Australia squad announced for Bangladesh Tests

Australia squad announced for Bangladesh Tests

Cricket Australia has announced the 13-man squad for two Tests against Bangladesh which will be played in August-September this year. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ বাংলাদেশ সফরের অস্ট্রেলিয়া দল ঘোষণা]

Hilton Cartwright has been picked for the series. He played a Test against Pakistan in January this year. The Zimbabwe-born batsman was the second highest run scorer in the Sheffield Shield last season with 861 runs.

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Shaun Marsh, Steve O’Keefe, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Marsh and Mitchell Swepson are the players to miss Bangladesh tour. They were in Australia’s squad during India tour.

Fast bowler Mitchell Starc has been rested to keep him ready for the Ashes series 2017-18. A replacement is due to be named soon. Which means, the squad will be of 14 men. Australia’s pace bowling attack consists of Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and James Pattinson.

Australia will come to Bangladesh on August 18. They will play a two-day warm-up game in Fatullah. The first Test between Bangladesh and Australia will be on August 27 in Dhaka, while the second Test will be on September 4 in Chittagong.

It will be Australia’s first tour in Bangladesh for a Test series in 11 years. They won 2-0 over Bangladesh in 2006. In 2011, Australia toured Bangladesh for three ODIs. Recently, these two sides faced each other in Group A of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 at The Oval. The match was washed out.

Australia squad: Steve Smith (c), David Warner (vc), Ashton Agar, Hilton Cartwright, Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, James Pattinson, Matthew Renshaw, Matthew Wade

-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com