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The squad Australia takes to India next year could feature several different names from the current Test group. Leg spinner Mitchell Swepson is hopeful that his experience of bowling in sub-continental conditions will be taken into account when Australian selectors pick the team for the India tour. The 29-year-old, who made his first trip to India in 2017 with the Australian team, took eight wickets in two Test matches in Sri Lanka and two in Pakistan.
Peter Handscomb hopes his weight of runs can open the door for an Australian Test recall but concedes selection on the tour to India is largely out of his hands. Spinner Adam Zampa will increase his workload during the upcoming BBL campaign in an attempt to press his case for selection on Australia’s Test tour of India in 2023.
A dearth of red-ball cricket between now and next month’s selection deadline has prompted Adam Zampa to get creative as he chases a baggy green. Australia batter Glenn Maxwell is trying to get fit for the second half of the upcoming BBL edition and the tour of India later in 2023 after suffering a leg injury.
Australia’s selectors have retained faith in the squad that delivered a 4-0 Ashes triumph last summer for the two-match Test Series against the West Indies. The 13-player squad represents a downsize on the number of players needed in recent years when COVID-19 protocols remained in place, with pace bowlers Michael Neser and Jhye Richardson as well as leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson the names missing from last summer’s expanded Ashes group.
Mitchell Swepson was also part of this year’s overseas Test campaigns in Pakistan and Sri Lanka, where spin-friendly conditions saw the inclusion of allrounders Ashton Agar and Mitchell Marsh with backup keeper Josh Inglis also a member of those touring parties.
Test-capped opener Marcus Harris regains his berth after being overlooked for Sri Lanka where Australia shared the spoils 1-1 after their historic 1-0 series win on their first tour to Pakistan for almost a quarter of a century.
Australia Test squad vs West Indies: Pat Cummins (c), Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, David Warner.
Western Australia seamer Lance Morris and Queensland quick Michael Neser were later added to Australia’s squad ahead of the second Test against the West Indies. Australia captain Pat Cummins picked up a quad strain which prevented him from bowling in the fourth innings of his side’s win in the first Test. Scott Boland, who has 18 Test wickets at an average of 9.55 is likely to replace Pat Cummins.
IND vs AUS: India Squad for Australia Tests 2023 (Predicted)
India is currently touring Bangladesh in December 2022 and will play two Tests over the month apart from the ongoing 3-match ODI series. Both squads are led by Rohit Sharma. The Test squad marks the return of Kuldeep Yadav, who last played a Test in March 2021.
Rohit Sharma leads the side, which included a heavy-duty batting lineup consisting of Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, and Rishabh Pant. Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Wriddhiman Saha, and Ishant Sharma have not been included. KS Bharat is the backup wicketkeeper. Among quicks, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, and Umesh Yadav retain their places, while the spin attack is led by Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.
India Test squad for 2022 Bangladesh tour:- Rohit Sharma (C), KL Rahul (VC), Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), KS Bharat (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav.