LAUNCESTON all-rounder James Faulkner has been called up to make his Test debut in the fifth Test at The Oval starting tonight (Tastime).
Faulkner comes in for Usman Khawaja and in a second change, Mitchell Starc replaces Jackson Bird in the fast bowling department.
Shane Watson will bat at No.3 and Brad Haddin will push up to No.6.
Faulkner will bat at No.7 and captain Michael Clarke says the 23-year-old has got in on the back of his toughness as a cricketer.
Clarke says Faulkner isn't the prettiest batsmen but the fact he's been not out in four of his past five innings indicates that he's mentally strong and willing to compete.
Faulkner has played eight one-day international matches and three Twenty20 internationals.
He averages 30.31 in first class cricket but with eight half centuries his highest score is 89.
``I think he brings a lot. I think you've seen so far on this tour he's scored some very handy runs for us, he's been dismissed once in his last five or six innings that he's played,'' Clarke said.
``I think he's a tough competitor. Obviously at this stage of his career he's certainly a bowler who can make some handy runs.
``He's an allrounder, he provides that package for us which selectors believe and I certainly believe he'll play a big part in us taking 20 wickets and scoring enough runs to win this Test match.''
Khawaja has been dumped after averaging just 19 this series.
It could be a long way back for the left-hander, who had only returned to the side after two years out of the team for the Lord's Test.
Watson is Australia's third No.3 for the series.