Australia Announce Squad For Sri Lanka Tests

Will Pucovski Named In Australia's Test Squad For Sri Lanka Series class= next-head

Australia's selectors are expected to opt against wholesale changes for the upcoming Sri Lanka series, while some Test batsmen could potentially be rolled out in next week's tour game against the same opposition.

The 20-year-old is one of the brightest batting talents in the country, scoring a double century for Victoria last year - the first Australian under 21 to do so since Ricky Ponting.

A highly-rated youngster, Pucovski scored 243 against Western Australia in the Sheffield Shield in October past year before he took an indefinite break from cricket on mental health reasons. Top order batsman Joe Burns was recalled and is likely to open the innings with rookie Marcus Harris, who looked good against India.

Shaun Marsh, Mitch Marsh, Peter Handscomb and Aaron Finch have all been axed after struggling in the four-Test series against India.

"Joe Burns has had strong performances in first-class cricket this season and we believe he can contribute strongly if given the chance in the series", Hohns said. Aaron Finch, Peter Handscomb and Marsh brothers have found themselves out of the side.

"Will Pucovski is an exciting young player who is making his mark in the Sheffield Shield".

"There is no doubt the India series produced some disappointing results and we have now reviewed the squad ahead of the series against Sri Lanka", chief selector Trevor Hohns said. In eight first-class appearances, the 20-year old has so far almost 600 runs at an average of 49, with two hundreds and a half-century.

Renshaw belted three hundreds while scoring 513 runs in 11 county innings for Somerset, helping him to the top of the world's first-class run scoring charts by June past year.

The 29-year old Burns is now the fifth-highest run-scorer in the JLT Sheffield Shield. Playing for Somerset, he scored 513 runs at an average of 51.30 with three hundreds and a fifty in six matches. Australia lost the series against India 1-2, conceding a Test series at home against the Asians for the first time in history, and came under criticism for their show, especially with the bat.

Tim Paine and his teammates haven't played a pink-ball game, either at first-class or Test level, since defeating England under lights at Adelaide Oval in the 2017-18 Ashes.

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