Australia announced their squad for the upcoming two-Test series against Sri Lanka starting in Brisbane on January 24. Tremaine, who also plays for Victoria, is yet to play in Tests and took part in four ODI matches since his debut in 2016, which was also the past year when he played for the Baggy Greens.
Pucovski, a Victorian lad, caught the attention of selectors in October after belting a masterful innings of 243 against Western Australia in a Sheffield Shield match.
Australia Test squad: Tim Paine (capt/wk), Josh Hazlewood (vc), Joe Burns, Pat Cummins, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Will Pucovksi, Matt Renshaw, Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle.
As for the dropped quarted of Finch, Handscomb and the Marsh brothers, Horns explained that the four players were ignored following their performance in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, mentioning that they failed to make the most of the opportunities given to them.
Australia's longest-serving cricket selector Trevor Hohns believes the panel's job has never been so hard, having axed four batsmen while parachuting Will Pucovski into the Test squad after just eight first-class games.
The right-hander started Victoria's campaign with a bang, becoming the ninth player in Shield history to score a double-century before a 21st birthday. We see him as a long-term prospect as a Test player and have confidence in his ability to bounce back following a string of low scores early in the Shield season. He also performed extremely well in England during the County season.
"It (the lack of first-class cricket) is probably not appropriate.it's unfortunate. how we rectify that, that's in the hands of CA". In six matches, he has scored 472 runs at an average of 47.20 and a strike rate of 60.51.
Australia's top order failed to perform against India's versatile attack and selection panel head Trevor Hohns admitted that the side needed to be shaken up for the Sri Lanka series, which start in Brisbane on January 24.
Scheduling has been a source of frustration for Australian players in recent years, including the domestic one-day competition effectively becoming a pre-season tournament plus the Sheffield Shield's mid-season hiatus. The second and final Test will be played at the Manuka Oval in Canberra from February 1.