Australian captain Tim Paine confirms to give Baggy Greens to three uncapped players including limited over specialist Aaron Finch, Travis Head and a new name Marnus Labuschagne. They will be welcomed into the team against Pakistan. It will be a major overhaul of the top order as the trio will be tested in the hot weather of UAE.
Deletion of Renshaw has become the major news of the squad. While talking to media Captain Tim Paine said, Renshaw is not included in the team because he hadn’t played much cricket in recent time due to injury and that can go against us.
While talking about Marnus, Paine said, he deserves a chance because he had been quite impressive in the A team. It will be a great opportunity for Pakistan to refine their Test record against Australia in the hot weather which is a favourable condition for the home team. In fact, Australia hadn’t dominated in Test at the Asian soil since 2011, and Captain Paine is well aware of the fact.
Australia will travel to UAE where Pakistan will host two Test matches, one in Dubai and one in Abu Dhabi. Matches are scheduled to be played on October 7 and October 16.
Australia XI for the first Test: Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, Usman Khawaja, Mitch Marsh, Marnus Labuschagne, Travis Head, Tim Paine (c), Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Jon Holland.
Australia Test squad: Tim Paine (c), Brendan Doggett, Ashton Agar, Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Jon Holland, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitch Marsh, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Michael Neser, Matthew Renshaw, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc.
Pakistan Test squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (c), Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq, Usman Salahuddin, Shadab Khan, Yasir Shah, Bilal Asif, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Abbas, Wahab Riaz, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Rizwan, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Hafeez.