Australia Test Squad Named For 2 Test Series Against Pakistan

Cameron Bancroft, Joe Burns, and Travis Head have all earned recalls to the Australian squad for the two-test home series against Pakistan starting next week.

The batsmen Usman Khawaja and Marcus Harris, as well as the fast bowler Peter Siddle, were excluded from the squad, who traveled to England earlier this year for the Ashes series.

Among others, Michael Neser, an uncapped fast bowler, was called into the squad while Mitchell Marsh, who had broken a hand after hitting a wall, failed.

Bancroft and Burns will round out the opening slots, along with David Warner, who recently took the shape of a red ball with a Sheffield Shield century.

Bancroft’s recall was not exactly a consequence of big runs on the home circuit. After being dropped off in the middle of the Ashes series, his red ball shape has further tapered. He has completed a couple of quick half-centuries for Western Australia in the one-day competition for domestic flights, but in the Sheffield Shield, six games scored meager earnings of 57 runs.

Despite this, he was given a late assignment with the Australian senior team to engage the visiting Pakistanis in a three-day warm-up match at the Perth Stadium, where he resisted with 49 of 155 balls despite his team dropping to 122. Bancroft is likely to be used as a floater Burns will take first place alongside Warner.

The 30-year-old Burns was in the Sheffield Shield in solid form, where he is after the Ashes hero Manus Labuschagne with 202 runs at 40.40, the second-highest scorer in Queensland.

Head, who also gave up his middle-ranking position during the ashes, seems to be the beneficiary of the absence of Victoria batsman Will Pucokski, who for mental reasons was not available for the test selection. Head was also in strong form in South Australia, scoring 201 runs at 40.20, including a century and a fifty-five in five innings. He will be next to the fast bowler Pat Cummins one of the two vice-captains of the 14-member contingent.

As for Cummins, he, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood will repeat their role as the main trio of fast bowlers alongside James Pattinson and Neser. The comeback for Siddle, who returned to the test in astonishing fashion after almost a year in the ashes, ends in three tests in which he has collected seven wickets for 295 runs, averaging 42.14.

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