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Uncapped Mitchell Swepson added to Australia squad for Sydney Test
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Uncapped Mitchell Swepson added to Australia squad for Sydney Test

Queensland leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson has earned a call-up to Australia's Test squad for the third and final match against New Zealand in Sydney.

The 26-year-old could possibly make his Test debut in the game scheduled to commence on January 3 given the likelihood of Australia opting for two specialist spinners in the line-up.

The selectors' choice of picking the leggie also implies he could be in line for a place in the Test squad that travels to Bangladesh next year.

Swepson averages a middling 35.31 across 39 first-class games, though his recent showings in the ongoing Sheffield Shield have been impressive.

He has taken 12 wickets at 26.58 this season so far including a hat-trick against Victoria.

Swepson has earlier accompanied the Australian team during their tours of India and Bangladesh in 2017 but failed to get a game in the red-ball format.

He has made a sole appearance on the international stage when he played a T20 match against England at Edgbaston in 2018.

"Having Mitch in Sydney gives us the option to play two specialist spinners if the conditions demand," Australia chief selector Trevor Hohns said.

"We will make those assessments when we get to Sydney."

Meanwhile, veteran seamer Peter Siddle has been released from the squad to take part in the Big Bash League for Adelaide Strikers.

Siddle, who was treated for toxic smoke inhalation last week, was drafted into the side as a replacement for Josh Hazlewood but the vacant fast bowling spot has been filled by James Pattinson.

"Having Sids (Siddle) as the 13th man and his experience at the MCG has been invaluable," said Hohns.