Australia announce Playing XI for Brisbane Test: Sportsrush presents before you Australia’s playing XI for first Test against Sri Lanka.
Australia have made three changes to their playing XI for the first Test against Sri Lanka starting from tomorrow at Brisbane. The day-night fixture will see Australia handing debuts to two cricketers while one axed Test batsman will make his comeback into the side after almost 10 months.
Among the ones who will done the baggy green for the first time are middle-order batsman Kurtis Patterson and fast Jhye Richardson. Surprisingly, both of them weren’t in the original squad which was announced for the Test series.
— Jim Wilson (@JimWilsonTV) January 23, 2019
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After finishing as the highest wicket-taker (six wickets in three matches at an average of 18.66, an economy rate of 3.73 and a strike rate of 30) for Australia in the ODI series against India, Richardson was called up to the Test side as a replacement for injured fast bowler Josh Hazlewood.
Initially, two out of Burns, Matt Renshaw and Will Pucovski were slated to bat at Brisbane. However, the competition increased after Patterson scored twin hundreds against Sri Lanka in the warm-up game.
Apart from getting his maiden Test call-up, Patterson has also been included into Playing XI. The same means that Renshaw and uncapped Pucovski will have to wait for their turns in the batting line-up.
Pucovski is not playing in the Test. Joe Burns to open. Patterson to make debut.
— Peter Lalor (@plalor) January 23, 2019
I don’t get why the lad Pucovski isn’t in the XI
— LawrieColliver (@LawrieColliver) January 23, 2019
Richardson’s inclusion will form a new Australia fast bowling attack comprising of Mitchell Starc and newly-appointed vice-captain Pat Cummins. Peter Siddle, who made his ODI comeback after nine years against India earlier this month, has been named as the 12th man for the first Test.
Burns had last played a Test during the infamous tour of South Africa last year. In the current season of the Sheffield Shield, Burns is the fifth-highest run-scorer after scoring 472 runs in six matches at an average of 47.20 and a strike rate of 60.51.
Australia announce Playing XI for Brisbane Test
Australia’s XI for the first #AUSvSL Test: Marcus Harris, Joe Burns, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Travis Head, Kurtis Patterson, Tim Paine (c/wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jhye Richardson, Nathan Lyon.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 23, 2019