27 Nov 2012

Watson named for test decider in Perth

6:10 am on 27 November 2012

The Australian cricket selectors have included Shane Watson and five pace bowlers, including Mitchell Johnson, in a 14-man squad for the third and deciding test against South Africa, starting on Friday in Perth.

Michael Clarke's side are counting the physical and mental cost of their sapping draw in Adelaide yesterday with fast bowlers Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus facing a race against time to recover by Friday, and James Pattinson now out for the summer with a rib injury.

Rob Quiney, who batted at number three in the drawn Brisbane and Adelaide tests while all-rounder Watson was sidelined with a calf strain, has been dropped for the final test after failing with the bat in three successive innings.