Australia Announce Squad For Pakistan Tests; Cameron Bancroft, Joe Burns Included

Australia and Pakistan players wearing black armbands

Australia and Pakistan players wearing black armbands

"We look at one innings in a pink-ball game, which they (Australia's batsmen) haven't played with for a long time, in hard light - it's a challenge that you don't get that often", he said.

Australia have recalled Cameron Bancroft in their Test squad for the upcoming two-match series against Pakistan.

Burns has been recalled after being left out for the England trip, despite having scored 180 in the previous Test against Sri Lanka in February.

The first of two Tests against Australia gets underway in Brisbane next week, with Pakistan looking to improve after losing the Twenty20 series 2-0.

"As always there were players who were unlucky to miss the squad".

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Australia A were 9-57 in their first innings before Cameron Bancroft and Riley Meredith's 10th-wicket partnership bolstered the total to 122.

Bancroft instead batted at number six and made a gutsy 49 off 155 balls.

The highly-talented but untried 21-year-old informed team management of his decision in Perth on Tuesday evening, after which they agreed he could finish Australia A's three-day tour game against Pakistan.

Pucovski was in contention for one of the middle-order spots in the Test squad and was competing with Travis Head for the same.

Head is likely to slot back into the middle order after being dropped for the final Ashes Test against England in September.

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After strong domestic form, uncapped bowling all-rounder Michael Neser has been included along with pacemen Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and James Pattinson.

Australia are going to play a two-Test series against Pakistan and Will Pucovski has been excused from Test squad due to his mental health.

National selector Trevor Hohns said: "In selecting this squad we have strived to maintain the core group which performed so well for us during the Ashes".

Pucovski is the third Australian Test aspirant in recent weeks to take time away from cricket to tackle mental health issues, with Maddinson and Glenn Maxwell also both now out of action.

"I was more confused than at any other time in my life", he added. The second game will take place from November 29 till December 3 in Adelaide.

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Australia squad: Tim Paine (c), Cameron Bancroft, Joe Burns, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner.

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