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Doolan on standby for Watson

Australia have replaced seamer Doug Bollinger with batsman Alex Doolan in their squad for the Sydney Ashes Test.

Uncapped Tasmania batsman Doolan, 28, has been called up as batting all-rounder Shane Watson is suffering from a minor groin problem.

Bollinger makes way, with James Faulkner and Nathan Coulter-Nile seam options should the hosts require one, perhaps in light of Ryan Harris’ on-going knee complaint.

The same home line-up has won each of the first four Tests and bowling coach Craig McDermott hopes for no changes in the fifth and final game.

McDermott said: "As I keep saying, you don't play Test cricket without getting sore.

Alex Doolan, who played for Australia A against England in November, is in Australia's squad for the fifth Ashes Test

"I fully expect we'll have the same team – or the same bowling group – in Sydney. I'm very confident that will happen."

McDermott includes Watson in his term "bowling group", and believes the number three batsman has already demonstrated he is not in a significant state of disrepair after racing to 83 not out yesterday in Australia’s eight-wicket win at the MCG.

"Watto proved that yesterday – he ran between wickets pretty well," he said. "He's not the fastest mover at the best of times.

"He got through – he bowled in the second innings as well. I don't think there will be any drama with Watto."

Doolan, who played for Australia A versus England in November, was delighted – if a little surprised at first – to receive a call from national selector John Inverarity.

"I didn't quite know what to expect when I saw John Inverarity's number pop up on my phone," he said. "I was wondering what I'd done wrong.

"It's a real shock, and a real honour. It's going to be exciting, and something I will really cherish."

Australia squad: Michael Clarke (captain), Chris Rogers, David Warner, Shane Watson, Steven Smith, George Bailey, Alex Doolan, Brad Haddin, James Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon, Nathan Coulter-Nile.

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