Australia National Cricket Team have announced a 14-man squad for the third and final Test match of the series against South Africa National Cricket Team, which is scheduled to be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground from January 4, 2023.
The Pat Cummins-led side have already sealed the series by winnings the first two matches comfortably. Australia won the first Test by 6 wickets in Brisbane and the second Test by an innings and 182 runs in Melbourne.
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The Aussies will be without the services of pace spearhead Mitchell Starc and all-rounder Cameron Green in the third Test as they have been ruled out of the match due to their respective finger injuries, which they sustained during the Boxing Day Test.
Premier pacer Josh Hazlewood will return to the side for the third game and Lance Morris has retained his place in the squad. There are three new additions in Marcus Harris, Matthew Renshaw and Ashton Agar.
It’s a blessing to have Josh Hazlewood returning – Tony Dodemaide
Australia selector Tony Dodemaide has said that the in-form Matthew Renshaw has been added to the squad as a “versatile batting option”. He added that Hazlewood’s return is a blessing for the side.
“Matthew is included as a versatile batting option who is in good form, including an unbeaten century in the recent PM’s XI tour match against the West Indies,” said selector Tony Dodemaide in a statement.
“It’s a blessing to have Josh (Hazlewood) returning while Lance (Morris) offers a genuine point of difference with his raw pace and skill,” Dodemaide added.
“This squad will cover all bases for when we get to Sydney and assess the conditions closer to the Test match.”
Australia Squad For Third Test Vs South Africa In Sydney:
Pat Cummins (c), Ashton Agar, Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Lance Morris, Matthew Renshaw, Steve Smith (vc), David Warner