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    Default Fresh faces galore in Aus squad for Ashes opener

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    Australia named a 17-man squad on Monday for the first Ashes Test against England in Brisbane as selectors looked to keep their options open after injuries and poor form struck some of their key players.

    Left-armed spinner Xavier Doherty was the biggest surprise in the party for the Gabba Test, the 29-year-old having made his One-Day International debut against Sri Lanka just 12 days ago.

    Uncapped batsmen Usman Khawaja and Callum Ferguson as well as leg-spinner Steve Smith -- all set to face England for Australia A this week -- were other inclusions who should keep the more experienced players focused.
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