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SYDNEY---Uncapped fast bowler Chadd
Sayers has been included in the Australia
squad for next month s two-Test series
in New Zealand while Jackson Bird has
been recalled after almost three years.
James Pattinson and Peter Siddle were
also named in Australia s 14-man squad
yesterday despite minor injury worries;
Siddle has an ankle injury and Pattinson
is suffering from shin soreness.
The 28-year-old Sayers has been one
of the most prolific wicket-takers in Aus-
tralia s domestic first class competition
since his debut for South Australia in 2011.
He has 145 wickets in first class matches
at an average of 24.82 and brings a swing
bowling element to the Australia attack
which may be vital in New Zealand con-
Bird played the most-recent of his three
Tests against England in August, 2013 after
making his debut against Sri Lanka in late
"We are delighted to welcome Chadd
Sayers into the squad for the first
time and his inclusion is thoroughly
deserved," chairman of selectors Rod
"Both he and Jackson Bird can swing
the ball and operate at a lively pace and
we believe both will be well suited to the
conditions we are likely to encounter in
"We are hopeful James Pattinson will
be able to overcome the shin soreness he
has been suffering with and continue the
fine form he showed in this summer s
Tests when he bowled at good pace, while
Peter Siddle is on the verge of playing
again following the ankle injury he suffered
during the West Indies series."
Siddle is expected to return for the next
round of Sheffield Shield first class matches starting
on February 3.
Australia s fast bowling stocks have been stretched
this summer by the retirement of Mitchell Johnson
and injuries to Mitchell Starc, Nathan Coulter-Nile,
Pat Cummins and Siddle.
Marsh said the batting lineup "picks itself" after
successes in home test series against New Zealand
and the West Indies.
The selectors have stuck with the incumbent
batting lineup, with Usman Khawaja and Shaun
Marsh vying for any vacancy.
Australia can reclaim the No 1 world ranking
with a series win over New Zealand. (AP)
Uncapped quickie in Australia Test squad
LONDON---The English Cricket Board said yester-
day that umpire Mark Benson is to retire after sur-
gery on his back.
Benson, who played one Test match and one ODI
for England in 1986, became a first class umpire in
1997, and later officiated his first international match
The 57-year-old Benson umpired the World T20
final in 2007 and been a member of the Elite Panel
of ICC Umpires.
ECB Chief Operating Officer Gordon Hollins, said:
"Mark will be sadly missed by everyone involved in
"He has made a huge contribution to the sport as
both a player and an umpire and has been involved
in some crucial matches during his tenure," Hollins
Billy Taylor will replace Benson on the ECB s full
umpire list. (AP)
Benson to step down
following back surgery
DUBAI---The ICC has suspended the former chief
curator of Galle Stadium in Sri Lanka for three
years for failing to cooperate with its Anti-Corrup-
Jayananda Warnaweera failed to attend scheduled
interviews with the ACU on two separate occasions
and the game s governing body said yesterday that
he also failed to provide documents in connection
with the ongoing investigation.
Last year, Sri Lanka Cricket suspended Warnaweera
for two years from all cricket activities, based upon
alleged contact with bookmakers.
ACU chairman Ronnie Flanagan said "the ICC
takes no pleasure in imposing a suspension, but this
decision clearly illustrates what the code means to
the ICC and how seriously we take matters that relate
Warnaweera played ten Tests between 1986-94
and took 32 wickets. (AP)
ICC suspends former
chief curator of Galle
Steve Smith (captain) David Warner, Joe
Burns, Usman Khawaja, Adam Voges, Mitchell
Marsh, Peter Nevill, James Pattinson, Peter
Siddle, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Jackson
Bird, Shaun Marsh, Chadd Sayers.
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