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Stoinis roped in for the second Test against Sri Lanka


Cricket Australia has announced their squad for the second and final Test against Sri Lanka that will start on February 1st.

After losing a whole series against India, Australia finally finds some ways of redemption and growth in the Test team with the win in the first Test against Sri Lanka at Gabba, Brisbane as the hosts cruised to a win by an innings and 40 runs.

With the win at the series opener at Gabba, Australia have secured the two-match Test series with them and this has put a full stop to Australia’s long run of series loss in all formats of the game since the ban of David Warner and Steve Smith following the ball tampering saga.

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Following the win at the Test series opener, Australia are gearing up for the second Test to grab the series with them. Ahead of the 2nd Test, Australia have announced their squad for the Test at Canberra.

Interestingly Australia have roped in Marcus Stoinis in the Test squad for the first time. Stoinis, who plays for Western Australia, has bagged 10 scalps and accumulated 298 runs during the course of the 2018-19 first-class season and has aggregated 2857 runs and snared 52 scalps in first-class cricket overall.

“We made the decision to add Marcus to give us the flexibility to play an all-rounder in the event the conditions require an extra bowling option in the line- up,” Trevor Hohns, the chief selector said.

“Marcus has been a consistent performer this season, he has displayed strong all round form in First Class cricket and continued that form into the Australian ODI series against India. We’ve also decided to release Matt Renshaw from the squad so he can be available for the Brisbane Heat in their upcoming BBL fixtures.”

Australia Test Squad:
Tim Paine (c), Jhye Richardson, Joe Burns, Pat Cummins, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Will Pucovski, Matt Renshaw, Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle, Kurtis Patterson, Marcus Stoinis

 

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