Australia named an extended 17-member squad for the four-match Test series against India – here’s all you need to know.
Australia have named a strong 17-man squad for their marquee Test series against India, and also named a quality Australia A squad for the warm-up matches for the upcoming tour.
The Test squad comprised as many as five uncapped players, including Will Pucovski and Cameron Green, with the selectors favouring players who have impressed so far in the Sheffield Shield 2020/21. Sean Abbott, Mitchell Swepson and Michael Neser were the other uncapped players in the squad.
Of the five uncapped players, Pucovski seems a favourite to start, having hit successive double-centuries in the Sheffield Shield, and is directly in contention with Joe Burns for the openers spot.
“Two of those many standout players were of course Cameron Green and Will Pucovski. Their undeniable form demanded selection and we are very pleased to have these young men in the squad for what will be a tremendous Test Series against an extremely formidable opponent,” selectors chief Trevor Hohns said in a statement.
“Cameron has already won selection in the white-ball squad and continues that in joining the Test squad. He is a wonderful young talent who has great potential to become an allrounder of substance over time. His batting alone has demanded his place in the squad.”
Australia will wear a special Indigenous shirt for their upcoming T20I series against India.
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Pat Cummins was named vice-captain of the side as Australia shifted away from their dual-vice captaincy system. Travis Head lost his position as vice-captain as a result, but Hohns said it wasn’t a reflection on his standing in the team.
The Australia A squad had as many as 19 players, including nine players who were also part of the Test squad.
Find below the Australia Test squad and team list as well as the Australia A players list.
Australia squad for India series
(Updated till December 14)
Test squad: Tim Paine (c), Joe Burns, Pat Cummins, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Will Pucovski, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Sean Abbott, Moises Henriques, Marcus Harris
*Moises Henriques has been added to the squad for the first Test as cover for Green. Abbott has been ruled out of the first Test. Marcus Harris has replaced the concussed Will Pucovski.
Australia A squad: Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Joe Burns, Jackson Bird, Alex Carey (wk), Harry Conway, Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Nic Maddinson, Mitchell Marsh (subject to fitness), Michael Neser, Tim Paine, James Pattinson, Will Pucovski, Mark Steketee, Will Sutherland, Mitchell Swepson
Click here to view the India squads, across formats, for their tour of Australia.
Click here to view the complete schedule and fixtures of the Australia vs India 2020/21 series.