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03-Dec-2019 06:30:00 GMT
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Bancroft left out of Australia squad for New Zealand Tests

Adelaide: Australia heavily hinted Tuesday they will field the same XI for their opening Test against New Zealand to the one that thrashed Pakistan, with selectors keen to build a core group of players.

Tim Paine's men have proven to far more consistent in recent months, having retained the Ashes in England before a 2-0 series sweep against Pakistan, culminating in their thumping innings and 48-run win in Adelaide on Monday.

Tough opposition awaits with the arrival this month of New Zealand for three Tests -- in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney -- and selectors named an unchanged 13-man squad.

The only omission from the squad was spare batsman Cameron Bancroft, who was on standby but did not play against Pakistan.

That means the same batting line-up will start against New Zealand in Perth on December 12, spearheaded by David Warner who made a monumental 335 not out in Adelaide, ably supported by Marnus Labuschagne who hit a second successive century.

Australia Test squad:
Tim Paine (capt and wk), David Warner, Joe Burns, Steve Smith, Matthew Wade (wk), Pat Cummins (vc), Travis Head (vc), Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Hazelwood, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc

A fiery six-wicket haul from Mitchell Starc in Adelaide all but ensured he will start in Perth alongside Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon with Hohns saying squad members Michael Neser and James Pattinson "will continue as cover".

Australia reserved the right to add another player to the squad, particularly if conditions in Melbourne or Sydney call for an allrounder or second spinner.

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