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(CNN) -- South Africa captain Graeme Smith has claimed that the inclusion of New South Wales pace bowler Doug Bollinger in the Australia side for the third cricket Test in Sydney is a sign the hosts lack 'clarity' in their selection policy.

Australia captain Ricky Ponting (center) with Test debutants Doug Bollinger (left) and Andrew McDonald.

Australia captain Ricky Ponting (center) with Test debutants Doug Bollinger (left) and Andrew McDonald.

Bollinger, who was selected for the recent tours of the Caribbean and India on the back of a prolific domestic campaign in 2007-2008, will make his long-awaited Test debut on Friday after edging out Tasmanian Ben Hilfenhaus as the replacement for the injured Brett Lee.

While the 27-year-old has earned his place in the starting XI by virtue of a string of strong performances, Smith insisted the inclusion of a second left-arm quick alongside Mitchell Johnson had caught the tourists off guard.

"It did surprise us, I think, having Hilfenhaus in (the squad) in Melbourne and now picking Bollinger here probably shows a little bit of lack of clarity in terms of where they want to go, so that has surprised us," Smith said. "I know it is his home ground but Hilfenhaus must be feeling a little bit hard done by I guess."

Smith admitted his sides' lack of familiarity with Bollinger, fellow-debutant Andrew McDonald, and paceman Peter Siddle -- who has just three Tests to his name -- presents a unique challenge for his side in Sydney as they look to complete a series whitewash and claim top spot in the world Test rankings.

"It's not often in world cricket these days that you arrive at a game and don't know too much about the guys you'll be facing with the new ball," he added. "It takes you back to school and club cricket days where there was no television around.

"But from our perspective, he's (Bollinger) got a great record in domestic cricket, he's obviously had a really good season and as I've said throughout the series, the respect factor's there, you cannot afford to take anyone for granted in Test matches these days."

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