Voges, Ahmed called into Windies and Ashes Test squad

31 Mar 2015

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The in-form Adam Voges and Fawad Ahmed have been included in a 17-man squad for the upcoming Test tours of the West Indies and the United Kingdom.

The Australian Test squad to tour the West Indies and the UK

Michael Clarke (c) NSW
Steve Smith (vc) NSW
Fawad Ahmed VIC
Brad Haddin NSW
Josh Hazlewood NSW
Ryan Harris* QLD
Mitchell Johnson WA
Nathan Lyon NSW
Shaun Marsh WA
Mitchell Marsh WA
Peter Nevill NSW
Chris Rogers VIC
Peter Siddle VIC
Mitchell Starc NSW
Adam Voges WA
David Warner NSW
Shane Watson NSW

*Paceman Ryan Harris will remain in Australia throughout the tour of the West Indies for the birth of his first child. Harris will join the Test squad for the Ashes series.

Australia will face the West Indies in Test matches at Windsor Park, Dominica (5-9 June) and Sabina Park, Jamaica (13-17 June), before travelling to the UK for the five Test Ashes Series beginning at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff (8-12 July).

Western Australian captain Adam Voges and Victorian leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed have been selected in the squad following successful seasons in the Bupa Sheffield Shield.

Voges was voted the Sheffield Shield Player of the Year. The 35-year-old was the season's leading run scorer making 1358 runs at an average of 104.46, including 249 against South Australia in February.

Ahmed, 33, who helped steer Victoria to Sheffield Shield victory, was the competition's leading wicket-taker with 48 wickets at 24.85, including a record-breaking 8-89 in the first innings of the Shield final against Western Australia at Blundstone Arena.

New South Wales wicket-keeper / batsman Peter Nevill, has been included in the Test squad for the first time. Nevill scored 764 runs at 76.40 throughout the Shield season including a top score of 235 not out against Tasmania in February.

Commenting on the chosen squad, National Selector Rod Marsh said:

"The Test team has performed very well in recent times, but the big challenge is to do that away from home.

"We believe this squad has sufficient depth for these important Test matches against the West Indies and England and will give us the best chance of success.

"Adam Voges and Fawad Ahmed had sensational seasons at domestic level and their performances just couldn't be ignored. They thoroughly deserve their call-up and the opportunity to be a part of this squad. We believe that both can play important roles in the side if required.

"Adam had one of the great seasons in Sheffield Shield history. He is an experienced player and quality character who will add talent and leadership to the touring party.

"Fawad has worked incredibly hard on his game and has demonstrated throughout the season that he can be a consistent wicket taker.

"Peter Nevill has been on our radar for some time and deserves his opportunity through weight of runs and performances behind the stumps. He has also demonstrated impressive leadership qualities which have caught our eye."

Paceman James Pattinson was ruled out of the West Indies tour with an injured left hamstring sustained during the recent Bupa Sheffield Shield Final. He will be assessed by team medical staff over the coming weeks to determine his availability for the remainder of cricket throughout the Australian winter.

Commenting on the injury, CA Physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said:

"James' injury is similar to the one he sustained during round eight of the Sheffield Shield. Scans confirmed that he has a moderate grade injury that will require intensive rehabilitation over the coming weeks.

"Unfortunately, the rehabilitation time for that injury as well as the need to build his workloads means he will not be available for the tour of the West Indies. We will continue to monitor his progress to determine his availability for the rest of the winter."

The squad departs for the West Indies on 19 May.


Australia to West Indies 2015

Fri 29 - Sun 31 May  - Tour Match (Antigua)

Fri 5 - Tue 9 Jun - First Test (Dominca)

Sun 13 - Wed 17 Jun - Second Test (Jamaica)


Australia to UK 2015

Thu 25 - Sun 28 June - Four-day v Kent (Canterbury)

Wed 1 - Sat 4 July - Four-day v Essex (Chelmsford)

Wed 8 - Sun 12 July - First Test (Sophia Gardens)

Thu 16 - Mon 20 July - Second Test (Lord's)

Thu 23 - Sat 25 July - Three-day v Derbyshire (County Ground)

Wed 29 July - Sun 2 August - Third Test (Edgbaston)

Thu 6 - Mon 10 August - Fourth Test (Trent Bridge)

Fri 14 - Sun 16 August - Three-day v Northants (Northampton)

Thu 20 - Mon 24 August - Fifth Test (The Oval)