Meet the Ashes rookies: Australia captain Tim Paine brings four new faces to the fold for the first two Tests against England next month
- Australia have named their 15-man squad for the first two tests against England
- Australia have called up four inexperienced players in Ashes.
- Richardson starred in Big Nash, while Green was top scorer at Sheffield Shield
Australia named their 15-man squad for the first two Tests against England on Wednesday, with captain Tim Paine leading a group containing four rookies from Ashes.
England’s head tormentor Steve Smith will once again be the award venue, and David Warner is again included alongside form hitter Usman Khawaja, who is called up for the first time in two years.
The two Australian stars of the Twenty20 World Cup final, Mitchell Marsh and Matthew Wade, have been overlooked. But four players with no Ashes experience have been called up, and here Sportsmail enforces the new face rule.
Paceman Jhye Richardson has been called up by Australia for the Ashes series
(First two tests of Ashes vs England): Paine (capt, wkt), Cummins, Green, Harris, Hazlewood, Head, Khawaja, Labuschagne, Lyon, Neser, Richardson, Starc, Swepson, Smith, Warner.
Richardson has received the suggestion from former Australia captain Ricky Ponting to be the ‘next taxi out of line’ behind the first-choice trio of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood.
His career stalled after he dislocated his shoulder following his Test debut against Sri Lanka in early 2019, when he took six wickets in two games.
But the 25-year-old 5-foot-8-inch swing pitcher was the leading land grabber at last season’s Big Bash, earning him an IPL contract with the Punjab Kings.
“I am very excited with Jhye,” Australian national team chairman George Bailey said yesterday. “Physically, I think he looks as strong as I’ve ever seen him.”
Richardson was part of the attack England hit for a world record 481 in an ODI at Trent Bridge in 2018, with 92 runs from his 10 overs.
The 22-year-old is likely to take his place at No. 6, having played all four Tests in Australia’s 2-1 home series loss to India last winter.
Green managed just half a century in his seven innings, but he was the leading scorer on last season’s Sheffield Shield with 922 runs at an average of nearly 77.
Batter Cameron Green was the leading scorer on the Sheffield Shield last season with 922 runs.
In its early years, the 6-foot-6-inch SUV was compared to Andrew Flintoff. But his bowling alley has become less prominent after a series of back injuries.
Leg thrower Swepson could appear later in the series if Australia wants a second slow bowler to complement Nathan Lyon.
He has appeared on many test teams without playing, since the 2017 tour of India.
Cricketer Mitch Swepson hailed as ‘one of the most improved cricketers in the country’
Swepson’s only international experience has been in T20, making his debut against England in 2018 when he took the grounds of Jos Buttler and Eoin Morgan.
The 28-year-old is admired by Shane Warne, and Ponting described him yesterday as “one of the most improved cricketers in the country.”
An unused member of the Australia tour group in England in 2019, Neser has yet to earn a Baggy Green cap and has again been selected as a backup bowler, having recovered from a hamstring injury.
The 31-year-old closer is familiar to some of England’s hitters, having played two ODIs here in 2018 and to Glamorgan in last season’s County Championship.
Seamer Michael Neser played for Glamorgan in the County Championship last season
South African-born Neser impressed during his brief stint in Cardiff, taking 23 wickets in just five games, including five of 39 against Joe Root’s Yorkshire, and will return to the county next year.