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Australia remain unchanged for Brisbane Test against Pakistan

Peter Handscomb (left) along with Usman Khawaja
Peter Handscomb (left) along with Usman Khawaja

Australian selectors have named an unchanged 12-man squad for the first Test against Pakistan in Brisbane starting next week.

Matt Renshaw, who scored a patient unbeaten 34 in the second innings of the third Test against South Africa in Adelaide has managed to retain his place along with Nic Maddinson and Peter Handscomb.

Handscomb scored a brisk half-century for Australia in the first innings and shared a vital partnership with Usman Khawaja to set up his team's victory.

Even though Maddinson, failed to create an impact, the selectors decided to give him another opportunity with Shaun Marsh yet to recover from a finger injury.

The squad will be led by Steven Smith with David Warner as his deputy with Khawaja, Renshaw, Handscomb and Maddinson forming the core of the batting while Matthew Wade will don the wicket-keeping role.

Mitchell Starc will lead the pace attack and will have Josh Hazlewood and Jackson Bird accompanying him and will also have the uncapped Chadd Sayers up the ranks. Nathan Lyon will continue to be the lone spinner in the squad.

Interim National Selector Trevor Hohns believes the younger players deserve another chance at the international level.

“We were very pleased with how the team came together in Adelaide after some significant changes following the Tests in Perth and Hobart.

“This is a young group with a lot of promise and we believe all deserve their opportunity again in this upcoming Test.”

The game in Brisbane will be the first ever day-night Test that will be played at the venue and third overall in Australia.

Australia squad for the first Test against Pakistan:

David Warner, Matt Renshaw, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith (capt), Peter Handscomb, Nic Maddinson, Matthew Wade (wk), Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Jackson Bird, Chadd Sayers.

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