Cartwright added to Aussie test squad

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Zimbabwean-born all-rounder Hilton Cartwright has been called up to the Australian squad for their second test against Pakistan.

The 24-year-old got the call-up fresh off the Baggie Greens 39-run win in the first Test at the Gabba to provide more versatility in the second Test.

Explaining the reasoning behind the decision, Interim National Selector Trevor Hohns said Cartwright will hopefully help ease the workload within the team.

“The bowlers got through a high workload in Brisbane and although everyone has pulled up okay, on reflection we wanted to give ourselves the option of including an all-rounder in Melbourne to ease that workload somewhat,” said Hohns.

“To do that we wanted a batting all-rounder, someone to bowl seam-up and capable of batting in the top six as well, and after considering several names we came to the conclusion that Hilton fits that bill.

“We have seen plenty of him, he has performed well this season and we believe that if called upon he will do an excellent job.”