Australia captain Pat Cummins has announced his playing XI for the first Test against West Indies in Perth. The two-match Test series between Australia and West Indies is starting from Wednesday 30 November. This will be the first Test series of Australia’s summer season and no major changes have been seen in the first match of this series.
Pat Cummins has confirmed one change to the squad that will feature in the most recent Test match against Sri Lanka. Experienced fast bowler Josh Hazlewood is back in Australia’s line-up after Australia’s disappointing defeat to Sri Lanka in Galle in July, while spinner Mitchell Swepson has been dropped. Swepson took 3 wickets in that match.
The 29-year-old Mitchell Swepson has been left out of the squad for the Test series against the West Indies as there is little support for spinners on Australian soil. This is the reason that the team is going to go with three fast bowlers and one spinner. Nathan Lyon will be seen playing as a spinner, who has a lot of experience of Test cricket and playing in Australia.
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Experienced openers David Warner and Usman Khawaja have retained their places at the top of Australia’s batting order, while left-armer Marcus Harris has been recalled to the squad for this Test series but is out of the playing XI. This two-match Test series is important for the Kangaroo team keeping in mind the ICC World Test Championship.
Australia’s playing XI against West Indies
David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon.
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