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Mitchell Swepson added to Australia's Test squad for Bangladesh tour

Australia make another addition to Test squad
Australia make another addition to Test squad
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Queensland leg spinner Mitchell Swepson has been added to the Australia squad for the upcoming tour of Bangladesh that kicks-off later this month.

The 23-year-old joins the original 13-man squad that was already announced in June and will be the third spinner in the group that already has Nathan Lyon and Ashton Agar.

Swepson, who earned a call-up for the Test series against India earlier this year, failed to appear in any of the four games with Steven Smith preferring Lyon and Steve O'Keefe as the frontline spinners.

However, with O'Keefe dropped, Swepson has a bright chance of making his first appearance for the baggy green team in spin conducive conditions in Bangladesh.

Chief selector Trevor Hohns justified the decision to add an additional spinner citing the squad has enough fast bowling resources.

"We are comfortable with the fast-bowling stocks we have in the squad so have opted to add an additional spinner given the conditions we are likely to face in Bangladesh," said Hohns.

"Mitchell is a very exciting young leg-spinner who we think will benefit immensely from further experience in the sub-continent."

The two match Test series will be played between 27th August and 8th September with Mirpur and Chittagong being the venues.

Australia squad for Bangladesh Test series:

Steven Smith (captain), David Warner, Ashton Agar, Hilton Cartwright, Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, James Pattinson, Matt Renshaw, Matthew Wade (wk), Mitchell Swepson.

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