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Australia drop Finch, Handscomb & Marsh brothers for Sri Lanka Tests

IANS  |  Melbourne 

After the heartbreaking 1-2 loss to in the four-Test series, (CA) on Wednesday recalled openers and to the Test squad for the two-match series against Sri Lanka, while axing the off-colour Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, and

The uncapped Will Pucovski is the lone fresh face in the 13-man squad that will play the first of two Tests in from January 24 before shifting to for the second match, beginning on February 1.

"There is no doubt the series produced some disappointing results and we have now reviewed the squad ahead of the series against Sri Lanka," CA national selector said in a statement received from the International Council (ICC).

"Ultimately Aaron, Peter, Shaun and Mitch have not produced the performances expected of them with the bat at the Test level. They have been given good opportunity, but have not produced the scores we need," he added.

With opener producing an impressive show in his debut series against the Indians, the race for the other opener's slot vacated by Finch, will be between Renshaw and Burns.

"has had strong performances in first-class this season, and we believe he can contribute strongly if given the chance in the series," said Hohns.

"is a with the ability to make big scores, and at 22 years, has 10 first-class centuries. He also performed extremely well in England during the county season.

"We see him as a long-term prospect as a and have confidence in his ability to bounce back following a string of low scores early in the Shield season," Hohns added.

squad for Tests: (& WK), (VC), Joe Burns, Pat Cummins, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Will Pucovski, Matt Renshaw, Mitchell Starc,



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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 16:52 IST