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Cricket Australia: Australian men’s Test squad for third NRMA Insurance Test against South Africa

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The National Selection Panel (NSP) has named the below men’s squad for the third NRMA Insurance Test match against South Africa in Sydney.

Australian squad for the third NRMA Insurance Test against South Africa:

Pat Cummins (NSW/Penrith Cricket Club) (c)

Ashton Agar (WA/University Cricket Club)

Scott Boland (VIC/Frankston Peninsula Cricket Club)

Alex Carey (SA/Glenelg Cricket Club)

Marcus Harris (VIC/St Kilda Cricket Club)

Josh Hazlewood (NSW/St George Cricket Club)

Travis Head (SA/Tea Tree Gully Cricket Club)

Usman Khawaja (QLD/Valley District Cricket Club)

Marnus Labuschagne (QLD/Redlands Cricket Club)

Nathan Lyon (NSW/Northern District Cricket Club)

Lance Morris (WA/Scarborough Cricket Club)

Matthew Renshaw (QLD/Toombul District CC)

Steve Smith (NSW/Sutherland Cricket Club) (vc)

David Warner (NSW/Randwick Petersham Cricket Club)

Josh Hazlewood is available for selection having recovered from a minor side strain while Mitchell Starc (finger) and Cameron Green (finger) have not been considered due to injuries sustained in Melbourne.

Starc is unavailable with a small fracture to his left middle finger. Green is unavailable with a fracture to his right index finger.

Queensland batter Matthew Renshaw and Western Australian spinner Ashton Agar have been included in the 14-player squad.

Selector Tony Dodemaide said: “Ashton offers a second spin option should the Sydney pitch be conducive to turn, as it has done in the past. He also brings a solid batting component.

“Matthew is included as a versatile batting option who is in good form, including an unbeaten century in the recent PM’s XI tour match against the West Indies.

“In terms of fast bowlers, it’s a blessing to have Josh (Hazlewood) returning while Lance (Morris) offers a genuine point of difference with his raw pace and skill.

“This squad will cover all bases for when we get to Sydney and assess the conditions closer to the Test match.”

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