Australia in Bangladesh, 2005-06 April 11, 2006

Bracken and Cullen added to Test squad

Cricinfo staff



Dan Cullen stands a chance of finding a place in the Test team © Getty Images

Daniel Cullen and Nathan Bracken have been called into Australia's Test squad ahead of the second Test which starts on Sunday. The pair were due to head to Bangladesh for the ODI series but their arrival has been brought forward because of fitness doubts over some of the Test squad.

Andrew Hilditch, the new chairman of the National Selection Panel, explained that the early arrival would help the new players get acclimatised to the conditions, should the team management seek any immediate replacements.

"Our advice from team management in Bangladesh tells us there is one or two contingencies around player fitness that we may need to consider ahead of the second Test," Hilditch was quoted as saying in a media release. "Due to the limited timeframe between the two Tests, there is simply not enough time to wait until the end of the first Test before making a decision."

"Specifically, Shane Warne has some soreness of the shoulder which is being monitored," he added, "as is the fitness levels of the fast bowling group who have had a heavy workload in recent weeks."

The second Test begins on April 16 at Chittagong and is followed by three ODIs.

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