Explosive opening batsman David Warner is set to earn his first test cap after he and three uncapped fast bowlers were named in an inexperienced Australia squad on Saturday to face New Zealand in Brisbane. Ricky Ponting has also earned a recall to the side, following his gritty performance in South Africa.
Limited overs specialist Warner is likely to start the first test at the Gabba on Thursday in place of all-rounder Shane Watson, who is one of five players unavailable for the team due to injuries sustained in South Africa. Patrick Cummins, Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Johnson and Ryan Harris were all also ruled out of selection on Friday with their fitness to be assessed next week.
"The absence of these players obviously provides a great chance for David Warner, James Pattinson, Ben Cutting and Mitchell Starc to come into the squad and perform on the international stage and I know that is an opportunity they are all looking forward to," chairman of selectors John Inverarity said in a statement.
Fast bowler Trent Copeland, who made his test debut in Sri Lanka before missing out on the test series against South Africa failed to earn a recall after rain in Sydney on Friday disrupted a first class match he was playing in. Wicketkeeper Brad Haddin will take over the vice-captain role until Watson returns to the side, Inverarity said.
Australia squad: Michael Clarke (captain), Phillip Hughes, David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Ricky Ponting, Michael Hussey, Brad Haddin, Peter Siddle, James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Ben Cutting
Updated Date: Nov 26, 2011 13:21:48 IST