Australia declares squad for Bangladesh tour
Australia Cricket Board has announced test squad for upcoming Bangladesh tour.
Pace spearhead Mitchell Starc will miss the upcoming tour of Bangladesh after Cricket Australia on Friday confirmed the two-Test series and for August and declared a 13-man squad, according to Austrlia cricket board's official website CricketAustralia.
Mitchel Starc was ruled out of the second half of the Qantas Tour of India with a broken foot, and despite playing in Australia's failed Champions Trophy campaign, the left-armer's injury has not fully recovered and he has subsequently been ordered rest with an Ashes campaign on the horizon.
"Mitchell was due to go for follow up scans after the Champions Trophy, as part of his recovery plan," said Bupa Support Team Physiotherapist David Beakely. "These scans have indicated his previous stress fracture has still not fully healed to the extent we would like. "He will now undertake a period of rest from bowling with the aim to have him return for the one-day series in India in late September as he begins his build up to the Ashes."
After arriving in Bangladesh on August 18, Australia's first hit out of the tour will be a two-day warm-up match four days later in Fatullah before the first Test in Dhaka on August 27 and the second Test in Chittagong on September 4. The tour comes after a previously planned visit in October 2015 was postponed at the last minute by security concerns.
Executive General Manager of Team Performance, Pat Howard, said CA was happy with the current security arrangements, which have been promised to be at levels akin to a presidential or royal visit. "The Bangladesh Cricket Board and the Bangladesh Government have provided satisfactory levels of assurance and security for this tour to proceed at this stage, and we’re very grateful to them for this," said Howard.
Australia Squad for Tour of Bangladesh: Steve Smith (c), David Warner (vc), Ashton Agar, Hilton Cartwright, Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, James Pattinson, Matthew Renshaw, Matthew Wade