The Tim Paine-led team also includes youngsters Will Pukowski and Cameron Green. Apart from these, Sean Abbott, Mitchell Svepson and Michael Naser are also selected for the team. The team’s vice-captain Pat Cummins has been appointed.
Chief selector praised Greene and Pukowski
Trevor Hohns, Australia’s chief selector, has praised Greene and Pukowski. He has been rewarded for his outstanding performance in domestic cricket.
“This season, Will Pukowski and Cameron Green have been outstanding among the many players. Their selection was sure to take place with this tremendous form. We need to include these young players in the squad for the Test series against a strong team,” said Hones Very happy. ”
Australia’s 17-member Test team
Australia’s Test Team: David Warner, Will Pukowski, Joe Burns, Maranus Labuschen, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Matthew Wade, Cameron Green, Tim Paine (Captain and Keeper), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, James Pattinson, Michael Naser, Michelle Svepson and Sean Abbott.
Pukowski and Green have performed well
This season of the Sheffield Shield, Victoria gave Pukowski a chance as an opener and performed brilliantly in two matches.
Pukowski scored 495 runs in just three innings at an impressive average of 247.5. Meanwhile, he also scored two consecutive double centuries.
On the other hand, Green scored 363 runs in four matches at an average of 72.60, including an innings of 197 runs.
A look at the performance of other players
Naser, who was part of the Australian Test team earlier also, has done well in his three matches with bat and ball. He took 10 wickets at an average of 24.40 in bowling while scoring 145 runs including a century in batting.
On the other hand spin bowler, Swapson took 23 wickets at an average of 21.17. In Sheffield Shield, all-rounder Abbott took 14 wickets and also scored a crucial century.