Cricket Australia has announced a 15-man squad for the remaining three Test matches of its Ashes campaign. There is no change in this team. However, captain Pat Cummins and fast bowler Josh Hazlewood have returned. Justin Langer’s side are close to victory at the Adelaide Oval and will go 2-0 up in the five-match Test series. Meanwhile, the board announced its squad for the last three Test matches through a media release on Monday.
The good news for the hosts is that both skipper Pat Cummins and pacer Josh Hazlewood will rejoin the team’s bio-bubble in Melbourne ahead of the Boxing Day Test. Pat Cummins was ruled out of the Adelaide test due to local COVID-19 protocols after he came in contact with a member who tested positive for the coronavirus. At the same time, Josh Hazlewood could not play in the second test match due to side strain. However, he has been fit for the last matches.
The Australian team will leave for Melbourne on Thursday, where the third Test match of the series will be played from December 26. This is the last Test of the year 2021. So this match will be Boxing Day Test match. It was believed that there could be a return of former captain Tim Paine, but due to the good performance of Alex Carey, the selectors have not selected Tim Paine in the team, who is currently on a break from cricket. He had to resign from the captaincy due to the sexting scandal and went on an indefinite break.
Australia’s team is as follows:
Pat Cummins (c), David Warner, Alex Carey (wk), Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, Jhye Richardson, Steve Smith (vc), Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Swepson.