Australia announce squad for Pakistan Test series
Cricket Australia named a 14-man Australian squad for the upcoming two-match Test series against Pakistan at home.
Pakistan are now having an outing in Australia for three-match T20I series and two-match Test series. The Test series will remark the start of ICC Test Championship for Pakistan, who are the last ones to kick start the campaign.
After defeating the visitors in the T20I series, Cricket Australia named a 14-man squad for the two-match Test series. Marcus Harris, Usman Khawaja and Peter Siddle, who featured in the 17-man Ashes squad earlier this year, have been left out.
Cameron Bancroft, Joe Burns, Travis Head and Michael Neser have found their names in the Test squad. Cameron Bancroft is a surprise inclusion as even he was not in the Australia A squad for the warm-up game against Pakistan.
At the same time, Travis Head is been added to the team after missing the final Ashes Test. Mathew Wade who showed some heroic performances during the end of Ashes series, has secured his place in the national Test side.
“Travis Head scored a hundred against a very good New South Wales attack just a few weeks ago and also offers the option of part-time off-spin,” Trevor Hohns, the national selector, said. “Matthew Wade was superb as a specialist batsman through last summer, had a solid Ashes Series with two hundreds and strong start to the current domestic season.
“We anticipate Matthew and Travis will give us a strong middle order in support of the top four. Cameron Bancroft is someone who has the ingredients of what we believe makes a good Test cricketer and rounds out our batting group in the squad,” Hohns added.
Australia squad: Tim Paine (c), Cameron Bancroft, Joe Burns, Pat Cummins (vc), Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head (vc), Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner