. Steve is a leg-spinning all rounder who has been identified as an exciting young talent capable of having a significant impact at international level for Australia,” NSP Chairman Andrew Hilditch said. Smith will join the squad this evening in Perth and will return to state duties is he does not make the final XI Australia have already taken an unassailable 1-0 lead in the three-match series and retained the Frank Worrell Trophy, but a loss in Perth will mean the series is squared. Australia have won only one of the last four matches played at the venue.