Australia have made two notable changes to their 14-player squad for the third Test against South Africa at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Ashton Agar and Matthew Renshaw have been added whilst Mitchell Starc and Cameron Green have been ruled out for the New Year’s Test.
Starc will miss out with a small fracture to his left middle finger. Green has been made unavailable with a fracture to his right index finger.
Cricket Australia also confirmed that Josh Hazlewood is available for selection, having now recovered from a minor side strain that saw him miss the Boxing Day Test.
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28-year-old Renshaw has not worn the baggy green since April 2018, having made his Test debut two years earlier.
An opener by trade, his squad inclusion naturally raises questions regarding Usman Khawaja and David Warner, with the potential for either of those players to be rested for the upcoming game.
Agar, on the other hand, could feature as a replacement all-rounder for the injured Green.
Australia selector Tony Dodemaide believes that the additions of Agar and Renshaw will give the team extra possibilities at the SCG.
“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,” Dodemaide said.
“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.”
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 29, 2022
Confirmed Australia squad for third Test vs. South Africa
|Pat Cummins||Ashton Agar|
|Scott Boland||Alex Carey|
|Marcus Harris||Josh Hazlewood|
|Travis Head||Usman Khawaja|
|Marnus Labuschagne||Nathan Lyon|
|Lance Morris||Matthew Renshaw|
|Steve Smith||David Warner|