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Jhye Richardson called-up in Australia Test squad for South Africa tour

Australia will be brimming with confidence following their Ashes victory
Australia will be brimming with confidence following their Ashes victory

Australia have called-up fast bowler Jhye Richardson in a 15-man squad for the upcoming Test tour of South Africa that kicks-off in March.

The 21-year-old recently made his One-Day International debut against England in the Brisbane game where he went on to claim two wickets and has also played two Twenty20 Internationals against Sri Lanka in February last year.

The squad also contains left-arm-spinner Jon Holland, who last played for Australia in the longer format in August 2016 and has managed five wickets from two games.

The rest of the squad contains pretty much the same core that recently won the Ashes series 4-0 against England at home with Peter Handscomb too managing to retain his place despite losing his place to all-rounder Mitchell Marsh.

Meanwhile, Australia have rested skipper Steven Smith for the T20I tri-series that also involves England and New Zealand and David Warner has been appointed as the captain with Aaron Finch as his deputy.

Glenn Maxwell has earned a recall in the T20I squad while Big Bash League top-performers including D'Arcy Short and Chris Lynn also have been given a chance.

The four-match Test series between Australia and South Africa will be played between 1st March and 3rd April while the T20I tri-series has been scheduled between 3rd and 21st February.

“Jon was the second leading wicket taker in the Sheffield Shield last season and has performed well in the games he has played for Victoria this season,” chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns said in a statement.

”We envisage the wickets we will see in South Africa will not warrant the need to play two spinners.

“Therefore, should Nathan not be able to play at any stage, we wanted to have the best specialist spinner available to us and based on current red ball form Jon warrants that spot.”

Hohns said Smith could do with a break before the South Africa series.

“Steve has had a very big summer and will benefit from a short break both physically and mentally, before he leaves for South Africa,” he added.

”The South African series is a very important one and we have made no secret of our desire to improve our record away from home.

“As such, we wanted to ensure the players had the best possible preparation and that means playing the tour match prior to the first test.”

South Africa squad for T20I tri-series: David Warner (captain), Aaron Finch, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Ben Dwarshuis, Travis Head, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, D‘Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa

South Africa Test squad: Steve Smith (captain), David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Jackson Bird, Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Jon Holland, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Tim Paine, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc

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