Pattinson, Marsh recalled to Oz Test squad


Batsman Shaun Marsh and fast bowler James Pattinson have both been recalled to the Australia squad for the third and final Test against New Zealand at the Adelaide Oval.

New South Wales' left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe was also picked for the match which is scheduled to start on 27 November and will be the first ever day/night game in the longest format.

Pattinson has not played in a Test since March 2014 and has had multiple injuries and has just got back to full fitness by playing in two Sheffield Shield matches for Victoria.

Marsh is back in the squad after he missed out on selection for the first two Tests against Black Caps as the selectors backed Usman Khawaja for the number three role.

Khawaja, who scored consecutive hundreds in the two Tests against the Kiwis, injured his hamstring in Perth and will be out until at least the Boxing Day Test.

The chairman of selectors, Rod Marsh said: "James has made a good return to Shield cricket following his injury and has earned this recall.

"He has worked incredibly hard and we are confident that he is ready to perform at Test level if selected.

"Shaun was unlucky to miss out on the squad for the first two Tests and since then has scored consistently in the Sheffield Shield, so we believe he deserves this opportunity."

O'Keefe is included in the squad as the second spinner if the management decide to play two slow bowlers in the Adelaide Test.

Australia lead the series one-nil after they won the first Test in Brisbane.

Adelaide Test squad: Steven Smith (capt), David Warner, Joe Burns, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Peter Nevill (wk), Steve O'Keefe, James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle, Adam Voges