Smith and Khawaja in squad to take on Pakistan

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    Johnson returns from an elbow infection and Haddin has been included although he may be replaced within the week if his fitness is not improving. Hilfy was a bit rusty for most of the Aus A game, but he took the second new ball and bowled 5.5-3-3-5 with it; the result was a tidy 5/80 for the match and combined with a 50, it made pretty certain that he was fit for a return.

    After taking part in the tour of New Zealand, Phil Hughes acquired a shoulder injury while boxing and as such, a replacement was needed. Smith, who is already in the ODI squad, is joined by his NSW team-mate Khawaja as the rookies in the squad. The aggressive Smith scored four centuries in the Shield, with an average of 77.20 and took 21 wickets with his leg spin, which included a best of 7/87.  A more stylish left hander, Khawaja scored three centuries with an average of 63.45 and appeals to the selectors as a player who can play high in the order. Born in Islamabad, Khawaja could face a curiously apt debut against the country of his birth.

    Ricky Ponting (c)
    Michael Clarke (vc)
    Doug Bollinger
    Brad Haddin
    Ryan Harris
    Nathan Hauritz
    Ben Hilfenhaus
    Mike Hussey
    Mitchell Johnson
    Simon Katich
    Usman Khawaja
    Marcus North
    Steven Smith
    Shane Watson

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