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Will Pukowski has been included as an opener for the four-Test series against India.
The Australian Cricket Board on Thursday announced the squad for the four-Test series against India. Five new faces have been added to it. It has two batsmen, two bowlers and an all-rounder. Team India has to play 4 Tests, 3 ODIs and 3 T20 matches on Australia tour. The first Test match will be Day Night in Adelaide from 17 December. Before that ODI and T20 matches will be played.
These are newcomers
Cameron Green, Will Pukowski, Sean Abbott, Michelle Svepson and Michael Neeser will make their Test debut. Tim Paine will be the captain while Pat Cummins will be the vice-captain.
What did the selection committee chairman say
Trevor Hohns, chairman of the selection committee, said, “Many players performed well in the opening matches of the Marsh Sheffield Shield. They also included Cameron Green andville Pukowski. His performance was so spectacular that he could not be ignored. So, we are happy to give both of us a chance. He will get an opportunity to make a Test debut against a strong and stable team. This time we have changed the tradition that was going on. This time a veteran and a youth have been given the responsibility of captain and vice captain. The youth will get an opportunity to learn with experienced players.
Pukowski’s two double centuries in domestic cricket
Pukowski had scored 495 runs in the opening matches at the Marsh Sheffield Shield. He can open the Test with David Warner in Test matches. However, the first one opener in the team is Joe Burns. Will Pukowski scored two double centuries this season. Because of this, he has been named in the Test team. Sean Abbott, Mitchell Swepson and Michael Neesar have also performed well in domestic cricket.
Australia Team: Sean Abbott, Joe Burns, Pat Cummins, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Marnus Labushane, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neeser, Tim Paine (Captain), James Pattinson, Will Pukowski, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade , David Warner.
Australia A Team: Sean Abbott, Ashton Egger, Joe Burns, Jackson Bird, Alex Carey, Harry Conway, Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Nick Madison, Michelle Marsh, Michael Naser, Tim Paine, James Pattinson, Will Pukowski, Mark Steketee , Will Sutherland, Michelle Swanson
Match schedule between India and Australia
|The match||The date||Venue|
|1st ODI (Day Night)||27 November||Sydney|
|2nd ODI (Day Night)||29 November||Sydney|
|3rd ODI (Day Night)||2 December||Canberra|
|1st T20 (Knight)||4 December||Canberra|
|2nd T20 (Knight)||6 December||Sydney|
|3rd T20 (Knight)||8 December||Sydney|
|1st Test (Day Night)||17-21 December||Adelaide|
|2nd Test||26-30 December||Melbourne|
|3rd Test||07-11 January||Sydney|
|4th Test||15-19 January||Brisbane|