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Bancroft, Burns in Australia Test squad, Harris axed

The first Test between Australia and Pakistan will commence on November 21 at the Gabba.

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Bancroft, Burns in Australia Test squad, Harris axed
Australia announce 14-men Test squad. Photo: Cricket Australia

Australia selectors have reconstructed the squad ahead of the two match Test series against Pakistan leaving out top order batsmen Usman Khawaja and Marcus Harris.

The 14-men squad have now included Cameron Bancroft, Joe Burns, Travis Head and Michael Neser while Cameron Bancroft also earned a surprise recall.

Bancroft, who was dropped from Australia’s playing eleven after the second Ashes Test, was kately included in Australia A’s warm-up game against Pakistan. He was now included in the team after Nic Maddinson pulled out citing mental health issues.

“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.

The right-hander Bancroft top-scored in Australia A innings, posting 49 from 155 balls.

“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.

The first Test between Australia and Pakistan will commence on November 21 at the Gabba followed by the second and last Test on November 29 at the Adelaide.

Australia Test squad for Pakistan series:

Tim Paine (c, wk), Cameron Bancroft, Joe Burns, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner.


 

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