Alex Carey Comes Close To Test Call-up, Named Australia A Captain For Pakistan Practice Match
Carey had come close a Test call-up in 2017 for the home Ashes but was pipped by Tim Paine, who earned a shock recall. He later replaced Steven Smith as Austalia’s Test captain in 2018.
Carey has a tough chance to earn a Test call-up for the Pakistan series but can be considered as a backup to Paine when Australia travel overseas.
Marcus Harris and Joe Burns are two openers who will compete for a place in the Test squad. Harris was a part of Ashes but just scored 58 runs in three Tests. Burns, who scored 189 runs in his previous Test, missed out on selection. David Warner is all set to retain his spot despite a poor run in Ashes.
Will Pucovski, who was called up to the Test squad for Sri Lanka series, has also been named in the squad. He missed out on selection for Ashes 2019 but remains to be in contention for the Pakistan seres.
Usman Khawaja, Nic Maddinson and Travis Head will bat in the middle-order.
Michael Neser, a surprise pick for Ashes, will look to come up with solid performance in a bid to wear his debut cap at home while Jhye Richarson will start his bid to earn a Test recall. A shoulder injury, which he suffered against Pakistan in March, ruled him out of World Cup and Ashes 2019.
Riley Meredith is another pacer in the squad. Australia haven’t named a regular spinner, indicating that Nathan Lyon will be on the only spinner n the playing XI.
Kangaroos did include Jon Holland in the Ashes squad but did not need his services as Lyon played all five Tests.
The three-day practice match will be played in Perth from November 11. Pakistan will also take on a Cricket Australia XI in a two-day practice game before the first Test from November 21. The second Test will be played in Adelaide from November 29.
Australia A squad: Alex Carey (C/WK), Marcus Harris, Joe Burns, Usman Khawaja, Will Pucovski, Travis Head, Nic Maddinson, Michael Neser, Jhye Richardson, Sean Abbott, Riley Meredith