Cricket Australia’s National Selection Panel (NSP) today announced that Hilton Cartwright has been drafted into the squad for the second Commonwealth Bank Test against Pakistan, starting at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Boxing Day (26 December).
The 24 year-old Western Australia all-rounder has been called up in the wake of Australia’s 39-run win in the first Test at The Gabba to provide all-round options, including the ability to bowl seam-up and bat in the top six, if required.
Explaining the decision, Interim National Selector Trevor Hohns said: “The bowlers got through a high workload in Brisbane and although everyone has pulled up okay, on reflection we wanted to give ourselves the option of including an all-rounder in Melbourne to ease that workload somewhat.
“To do that we wanted a batting all-rounder, someone to bowl seam-up and capable of batting in the top six as well, and after considering several names we came to the conclusion that Hilton fits that bill.
“We have seen plenty of him, he has performed well this season and we believe that if called upon he will do an excellent job.”
The squad is due to assemble in Melbourne on Thursday 22 December and a practice schedule and details of media opportunities will be announced in due course.
The NSP is made up of Trevor Hohns (Interim Chairman), Greg Chappell, Darren Lehmann and Mark Waugh.