The Australian skipper, Steve Smith, has named an unchanged XI for the Boxing Day Test against Pakistan, giving another opportunity to Nic Maddinson, who scored just 5 runs in last Test match.
This means Hilton Cartwright, who was in line for a dream Boxing Day debut at MCG, misses out on selection, “We brought the allrounder into the squad because the bowlers had a pretty heavy workload but they’ve pulled up well and they’re confident they can get through,” Smith said on Sunday.
“Obviously (Nic) hasn’t started the way he would have liked. I was really proud of him in the second innings in Brisbane to come out and do the thing for the team and try and score quick runs and have a crack.
“That’s what we want from our team, to have unselfish players like that and I thought he did a good job to come out and do that,” Smith added.
This also means that the trio of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazelwood and Jackson Bird have been retained, despite complaining about the workload during the later part of the first Test at Brisbane.
Surprisingly Nathan Lyon, who was doubtful ahead of Brisbane Test has also found a place in the squad, is retained despite just two wickets in the last Test.
Pakistan is yet to announce the playing XI as skipper Misbah-ul-Haq said that he will analyse the conditions before announcing the team.
Australia squad for Boxing Day Test: David Warner, Matthew Renshaw, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith (c), Peter Handscomb, Nic Maddinson, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Jackson Bird, Nathan Lyon.
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