Australias squad for the Third test against South Africa has been announced by the selectors and they have made sweeping changes ushering in the new era cricketers.
Uncapped players like Matthew Renshaw (Queensland), Peter Handscomb (Victoria), Nic Maddinson (New South Wales) and Chadd Sayers (South Australia) have found their spot in a 12-man squad for the Adelaide Test starting on Thursday, while Bushrangers wicketkeeper Matthew Wade and Tasmania pacer Jackson Bird have been recalled.
On the other hand, Joe Burns, middle-order batsmen Adam Voges (who was not considered for selection due to concussion) and Callum Ferguson, wicketkeeper Peter Nevill and speedster Joe Mennie have been dropped from the team which Australia lost by an innings and 80 runs.
Only six players from the Hobart Test have made it to this Test which includes captain Steve Smith, deputy David Warner, No. 3 Usman Khawaja, new-ball pair Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood, and veteran spinner Nathan Lyon.
Australias Test squad: Steve Smith (c), David Warner (VC), Jackson Bird, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Nic Maddinson, Nathan Lyon, Matt Renshaw, Chadd Sayers, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade
The chairman of selectors, Trevor Hohns said, Matt has established himself in a short period of time as one of the best young opening bats in the country. His form is currently very good and we see him as a very exciting prospect for the future. Peters form over the last couple seasons, and with Australia A, has been very consistent.”
He further added, He has a good all-around game and we think he is the type of player who could succeed at the next level. Nic is an exciting and talented young player and we feel now is the ideal time for him to be involved with the Australian team. He has the ability to break the game open and we think he will flourish in this environment.”
Voges was forced to leave the ground while batting on 16, as he got hit on the head by a bouncer in Perth and later on we came to know he was suffering from with concussion. Talking about Wades return, Hohns said, Matthew has worked extremely hard on his keeping in the past few season and we consider it to have improved substantially. He is also a very valuable player with the bat and will add to the depth in our batting order.”
He concluded, We consider Chadd and Jackson to be very good bowlers that also can bowl plenty of overs in conjunction with Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood. Chadd bowls very well in Adelaide and Jackson is coming off a strong performance in his last Test match earlier in the year and both deserve their chance.”