Aus vs Ind: Australia Announces 14-member Squad For First Two Tests
By CricShots - Nov 22, 2018 11:12 am
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Cricket Australia (CA) has announced the 14-man squad for the first two of the four-match Test series against India which is scheduled to commence on December 6. The Victoria opener Marcus Harris has been rewarded for his consistency in the Sheffield Shield season as he has earned a maiden call-up to the Test squad. Even Peter Handscomb has also been recalled after missing out on the Pakistan series in the UAE.

Marcus Harris

Harris is the highest run-getter in the ongoing Shield season at the moment with 437 runs to his name in six matches with the best score of 250*. Meanwhile, Matt Renshaw has again failed to make a cut as he also missed the two Test matches in the UAE. He was hit on the helmet and due to concussion problems and lack of match-practice ahead of the series, couldn’t make it to the playing XI.

As per the reports in Cricbuzz, the national selector, Trevor Hohns said, “Marcus Harris has forced his way into the squad after an impressive start to the Sheffield Shield campaign for Victoria, and in recent times has performed in high-pressure matches, including Sheffield Shield finals. Not only has he made plenty of runs, but he’s also displayed the mental application we believe is required to compete at Test cricket.”

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Chris Tremain is the other Victorian player, who has been called up in the national squad who has set the stage on fire with the ball in the first-class cricket. He has so far scalped 24 wickets in eight innings which includes three five-wicket hauls as well. Usman Khawaja has retained his place in the line-up as he is expected to get fit before the series opener in Adelaide. He will play one Sheffield Shield game ahead of the series through to prove his match fitness.

Usman Khawaja

Cricket Australia has stated in their media release that 12-man shortlist will be announced ahead of every game while the other two cricketers will be released to play the domestic season. Trevor explained,  “We will select a final team of 12 prior to each Test, and the two remaining squad members will be released to get important match time in the Sheffield Shield. We believe all players chosen deserve their selection in the squad, and we’re confident given the opportunity all will apply themselves well against India.”

Australia squad for first two Tests:

Aaron Finch, Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood (vc), Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitch Marsh (vc), Shaun Marsh, Tim Paine (c & wk), Mitchell Starc, Chris Tremain, Peter Siddle.