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Xavier Doherty

Xavier Doherty, who made way for Nathan Hauritz after the opening ODI, returns to the Australia fold for the third and fourth games

Australia have recalled Xavier Doherty to their one-day squad and placed Peter Siddle on standby as injuries continue to take their toll.

Slow left-armer Doherty has been included in the party for the next two games of the seven-match series given that off-spinner Nathan Hauritz is unlikely to play any further part after dislocating a shoulder in yesterday’s win over England in Hobart.

Doherty was dropped after making little impression in the first two Ashes Tests, and was overlooked for Australia's World Cup 15 despite playing in the opening ODI at the MCG.

Siddle, meanwhile, will join the squad ahead of tomorrow’s clash in Sydney as fellow pace bowler Shaun Tait bids to shake off a thigh strain which forced him off the field late in the game at the Bellerive Oval.

National selection panel chairman Andrew Hilditch said: “Xavier has an excellent domestic one-day record and we are sure he will seize this opportunity to again play for Australia.

“Peter will play in tonight’s KFC Big Bash match for Victoria and join the Australian squad in Sydney tomorrow morning.

“The squad will be reviewed at the conclusion of the fourth game in the Commonwealth Bank Series when the NSP has further information regarding the injury status of various players.”

Cricket Australia physio Alex Kountouris revealed that Hauritz may face surgery on the injury to his right shoulder, suffered while sliding to field the ball, and may miss the World Cup as a result.

While scans showed no “new and significant damage” to Tait’s left thigh, Kountouris admitted: “He will be assessed over the next 12 hours to determine his management and availability for tomorrow’s match and the remainder of this series.”

Mitchell Johnson has rejoined the squad but will not be considered for the SCG encounter as he has “not made a full recovery” from the illness which kept him out of the 46-run victory in Hobart.

“He is expected to be fit and available for the fourth match of this series on Australia Day in Adelaide,” Kountouris added.

Captain Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey remain sidelined after finger and hamstring operations respectively, although Australia lead the series 2-0.

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