Australia Announce Squad For Sri Lanka Tests

Australian players watch on as India celebrate a 2-1 series victory

Australian players watch on as India celebrate a 2-1 series victory

Virat Kohli's side took the four-match series 2-1 and would likely have won the final Test in Sydney had rain not intervened over the last two days as the contest, in which Australia were made to follow-on, ended in a damp draw on Monday. Tremaine, who also plays for Victoria, is yet to play in Tests and took part in four ODI matches since his debut in 2016, which was also the past year when he played for the Baggy Greens.

Pucovski, 20, has played just eight first-class matches and opted to take a break from the game late past year to receive treatment for a mental health-related illness, shortly after scoring 243 for Victoria against Western Australia in the Sheffield Shield.

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The biggest casualties of the same have been opening batsman Aaron Finch, middle-order batsman Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh.

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The fixture at Bellerive overlaps with an ODI at the MCG, suggesting one-day squad members Khawaja, Handscomb and the Marsh brothers won't take part. "They have been given good opportunity, but have not produced the scores we need".

Australia's longest-serving cricket selector Trevor Hohns believes the panel's job has never been so hard, having axed four batsmen while parachuting Will Pucovski into the Test squad after just eight first-class games.

"We see him as a long-term prospect as a Test player and have confidence in his ability to bounce back following a string of low scores early in the Shield season", said Hohns of the 22-year-old.

Hohns, Justin Langer and Greg Chappell are now attempting to fix a misfiring top six during a two-month period in which domestic players can only make their case in Twenty20 cricket. "We look forward to him joining the squad and congratulate him on his first national call-up", he added. He also performed extremely well in England during the County season. The left-hander has only managed 199 runs at 19.9 in Sheffield Shield so far but had a superb County season with Somerset past year. The tour match begins next Thursday, and like the first Test at the Gabba is a day-night fixture to be played with the pink ball.

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