In this article we see about the Australian Cricket team selection for the India series. India is touring Australia for 3 T20Is, 4 tests and 3 ODIs.
Australia have announced their 14 member squad against India for first 2 tests against India. The first test starts on December 6, 2018 at Adelaide.Tim Paine returns as skipper and two Vice Captains have been named. Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Marsh are the Vice Captains for the first two tests against India.
Chance for Uncapped players
Australia have rewarded Victoria opener Marcus Harris for his consistency in domestic cricket with a maiden call-up to the Test squad for the first-two of the four-match series against India
Harris is currently the second-highest run-getter in the ongoing Sheffield Shield 2018-19 season, with an aggregate of 437 runs in six innings and a personal best of 250 not out. National selector Trevor Hohns said Harris has shown that he is mentally prepared for top-flight cricket.
Chris Tremain, the second Victorian called-up, has also worked his way back through consistent performances this Shield season. The fast bowler is the second-leading wicket-taker with 24 scalps – that includes three fifers in eight innings – at an average of 20.25 and economy of 3.28.
Experienced Batting line up
Veteran Shaun Marsh struggled against Pakistan but has been in sublime touch since returning home with ODI and Shield centuries under his belt.
Meanwhile, Usman Khawaja has managed to retain his spot in the squad despite facing a fitness issue. Khawaja, who impressed on UAE’s turning tracks against Pakistan, also suffered a tear on the tour. The 31-year-old subsequently underwent a knee surgery in October. He’s likely to feature for Queensland in the Shield round before heading to Adelaide. Peter Handscomb, who missed out on the series against Pakistan in UAE, has been recalled into the 14-member squad while, Matt Renshaw continues to be overlooked.
Bowling looks strong
The bowling attack looks set to return to the Ashes-winning quartet of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon. Peter Siddle and Chris Tremain are the other two bowlers in the group. Nathan Lyon is the only spinner in the squad and he might be supported by part time spinner Head.
Cricket Australia have stated that a 12-man shortlist will be announced ahead of the each match, with the remaining two players being subsequently released for Shield games. The 14 selected players have one more round of Shield before the Test series opener to strengthen their bid for a place in the team
Australia squad for first-two Tests vs India: Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood (VC), Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh (VC), Shaun Marsh, Tim Paine (C), Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Chris Tremain