Australia squad unchanged again

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Australia have named an unchanged squad for the third Ashes Test, which will get underway at the Western Australia Cricket Ground in Perth on Friday.

Australia have named an unchanged squad for the third Ashes Test, which will get underway at the Western Australia Cricket Ground in Perth on Friday.

The XI for the first two fixtures in the five-match series – and 12th man James Faulkner have been retained, while seamers Doug Bollinger and Nathan Coulter-Nile remain on standby.

Left-armer Bollinger has not played Test match cricket since December 2010, while right-armer Coulter-Nile has only played three Twenty20 Internationals and two ODIs.

Both have enjoyed an outstanding stretch of form in first-class competition this season, and will filter into the team if one or two of frontline seamers Mitchell Johnson, Peter Siddle and Ryan Harris are rested.

"The NSP have selected the same squad of 12 for the Perth Test. Another player could be added to the squad during the week pending review of conditions in Perth," said national selector John Inverarity.

"Nathan Coulter-Nile and Doug Bollinger will be in Perth on standby and training with the squad for the Test match should they be required."

The Australians lead the series two-nil on the back of resounding 381- and 218-run victories at the Gabba in Brisbane and Adelaide Oval. Johnson, for 17 wickets, was named Man of the Match on both occasions.

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