Published: Sat, November 16, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Australia Announce Squad For Pakistan Tests; Cameron Bancroft, Joe Burns Included

Australia Announce Squad For Pakistan Tests; Cameron Bancroft, Joe Burns Included

But after beating Marcus Harris in the race to partner David Warner against Pakistan in the first Test at the Gabba next Thursday, Burns knows he has a chance to cement a spot after five years in and out of the side. Apart from him, Glenn Maxwell and Nic Maddinson have also taken a break from the game to deal with mental health issues.

Babar Azam and Iftikhar Ahmed, who are both in the Test squad, were the only Pakistan batsmen to make an impact over the short format.

He seemed to recover and was parachuted into the Australia squad in January for two Tests against Sri Lanka, but did not play and was released during the second Test as he continued to struggle.

Young batting prodigy Will Pucovski pulled out of contention for a place in Australia's Test team to play Pakistan on Thursday as he continues to battle mental health issues.

Opener Harris averaged 9.66 against England in the last three tests of the Ashes and has been jettisoned in favour of Queensland's Joe Burns for the series, which starts in Brisbane on November 21.

"We feel [Joe] was unlucky to miss the Ashes squad", national selector Trevor Hohns said.

"We anticipate Matthew and Travis will give us a strong middle order in support of the top four".

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He produced a bogey-free round, including one remarkable escape from a buried lie under the lip of a bunker. However, he has three top 10s in his previous four appearances at the Gary Player Country Club in Sun City.

Earlier, Bancroft was included late in the Australia A squad for this week's tour match against Pakistan in Perth after Victoria batsman Nic Maddinson chose to take a break from the game owing to mental health issues.

Australia take on Pakistan in their first home Test of the summer from November 21-25. They have named a total of five pacers in the squad - Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc and Neser.

"We are blessed to have four of the best fast bowlers in the world challenging each other for spots and most importantly playing as a group".

However, if his performance in the warm-up match between Pakistan and Australia "A" is anything to go by, 16-years old Naseem Shah is fully ready to have a go at the Australians in their own backyard.

Hohns said Neser was included due to "his ability move the ball both ways, giving the team another bowling option depending on the conditions".

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

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