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Starc, Hazlewood named in Australia's 12-man squad while Pattinson misses out
The Ashes 2019

Starc, Hazlewood named in Australia's 12-man squad while Pattinson misses out

Australia have rested James Pattinson from the Ashes Test against England at Lord's, opting to recall Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood as part of the 12-man squad announced on Tuesday.

Pattinson could not make a huge impact in Australia's victory over the traditional rivals at Edgbaston, picking up just two wickets in his comeback to international cricket after a gap of three years.

With Nathan Lyon set to retain his spot in the playing XI following a match-winning six-fer in the second innings of the first Ashes Test, Starc and Hazlewood will be competing for the final slot in Australia's three-man pace attack.

"What is fortunate at the moment is we've got six fit and healthy fast bowlers," head coach Justin Langer remarked on Monday.

"I've been coaching for about 10 years now and I can't ever remember having that luxury, but it could change like that so we're not getting carried away with it.

"The fact that we had Josh and Mitch on the bench in the last Test match, it doesn't happen very often."

Pattinson's vast experience in England's domestic circuit earned him a call-up to the national side but his injury-prone career suggests the selectors have employed a strategy of workload management to keep the speedster fresh for the remaining games.

Starc was the leading wicket-taker in the World Cup with 27 scalps at an average of 18.59 as he found enormous success owing to his consistent use of the fuller-length delivery.

Hazlewood registered three wickets in Australia's tour match ahead of the Lord's encounter but the final decision will be made public only after the coin toss on Wednesday morning.

Australia squad:

Tim Paine (c & wk), David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Matthew Wade, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood