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Ferguson brought into Invitational XI

Callum Ferguson is the latest batsman drafted into the Australia Invitational XI to face England in Sydney.

England have previously faced Ferguson in one-day internationals, and he was part of the Australia A team for last week's rain-wrecked fixture against the tourists in Hobart - but he is uncapped at Test level and last played for his country in April 2011.

Ferguson's fellow South Australia batsman Phil Hughes, initially named in the Invitational XI for the four-day match at the SCG from Wednesday, will instead play for his state in the Sheffield Shield this week. Usman Khawaja, also previously in the Invitational XI, will also be in shield action for Queensland.

Pat Howard, Cricket Australia's executive general manager of team performance, said: "In selecting the final XI, we have tried to be flexible - given the needs of particular states and individual players following the latest round of first-class matches across the country.

"We have also taken the view that, due to the rain-affected match in Hobart, Callum Ferguson didn't get the depth of international exposure we hoped to give him through his Australia A selection."

Australia's selectors are tomorrow due to name their squad for next week's first Ashes Test in Brisbane.

Australia Invitational XI: Peter Nevill (captain), Ed Cowan, Aaron Finch, Callum Ferguson, Adam Voges, Ben Rohrer, Ryan Carters, Stephen O'Keefe, Josh Lalor, Chris Tremain, Nic Bills.

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