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Sport Australia vs Pakistan: Bancroft and Burns included in Australia's 14-man squad for Test series against Pakistan

05:31  14 november  2019
05:31  14 november  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Cameron Bancroft and Joe Burns have been included in Australia ' s 14 - man squad for the first Test against Pakistan at the Gabba. Australian selectors have also put their faith back in Travis Head after he was dropped during the Ashes in England. The bowling attack is relatively unchanged

Joe Burns has returned to a 14 - man Australia squad at the expense of Marcus Harris and Usman Khawaja for the two- Test series against Pakistan . Queensland batsman Burns is expected to partner David Warner at the top of the order on his home surface when the series begins at the Gabba on

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Cameron Bancroft and Joe Burns have been included in Australia's 14-man squad for the first Test against Pakistan at the Gabba.

Australian selectors have also put their faith back in Travis Head after he was dropped during the Ashes in England.

The bowling attack is relatively unchanged, with Mitchell Starc, James Pattinson and Michael Neser all named in the extended squad.

There's no luck for Marcus Harris and Usman Khawaja, both dropped after underwhelming performances across the Ashes and Australia A matches.

Many pundits expected Will Pucovski to feature in the squad, but Cricket Australia confirmed that he withdrew from selection citing mental health reasons.

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Australia ’ s selectors have sprung huge surprise by naming Cameron Bancroft in a 14 - man squad for the first cricket Test of the summer against Pakistan next week, while Bancroft has made the cut despite a series of underwhelming efforts for Western Australia in the Sheffield Shield this season.

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Bancroft himself was not expecting he would be in the squad only a couple of days ago, but selectors clearly disagreed with the Western Australian batsman.

Joe Burns looks set to add to his 18 Tests, his most recent was against Sri Lanka at Manuka Oval in February.

He currently has four centuries and an average of 40.10 and his high score of 180 was in that last Test in Canberra.

Khawaja has been a mainstay in the Australian Test setup, playing 22 of a possible 27 Tests since the start of 2017.

His omission marks a changing of the guard for Australia and shows that domestic form is still a strong consideration for selectors.

Khawaja has scores of 1, 24, 2, 0 & 32 across the Sheffield Shield this summer, an average of 11.80.

Marcus Harris could consider himself a little more unlucky, having scored a century and two half-centuries to start the Sheffield Shield season.

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  Australia Test squad announced for Gabba, Adelaide clashes with Pakistan Australia names its Test squad to take on Pakistan at the Gabba and in Adelaide, with Cameron Bancroft a notable inclusion. Of those players who played for Australia A against Pakistan in Perth this week, Bancroft is joined by Joe Burns, Travis Head and Michael Neser in the squad.

Bancroft was initially not included in Australia A' s side to face Pakistan , but was included after Nic Maddinson' s withdrawal and top-scored with a scrappy 49 as Australia A was bundled out for 122. Despite his struggles, Bancroft ' s toughness was praised by Australian Test captain Tim Paine, who

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However, as many fans online have pointed out, Harris' dominant form seems to come mainly in Victoria and he tends to struggle in other states.

As for the make-up of the team, Joe Burns and Cameron Bancroft are expected to battle it out for the openers' position opposite David Warner.

Travis Head should come in at number six, with Matthew Wade set for a promotion to number five.

While Mitchell Starc is expected to get the first chance in an all NSW batting attack with Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood.

Michael Neser's impressive Sheffield Shield form has earned him another squad call-up but it appears that baggy green will still be elusive.

More to come.

Australia's 14-man squad for the two-Test series against Pakistan:

Tim Paine (c)

Cameron Bancroft

Joe Burns

Pat Cummins (vc)

Josh Hazlewood

Travis Head

Marnus Labuschagne

Nathan Lyon

Michael Neser

James Pattinson

Steve Smith

Mitchell Starc

Matthew Wade

David Warner

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