Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
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Pucovski gets shock Australia call-up as Marsh brothers dumped

Pucovski gets shock Australia call-up as Marsh brothers dumped

"Will Pucovski is an exciting young player who is making his mark in the Sheffield Shield", Hohns added.

Former captain Angelo Mathews has a hamstring injury and won't be part of the Sri Lanka squad for its two-test series in Australia.

Shaun Marsh, Mitch Marsh, Peter Handscomb and Aaron Finch have all been axed after struggling in the four-Test series against India.

Australia squad for first Test against Sri Lanka: Tim Paine (c/wk), Josh Hazlewood, Joe Burns, Pat Cummins, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Will Pucovski, Matt Renshaw, Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle.

Australia lost the Border-Gavaskar Trophy to India 2-1 and the margin would have been 3-1 but for rain in the Sydney Test. Australia's batting - without the banned Steve Smith and David Warner - wilted under the pressure created by India's bowlers as not a single Aussie batsman reached three figures.

The two-Test series starts with a day-night clash in Brisbane on January 24. "He is another player with a track record of making centuries", said Hohns.

"It's also been a challenge because of the program". We've been Test cricket to T20 cricket to one-day cricket to Test cricket and we're going to one-day cricket again now.


"We can't do much about that at the moment. The Big Bash is on".

Red-ball specialists now running drinks in the Big Bash League, including former Test bowlers Jackson Bird and Joe Mennie plus highly-rated NSW batsman Kurtis Patterson, may also be drafted into the CA XI. It is one of those things.even the joy on your family and friends' faces when you've told them or they've got the news, it makes you proud to make a lot of other people proud as well.

Queensland duo Matthew Renshaw and Joe Burns have been called into Australia's Test line-up.

The setback shapes as the end of 35-year-old Shaun Marsh's stop-start Test career, although Hohns insisted the door remains open to every batsman that paid a price for their lack of runs against India.

"All four are very good players. they will all feature in the ODI series against India", he said.

"I'll just go out there and try and win the game; if we can win that game it gives us good momentum as a batting group going into the first Test".

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