Cricket Australia (CA) is all set to select a full-strength squad for the upcoming tour of Pakistan, which will begin with a Test match from March 3. This will be Australia’s first tour of Pakistan since Mark Taylor-led side visited the country in 1998.
Australia won the recently concluded Ashes 2021-22 series against England in a dominating manner by 4-0 and most of the players from the Ashes squad are expected to make it to the squad for the Pakistan tour.
National selector George Bailey has said that the Australian management will announce the squad once they get the formal approval.
“I believe the boards are still working through some of the minor details around that tour, so once that gets the formal tick of approval then we’ll announce the squad post that, but we’re reasonably well down the track,” Bailey told reporters.
George Bailey also said that he is not sure whether the selectors need to see Shield cricket before finalising the squad.
“Whether we need to (see any Shield cricket) or not, I’m not entirely sure what opportunity we will get,” Bailey said.
“But the one thing that I think we have to be really just okay with is that we’ve got to accept what we get at the moment and be flexible.
“I think one of the great things and possibly one of the reasons the players performed so well in the Ashes was there were a number of players who got a good bank of Shield cricket in prior to that series.”
“Whether it’s for Pakistan or not, you’d certainly hope that there is an opportunity for some Shield cricket at some stage just because of the competition and to continue to see guys improving and getting the opportunity to show their wares.”
I know that the three formats are incredibly different but some skillsets do cross over – Australia Selector George Bailey
Star middle-order batsman Travis Head was named in the T20I squad for the series against Sri Lanka after his sensational performance in the Test series against England. Meanwhile, Bailey has said that the reverse could also happen and white-ball players can also be included in the Test squad.
“I know that the three formats are incredibly different but there are skillsets that do cross over, so if the opportunity arises and we do see a fit, then it certainly won’t preclude (selection),” Bailey said.
“There’s several players – Glenn Maxwell, Mitch Marsh, Ash Agar, Mitch Swepson off the top of my head who, just through the nature of scheduling and different opportunities, have played a lot of one format and not as much of another.”
Complete Schedule Of Australia Tour Of Pakistan 2022:
March 3-7: First Test, Karachi
March 12-16: Second Test, Rawalpindi
March 21-25: Third Test, Lahore
March 29: First ODI, Lahore
March 31: Second ODI, Lahore
April 2: Third ODI, Lahore
April 5: Only T20, Lahore
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