Australia name three debutants for Pakistan Test with Renshaw out
Australia cricket team Australia name three debutants for Pakistan Test with Renshaw out
- Marnus Labuschagne, Aaron Finch and Travis Head in
- Matthew Renshaw misses out after recent head injury
Australia will unveil three new faces in the first Test against Pakistan in Dubai with skipper Tim Paine confirming a debut for Queenslander Marnus Labuschagne and a return to national honours for veteran paceman Peter Siddle.
Labuschagne has been selected at the expense of opener Matthew Renshaw and will bat at No 6 while Siddle has edged out the uncapped Michael Neser for the right to partner Mitchell Starc alongside spinners Nathan Lyon and Jon Holland.Pakistan series a tough test of 'new-look' Australian cricket team Read more
Aaron Finch will make a first Test appearance opening alongside Usman Khawaja while Travis Head has also earned a debut Test berth and will bat at No 5 for the series-opener starting on Sunday.
The decision to overlook Renshaw comes after he failed to bat in this weekâs tour match against Pakistan A after being struck in the head while fielding on day two.
The left-hander batted in the nets on Thursday and Friday but concerns remained about his lack of match practice after suffering multiple injuries in recent months.
âHe hasnât had enough cricket so the decision was mad e there to go with Marnus,â Paine told reporters on Saturday.
âHeâs had a bit of an unlucky run, Renners, with injury. He missed a game in India and then he got hit on the head and couldnât bat in the last game. The decision was made that he just hasnât played enough cricket and Marnus has been playing quite a bit of cricket on the A tour.
âObviously a lot of discussion about it but we think Marnus brings a lot to the group. Heâs a really good player of spin and we think as well his legspin will be something we can throw at the Pakistanis they might not be expecting.â
Neser was selected ahead of Siddle for the tour match and bowled tidily but Siddleâs vast experience and record of 211 wickets from 62 Tests proved impossible to overlook.
The 33-year-old hasnât played at Test level in almost two years but is a known quantity for an Australian side missing first-choice quicks Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood to injury.
âI think Sid ds has been playing quite a bit of cricket and heâs in good form,â Paine said.
âWe knew he was bowling really well in the lead-up, we just thought weâd give Nes a chance to play in that tour game and get some cricket into him.
âObviously with the conditions over here we thought it was important he had a game under his belt in case we needed him in the second game.â
Australia XI: Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Mitch Marsh, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Tim Paine (capt), Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon, Jon Holland.Topics
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