Australia announces squad for first Ashes Test

Australia have announced their Playing XI for the first Test match of the Ashes series at the Gabba on December 8

By Web Desk
December 05, 2021
Pat Cummins (L) and Joe Root (R) - Photo: Twitter

CANBERRA: Australia's new Test captain Pat Cummins Sunday announced his squad for the opening Test match of the Ashes series against England, scheduled to be played at the Gabba on December 8.

Left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc has been included in the squad despite concerns related to his form. Meanwhile, a "tough" decision has led to the inclusion of Travis Head into the Playing XI of the first Test.

Skipper Pat Cummins said that the Aussies are lucky to have the "experienced" Usman Khawaja in their squad but Tavis Head's has been performing well for the Kangaroos in recent years, which is why he has been selected for the first Test.

“It was a tight one. They are both really good options. Experience is great from Ussie [Usman Khawaja] and we feel really lucky to have that in the squad, but Trav’s [Travis Head] been playing a lot for us the last couple of years,” Cummins said, as quoted by BT Sports.

“He’s gone away and he’s churned out runs in England, here in Australia, and we feel like he’s really ready to go," Cummins said.

Australia XI:

  • Marcus Harris
  • David Warner
  • Marnus Labuschagne
  • Steve Smith
  • Travis Head
  • Cameron Green 
  • Alex Carey (wk) 
  • Pat Cummins (c)
  •  Mitch Starc
  • Nathan Lyon
  • Josh Hazlewood