CA tell back-up pacemen to be ready for Perth

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Cricket Australia have put fast bowlers Doug Bollinger and Nathan Coulter-Nile on stand-by for the third Ashes Test in Perth and have been withdrawn from selection for the Sheffield Shield fixtures this weekend.

Cricket Australia have put fast bowlers Doug Bollinger and Nathan Coulter-Nile on stand-by for the third Ashes Test in Perth and have been withdrawn from selection for the Sheffield Shield fixtures this weekend.

The selectors are looking to be prepared in case anything goes wrong with their injury-prone battery of pacemen in the second Test in Adelaide this week, or in case veterans like Ryan Harris need to be rested.

National selector John Inverarity said: "We hope the fitness and form of current squad members leads to us having the same 12 for the Perth Test.

"However, to ensure we are well prepared, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Doug Bollinger have been placed on standby for the Perth Test which is to start on Friday 13 December.

"Nathan and Doug will not be available to play for Western Australia and New South Wales respectively in the upcoming round of Sheffield Shield fixtures, Sunday to Wednesday, 8 to 11 December.

"Nathan lives in Perth while Doug will head to Perth early next week to be ready should he be required for selection."'

Bollinger last played for Australia in October 2011, in an ODI, while his last Test was in 2010. Coulter-Nile has not made his Test debut, and has five limited-overs caps.

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