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Lawson perplexed by Cartwright Test talk

AAP logoAAP 21/12/2016 Ethan James

Australia is best served sticking with four frontline bowlers and should not pick allrounder Hilton Cartwright for the Boxing Day Test, according to former paceman Geoff Lawson.

Cartwright, 24, has been added to the Australian squad ahead of the second Test against Pakistan with selectors looking to include another seam option to ease the workload on the three main quicks.

Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Jackson Bird bowled 113 overs between them in Pakistan's second innings at the Gabba as the tourists almost chased down a record 490 runs.

Lawson, who played 46 Tests and later coached Pakistan, said selectors should stick with the winning combination.

"I didn't think Australia needed another bowler at all," he told Sky Sports radio.

"On a wicket that stayed very good to bat on, Australia ended up winning the Test match with their four bowlers.

"(But) if that's their theory and they want another allrounder, I'm not sure if Hilton is the man who is ready for Test cricket.

"He's had some pretty modest performances with the bat and the ball for Western Australia."

The Zimbabwean-born Cartwright averages more than 44 in first-class cricket with two centuries and has scored 330 runs at 36.66 this season.

His medium pacers have netted 15 wickets from 16 career matches but his four scalps this season have come at an inflated 74.75 runs apiece.

Cartwright was included in Australia's ODI squad for the three-game series against New Zealand earlier this month but didn't play.

He would be in line to replace Nic Maddinson, who averages 1.6 after three Test innings.

Cartwright appears to have leapfrogged state teammate Mitchell Marsh in the Test pecking order after he was dumped from the side following a lean run with the bat.

ALL-ROUNDERS IN THE SHEFFIELD SHIELD THIS SEASON

Moises Henriques (NSW) - 4 matches, 242 runs at 40.33, 1 wicket at 126

Joe Wildermuth (Qld) - 4 matches, 285 runs at 37.14, 7 wickets at 37.14

Travis Head (SA) - 4 matches, 362 runs at 60.33, 7 wickets at 35

James Faulkner (Tas) - 3 matches, 228 runs at 57, 6 wickets at 33

Dan Christian (Vic) - 4 matches, 245 runs at 61.25, 10 wickets at 24

Glenn Maxwell (Vic) - 3 matches, 129 runs at 25.80, 1 wicket at 86

Ashton Agar (WA) - 4 matches 115 runs at 19.16, 16 wickets at 27.81

Mitchell Marsh (WA) - 2 matches, 26 runs at 6.5, 8 wickets at 27.75

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