WA’s Shaun Marsh is back in the frame for Test selection after being named in Australia’s 15-man squad for the upcoming series in South Africa.
Marsh was selected along with Tasmania’s uncapped Alex Doolan, who was called up as cover in the final Test squad against England in Sydney earlier this month.
But George Bailey misses out despite playing in all five Tests in the 5-0 Ashes clean sweep.
Pace bowlers James Pattinson and Jackson Bird are the other two additions, although the Ashes-winning trio of Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle are almost certain to start in the first Test.
Marsh’s selection in the squad caps a remarkable return to form after falling out of favour during a disastrous Test series against India in 2011-12.
Chairman of selectors John Inverarity said the 30-year-old’s form in the recent one-day internationals and at domestic level proved he had addressed the issues which led to his time in the Test wilderness.
“We all change as people, as performers,” he said.
“He just seems to be in a very good space in himself mentally at the moment.
“He seems to be fit and striking the ball very well.
“When he plays well he's a fine player, so we’re hoping he can play at his potential.”
Marsh, who has played seven Tests, scored 141 on Test debut in Sri Lanka in 2011.
“Obviously I’ve had a taste of Test cricket, I know what it’s all about and how mentally tough you have to be,” he said.
“Hopefully that’s put me in good stead come this series.
“I was pretty surprised when John Inverarity called me the other night, but it’s just a great opportunity for me now."
Inverarity also praised Bailey’s role in the Ashes series win but admitted selectors were concerned about selecting him against the world’s leading Test team in South Africa.
“I think George's contribution to the Ashes victory was very significant. He played an integral role there,” Inverarity said
“But going to South Africa, we think that George is less suited to there against their attack and we've left him out.”
Inverarity said Phil Hughes and Nathan Coulter-Nile were also unlucky to miss out.
Australia will play one three-day game against a South African Invitation XI before the three-Test series begins at SuperSport Park, Centurion, on February 12.
The second Test starts at St George's Park, Port Elizabeth, on February 20, before the final Test at Newlands in Cape Town, from March 1.
Australia Test squad: Michael Clarke (c), Brad Haddin (vc), Jackson Bird, Alex Doolan, James Faulkner, Ryan Harris, Mitchell Johnson, Shaun Marsh, Nathan Lyon, James Pattinson, Chris Rogers, Peter Siddle, Steve Smith, David Warner, Shane Watson.