Cameron Bancroft was on fire on the first day of Matador Cup competition, with 176 for Western Australia © Getty Images
Australia’s squad for the first Test against New Zealand in Brisbane next month is expected to have a very different look from the 15-man group that was supposed to tour Bangladesh. The likely return of David Warner, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Johnson should immediately lead to three changes, while the different conditions could also bring changes to the attack.
Chairman of selectors Rod Marsh at the weekend declared “open season” on selections after the cancellation of the Bangladesh tour due to security concerns, and national selector Mark Waugh on Monday supported his views. The likely return of Warner from a fractured thumb, and Johnson and Hazlewood, who were to be rested from the Bangladesh trip, will be key factors in selection changes.
“There’s three players straight away who you would imagine would come back into the reckoning,” Waugh told reporters in Sydney on Monday. “And [there’s] different conditions, you’re not going to have two spinners at the Gabba. So, there are some guys who were picked on that tour who are going to be shuffled down the order a little bit, but you can’t do anything about it.
“At least their names are there … they got picked on an Australian tour so they can take comfort from the fact that they’re definitely in the reckoning. The real thing is it’s going to be a different 11 for the first Test in Brisbane to what would have been picked in Bangladesh.”