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Bailey dumped from Australian Test squad

THANK you for your contribution to a memorable Ashes series win George Bailey but you're no longer part of the team.

The squad for the Australian Test team's tour next month to South Africa is missing the Tasmanian who played in all five matches against England during the all-conquering summer.

Bailey's spot in the batting line-up will be taken by either all-rounder James Faulkner, the recalled Shaun Marsh or Alex Doolan is on the verge of collecting his first baggy green cap after scoring plenty of runs for Tasmania at Sheffield Shield level.

James Pattinson and Jackson Bird have also been selected in the squad as back-ups for the fast bowling trio of Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle.

Chairman of selectors, John Inverarity said dropping Bailey and opting for Marsh and Doolan was a difficult decision.

"On this occasion we felt Alex and Shaun have games that are well suited to facing South Africa in South Africa," Inverarity said.

"We consider that both are strong players of pace bowling which is important given the strength of South Africa's attack. Alex was on standby for the recent fifth Test in Sydney and scored a most impressive 165 not out against South Africa for Australia A last season.

"Shaun is a talented batsman who is striking the ball very well at the moment. He has the technique and potential to do well."

The first Test is at Centurion from February 12.

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