Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Ashton Agar picked in Australia's full-strength squad for Pakistan Tests. Ashton Agar played the last of his four Tests in 2017.
Ashton Agar played the last of his four Tests in 2017.
Ashton Agar has been selected as the third spinner in a full-strength Australia squad for the historic tour of Pakistan. Agar, who played the last of his four Tests in September 2017, joins Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Swepson in the 18-man squad as Australia bolstered their spin options ahead of the trip to the subcontinent.
There are no major surprises in the squad led by Pat Cummins after Australia's dominant Ashes victory. Opener Marcus Harris, who lost his spot to Usman Khawaja for the Hobart Test, holds on to his place in the squad, while experienced fast bowler Josh Hazlewood has overcome a side injury that ruled him out of the final four Tests against England.
Australia Test squad: Pat Cummins (c), David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith (vc), Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, Ashton Agar, Scott Boland, Josh Inglis, Usman Khawaja, Mitchell Marsh, Michael Neser, Mitchell Swepson
As had been expected, seamer Jhye Richardson will miss the tour as part of Cricket Australia's decision to manage his workload given his injury history. Michael Neser thus rounds off a strong, five-member fast-bowling contingent.
Australia have also added Mitchell Marsh as another all-rounder to the squad while Josh Inglis is the second wicket-keeper in the squad, behind Alex Carey. As announced already, Andrew McDonald will serve as the interim head coach of the side on the tour following Justin Langer's resignation.
“This squad covers for all scenarios including the conditions given it has been such a long time since Australia was last in Pakistan,” national selector George Bailey said.
“With several subcontinent tours and a one-day World Cup in India on the near horizon this is a great first-up challenge for the group after the successful home Ashes Series. It's also a very historic tour given the length of time since an Australian side last toured Pakistan.”
Meanwhile, in a major fillip to the tour, Australia's first to Pakistan in 24 years, no player has as yet pulled out of the tour even as the Australian Cricketers' Association expect a small number of players to withdraw due to safety concerns.
As per an agreement between the two board, Australia's Test side will complete their isolation in Australia, before reaching Islamabad on February 27 on a chartered flight. After a one-day room isolation, they will hold training sessions at the Pindi Cricket Stadium, which will host the first Test of the series from March 4.