Chairman of selectors of Australia National Cricket Team George Bailey has stated that the committee is leaning towards one of Usman Khawaja and Travis Head to get a place in the playing XI in the first Ashes Test against England.
The marquee Ashes 2021-22 series is less than a month away, and all the cricket pundits are excited to see the top two sides England and Australia, compete in the purest form of the game. Meanwhile, the first Test match of the series is all set to begin from December 8 at iconic Gabba in Brisbane.
The Queensland captain Usman Khawaja who has been in brilliant form in the Sheffield Shield, and Travis Head both have been added to Australia’s squad for the first two Test matches against England, and they will be fighting for the middle-order spot.
We’ll Work Through That Much Closer To The Start Of The First Test – George Bailey
George Bailey said that the whole purpose to name the squad is to get the squad together so that they can work closely and make decisions regarding the playing XI ahead of the first Test.
“We’re leaning towards one of them. But, you know, the whole purpose I guess of naming a squad is to have a squad there. So, we’ll work through that much closer to the start of the first Test,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Bailey as saying.
“You’d have nothing to write about tomorrow then. I want to see where you guys lean. Have a crack at it. It’d make the Shield game much more exciting next week,” he added.
Bailey also added that he doesn’t feel that Head has been out of form.
“You never want to be trying to pick someone out of form, but I don’t think there’s a body of evidence to suggest that Travis is out of form,” he stated.
AUSTRALIA TEST SQUAD: Tim Paine (c), Pat Cummins (VC), Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, Jhye Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner.
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