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Australia squad - 4th Ashes Test, Melbourne

Michael Clarke (captain)

An inventive captain and one of the game's premier batsmen, Clarke represents the biggest threat in Australia's line-up as his tons at Brisbane and Adelaide showed. Having begun his career in an era of Australian dominance, he carries a similar swagger in the way he approaches the game and is the only truly great performer with the bat in their current line-up, possessing comfortably the best average of 52.

Brad Haddin (wicketkeeper)

A steadying influence behind the stumps and pugnacious batsman, Haddin is enjoying a late-career swansong. His crucial runs at the Gabba, 94 and 53, aided a 381-run victory and, while he enjoyed some fortune at Adelaide, he continued his stunning series with a fine hundred. A thorn in England’s side, he was also one of the key performers at Perth as Australia wrapped up a series victory.

George Bailey

Australia's Twenty20 international skipper and stand-in one-day international leader, Bailey has finally been given a chance in the Test arena, striking a half-century at Adelaide. He is a dependable middle-order batsman capable of prospering all around the wicket and headed into the rubber in the form of his career having struck 478 runs at a stunning average of 95 in a recent 50-over series against India.

Doug Bollinger

A left-arm seamer, Bollinger picked up the last of his 12 Test caps on England’s last Ashes tour Down Under in 2010. Capable of sending the ball down at serious pace, the former Worcestershire star lost his place after Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen inspired England to 620 for five and an innings-victory in Adelaide.

Nathan Coulter-Nile

A right-arm quick, Coulter-Nile has been named in several Australia squads but is yet to make his Test debut. The Western Australia bowler has made a handful of limited-overs appearances for his country, and is capable of contributing useful lower-order runs.

James Faulkner

An all-rounder who epitomises the aggressive mentality often associated with Australian cricketers, Faulkner made his bow in the longest form against England in this summer's fifth and final Investec Test, producing a solid display. He is a canny bowler and big-hitting batsman but, having not played at Brisbane and Adelaide, was ruled out of the Perth Test on the eve of the game when he suffered a fractured thumb in the nets.

Ryan Harris

One of the finest pacemen in the world when fully fit, the often-injury-plagued Harris displayed his vast quality in England this summer. He ended as Australia's leading wicket-taker with 24 scalps at a stunning average of 19.58, which is three shy of his outstanding career mark. A constant thorn in the hosts' side during the summer, he has been solid thus far in the reverse rubber.

Mitchell Johnson

Johnson returned to the Test arena at the Gabba with a devastating man-of-the-match display, featuring nine wickets and 103 runs. Not content, he was exceptional again in gaining the same accolade at Adelaide when claiming eight wickets on a slow pitch, including a first-innings return of 7-40. He did not enjoy quite as much success at Perth, yet still had six wickets to show for his efforts.

Nathan Lyon

Unfortunate to not be chosen for the opening two matches of the series in England, Lyon showed himself to be a steady performer over the last three. The off-spinner claimed nine wickets in that period and proved an excellent foil for the pacemen once more at the Gabba, Adelaide and the WACA.

Chris Rogers

A revelation during the aforementioned rubber in England, Rogers offered some much-needed stability at the top of Australia's order. The opening encounter at Trent Bridge was only the veteran's second in Tests - it came five years after his first - and yet he was able to strike 367 runs at an average above 40 over the five, including a memorable century at the Emirates Durham ICG. He has shown signs of form in this series, too, by hitting half-centuries at Adelaide and Perth.

Peter Siddle

The workhorse in the Australia attack, Siddle showed improved skill and typical determination during the summer. Having begun the reverse tour with 5-50 at Trent Bridge, he could not repeat his heroics of three years ago at the Gabba, where he claimed a hat-trick in 2010. However, he was economical in Australia's comfortable victory this time and went on the claim a five-wicket haul in the second Test.

Steven Smith

A vastly improved batsman if average leg-spinner, Smith headed into the series on something of a high having struck a maiden Test century at the Kia Oval in his last outing. The punchy and powerful middle-order batsman rediscovered his form after struggling for runs in the opening two games when striking a stunning century at Perth.

David Warner

So often the pantomime villain over the summer, Warner has turned a new page during the Australian season so far, continuing his upward curve with centuries at Brisbane and Perth, plus an 83 not out at the Adelaide Oval. That was an extension of the form he had displayed in the domestic game, recently enjoying a run of three List A centuries in four matches - including a stunning 197 - as well as striking 104 and 51 not out in a Sheffield Shield contest.

Shane Watson

As has often been the case in Watson's career, he went into the series with an injury cloud hanging over his head having suffered a hamstring strain in India. He was fit to play and batted at number three, from where he had struck a format-best 176 at the Kia Oval in his previous Test. Watson's seam bowling was restricted to two second-innings maidens at the Gabba, in part due to the relatively short length of England's innings, and he played an economical bit-part in Adelaide. He showed his worth with the bat in the next encounter, hitting a typically powerful century in the second innings.

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