ANDREW SYMONDS has won the battle to be included in Australia's line-up for the crucial third Ashes Test at the WACA in Perth.
The Queensland all-rounder was recalled to the squad following the shock retirement of Damien Martyn last week.
Symonds beat off the competition from uncapped batsman Adam Voges and plays his first Test after nearly a year, having averaged only 19 in his first 10 Tests.
He will bat at number six with Mike Hussey and Michael Clarke both moving up one in the order to compensate for Martyn's absence.
Captain Ricky Ponting said: "I watched him pretty closely over the last few days and he has been extremely excited to be back among this group.
"He might have thought his Test career had passed him by a few months ago but he has done every training session in his baggy green cap and he is very excited to have it back on."
Team: M Hayden, J Langer, R Ponting (capt), M Hussey, M Clarke, A Symonds, A Gilchrist (wkt), S Warne, S Clark, B Lee, G McGrath.