Commonwealth Bank Bushrangers captain Peter Handscomb has been included in the 13-player squad for the first two Magellan Ashes Series Tests in Brisbane and Adelaide.
Steve Smith (c) – New South Wales David Warner (vc) – New South Wales Cameron Bancroft – Western Australia Jackson Bird – Tasmania Pat Cummins – New South Wales Peter Handscomb – Victoria Josh Hazlewood – New South Wales Usman Khawaja – Queensland Nathan Lyon – New South Wales Shaun Marsh – Western Australia Tim Paine – Tasmania Chadd Sayers – South Australia Mitchell Starc – New South Wales
West Australian Cameron Bancroft is set for his Test debut following solid performances in the Sheffield Shield this season.
National Selector Trevor Hohns said Bancroft had earnt his call-up to the Test side.
“Cameron has been a player of interest to us for some time now, having been unlucky to miss out on the Test tour to Bangladesh that was cancelled in 2015.
“He is a very talented and tough cricketer who shows a good temperament for Test cricket.
“He has thoroughly earned and deserves his call-up following some outstanding performances in the early rounds of the JLT Sheffield Shield competition this season.
Bancroft joins his West Australian teammate Shaun Marsh in the batting line-up.
“Shaun is playing very well at the moment, having scored consistently in the JLT One-Day Cup and first three rounds of the JLT Sheffield Shield competition.
“He is a versatile player who can slot in anywhere in the batting order and will add valuable experience to the batting line-up.”
Tasmanian Tim Paine will take the gloves for his first Test in seven years, having last played for Australian in October 2010.
“Tim was identified as an international player a long time ago and has always been renowned as a very good gloveman, also performing well for us whenever he has represented Australia in any format.
“His batting form in recent outings for the Cricket Australia XI and Tasmania has been good.”
South Australian Chadd Sayers joins the fast-bowling line-up in the squad.
“Chadd’s inclusion in the squad is with a view to the Adelaide Test and the conditions that we may see there.
“He swings the ball with good control and knows the conditions well at his home ground.
“He gives us this bowling option if required.”
Queensland batsman Matthew Renshaw and Tasmanian wicket-keeper Matthew Wade have been omitted from the squad.
“Matt Wade has been left out of the squad following some inconsistent performances with the gloves and lack of form with the bat.
“Unfortunately his run of performances did not improve in the early rounds of Sheffield Shield and we have opted to make a change.”
Hohns said the NSP didn’t feel Renshaw is batting well enough at present to earn selection.
“We still view Matthew as a player of immense talent, but he is out of form at the moment and we don’t feel an Ashes Test match is the best place for him to find form.
“We would like him to go back to first-class cricket and push his name forward with the selection panel through big runs,” Hohns concluded.