Aussies wield the axe

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November 21, 2016
Matthew Wade

SYDNEY, Australia (AP):

Australia's newly appointed selectors have responded to the cricket team's latest humiliating loss by making sweeping changes to the line-up ahead of the third Test against South Africa, starting in Adelaide on Thursday.

Trevor Hohns and Greg Chappell, appointed to the selector panel after the resignation of former chairman of selectors Rod Marsh last week, have named four debutants for the day-night match at the Adelaide Oval: batsmen Matt Renshaw, Nic Maddinson and Peter Handscomb, and paceman Chadd Sayers.

No Australian team has given four players their debuts in the same Test since 1978.

Wicketkeeper Matthew Wade and fast-bowler Jackson Bird were also recalled.

Opener Joe Burns, batsmen Callum Ferguson and Adam Voges, wicketkeeper Peter Nevill and fast-bowler Joe Mennie were all dropped after Australia's loss to South Africa in the second Test at Hobart, allowing the tourists to clinch the three-match series with a game to spare.

Australia were also swept 3-0 in a Test series in Sri Lanka in July and August and then beaten 5-0 in a limited-overs international series in South Africa.

Australia: Steve Smith (captain), David Warner, Jackson Bird, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Nic Maddinson, Nathan Lyon, Matt Renshaw, Chadd Sayers, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade.

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