Thursday, November 19, 2015

Commonwealth Bank Test squad named for Adelaide

Cricket Australia’s National Selection Panel has named a 13-man squad for the history-making Third Commonwealth Bank Test against New Zealand, to be played under day-night conditions at the Adelaide Oval.

The squad is:
Steve Smith (c)             NSW
David Warner (vc)            NSW
Joe Burns               QLD
Josh Hazlewood            NSW
Nathan Lyon              NSW
Mitchell Marsh            WA
Shaun Marsh               WA
Peter Nevill                ;NSW
Steve O’Keefe              NSW
James Pattinson              VIC
Mitchell Starc                NSW
Peter Siddle                 VIC
Adam Voges                 WA
The squad includes West Australian batsman Shaun Marsh. He replaces the injured Usman Khawaja who injured his left hamstring in the second Test match in Perth and is likely to be unavailable for Australia’s next two matches.
National Selector Rod Marsh said: “Shaun was unlucky to miss out on the squad for the first two Tests and since then has scored consistently in Sheffield Shield, so we believe he deserves this opportunity.”
New South Welshman Stephen O’Keefe has also been included in the side as an extra spin-bowling option.
“We have opted to include an extra spinner in the squad for Adelaide as we are unsure what conditions we will see there. Stephen was included in our squad that was to go to Bangladesh and if he should get an opportunity we think he will make the most of it.
Victorian paceman James Pattinson joins the squad following the retirement of Mitchell Johnson.
“James has made a good return to Shield cricket following his injury and has earned this re-call.
“He has worked incredibly hard and we are confident that he is ready to perform at Test level if selected.”
The squad will assemble in Adelaide on Sunday afternoon.

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