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Ponting out, Khawaja in, Clarke to lead Australia

Ponting out, Khawaja in, Clarke to lead Australia

Ricky Ponting is out with continuing problems over his broken finger, Michael Clarke will captain Australia in his absence and Usman Khawaja will make his test debut in the fifth test against England in Sydney.
The 24-year-old Khawaja and paceman Doug Bollinger were included in a 12-man squad named Thursday for the final test beginning Monday.
Khawaja replaced Ponting while Bollinger was added as a replacement for Ryan Harris, who has a left ankle injury requiring surgery.
Clarke will start as captain for the first time, with wicketkeeper Brad Haddin named vice-captain.


Updated : 2021-08-02 10:00 GMT+08:00