Hughes, Khawaja unlikely for first Test

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Batsman Callum Ferguson's bid for inclusion in Australia's team for the first Test was bolstered on Monday, while the left-handed Usman Khawaja and Phil Hughes were disappointed.

Batsman Callum Ferguson's bid for inclusion in Australia's team for the first Test was bolstered on Monday, while the left-handed Usman Khawaja and Phil Hughes were disappointed.

Ferguson has been named in an Invitational XI, which will play the tourists in a crucial three-day fixture in Sydney this week. Khawaja and Hughes, however, were omitted – despite being named in the initial squad.

"This match will provide a number of talented players from across the country with good international experience," said general manager of team performance Pat Howard.

"In selecting the final XI, we have tried to be flexible given the needs of particular states and individual players following the latest round of first-class matches across the country.

"We recognise the injury situation in Queensland, so it is appropriate to release Usman Khawaja from this tour match to support his state.

"We have also taken the view that due to the rain-affected match in Hobart, Callum didn't get the depth of international exposure we hoped to give him through his Australia A selection.

"Through consultation with the SACA, we felt it made sense to select him in the next tour match against England.

"In light of Callum's selection, Phil, who has played a lot of international cricket in recent months will remain with South Australia for its next Shield match."

The first Test will get underway in Brisbane on 21 November. Adelaide, Perth, Sydney and Melbourne will host matches two, three, four and five respectively.

<b>Cricket Australia Invitational XI:</b> Ed Cowan, Aaron Finch, Callum Ferguson, Adam Voges, Ben Rohrer, Ryan Carters, Peter Nevill (captain, wicketkeeper), Steve O'Keefe, Josh Lalor, Chris Tremain, Nic Bills.

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