Australia has named thei 15 man squad for the four-match test series that will be played against India from 23rd February. The team will be captained by Steve Smith. Glenn Maxwell has made a comeback into the test squad.
The team comprises of four spinners including Mitchell Swepson, Ashton Agar, Nathan Lyon and Steve O Keefe. The Australian team lost their series in the subcontinent losing 0-3 to Sri Lanka. Their record in the subcontinent has been poor and they would want to perform well in the upcoming test series against a strong Indian side.
The Australian team will go to Dubai to practice at the ICC academy and then play a practice match to get used to the Indian conditions. It will be a tough tour for the Australian team. The Marsh brothers also make into the squad. Australia needs to play aggressive cricket if they are to defeat the ViratKohli-ledd side who are in great form by beating New Zealand and England.
“He is an exciting young legspinner, gives the ball a very good rips,” the interim chairman of selectors, Trevor Hohns, said. “He’s a wicket-taking legspinner. At the end of the day, you’ve got to take wickets to win Test matches, and given the opportunity we feel that he could play a part over there. If he doesn’t, he’ll gain a lot from the experience of being there.”
Swepson took 41 wickets in the domestic circuit. He will join three other spinners in the squad which could be an advantage for the Australian team.
Australia has lost nine successive test matches in the subcontinent. In India, Australia have not won a test match since the last 13 years. Here we look at the test team.
Australia squad Steven Smith (capt), David Warner, Matt Renshaw, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade (wk), Mitchell Marsh, Ashton Agar, Steve O’Keefe, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, Josh Hazlewood, Jackson Bird, Nathan Lyon