Australia Pick Steve O'Keefe For UAE Tour

Steve O'Keefe has been included in Australia's Test squad to play Pakistan
Steve O'Keefe has been included in Australia's Test squad to play Pakistan
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Steve O'Keefe has been named in the Test squad for Australia's tour of the United Arab Emirates to play Pakistan starting next month.

Phil Hughes, Mitchell Marsh and Glenn Maxwell are also part of the squad which is led by Michael Clarke.

However Australia's biggest concern will be the fitness of their skipper, Michael Clarke who left the One-Day International tri-series in Zimbabwe because of a hamstring injury and is racing against time to be fit for the tour.

Without any surprise David Warner is back along with all-rounder Shane Watson while who will open alongside Warner will be a toss-up between Chris Rogers and Phil Hughes.

Australia will be playing a one-off T20I against Pakistan on 3rd October followed by a three-match ODI series and two Tests. Clarke has been named as skipper of the ODI and Test squads which means the selectors are heavily banking on the recovery of the New South Wales player.

"No. Not confident, You can't be confident about Michael but I'll tell you what, he hasn't missed one in however many he's played, over 100. He's got a great track record of getting up for tests." National Selector Rod Marsh said in a media conference in Sydney.

Furthermore, it will be Aaron Finch who will take the T20 reigns for Australia after George Bailey stepped down from captaincy.

Uncapped New South Wales all-rounder Sean Abbott features in both the T20I and ODI squads while Pat Cummins makes the T20I squad.

Australia Test squad: Michael Clarke (captain), Alex Doolan, Phil Hughes, Brad Haddin, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Steve O'Keefe, Mitchell Johnson, Chris Rogers, Peter Siddle, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, David Warner, Shane Watson

ODI squad: Michael Clarke (captain), Sean Abbott, George Bailey, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Brad Haddin, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Johnson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, David Warner, Shane Watson

T20 squad: Aaron Finch (captain), Sean Abbott, Cameron Boyce, Pat Cummins, James Faulkner, Brad Haddin, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, David Warner, Shane Watson

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