Australia include three debutants for day-night Adelaide Test
Newly appointed Chairman of selectors of Cricket Australia Trevor Hohns has made six changes to the Australian squad for the day-night Test against South Africa in Adelaide.
Matt Renshaw, Peter Handscomb and Nic Maddinson are in line to make their debut for Australia and add some credibility to the batting department which had come under fire in the last five defeats in the longer format.
Queensland batsman Rensham had scores of 108 and 50 in the recent Sheffield Shield clash against South Australia while Victoria's Handscomb is fresh from a double century against New South Wales. Maddinson has already played two Twenty20 Internationals for Australia but is yet to feature in the 50-over format and Tests.
Apart from the trio South Australia seamer Chadd Sayers is also included and he recently picked a 11-wicket haul against Tasmania. Matthew Wade and Jackson Bird have also earned a recall to complete the final two changes.
Joe Burns, Adam Voges (suffered a concussion in the domestic game), Callum Ferguson, Peter Nevill and Joe Mennie have been left out following the innings defeat to South Africa in Hobart.
Hohns, who was appointed as chairman of selectors on interim basis was impressed with the young talents around.
“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.
“Peter’s form over the last couple seasons, and with Australia A, has been very consistent. He has a good all-round 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.”
Hohns also believes Bird and Sayers can be a perfect compliment to Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood.
“We consider Chadd and Jackson to be very good bowlers that also can bowl a large amount 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.”
Australia squad for third Test:
David Warner, Matt Renshaw, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Peter Handscomb, Nic Maddinson, Matthew Wade (wk), Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Jackson Bird, Chadd Sayers
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