Sydney: Two-Test tour in August confirmed but Starc, O'Keefe notable omissions from 13-man squad
Pace spearhead Mitchell Starc will miss the upcoming tour of Bangladesh after Cricket Australia today confirmed the two-Test series and for August and announced a 13-man squad.
Starc was ruled out of the second half of the Qantas Tour of India with a fractured foot, and despite playing in Australia's failed Champions Trophy campaign, the left-armer's injury has not fully healed and he has subsequently been ordered rest with an Ashes campaign on the horizon.
Victoria speedster James Pattinson returns to the Test squad for the first time since February 2016 having completed a successful comeback from injury, and is joined by Hilton Cartwright, one of three allrounders alongside incumbent No.6 Glenn Maxwell and left-arm spinner Ashton Agar. He is set to play a prominent role as Nathan Lyon's spin twin after Stephen O'Keefe was dropped from the squad that valiantly lost to India 2-1 in the subcontinent.
Although O'Keefe claimed 19 wickets for the series – the same number as Lyon – National Selector Trevor Hohns pointed out that the tweaker's performance dipped in the final three Tests, with only seven wickets captured after his record 12-70 in the first Test in Pune.
Despite not playing a Test on the India tour, Usman Khawaja has been retained in the squad but there is no room for veteran Western Australia batsman Shaun Marsh.
Marsh averaged 18.81 in eight innings during the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, and while he battled injury in the final Test in Dharamsala, the 33-year-old played nine matches for Kings XI Punjab in the preceding Indian Premier League.
Queensland's Mitchell Swepson, seamer Jackson Bird, injured Western Australian Mitch Marsh and allrounder Marcus Stoinis are the other members from the India tour not to get a ticket to Bangladesh, with Cartwright leapfrogging the Victorian to be the squad's only seam-bowling allrounder.
Australia in Bangladesh 2017
Australia Test squad for Qantas tour of Bangladesh: Steve Smith (c), David Warner (vc), Ashton Agar, Hilton Cartwright, Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, James Pattinson, Matthew Renshaw, Matthew Wade
18 August Australia arrive
22-23 August Tour match,Fatullah
27-31 August First Test, Dhaka
4-8 September Second Test, Chittagong