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Peter George to replace Harris in Oz Test squad

Melbourne: With all-rounder Ryan Harris ruled out due to a knee injury, Australia on Monday brought in pacer Peter George as his replacement in the Test squad for a two-match series against Pakistan in England later this month.

"The Cricket Australia National Selection Panel today advised that Peter George has been included in the Test squad to play Pakistan on the Tour of England, replacing the injured Ryan Harris," CA said in a statement.

Besides, the selectors added pacer Doug Bollinger, who was in England as part of the one-day squad, to the Twenty20 squad.

"The unfortunate knee injury to Ryan Harris has seen him ruled out of the Twenty20 internationals and the Test tour against Pakistan in England," NSP Chairman Andrew Hilditch said.

"Doug Bollinger has been added to the Twenty20 squad and Peter George has been called into the Australian Test squad. Peter George had an excellent Shield season last year and was called up to the New Zealand tour earlier in the year where he impressed around the squad," he added.

George will leave for England this evening to meet-up with the Australian squad.

George represented Australia A against Sri Lanka A taking 11 wickets in two four-day matches at 15.27 recently and has been spending his off-season at the Cricket Australia Centre of Excellence in Brisbane as part of the AIS Scholarship Program, headed by Greg Chappell.

The two Tests against Pakistan will take place at Lords (13-17 July) and Headingley (21-25 July).

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