Cricket Australia has today announced a 15-man squad for the two-Test tour of Bangladesh.
The squad includes 22 year-old Western Australian Cameron Bancroft and 30 year-old Tasmania paceman Andrew Fekete. Usman Khawaja is another notable inclusion after finding strong form either side of a knee reconstruction.
The retirements of Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin, Ryan Harris, Chris Rogers and Shane Watson, as well as the workload management of Mitchell Johnson and Josh Hazlewood, has meant the squad is comparitively inexperienced to that which played in the Ashes. Opening batsman David Warner is out with a fractured thumb while leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed was overlooked
Glenn Maxwell and Stephen O’Keefe have been selected to support Nathan Lyon in the spin department while Adam Voges has been appointed vice-captain in the absence of Warner.
Bancroft scored 896 first-class runs last summer, including 211 against New South Wales in Perth in March, while Fekete took 37 wickets – more than any other fast bowler in domestic cricket – during the same Sheffield Shield season.
The players are scheduled to depart on 28 September and arrive in Dhaka ahead of a tour match in Fatullah from 3 – 5 October.
The two Tests will take place in Chittagong (9 – 13 October) and Dhaka (17 – 21 October).
Australian Test Squad for Bangladesh
(Player, state, age, Tests)
Steve Smith (captain), New South Wales, 26, 33
Adam Voges (vice-captain), Western Australia, 35, 7
Cameron Bancroft, Western Australia, 22, 0
Joe Burns, Queensland, 26, 2
Patrick Cummins, New South Wales, 22, 1
Andrew Fekete, Tasmania, 30, 0
Usman Khawaja, Queensland, 28, 9
Nathan Lyon, New South Wales, 27, 46
Mitchell Marsh, Western Australia, 23, 7
Shaun Marsh, Western Australia, 32, 15
Glenn Maxwell, Victoria, 26, 3
Peter Nevill, New South Wales, 29, 4
Stephen O’Keefe, New South Wales, 30, 1
Peter Siddle, Victoria, 30, 57
Mitchell Starc, New South Wales, 25, 22