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Squads named against England and West Indies

By Peter Argent

Naming a 13-man Test Squad against the West Indies and 14-person squad for the three 50-over one-dayers against England that precedes, the National Selection Panel (NSP) couldn’t find places for Jhye Richardson, who took five second innings wickets in the Adelaide match last year, spinner Mitch Swepson and all-rounder with a South African heritage, Michael Neser.

After being dumped during the Ashes campaign, left handed opening bat Marcus Harris is returned to the squad, following a strong start to the Sheffield Shield season, where he’s produced 287 runs at 57.40 across three matches.

This included 111 against Western Australia and he also made 142 not out in a one-day domestic game against Tasmania.

Scott Boland, the Indigenous star of the Melbourne Ashes Test last December, will be vying with Josh Hazelwood and Mitchell Starc for a fast bowling spot, unless they decide to go with four quicks on the traditional bouncy Perth deck and leave the drinks duty to off-spinner Nathan Lyon.

“After some larger squads for the sub-continent tours over the winter, we have returned to a very similar squad to that which performed strongly last summer in comprehensively winning the Ashes,” NSP Chair of Selectors, George Bailey, says.

“Marcus Harris retains his place after continuing to perform for Gloucestershire in the English County competition and a strong start to the Sheffield Shield season.”

Under new one-day skipper Patrick Cummins, Travis Head looks like the prime candidate to replace the retired Aaron Finch at the top of the batting order.

George Bailey said the current focus is to continue to build a squad with an eye to next year’s World Cup under Pat as the new ODI captain, calling the three games against England an important series.

“Travis Head returns in place of Aaron Finch having played well in Pakistan and Sri Lanka earlier in the year,” Bailey said.

“He has demonstrated flexibility in the types of roles he can play in our ODI line-up. Our next opportunity in the ODI format will be in India next year which will allow us to experience similar conditions as for the World Cup in October.”

There are three ODIs – the first on Thursday, October 17, at Adelaide Oval, starting at 1.50pm, the second at the Sydney Cricket Ground on October 19, and a third scheduled for October 22 at the MCG.

The first Australia verses West Indies Test at the Perth Stadium starts on Wednesday, November 30, with the Adelaide day-night Test beginning on Thursday, December 8, starting at 2.30pm local Central Standard time.

The Australian NSP is Tony Dodemaide, coach Andrew McDonald and chair George Bailey.

Test squad

Pat Cummins (NSW)) (c)
Scott Boland (VIC)
Alex Carey (SA)
Cameron Green (WA)
Marcus Harris (VIC)
Josh Hazlewood (NSW)
Travis Head (SA)
Usman Khawaja (QLD)
Marnus Labuschagne (QLD)
Nathan Lyon (NSW)
Steve Smith (NSW)
Mitchell Starc (NSW)
David Warner (NSW)

ODI squad

Pat Cummins (NSW) (c)
Ashton Agar (WA)
Alex Carey (SA)
Cameron Green (WA)
Josh Hazlewood (NSW)
Travis Head (SA)
Marnus Labuschagne (QLD)
Mitchell Marsh (WA)
Glenn Maxwell (VIC)
Steve Smith (NSW)
Mitchell Starc (NSW)
Marcus Stoinis (WA)
David Warner (NSW)
Adam Zampa (NSW)

 

 

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