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Starc rested, O'Keefe dropped for Bangladesh Test series

Steve O'Keefe was dropped despite a brilliant performance in Indian tour
Steve O'Keefe was dropped despite a brilliant performance in Indian tour

Australia have announced a 13-man squad for the two Test tour against Bangladesh to be played between 27th August and 4th September.

Even though, the tour is officially yet to be announced, a release from the Australian board confirmed that the team will arrive in the Asian country on 18th August and will feature in a two-day warm up game in Fatullah before the first Test.

Mitchell Starc, who suffered a series of foot injuries returned to action during the Champions Trophy 2017 but now will undergo further scans to assess the extent of recovery and was rested as a part of precautionary measure.

In the place of Starc, James Pattinson, who had a successful county stint with Nottinghamshire will join the squad while an additional pacer is due to be named following the Australia A Tour of South Africa extending the squad to 14 members.

Meanwhile, Steve O'Keefe, who snared 12 wickets in the Pune Test and finished the Indian tour as Australia's leading wicket-taker has been dropped with national selector Trevor Hohns preferring Ashton Agar over the New South Wales spinner. O'Keefe also had disciplinary issues and was recently fined and suspended by New South Wales board.

Uncapped leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Jackson Bird and Marcus Stoinis are also left out from the squad that played in India while Hilton Cartwright earns a recall after playing a solitary Test against Pakistan at home.

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)

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