Spinners Beer, Krejza in duel for Oz Lanka tour berth

Last Updated: May 23, 2011, 20:32 PM IST

Melbourne: Left arm spinner Michael Beer and off-spinner Jason Krejza have both been included in the squad for Australia A`s tour of Zimbabwe, and will attempt to use the opportunity to win a Test spin-bowling berth for the tour of Sri Lanka that comes up in July.

The squad for the four-day matches against Zimbabwe was announced on Monday and has a strong Test team component, as the national selectors ponder their options ahead of tours to Sri Lanka and South Africa.

"It`s really just a matter of trying to get as much exposure for our spin bowlers as possible so we can keep working out just where our stocks are," the national selector Greg Chappell said.

A website quoted him as saying: "It`s pretty open. It`s no secret that spin bowling is an area that we`re keen to get at, finalise or make some ground on. We haven`t really for one reason or another, either through injury or form had much consistency in that area.

Australia A four-day squad
Tim Paine (captain and wicketkeeper), David Warner, Phillip Hughes, Usman Khawaja, Callum Ferguson, Nic Maddinson, Mitch Marsh, Luke Butterworth, James Faulkner, Jason Krejza, Trent Copeland, Ben Hilfenhaus, Mitch Starc and Michael Beer.

One-day squad
Tim Paine (captain and wicketkeeper), David Warner, Aaron Finch, Callum Ferguson, Chris Lynn, Nic Maddison, Mitch Marsh, Luke Butterworth, Stephen O`Keefe, James Faulkner, Ben Hilfenhaus, Trent Copeland, Nathan Lyon and Mitch Starc.

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