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Symonds, Siddle included in Oz Test squad

Melbourne, Nov 13 : All-rounder Andrew Symonds has been included in the Australian squad ahead of next week's first Test against New Zealand at the Gabba.

Symonds was included in a 13-man squad along with Victorian fast bowler Peter Siddle as selectors dumped leg-spinning all-rounder Cameron White.

Symonds returns after missing the four-Test tour of India when dropped after going fishing instead of attending a team meeting during the one-day series against Bangladesh in Darwin in September, The Age reported.

Siddle made his Test debut in the second Test against India in Mohali, taking four wickets, but then made way when Stuart Clark returned from an elbow injury.

Australian opener Matthew Hayden on Wednesday had called for Symonds's immediate recall to the Test side.

Australian 13-man squad: Ricky Ponting (capt), Michael Clarke, Stuart Clark, Brad Haddin, Matthew Hayden, Michael Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Simon Katich, Jason Krejza, Brett Lee, Peter Siddle, Andrew Symonds, Shane Watson.

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Story first published: Thursday, November 13, 2008, 11:29 [IST]
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