Brad Haddin left out of Australia squad against South Africa

Brad Haddin

Wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has been left out of Australia's squad for next month's first Test with South Africa.

The 35-year-old has been replaced by Matthew Wade, 24, who impressed when he deputised for the 43-Test veteran in April's tour of the Caribbean.

Captain Michael Clarke said: "It was a tough decision. They're two very good wicketkeepers and whichever way we went, the team was going to be fine."

The first of the three-Test series is in Brisbane, starting on 9 November.

The other notable omission from the squad was 19-year-old fast bowler Pat Cummins, who claimed seven wickets in his only Test appearance - against South Africa in Johannesburg last year.

"We didn't feel as though Pat Cummins was ready to play in a Test match," said chief selector John Inverarity.

The 12-man squad includes four pace bowlers - Ben Hilfenhaus, Peter Siddle, James Pattinson and Mitchell Starc - and spinner Nathan Lyon.

Australia squad: Michael Clarke (captain), David Warner, Ed Cowan, Shane Watson, Ricky Ponting, Mike Hussey, Matthew Wade (wk), Peter Siddle, Ben Hilfenhaus, Mitchell Starc, James Pattinson, Nathan Lyon.