Australia vs South Africa: Squad named for Sydney Test, Matt Renshaw, Ashton Agar

Matt Renshaw has emerged from the wilderness to earn a spot in the Australian squad for the Sydney Test.

Renshaw enters the team after Mitchell Starc and Cameron Green suffered injuries during the Boxing Day Test.

Ashton Agar was the second addition to the 14-man squad for the series finale set to get underway in the New Year.

Renshaw last played for Australia during the 2018 Test tour in South Africa with Agar’s last time under the baggy green coming in 2017.

Agar hasn’t played a Test on home soil, but could get his first taste at the SCG alongside Nathan Lyon in a one-two spin duo punch.

“Ashton offers a second spin option should the Sydney pitch be conducive to turn, as it has done in the past. He also brings a solid batting component,” national selector Tony Dodemaide said in a statement.

“Matthew is included as a versatile batting option who is in good form, including an unbeaten century in the recent PM’s XI tour match against the West Indies.

“In terms of fast bowlers, it’s a blessing to have Josh (Hazlewood) returning while Lance (Morris) offers a genuine point of difference with his raw pace and skill.

“This squad will cover all bases for when we get to Sydney and assess the conditions closer to the Test match.”

Renshaw, 26, made his debut back in 2016 and scored his first Test century at the SCG against Pakistan.

He took a break from cricket in 2020 after being dropped from Queensland’s Sheffield Shield side.

He’s currently averaging 51.66 this summer in the Sheffield Shield, which included a double-century against NSW in Sydney.

Australian Squad: Pat Cummins (c), Ashton Agar, Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Lance Morris, Matthew Renshaw, Steve Smith (vc), David Warner

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