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Bailey tries to get out of the house for Maxwell’s Test return to Asia

‘He can fit in anywhere’: Renshaw praises after ‘A’ team selection

Head selector George Bailey has opened the door for players like Glenn Maxwell to join Australia’s Test squad late in Sri Lanka if they “light out” in white-ball internationals or Australia A matches ahead of the Test series. Huh.

The selectors today named a group of 34 players for the tour of Sri Lanka in June and July, with a series of limited-overs internationals and red and white-ball Australia A matches before ending with two Tests in Galle. will begin.

A 16-player Test squad has already been named, similar to the group that registered a historic series win in Pakistan last month, but Bailey has indicated that Australia A or the red-hot form players in ODI and T20I cricket. may be sufficient. Win a late test call-up.

This is good news for players like Maxwell, who are desperate to feature in their seven Tests, but have been barely seen in red-ball cricket in recent years because of their importance to Australia’s white-ball sides. They prepare for the World Cup in T20s (this year) and ODIs (in 2023).

Bailey said of the Test team for Mr. “We thought the (Test) guys … did a really good job in Pakistan in the summer because of the fact that there was much discussion about the others. not done.” With the absence of Lanka, Marcus Harris and Mark Stekety, the only change occurs in the winning group in Pakistan.

“We are looking forward to that flexibility if we need to add to the team – Glenn or any other player – so we have the ability to do that on a need basis.

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“We know Glenn has had some red-ball success in these types of conditions and we look forward to him coming back and playing a good block of cricket through T20 and One Day cricket.

“If that lights up or someone else does something particularly well, there are always going to be opportunities.”

Maxwell hasn’t played first-class cricket since October 2019, but Bailey knows best that a player on the back of red-hot form in the shorter formats can take the Test count by storm.

Bailey was selected on the back of a mountain of runs in one-day cricket for Australia’s 2013–14 Ashes win, while Andrew Symonds was handed a Test debut on Australia’s 2004 tour of Sri Lanka, which also dominated against the white ball.

It also means that the two four-day Australia A games to be run side-by-side with the ODIs in Sri Lanka will take on added importance for fringe players such as Harris, Matt Renshaw and Jhye Richardson, who can be added to the Test squad when in top form. Is. ,

In 2019, Kurtis Patterson came from outside Australia’s original Test team to make his debut against Sri Lanka when he scored back-to-back centuries for A against the same opposition.

With the Senior Tour and the A Games running side by side, Bailey is hopeful that bio-security protocols and the recent political unrest in Sri Lanka will not prevent the free movement of players between the teams.

He said there is “every chance” players could be infected with COVID-19 during the tour, but said signs were positive that players have more flexibility to move in and out of squads than in recent years. Will happen.

“It is our hope and wish that we have some flexibility and that we can move around easily,” he said.

“If it doesn’t, we will do that and hopefully this will be the next tour where we get back to that flexibility.

“But certainly, it’s looking more promising than the last few rounds in the last 12-18-24 months.”

Test specialists like Nathan Lyon and Usman Khawaja may also be included late in the A squad to give them some match practice before the Test as there will be no traditional tour matches in the five-day games.

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“There is an opportunity for many people who are only on the Test team, to use those games … as a Tour game rather than not being a typical Tour game,” Bailey said.

“But we will work individually with those who need it and who are comfortable preparing there in the nets.

“Similarly, there is a chance with some of the guys who have missed out on the T20 series, they may get an opportunity to play one of the ODIs in the lead up to (Australia A). That’s the flexibility.’ Hopefully on the ground.”

Qantas Tour of Sri Lanka, 2022

Australia T20 Team: Aaron Finch (c), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner, Matthew Wade

7 June: 1st T20, Colombo

June 8: 2nd T20, Colombo

June 11: 3rd T20, Kandy

Australia ODI Team: Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner

14 June: 1st ODI, Kandy

June 16: 2nd ODI, Kandy

June 19: 3rd ODI, Colombo

21 June: 4th ODI, Colombo

June 24: Fifth ODI, Colombo

Australia Test Team: Pat Cummins (c), Ashton Agar, Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner

29 June – 3 July 1st Test, Galle

July 8-12: 2nd Test, Galle

Australia A fixtures

Shaft: Sean Abbott, Scott Boland, Pete Handscomb, Aaron Hardy, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Henry Hunt, Josh Inglis, Matthew Kuhneman, Nick Maddinson, Todd Murphy, Josh Phillippe, Matt Renshaw, Jhye Richardson, Tanveer Sangha, Mark Stakey

June 8: 1st ODI, Colombo

June 10: 2nd ODI, Colombo

June 14-17: First Class Tour Match Hambantota

June 21-24: First Class Tour Match, Hambantota

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