Australia drop Bancroft for New Zealand Tests
In the latest development, Australia’s opening batsman Cameron Bancroft on Tuesday was dropped from the team’s 13-member squad for the forthcoming three-match Test series against New Zealand. Apart from Cameron Bancroft, Australia has now preferred to go with the unchanged set up from the just-concluded two-match Test series against Pakistan.
It has been learnt that fast bowlers James Pattinson and Michael Nesser have retained their spots in the 13-member team. Mitchell Starc was spotted in a bit of bother during Pakistan’s second innings in the Adelaide Oval. The inclusion of Pattinson and Nesser as a backup pace bowling options can help Australia.
“Michael Neser and James Pattinson will continue as cover for Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood through the Series. Michael will play for Queensland against New South Wales in the Marsh Sheffield Shield game at the SCG, as James did last week for Victoria,” the chief selector Trevor Hohns added in an official statement.
Australia are brimming with the confidence of late. They have comprehensively got the better of Pakistan 2-0 in the two-match Test series, and also took the second spot in the World Test Championship points table with 176 points from seven matches.
On the upcoming assignment at home, the first Test match between Australia and New Zealand is scheduled to be played from December 12-16 at Perth, in what would be a pink-ball Test affair.
Australia squad for Tests against New Zealand:
David Warner, Joe Burns, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Matthew Wade, Travis Head, Tim Paine, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, James Pattinson, Michael Neser.