India vs Australia 2018: Hosts Australia has announced a 14-member squad for the upcoming Test series against India. The squad was announced for the first two Tests and Usman Khawaja marked a comeback as Marcus Harris gets set for debut. Peter Handscomb who was not part of the Tests against Pakistan has also been recalled. Also Read - Bangladesh ODI Captain Tamim Iqbal Was 'Ashamed Of Himself' After Seeing Virat Kohli's Fitness Levels
“The squad features a talented group of batsmen and bowlers who have displayed good form in the Sheffield Shield competition to date,” national selector Trevor Hohns said in a statement after announcing the 14-man squad for the first two Tests. “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.” Also Read - Mohammed Shami Confident of Getting Reverse Swing Despite Saliva Ban in Cricket Due to COVID-19
“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. With another round of Sheffield Shield matches to play, players have the chance to strengthen their cases for selection before we finalise the 12 in the lead-up to the first Test,” he added. Also Read - Fielding Coach R Sridhar Reveals Training Module For Virat Kohli-Led Team India, Says Sharpest Minds Will Take Six Weeks to Get Ready For Test Cricket
“We’ve been really impressed with the way Usman Khawaja has applied himself through his rehabilitation and he’s left no stone unturned in his bid to return in Adelaide. Barring any setbacks, all the signs are indicating he will be available for the first Test,” Hohns said. “We saw how well he performed against Pakistan in the UAE, and we hope he can recapture that form over the summer.”
“Chris Tremain has also been performing consistently with the ball for Victoria. His form in the Sheffield Shield has seen him become the second-highest wicket taker in the competition this season,” Hohns added. “He has also been a consistent wicket taker over the past two seasons, and thoroughly deserves his place in the squad.”
“The players have had the opportunity to put their best case forward for selection through the JLT Cup and Sheffield Shield, but unfortunately haven’t done enough to earn selection.”, Hohns said on the aforementioned players’ snub.
Australia Test squad for first two Tests against India: 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