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Cricket news - Patterson receives late call-up to Australia Test squad

Kurtis Patterson scored back to back hundreds against Sri Lanka in the practice game

Kurtis Patterson, the New South Wales batsman, a chance to make his Test debut during the Sri Lanka series, after he was a late inclusion in the Australia squad to back-to-back hundreds in the practice game against the visitors.

Patterson, a 25-year-old left-handed batsman who averages 41 in first-class cricket, came in with unbeaten knocks of 157 and 102 in the day-to-night-three-day match against Sri Lanka, while Joe Burns, Matt Renshaw and Pucovski - part of the 13-man squad already announced, any significant contribution.

Patterson, maiden call-up comes very close on the heels of Jhye Richardson's inclusion in the Test squad as a replacement for an injured Josh Hazlewood, with Pucovski the other uncapped player in today's 14-member squad.

Australia squad: Tim Paine (c &wk), Joe Burns, Pat Cummins, Marcus Harris, Travis head and Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Kurtis Patterson, Pucovski, Matt Renshaw, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle

"The National selection Panel, Kurtis Patterson has added to the squad for the forthcoming Test series against Sri Lanka," National selector Trevor Hohns said on Monday (21. January). "Kurtis has long been on his case for selection for some time, he was a consistent top-order player for New South Wales, was a member of the Australian tour of India prior to the start of our summer, and was recently selected to compete in the day-night tour match against Sri Lanka in Hobart.

"We have beaten to ask the country to score hundreds if you want to be considered for selection, and given Kurtis" consistent performances for NSW and his two undefeated centuries in last week's tour match against our next opponent, Sri Lanka, we believe that it deserves to be added to the Test team."

Patterson, will) in the squad today in their preparations for the opening Test - a day-night encounter at The Gabba from Thursday (January 24. The second and final Test will be played at Manuka Oval, Canberra from 1. February.

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