Bushrangers Glenn Maxwell, James Pattinson, Peter Handscomb and Matt Wade have all been selected for the upcoming Qantas Tour of Bangladesh in August.
Qantas Tour of Bangladesh squad
Steve Smith (C) NSW
David Warner (VC) NSW
Ashton Agar WA
Hilton Cartwright WA
Pat Cummins NSW
Peter Handscomb VIC
Josh Hazlewood NSW
Usman Khawaja QLD
Nathan Lyon NSW
Glenn Maxwell VIC
James Pattinson VIC
Matthew Renshaw QLD
Matthew Wade VIC
West Australian left arm-orthodox spinner Ashton Agar has been named Nathan Lyon’s spinning partner whilst his state teammate Hilton Cartwright has also been selected.
Speaking on the selections of Agar and Cartwright National Selector Trevor Hohns said: “Ashton has continued to impress us with his form and we believe his bowling is at a level where he deserves to be playing on the highest stage. He will work nicely in tandem with Nathan Lyon and also brings a great all-round package to the team.
“Whilst Steve O’Keefe bowled well in Pune, he did not maintain this level in the remaining matches of the series and we believe the timing is right for Ashton to enter the set-up and test his all-rounder ability.”
“Hilton averages nearly 60 runs in first class cricket and was the second highest run scorer in the Sheffield Shield last season with 861 runs. He is a quality player who we believe has a big future for Australia and we are very keen to see him carry on his good form in the sub-continent.
Speaking on Mitchell Starc’s omission from this tour, Bupa Support Team Physiotherapist David Beakely said: “Mitchell was due to go for follow up scans after the Champions Trophy, as part of his recovery plan. These scans have indicated his previous stress fracture has still not fully healed to the extent we would like.
“He will now undertake a period of rest from bowling with the aim to have him return for the one-day series in India in late September as he begins his build up to the Ashes.”
Selectors have allowed for a replacement for Starc to be added, increasing the squad to 14, and it is expected this selection will take place following the Australia A Tour of South Africa.
The Australian side will arrive in Bangladesh on the 18 August and play a two-day tour match in Fatullah on 22 August before going on to play two Tests in Dhaka and Chittagong on 27 August and 4 September respectively.
Sridharan Sriram will again join the Bupa Support Coaching staff on this tour as spin consultant, following his stint in India.
Cricket Australia Executive General Manager, Pat Howard said:
“The Bangladesh Cricket Board and the Bangladesh Government have provided satisfactory levels of assurance and security for this tour to proceed at this stage, and we’re very grateful to them for this.
“We will continue to work with them to finalise plans but also monitor advice from Government agencies and our own security advisors about the security risk. Our number one priority will always be the safety and security of our players and support staff when travelling to any country,” said Howard.
“Players selected for this tour will continue to receive regular security status updates prior to travelling.
“Selectors have also chosen this Bangladesh squad irrespective and independent of the status of the MOU. We are working towards a resolution being in place by 30 June and look forward to continuing to support these players to perform at their very best on the global stage.”