Australia drafts Alex Doolan into Ashes squad

Australia drafts Alex Doolan into squad at expense of bowler Doug Bollinger for 5th Ashes test

Australia drafts Alex Doolan into Ashes squad

SYDNEY (AP) -- Australia selectors have added batsman Alex Doolan at the expense of paceman Doug Bollinger in the only change to the 14-man squad attempting to sweep the Ashes series 5-0.

Australia has used the same starting XI for the four comprehensive wins to date, although there is speculation that injuries or fatigue may lead to changes for the fifth test starting Jan. 3 in Sydney.

Fast bowlers Bollinger and Nathan Coulter-Nile have been with the squad since the third test but have not played. Allrounder James Faulkner has been 12th man for the series.

Chief selector John Inverarity says "With some players still being assessed by our medical team after four demanding tests, we have decided to add Alex to ensure we have sufficient cover in our batting line-up."

Updated : 2021-03-03 08:15 GMT+08:00