Maddinson dumped by Australia for 3rd Pakistan test at SCG

Australian players congratulate Mitchell Starc after bowling out Pakistan's Wahab Riaz, left on the fifth day of their second cricket test in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Dec. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Australia will take three spin options into Tuesday’s third test against Pakistan in Sydney, with Steve O’Keefe and Ashton Agar joining Nathan Lyon in the 13-man squad.

Nic Maddinson was dumped after struggling while batting at No. 6 in his first three tests. Seam bowler Chadd Sayers is also out, while uncapped allrounder Hilton Cartwright remains in the squad.

With a pending tour of India and the Sydney Cricket Ground usually aiding spin, Australia is expected to play two spinners after wrapping up a 2-0 series victory with an innings and 18-run win in the Melbourne test on Friday.

Australia squad: Matt Renshaw, David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith (captain), Peter Handscomb, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Jackson Bird, Hilton Cartwright, Ashton Agar, Steve O’Keefe.