Australia add fresh faces in Test squad
Following the Test series defeat against India, Australian selectors attempted to rejuvenate the team with fresh looks.
For the oncoming two match Test series against Sri Lanka, Victorians batsman Will Pucovski has received a maiden call-up besides Joe Burns and Matt Renshaw who are also included in the 13 men to the Australia Test squad.
The 20-year-old Pucovski, who bats at No. 3 for his first-class side, scored 243 against Western Australia in the Sheffield Shield in October last year. In eight first-class appearances, he has scored close to 600 runs at an average of 49, with two hundreds and a half-century.
National selector Trevor Hohns while explaining Pucovski’s inclusion, said, “Will Pucovski is an exciting young player who is making his mark in the Sheffield Shield. He is another player with a track record of making centuries. We look forward to him joining the squad and congratulate him on his first national call-up.”
Meanwhile Renshaw has received the call after having a fruitful county season scoring 513 runs at an average of 51.30 with three hundreds and a fifty for Somerset in six matches.
National selector Hohns said, “Matt Renshaw is a player with the ability to make big scores, and at 22 years old has 10 first-class centuries. He also performed extremely well in England during the County season. We see him as a long-term prospect as a Test player and have confidence in his ability to bounce back following a string of low scores early in the Shield season.
On the other side of the scenario, Shaun Marsh, Aaron Finch, Mitchell Marsh and Peter Handscomb, who were part of the squad during the four-match series against India, have been left out.
Australia Test Squad: Tim Paine (c), Josh Hazlewood, Joe Burns, Pat Cummins, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Will Pucovski, Matt Renshaw, Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle