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The Australian men's team will celebrate our First Nations people this summer by wearing this incredible Indigenous playing shirt for the entirety of the #AUSvIND Dettol T20 series!

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Pucovski, Green headline Test and Australia A squads

Prodigiously talented pair among five uncapped players in 17-man Test group, while selectors also reveal strong squad for tour matches against India.

Rising stars Will Pucovski and Cameron Green were today confirmed among five uncapped players in Australia's extended squad of 17 for the Vodafone Test Series against India.

Spinner Mitchell Swepson and seam-bowling allrounders Michael Neser and Sean Abbott are the other members of the Test squad yet to wear the Baggy Green.

Pat Cummins was named the sole vice-captain of the Test team, while selectors also named a 19-player Australia A squad that includes nine members of the Test squad.

It's the first time in an Australian Test squad for Green and Abbott, with all five new faces called up on the back of extraordinary form in opening rounds of the Marsh Sheffield Shield.


Australia Test squad: Tim Paine (c), Sean Abbott, Joe Burns, Pat Cummins, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Will Pucovski, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade, David Warner

Australia A squad: Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Joe Burns, Jackson Bird, Alex Carey (wk), Harry Conway, Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Nic Maddinson, Mitchell Marsh (subject to fitness), Michael Neser, Tim Paine, James Pattinson, Will Pucovski, Mark Steketee, Will Sutherland, Mitchell Swepson


The fresh faces joined the incumbent Test 12 that swept through Australia's most recent Test series' – against Pakistan and New Zealand at home before the global pandemic hit – and took the team to the top of the world rankings.

It sets up a showdown between Pucovski, who struck successive double centuries in his two Shield appearances, and fellow opener Joe Burns, the incumbent who had a torrid start to the first-class summer, to partner David Warner at the top of the order.

Both players were named in a strong Australia A squad that will face India in a three-day match, as well as a three-day pink-ball day-night warm up that also includes Test captain Tim Paine as well as likely Test starter Travis Head.

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COVID chaos forces changes to Aussie ODI, T20 squad

New father Kane Richardson is replaced in Australia's squad by AJ Tye as COVID cluster in Adelaide forces early arrival in Sydney

New father Kane Richardson has withdrawn from Australia's ODI and T20 squad to face India, with Adelaide's COVID-19 cluster leading to three extra players being added to the Aussie training group in Sydney.

Andrew Tye has replaced Richardson in Australia's squad while Josh Philippe and D'Arcy Short will also train with the group before joining their respective KFC BBL franchises.

This week's COVID outbreak in Adelaide and the resulting closure of some state borders has led to a host of Australia's players flying to Sydney early ahead of the first Dettol ODI against India at the SCG on November 27.

However, Richardson has decided to stay at home in Adelaide to be with his wife and son, who was born just last week.

"It was a difficult decision for Kane to make but one which has the complete support of the selectors and the entire playing squad," national selector Trevor Hohns said.

"Kane wanted to remain in Adelaide with Nyki and their son. We will always support our players and their families; even more so given the challenging environment we are in.

"We will miss what he brings to the team but completely understand and support his decision."

Players and staff from Western Australia, Tasmania and Queensland who are involved in the ODI and T20 series against India travelled to Sydney yesterday, earlier than planned.

Marnus Labuschagne, Matthew Wade, Ashton Agar, Cameron Green, Tye and Short were the players affected, while Philippe is already in quarantine in Sydney having recently returned from the Indian Premier League.

CA made the call to move personnel early after players returning from the Marsh Sheffield Shield hub in Adelaide were subject to changed border conditions following the outbreak in the city's north.

While WA, Tasmania and Queensland have closed their border with South Australia, NSW have not, meaning players were able to travel to Sydney without quarantining.

But given the uncertainty surrounding the Adelaide cluster, CA decided to get players to NSW early in case of further border closures.

The remainder of Australia's white-ball squad are due to assemble in Sydney on Sunday.

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Kane Richardson to miss limited-overs series against India, Andrew Tye called up

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Perth Scorchers fast bowler Andrew Tye has been called up to Australia's ODI and T20 squads as cover for Kane Richardson, who has elected to stay home in Adelaide to be with his wife and newborn son.

Cricket Australia undertook a mass airlift of players from around the country on Tuesday after a small Covid outbreak in Adelaide's northern suburbs forced heavy restrictions to be imposed in the city.

A raft of Australia's ODI, T20, and Test squad members who had recently travelled from Adelaide to their home states were forced to fly to Sydney early to avoid being stuck in quarantine in their home states, while the Adelaide Strikers flew to Coffs Harbour in New South Wales at short-notice to prepare for the upcoming BBL.

Richardson, who opted out of the IPL and missed a couple of Shield matches due to the birth of his son, chose to stay at home in Adelaide with his family, forcing the selectors to call up Tye who has recently returned from the UAE.

"It was a difficult decision for Kane to make but one which has the complete support of the selectors and the entire playing squad," national selector Trevor Hohns said.

"Kane wanted to remain in Adelaide with Nyki and their newborn son. We will always support our players and their families; even more so given the challenging environment we are in.

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"We will miss what he brings to the team but completely understand and support his decision."

Tye was part of Australia's tour of the UK this year and was also part of the Rajasthan Royals squad in the IPL. He played just one match in the IPL and it was his only professional match in the last 12 months after requiring elbow surgery in November last year, though he did play three matches for his Perth Premier club Scarborough in late February and early March. Tye lost his Western Australia domestic contract during the winter but is still seen by Australia's selectors as one of the best short-format bowlers in the country, giving him the nod ahead of Nathan Coulter-Nile and James Pattinson, who both played key roles in Mumbai Indians' IPL title.

"AJ is incredibly skilled in both forms of the short game. He impressed in the UK with his high work ethic and his positive energy around the squad," Hohns said. "He is a great player to be able to call on."

Western Australian batsmen D'Arcy Short and Josh Philippe have also been called on to train with Australia's limited-overs group in Sydney next week despite both being left out of the initial squads.

Short flew to Sydney on Tuesday with fellow Western Australian Cameron Green as a precaution after both had been in Adelaide for the Sheffield Shield earlier in the month. Philippe is currently in hotel quarantine in Sydney following his return from the IPL in the UAE.

Short and Philippe will join their respective BBL teams, Hobart Hurricanes and Sydney Sixers, ahead of the start of the BBL on December 10.

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Ishant Sharma, Rohit Sharma ruled out of first two Tests

Ishant Sharma and Rohit Sharma have been ruled out of the first two matches of the upcoming four-Test series in Australia and their hopes of taking part in the last two Tests hinges on swift and decisive action from the BCCI, ESPNcricinfo has learnt.

To be in contention for the third Test, Ishant, who has regained bowling fitness but needs four weeks of workload to be ready for the rigours of Test-match play, will have to board a plane almost immediately.

The 14-day hard quarantine rule in Australia means he can start training only after two weeks; add another four weeks of preparatory training, and he can only be match-ready for the third Test, starting on January 7 in Sydney.

Rohit's case is different. He can only be cleared for travel by the NCA on December 8 at the earliest, and though he does not require the same amount of time to be match-ready, he would still have to serve a 14-day hard quarantine, which will keep him out of training until December 22.

Rohit, who suffered a hamstring tear during the IPL, is understood to be a while away from full fitness and it could take him another two weeks of rehabilitation to get to "70 or 80% readiness", according to a BCCI functionary, who believes Rohit would have had a better chance of featuring in the Test series had he flown directly to Australia with the other squad members from the UAE.

Ishant's bowling workload has steadily increased over the past week after he regained full fitness at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru, where he has been training for close to a month since returning early from the IPL with an abdominal muscle tear. However, ESPNcricinfo understands there are concerns over his match fitness, which can only be ascertained once he's in a position to bowl at least 20 overs in a day.

"If there is a T20 game and he needs to just bowl four overs, Ishant is good to go immediately, but for him to get back to Test-match fitness, he needs four weeks of proper bowling still," a BCCI source said.

As such, even if Ishant and Rohit were to fly out in a day or two, the hard quarantine would mean each of them needing to isolate himself in his hotel room for 14 days. This will mean neither is able to take part in the two warm-up games that precede the first Test in Adelaide, which begins on December 17.

The 32-member India contingent has begun training in Sydney while in quarantine since they flew over directly from one biosecure bubble in the UAE - after the completion of the IPL - to another. Such concessions can't be afforded to Rohit and Ishant upon arrival, since they aren't in a biosecure bubble at the NCA where they are currently training.

If Rohit is ruled out, the selectors could look at adding Shreyas Iyer - who is already part of the white-ball squads - to the Test squad as a reserve batsman. In 54 first-class games, Iyer has aggregated 4592 runs at an average of 52.18. He has 12 centuries and 23 half-centuries, and has already been part of India's red-ball squad - when he was called up as cover for the injured Virat Kohli during the 2016-17 home series against Australia - but is yet to make his Test debut.

As for the fast bowling, India already have Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj in their Test squad. The contingent also has three reserve bowlers in Kartik Tyagi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Ishan Porel to pick from, if needed.

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