Lee makes a comeback, Symonds dropped from Ashes squad

May 20th, 2009 - 8:38 pm ICT by IANS  

Sydney, May 20 (IANS) Australian pacer Brett Lee has been recalled while Andrew Symonds has got the axe for the Ashes series in July.
Chief Test selector Andrew Hilditch Wednesday named a 16-man squad for the five-Test series which includes all-rounders Shane Watson and Andrew McDonald ahead of Symonds and also recalls Stuart Clark.

The rejection could have a strong bearing in Symonds career who will turn 34 next month. With a long history of disciplinary black spots, it is speculated that the controversial Queenslander’s Test career is at its fag end.

On the other hand, it marks a significant comeback for Lee who has battled injury and personal issues for the past 12 months.

Watson has been chosen subject to fitness after sustaining a minor groin injury in the recent limited-over series against Pakistan but Hilditch fully expected him to take his place, the Daily Telegraph reports.

The five-Test series starts with the first Test in Cardiff from July 8 and finishes with the Fifth Test at The Oval in late August.

After a 2-1 defeat in England in 2005, Australia regained the urn courtesy Ricky Ponting’s side’s 5-0 whitewash at home in 2006-07.

Australia squad: Ricky Ponting (capt), Michael Clarke, Simon Katich, Phillip Hughes, Michael Hussey, Brad Haddin, Andrew McDonald, Marcus North, Mitchell Johnson, Peter Siddle, Brett Lee, Stuart Clark, Ben Hilfenhaus, Nathan Hauritz, Graham Manou, Shane Watson.

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