By SAT Sports Desk
Melbourne, 31 March: Cricket Australia’s (CA) National Selection Panel today announced squads for the upcoming Test tours of the West Indies and the United Kingdom. The panel has also announced the 2015-16 list of CA contracted players and squads to represent Australia A in four-day and one-day cricket against India A in India throughout July.
Fawad Ahmed gets the nod as second spinner for Test tours of the West Indies and the Ashes. Ahmed, 33, who helped steer Victoria to Sheffield Shield victory, was the competition’s leading wicket-taker with 48 wickets at 24.85, including a record-breaking 8-89 in the first innings of the Shield final against Western Australia at Blundstone Arena.
Ahmed, granted Australian citizenship in 2013 played three one-day internationals and two T20 internationals on Australia’s tour of the UK later that year.
Australia will face the West Indies in Test matches at Windsor Park, Dominica (5-9 June) and Sabina Park, Jamaica (13-17 June), before travelling to the UK for the five Test Ashes Series beginning at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff (8-12 July).
According to CA Australia’s Frank Worrell Trophy/Ashes squad:
Michael Clarke (c), Steve Smith (vc), Fawad Ahmed, Brad Haddin, Ryan Harris (Ashes only), Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Peter Nevill, Chris Rogers, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Adam Voges, David Warner, Shane Watson Victorian leg spinner Fawad Ahmed has got the nod ahead of Ashton Agar as Australia’s second spinner in their Test squad for the tours of the West Indies and the UK for the Ashes.
Australia A squads to face India A
The four-day squad is Usman Khawaja (c) QLD, Matthew Wade (vc) VIC, Ashton Agar WA, Cameron Bancroft WA, Joe Burns QLD, Patrick Cummins NSW, Andrew Fekete TAS, Peter Handscomb VIC, Travis Head SA, Nic Maddinson NSW, Glenn Maxwell VIC,Stephen O’Keefe NSW, Gurinder Sandhu NSW and Marcus Stoinis VIC.
The One-Day squad for India :
Usman Khawaja (c) QLD, Matthew Wade (vc) VIC, Sean Abbott NSW , Ashton Agar WA, Cameron Boyce QLD, Joe Burns QLD, Nathan Coulter-Nile WA, Patrick Cummins NSW, Callum Ferguson SA, Peter Handscomb VIC, Travis Head SA, Chris Lynn QLD, Gurinder Sandhu NSW and Adam Zampa SA.
- SAT News Service