The uncapped Will Pucovski and Cameron Green have been included in the squad for Australia's Test series against India later this year.
Leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson and all-rounders Michael Neser and Sean Abbott have also been included.
Pucovski and Swepson have been in particularly solid form during the ongoing Sheffield Shield – Australia's premier first-class competition.
“It is such a positive sign for Australian cricket to have so many good young players stepping into contention for the Test and Australia A selection,” sais national selector Trevor Hohns.
“Two of those many standout players were, of course, Green and Pucovski. Their undeniable form demanded selection and we are very pleased to have these young men in the squad for what will be a tremendous Test series against an extremely formidable opponent.
“Cameron has already won selection in the white-ball squad and continues that in joining the Test squad. He is a wonderful young talent who has great potential to become an all-rounder of substance over time. His batting alone has demanded his place in the squad.
“Will's record-breaking start to the summer has been exceptional. His ability to show such patience is something which stands him in good stead for Test cricket. We very much look forward to Will developing further on the international stage.”
Pucovski and Swepson's Recent Form
Pucovski's last three first-class innings for Victoria have included two double-centuries. Queensland's Swepson took 23 wickets in three first-class fixtures across late October and early November 2020. This included a 10-wicket match haul against New South Wales.
“Swepson is another who has excelled and is in fine form for Queensland. He gives the side a strong second spin option to Nathan Lyon and we feel he is ready and deserving of the opportunity,” added Hohns.
“Abbott has also been outstanding at the start of the summer and comes into his first Test squad as a very strong fast-bowling option. Add that to his recent batting form over the last 12 months he presents a very complete package in the squad.”
Australia Squad for India Tests
- Sean Abbott
- Joe Burns
- Pat Cummins
- Cameron Green
- Josh Hazlewood
- Travis Head
- Marnus Labuschagne
- Nathan Lyon
- Michael Neser
- Tim Paine
- James Pattinson
- Will Pucovski
- Steven Smith
- Mitchell Starc
- Mitchell Swepson
- Matthew Wade
- David Warner