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Pucovski gets shock Australia call-up as Marsh brothers dumped

AFP  |  Sydney 

Young batting prodigy was parachuted into the squad for two Tests against in a shock call-up Wednesday, with veteran and his brother dumped.

Also axed from the 13-man squad after their humbling 2-1 series defeat to were underperforming opener and middle-order batsman

In-form was recalled for the first time since the tour early last year and could open the innings with rookie Marcus Harris, who did enough against to keep his place.

But they face competition from Matt Renshaw, who has been handed another opportunity despite misfiring in this season.

Off-spinning allrounder Marnus Labuschagne was retained from the team that played the rain-affected drawn Test in this week, as was

Selectors kept faith with their pace attack of Mitchell Starc, and Pat Cummins, with veteran also included.

National selector said "there is no doubt the series produced some disappointing results" and change was needed, after four Tests characterised by the failure of any Australian batsmen to score a century.

"Ultimately Aaron, Peter, Shaun and have not produced the performances expected of them with the bat at the Test level," he said.

"They have been given a good opportunity, but have not produced the scores we need."

He added, however, that the door was not closed and they must now prove themselves again in domestic and the one-day series against India this month.

Pucovski was the shock call-up. The 20-year-old is one of the brightest batting talents in the country, scoring a double century for last year.

But he has only played eight first-class matches, and after that double ton took a break from because of a mental health issue.

"is an exciting who is making his mark in He is another with a track record of making centuries," said Hohns.

"We look forward to him joining the squad and congratulate him on his first national call-up."


Burns, who has played 14 Tests, has been knocking on the door this season with Queensland, while Renshaw has been unlucky not to get another call-up until now, since his last appearance at in April.

"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," said Hohns of the 22-year-old.

Burns, Renshaw and Pucovski will all play for a XI against ahead of the Tests in preparation.

The first Test will be a day-nighter in from January 24, with the second in from February 1.

squad: Joe Burns, Pat Cummins, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, (capt), Will Pucovski, Matt Renshaw, Mitchell Starc,

Cricket Australia XI: (capt), Kurtis Patterson, Scott Boland, Jake Doran, Jon Holland, Marnus Labuschagne, Michael Neser, Will Pucovski, Jason Sangha, Matt Renshaw,

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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 10:55 IST
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