Ashes: Pattinson dropped from 12-man squad
Australia are well and truly on top of England now after taking a 1-0 lead in the five-match Ashes series. Now they have made a slight change to their 12-man squad as they have dropped fast bowler James Pattinson from the squad for the second Ashes Test against England that is starting at Lord’s on Wednesday.
The board also named Josh Hazlewood as likely replacement.
Mitchell Starc who was also overlooked for the opening Test was convincingly won by Australia at Edgbaston is now named in the squad but there is a possibility that he could end up carrying the drinks once the playing line-up is announced. Meanwhile, Pat Cummins and Peter Siddle retained their places.
Edgbaston was James Pattinson’s first Test in three-and-a-half years after he picked up back injuries and then underwent surgery, and he took two wickets to his name.
It should be noted that Left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc played all 5 Tests on the 2015 Ashes tour, and also finished as the leading wicket-taker in the 50-overs World Cup showpiece event last month.
Australia skipper Tim Paine said that he wants to manage his pacers only to keep them free from injury and the weather could be one more factor, with rain likely throughout the opening day of second Ashes Test.
“We just want to have another quick look at the wicket. We know there’s a bit of weather around. We’ll make a call on the conditions and what we think is going to be the best combination,” he told reporters.
Australia’s 12-Man Squad for 2nd Ashes Test against England
David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Matthew Wade, Tim Paine (captain), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.