Australia add Cartwright to Test squad


All-rounder Hilton Cartwright has been added to Australia's squad for the second Test against Pakistan.

Western Australia's Cartwright is uncapped at international level and is now part of a 13-man squad for the Test starting on Boxing Day.

The 24-year-old averages 44.50 with the bat and 41.93 with the ball in 16 first-class matches.

Australia interim national selector Trevor Hohns said Cartwright's addition gave the team options after their win in Brisbane.

"The bowlers got through a high workload in Brisbane and although everyone has pulled up OK, on reflection we wanted to give ourselves the option of including an all-rounder in Melbourne to ease that workload somewhat," he said.

"To do that we wanted a batting all-rounder, someone to bowl seam-up and capable of batting in the top six as well, and after considering several names we came to the conclusion that Hilton fits that bill.

"We have seen plenty of him, he has performed well this season and we believe that if called upon he will do an excellent job."

Cartwright has made 330 runs at 36.66 in the Sheffield Shield this season, while taking four wickets at 74.75.

Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood each bowled 56 overs in the 39-run win at the Gabba, while Jackson Bird got through 45.