Pucovski, Burns & Renshaw Called up; Marsh Brothers & Finch Dropped for SL Tests

Will Pucovski is expected to be called into the Australian test squad on Wednesday

"They have been given good opportunity, but have not produced the scores we need".

Among those axed from the squad include both Shaun and Mitch Marsh, as well as Aaron Finch, who all struggled in the four Tests against India.

Australia's top order failed to perform against India's versatile attack and selection panel head Trevor Hohns admitted that the side needed to be shaken up for the Sri Lanka series, which start in Brisbane on January 24.

Australia squad: Marcus Harris, Joe Burns, Matthew Renshaw, Usman Khawaja, Travis Head, Will Pucovksi, Marnus Labuschagne, Tim Paine (captain), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, Peter Siddle.

Desperate to help players spend some time in the middle and produce bigger scores, selectors have given strong consideration to including some Test batsmen in the Cricket Australia (CA) XI that will face Sri Lanka.

Former Australia all-rounder and now a coach and commentator Tom Moody supported the decision to pick Pucovski saying his selection was not a surprise to him even as many found it so. They have named uncapped Victorian batsman Will Pucovski in the Test squad.

Patterson, yet to play for Sydney Thunder this season, was part of last year's Australia A tour and scored an unbeaten century at Perth's new stadium in the first half of the Shield season.

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Pucovski, 20, has only played eight first-class matches but scored 243 for Victoria last month.

"It is every kid's dream".

"You can't even use words to describe it".

Burns dismissed talk of a "bat off" between him and Queensland teammate Renshaw in Hobart, where the three-day tour match starts on January 17.

"We see him as a long-term prospect as a Test player and have confidence in his ability to bounce back following a string of low scores early in the Shield season", said Hohns of the 22-year-old. The second and final Test will be played at the Manuka Oval in Canberra from February 1.

After making plentiful changes to their ODI squad for the imminent ODI series against India, the Australian selectors put on display a mini-replica of the same while selecting the 13-member squad for the two-match Test series against Sri Lanka.

"I went alright there.it's so long ago, we haven't played a pink ball game for a while now", Labuschagne said.

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