Australia plays two Tests, in Perth and Adelaide, against the West Indies from November 30.
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Opening batsman Marcus Harris was recalled to Australia’s Test squad for the test series against the West Indies, while Travis Head retained his place despite a poor run of form.
Head keeps his place despite poor form in Australia’s domestic Sheffield Shield competition with the top six – Warner, Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Head and Cameroon Green – unchanged.
Spinner Mitchell Swepson along with Michael Neser and Jhye Richardson are the players who miss out after being part of the larger squad necessary for the Ashes series because of COVID-19 protocols.
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Harris featured in last year’s successful Ashes campaign against England but was left out from Australia’s tour to Sri Lanka in July with Usman Khawaja preferred as David Warner’s opening partner. Khawaja is again expected to open with Harris as the back-up.
“Marcus Harris regains his place after continuing to perform for Gloucestershire in the English county competition and a strong start to the Sheffield Shield season,” said George Bailey (the chairman of selectors)
“After some larger squads for the sub-continent tours over the winter, we have returned to a very similar squad to that which performed strongly last summer in comprehensively winning the Ashes,” added Bailey.
Before the battle with West Indies, Australia host three one-day internationals against England in Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne on November 17, 19 and 22 respectively where Pat Cummins will be captain for the first time after Aaron Finch retired from the 50-over format.
Australia Test squad
Pat Cummins (C), Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, David Warner