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Matthew Wade, who had a poor outing with the bat in the recently concluded Border-Gavaskar Trophy, has been dropped, while wicket-keeper batsman Alex Carey has received a maiden call-up. Along with Carey, fast bowler Mark Steketee has also earned a maiden call-up.
The squad also consists of five uncapped players, viz, Alex Carey, Mark Steketee, Michael Neser, Sean Abbott and Mitchell Swepson.
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Wade only managed to amass 173 runs across eight innings and more often than not, threw his wicket while hitting a big shot. Also, opener Joe Burns, who performed poorly except the second innings of the first Test, has been axed from the squad. He was dropped for the last two Tests against India.
While announcing the squad, Trevor Hohns, head of Australia selection committee, said, "When presented with the challenging task of selecting two concurrent Australian men’s squads for overseas tours, we picked our first-choice Test squad given the importance of the proposed series against South Africa."
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“The squad is quite similar to that selected for the final two Tests of the recently-completed Border-Gavaskar series, with the exception of Matt Wade, who will join the Australian men’s T20I squad in New Zealand, and the addition of Alex Carey, who has been in strong form with both bat and gloves,” he added.
Australia's Test Squad: Tim Paine (captain), Sean Abbott, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Will Pucovski, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Mark Steketee, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner