Almanac Cricket: The First Test squad


“The Cricketer”
by Kate Birrell



The Australian selectors have gone for safety first with the squad announced yesterday for the first two Tests of the upcoming Ashes series. T20 final standouts Mitchell Marsh and Matthew Wade can’t find a place in the 15-man group.


There’s hardly anything surprising about the squad. Usman Khawaja and Travis Head will battle it out for a middle order position with Marcus Harris likely to open with David Warner. Mitchell Swepson appears to have cemented his standing as the ‘next in line’ spinner and Jhye Richardson’s inclusion after excellent Shield performances will keep the first choice pace trio honest.


The Australia A combination will provide the main squad with match practice leading up to the First Test before playing a 4-day match against the English Lions from December 9. The ‘A’ squad comprises Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Henry Hunt, Josh Inglis, Nic Maddinson, Mitchell Marsh, Matt Renshaw, Mark Steketee and Bryce Street. It’s hard to know how much to read into this list as an inkling into ‘who’s next’ in the overall scheme of things.


Given that a total of 26 players have been named, the notable absentees are Matthew Wade, Will Pucovski, Moises Henriques and, perhaps, Joe Burns.


To read more about the Test and Australia A squads click here.


To see the schedule for the Ashes series click here.


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  1. Renshaw is the interesting one. His record as an opener wasn’t too bad and now he is batting well for Queensland in the middle order. We need a gritty type to hold the innings together. Hope he gets another chance along with Maddinson. Tony Dodemaide said encumbency means nothing so let’s see!

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