All-rounder Hilton Cartwright has been called into Australia's squad for the Boxing Day Test against Pakistan.The Western Australian has been drafted in by selectors, who flagged the possibility of another bowling option being included in the squad amid fears of Australia's quicks becoming overworked.
There is still no indication whether Cartwright will debut at the MCG on Monday, but his selection would likely result in the dropping of Nic Maddinson, who has made an inauspicious start to his Test career.
"I've been selected on what I've done so far, so I guess I'm just going to go train with them, and if things fall into place, they fall into place," Cartwright said.
"I'm not going to try to do something I haven't been doing in the past, I'm just going to keep going with what things have worked for me."
Chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns said the panel was keeping its options open with Cartwright's selection.
"The bowlers got through a high workload in Brisbane and although everyone has pulled up okay, on reflection we wanted to give ourselves the option of including an all-rounder in Melbourne to ease that workload somewhat," Hohns said.
"To do that we wanted a batting all-rounder, someone to bowl seam-up and capable of batting in the top six as well, and after considering several names we came to the conclusion that Hilton fits that bill.
"We have seen plenty of him, he has performed well this season and we believe that if called upon he will do an excellent job."While Cartwright has only taken 14 Sheffield Shield wickets at 42.50 in his career, his seam bowling could be an option for Steve Smith should Mitch Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Jackson Bird begin to tire.
Cartwright is averaging 36.67 in the Shield so far this season, including three half-centuries.
He was called up for Australia's ODI squad ahead of the series against New Zealand, but did not play a match.