Australia announce 13-member squad for Sri Lanka Tests

Will Pucovski could make his Test debut for Australia against Sri Lanka

Will Pucovski could make his Test debut for Australia against Sri Lanka

"They have been given good opportunity, but have not produced the scores we need".

Shaun Marsh, Mitch Marsh, Peter Handscomb and Aaron Finch were dumped, while openers Joe Burns and Matthew Renshaw have been recalled.

Australia's top order failed to perform against India's versatile attack and selection panel head Trevor Hohns admitted that the side needed to be shaken up for the Sri Lanka series, which start in Brisbane on January 24.

The bowling attack remains the same with Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood comprising the three-prong pace attack while Nathan Lyon and Marnus Labuschagne being the two spinners.

He added, however, that the door was not closed and they must now prove themselves again in domestic cricket and the one-day series against India this month.

Former Australia all-rounder and now a coach and commentator Tom Moody supported the decision to pick Pucovski saying his selection was not a surprise to him even as many found it so.

The big shock is the anticipated addition of 20-year-old Pucovski, one of the brightest batting talents in the country but a youngster who has only played eight first-class matches.

Shaun Marsh has been dropped after averaging 26.14 against India
Shaun Marsh has been dropped after averaging 26.14 against India

National selector Trevor Hohns said: "Will Pucovski is an exciting young player who is making his mark in the Sheffield Shield".

Pucovski, 20, made heads turn during his knock of 243 against Western Australia in the Sheffield Shield in October a year ago - his second First-Class hundred, but took a six-week break from cricket following mental health conditions.

The right-hander started Victoria's campaign with a bang, becoming the ninth player in Shield history to score a double-century before a 21st birthday.

Will Pucovski is set to tune up for next week's Cricket Australia XI match against the touring Sri Lankans by stepping out for his Premier Cricket club Melbourne on Saturday. "I can't use words to describe it", he told reporters.

"Everyone talks about (Virat) Kohli and (Ajinkya) Rahane, but Pujara was unbelievable and showed how good he was mentally to bat for so long", he said.

After making plentiful changes to their ODI squad for the imminent ODI series against India, the Australian selectors put on display a mini-replica of the same while selecting the 13-member squad for the two-match Test series against Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile, Renshaw played last of his 11 Tests in March-April 2018 when he had to fly to South Africa for the final Test after ball-tampering scandal broke out in Cape Town.

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