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Taylor to audition for Ashes spot at Hove
James Taylor will play for Sussex in their three-day tour match against Australia at Hove on Friday. The Nottinghamshire batsman has been called in so England can take a look at him before the third Test at Old Trafford next week. Taylor appears to be the player earmarked to replaced Kevin Pietersen in the England side if Pietersen fails to recover from a calf injury suffered in the victory at Lord's last week. It is the second time this summer that England have taken advantage of the opportunity to parachute a player from another county into a tour match against the Australians after Nick Compton played for Worcestershire last month. Andy Flower, England team director, said: "We would like to thank Nottinghamshire CCC and Sussex CCC for their support and understanding in allowing Nottinghamshire batsman James Taylor to play for Sussex against Australia in the three-day tour match beginning on Friday. “This will provide James with a valuable opportunity to play in a longer format of the game while we consider our options ahead of the third Investec Ashes Test next week. Kevin Pietersen is continuing his recovery from a calf strain and a decision about his availability for the Test will made nearer the time."
Meanwhile, Australia have sprung a major surprise by calling up rookie spinner Ashton Turner for their three-day match against Sussex on Friday.
Turner has only played one senior game for Western Australia but comes into a team which also features fellow spinners Ashton Agar and Nathan Lyon.
The 20-year-old will make his first class debut in the match having spent the first half of the summer based at Sussex's neighbours Hampshire.
Agar is included despite a hip injury while Lyon will be hoping to boost his claims for a place in the team for Old Trafford next week after being left out of the first two Tests.
Seamers Mitchell Starc, Jackson Bird and James Faulkner are all in the team and will be battling it out at Hove to fill the spot left vacant by the injured James Pattinson for the third Test.
Ed Cowan will captain the team with Michael Clarke rested while Usman Khawaja, Phillip Hughes and Steve Smith all play as they look to gain some confidence after poor batting performances in the Ashes so far. Matthew Wade comes in as wicketkeeper for Brad Haddin in a team which includes six players who have featured in the Ashes so far.
Australia: Ed Cowan (c), Phil Hughes, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Matthew Wade, James Faulkner, Ashton Agar, Ashton Turner, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Jackson Bird.
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