26 Nov 2011

Warner named in Aussie Test squad

5:32 pm on 26 November 2011

David Warner is set to make his Test cricket debut after being named in Australia's 12-man squad for Thursday's opening match against New Zealand in Brisbane.

The 25-year-old limited overs specialist is likely to step in for all-rounder Shane Watson, who is one of five players unavailable for the team due to injuries sustained in South Africa.

Patrick Cummins, Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Johnson and Ryan Harris were all also ruled out of selection on Friday with their fitness to be assessed next week.

Fast bowler Ben Cutting has been called into the 12-man squad for the first time while fellow quicks Mitchell Starc and James Pattinson have been involved in limited overs squads previously, chairman of selectors John Inverarity said in a statement.

Australia (one to be ommitted): Michael Clarke (captain), Phillip Hughes, David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Ricky Ponting, Michael Hussey, Brad Haddin, Peter Siddle, James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Ben Cutting