15 Aug 2009

Australia call up Hartley as back-up keeper

12:26 pm on 15 August 2009

Australia have called up a third wicketkeeper to their Ashes squad in England to provide extra cover ahead of next week's fifth and deciding cricket Test.

Queensland wicketkeeper Chris Hartley, who has spent the past season playing in England's Northern League, was rushed into the squad to play in this weekend's two-day match against the English Lions at Canterbury.

Hartley's call up was made in order to give first-choice keeper Brad Haddin and his back-up Graham Manou more time to recover from injuries ahead of the last test at The Oval.

The Ashes series is level at 1-1.