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Australia name full squad for Pakistan tour

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Australia have named a full squad for their first overseas Test tour in nearly three years, with Ashton Agar the only addition to the expanded group of players who won the Ashes.

Mitch Marsh, Josh Inglis and Mitchell Swepson have all been named in an 18-man squad for the historic three-Test tour of Pakistan, Australia’s first visit to the cricket-mad country in nearly 25 years.


Australia Test Team: Pat Cummins (c), Ashton Agar, Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Michael Neser, Steve Smith (vc) , Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner


While squads for the limited-time matches that will follow Test have yet to be named, the fact that no Test player has withdrawn is a vote of confidence for a tour that has not been given the green light. only after a Cricket Australia Board meeting. Last week.

Thorough security assessments have been carried out by officials for the first trip by an Australian team to Pakistan since the 2009 terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team’s bus in Lahore.

“Obviously there is some anxiety about touring which I think is perfectly natural given that an Australian team hasn’t toured Pakistan for almost 25 years,” said the head of the Australian Cricketers Association, Todd Greenberg. SEN Monday.

“We may have one or two players who will not be comfortable despite all the advice and guidance we provide. With Cricket Australia, we will have to respect those players and give them our full support if they decide not to do this. tour.

“It’s a very important tour. The players fully understand our contribution to the world game and we don’t expect that we can sit here and expect teams to visit our country and not contribute ourselves. .”

Jhye Richardson is the only marquee player to miss the trip as Australia manages the body of the 25-year-old fast bowler, who has struggled with injuries during his career.

Marcus Harris retained his place in the squad after being ousted from his opening spot for the final game of the Ashes campaign after Usman Khawaja’s twin hundreds at SCG.

Harris had won plaudits at the MCG for his Test-high 76 on risky ground, while Pat Cummins admitted fielding two 35-year-old openers (in Khawaja and David Warner) is not a good long-term draft strategy.

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There are no surprises among the other bowlers chosen, with Ashes hero Scott Boland named alongside Cummins’ fast big three Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood returning from injury, while Michael Neser is also on the line. part.

Agar is one of three rotation options along with Nathan Lyon and Swepson, with the trio slated for major roles over the next 18 months with tours of Sri Lanka and India (and potentially Bangladesh, a tour there was “postponed” to 2020 and is still to be rescheduled) on the horizon.

But Australia has been warned that Pakistan is no slow bowler’s paradise.

“The general perception, which I think is wrong, is…there will be two spinners in the game and it’s going to spin all the way,” former Pakistani batter Bazid Khan told cricket.com.au last month.

“Pakistan is totally different from India. The ball is not going to turn right away and most of the time the wickets were taken by the faster men rather than the spinners.”

Marsh and Inglis, who both came on the bench during the Ashes, provide cover in the all-around player and wicketkeeper positions currently held by incumbents Cameron Green and Alex Carey respectively.

The extended squad size reflects the difficulty of calling up players at short notice for an overseas tour in the event of a last-minute injury, with Australia expected to be in some sort of bio-secure bubble for the tour .

“This team covers all scenarios, including conditions given that it’s been so long since Australia have been to Pakistan,” head of selection George Bailey said.

“With several sub-continental tours and a one-day World Cup in India on the near horizon, this is a great first challenge for the band after the success of the Ashes home series.

“It’s also a very historic tour considering how much time has passed since an Australian team last toured Pakistan.”

Australia Test Team: Pat Cummins (c), Ashton Agar, Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Michael Neser, Steve Smith (vc) , Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner

Qantas Tour of Pakistan 2022

March 4-8: First try, Rawalpindi

March 12-16: Second try, Karachi

March 21-25: Third try, Lahore

March 29:First ODI, Rawalpindi

March, 31st: Second ODI, Rawalpindi

April 2: Third ODI, Rawalpindi

April 5: Only T20I, Rawalpindi

All matches will be shown in Australia on Fox Cricket and Kayo Sports