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Australia name unchanged squad for fourth Test

Adelaide: Australia have named an unchanged squad for the fourth cricket Test, as they chase a series whitewash over India in Adelaide starting January 24.

Australia are in high spirits, having defeated India by an innings and 37 runs, and are chasing an unprecedented 4-0 thrashing of the world No.2 team on home soil.

Advertisement: Story continues below Off-spinner Nathan Lyon, who was named 12th man for the victory in Perth in the third Test, is expected to be recalled into the lineup on his home ground.

His inclusion will require one of Australia`s impressive pace attack from Perth to drop out - with Ben Hilfenhaus, Peter Siddle, Ryan Harris and Mitchell Starc all fighting for three spots.

"A spin bowler has always been a priority in Test matches at Adelaide Oval and it is very likely that Nathan Lyon will replace one of the other bowlers in the final XI for the fourth Test," chairman of selectors John Inverarity said.

"The fact the Australians were able to dismiss India in only 60 and 63 overs in Perth and the extra two rest days because the Test finished early has meant that there is reduced concern about excessive workloads for the fast bowlers.

"Michael Clarke`s team will be striving to maintain the momentum with a win in Adelaide."

Out-of-form wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has also been given another shot to prove his worth to the team.

Squad: Michael Clarke (capt), Brad Haddin (vice capt), Ed Cowan, Ryan Harris, Ben Hilfenhaus, Mike Hussey, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Ricky Ponting, Peter Siddle, Mitch Starc, David Warner (12th man to be named).

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