Khawaja, who has performed 44 Checks, had been ignored by selectors since being dropped through the 2019 Ashes however the Queensland captain has made a powerful case for choice with back-to-back centuries within the Sheffield Protect final month.
“Usman Khawaja has been in nice contact,” stated selector George Bailey.
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“He brings a peaceful, constant and skilled part to the batting line up and is a confirmed run scorer at Check degree. He additionally has the power to bat throughout a variety of positions within the batting order.”
Uncapped Michael Neser and Jhye Richardson are the back-up pacemen within the 15-man squad for the primary two Checks in Brisbane and Adelaide.
“Jhye is seeing the rewards of concentrating on his purple ball cricket within the construct as much as this collection. We all know he has an distinctive talent set and are enthusiastic about what he brings to the staff now that his physique is again on observe,” Bailey stated.
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Neser had returned to coaching following a minor hamstring pressure to retain his place within the squad, the staff stated in a press release.
Uncapped legspinner Mitchell Swepson has been included because the reserve sluggish bowler behind common Nathan Lyon.
Marcus Harris will open with David Warner after just lately being confirmed within the slot by Bailey.
There was no place for younger opener Will Pucovski, who has struggled with concussion points within the leadup, or all-rounder Mitchell Marsh regardless of his current match-winning efficiency on the T20 World Cup.
The primary Check begins on Dec. 8 in Brisbane earlier than the second pink ball Check at Adelaide Oval from Dec. 16.
The Check collection might be Australia’s first since dropping 2-1 to India over the past house summer time.
Squad: Tim Paine (capt), Pat Cummins, Cameron Inexperienced, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, Steve Smith, David Warner.