11 Dec 2010

New Australian spinner shocked by selection surprise

6:35 pm on 11 December 2010

Australia have shaken up their under-performing bowling attack making a host of changes to the side that lost to England in Adelaide, and sprung a surprise by picking untried spinner Michael Beer in a revamped squad for the third Ashes test in Perth next week.

Beer, who has taken just 16 first-class wickets since making his debut two months ago, replaces fellow left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty, who was dropped after being flayed by England's batsmen in the second test.

The 26-year-old was as surprised as anyone about his meteoric rise in the Australian ranks.

Beer will join retained pacemen Peter Siddle and Ryan Harris in the attack, while Mitchell Johnson returns to the side in place of the dropped Doug Bollinger.

All-rounder Steven Smith also replaces out-of-form number six Marcus North and Phillip Hughes has replaced injured opening batsman Simon Katich.