Oz ring changes for Adelaide

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Australia have named a very new-look squad for the third Test against South Africa, dropping five players and naming four uncapped faces.

The Proteas have already won the series, so the day-night Test is important for ranking points and face-saving only, and the selectors have dropped the axe.

Wicketkeeper Matthew Wade and paceman Jackson Bird have been called up, replacing Peter Nevill and Joe Mennie respectively.

The new call ups are Matthew Renshaw (Queensland), Peter Handscomb (Victoria), Nic Maddinson (New South Wales) and Chadd Sayers (South Australia), all of whom impressed in the Sheffield Shield.

As such, Joe Burns, Adam Voges, and Callum Ferguson have been jettisoned. Handscomb seems likely to play, after his Shield double ton last week.

Interim chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns said on the CA website: “Peter’s form over the last couple seasons, and with Australia A, has been very consistent.

“He has a good all-round game and we think he is the type of player who could succeed at the next level.”

Australia’s Test squad: Steve Smith (c), David Warner (vc), Jackson Bird, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Nic Maddinson, Nathan Lyon, Matt Renshaw, Chadd Sayers, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade

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