Australia announce squad full of surprises for tour of Sri Lanka

Aakarsh / 24 May 2016
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After the frenzy of the Indian Premier League, one of the first international games is a Test series in Sri Lanka against Australia in July.

And Cricket Australia has now announced the 15-man squad for the travel and had some surprises in store for the fans.

After the debacle in the sub-continent in the last trip, Australia have decided to tackle the pitches and put pressure on the hosts with pace as suggested by the squad announced containing as many as 6 front-line seamers.

Along with star pacer Mitchell Starc who is recently back from injury, Cricket Australia also included all-rounder Moises Henrique and Nathan Coulter-Nile for the tour in July and August.

Starc, who picked up a knee injury in the day-night test match at Adelaide late last year is now back fit and is back to his best according to reports.

Moises Henriques, who is currently a part of the SRH squad in the IPL has also got a recall into the Test squad having played the last three test matches for Australia in the sub-continent.

It is understood that he is selected as a backup for Mitchell Mash who is still recovering from an injury he picked up during his stint at the IPL.

The fact that the likes of Glenn Maxwell are not included in the squad even in the sub-continent shows that Australia wants to rely on their strengths in their fast bowling department.

Nathan Coulter-Nile, who has been unlucky recently picking up injuries at important times is back in the squad alongside Josh Hazlewood and Jackson Bird and will hope to prove his worth against Sri Lanka.

Nathan Lyon and Stephen O’Keefe, who last played a test match in the Caribbean early last year will be in-charge of the spin department for Australia in Sri Lanka.

However, the likes of James Pattinson and Peter Siddle are both out of contention for this series nursing different injuries.

The batting line-up does not see any change in the top-5 with Shaun Marsh, expected to be back from injury, named as the extra batsman and Peter Neville named as the sole wicket-keeper.

Australia squad in full:

Batsmen: Steve Smith (c), David Warner (v-c), Joe Burns, Usman Khawaja, Adam Voges, Shaun Marsh

All-Rounders: Mitchell Marsh, Moises Henriques, Mitchell Starc

Wicket Keepers: Peter Nevill

Bowlers: Josh Hazlewood, Jackson Bird, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Nathan Lyon, Steve O’Keefe.