Marcus Harris dropped from Test squad as Australia names squads to tour Sri Lanka

Australia has unveiled its squads to tour Sri Lanka over the winter and opening batter Marcus Harris has been relegated.

Marcus Harris has been cut from Australia’s Test squad to tour Sri Lanka on the back of a disappointing Ashes campaign for the opening batter.
All-rounder Glenn Maxwell had been considered a chance to earn a call-up to the Test squad but has only been picked in white-ball squads for the seven-week multi-format tour, which kicks off in June.

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Harris travelled to Pakistan for Australia’s recent tour but Usman Khawaja’s scintillating form kept him out of the starting XI.

On Friday morning, Australian selectors announced their squads for the Sri Lanka tour and only named Harris in the Australia A contingent.

Harris is still a chance to play at the highest level on the tour, though, with selection chief George Bailey confirming Australia A players could sub into the full-strength XI in any format if required.

“It’s incredibly exciting to have an Australia A component which offers the further flexibility and opportunity for players to be available for and cross over into all squads,” said Bailey.

“That could be from a Test or white-ball preparation perspective or an opportunity to impress at an international level.

“This is the first time a tour of this scale has been possible since the Ashes in 2019.”
Harris had an impressive summer at state level but underperformed in the Ashes, averaging just under 30 across seven innings.

Selectors have also left paceman Jhye Richardson out of the Test squad after choosing not to offer him a Cricket Australia contract earlier this year.
Pat Cummins, David Warner, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and Maxwell will make their returns to the white-ball squads after sitting out the limited overs leg of the Pakistan tour.
Newly-minted Australian mentor Andrew McDonald coached Maxwell at state level and has previously advocated for his return to red-ball cricket but selectors opted not to throw his hat in the ring for a Test recall in Sri Lanka.
Josh Inglis has been named in the Test squad as the back-up wicketkeeper behind Alex Carey.

Australia’s squads to tour Sri Lanka:

Australia T20 squad

Aaron Finch (c), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade, David Warner

Australia ODI squad

Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner

Australia Test squad

Pat Cummins (c), Ashton Agar, Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith (vc), Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner

Australia A squad

Sean Abbott, Scott Boland, Pete Handscomb, Aaron Hardie, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Henry Hunt, Josh Inglis, Matthew Kuhnemann, Nic Maddinson, Todd Murphy, Josh Philippe, Matt Renshaw, Jhye Richardson, Tanveer Sangha, Mark Steketee

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