Australia to field unchanged XI on Boxing Day

Australia has named an unchanged XI for the Boxing Day test against Pakistan in Melbourne, starting Monday.

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Australia's Test squad against Pakistan

Australia has named an unchanged XI for the Boxing Day test against Pakistan in Melbourne, starting Monday.

Uncapped all-rounder Hilton Cartwright was in the mix to be part of the second Test at the MCG after being included in the squad following Australia's dramatic 39-run win in Brisbane.

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Captain > Steve Smith and Australia, however, have stuck with the same team that triumphed at the Gabba, with bowling quartet > Mitchell Starc, > Josh Hazlewood, Jackson Bird and Nathan Lyon given the nod to face the tourists as Chadd Sayers missed out on a debut.

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Under-fire Nic Maddinson has been given another chance to prove himself on the international stage after scores of zero, one and four since making his bow in Adelaide.

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Pakistan skipper > Misbah-ul-Haq, meanwhile, will wait until the coin toss on Boxing Day before naming the country's XI. Victory in the second Test would seal a series win for Australia.

Australia XI> David Warner, Matthew Renshaw, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith (c), Peter Handscomb, Nic Maddinson, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Jackson Bird, Nathan Lyon