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Joe Mennie called up for first two South Africa Tests

Joe Mennie called up for first two South Africa Tests
Joe Mennie was recently part of the ODI squad that toured South Africa
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Australia have handed fast bowler Joe Mennie a Test call-up for the first two games in the upcoming three-match series against South Africa.

The 24-year-old, who made his international debut for Australia in the recent One-Day International series against the Proteas, has 155 wickets from 41 games at the first-class level.

The selectors have also brought back Usman Khawaja at the number three spot while Shaun Marsh has been preferred to partner David Warner at the top of the order.

Rod Marsh, the national selector has stated that Mennie’s “lively pace” and his performances in the last 12 months were the factors which contributed in his call-up to the Test squad.

“Joe bowls a great length at a lively pace and his form in first-class cricket has been terrific in the last 12 months.

“He also impressed us during the recent Australia A Series in Queensland.

“He was the highest wicket-taker in the Sheffield Shield last season and is very handy with the bat.”

Speaking about Shaun’s inclusion in the place of Burns, Rod said that the Test form of the left-hander was the decisive factor in his selection.

“Both Shaun and Joe played very well in the Sheffield Shield round, but Shaun is coming off back-to-back hundreds in Test matches and has performed very well in Perth and Hobart so we have opted to go with him.”

The fast bowling attack will be led by Mitchell Starc alongside Josh Hazlewood while the third seamer spot will be a contest between Peter Siddle and Mennie.

Given how the pitch in Perth shapes up ahead of the first Test, the selectors will decide on whether to go with four seamers or include Nathan Lyon in the playing XI.

The first Test gets underway on 3rd November while the second match will be played at Bellerive Oval in Hobart between 12th and 16th.

Australia squad for the first two Test matches against South Africa:

Steven Smith (capt), David Warner (vice-captain), Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitch Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Joe Mennie, Peter Nevill (wkt), Peter Siddle, Mitch Starc, Adam Voges.

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