Australia Drop Marsh Brothers, Handscomb, Finch From Test Squad

Shaun Marsh, Mitch Marsh, Peter Handscomb and Aaron Finch have all been axed from the Australia squad for a two-Test rubber against Sri Lanka after struggling in the series against India.

Twenty-year-old Will Pucovski was included on Wednesday, 9 January, in the 13-man squad after just eight first-class games, while openers Joe Burns and Matthew Renshaw have also been called up.

Pucovski scored 243 runs at the start of the Sheffield Shield season but took a break from cricket because of a mental health issue.

Mitch Marsh, appointed joint vice-captain last year, will have a chance to fight his way back into Ashes contention but it shapes as the end of 35-year-old Shaun Marsh's stop-start Test career that began in 2011.

"“Ultimately Aaron, Peter, Shaun and Mitch have not produced the performances expected of them with the bat at Test level. They have been given good opportunity, but have not produced the scores we need.”" - Trevor Hohns, Chairman of Selectors, Cricket Australia

"All four are very good players, and the door is by no means closed for them to return to play Test cricket. They will all feature in the ODI series against India, and each of them forms an integral part of our white-ball strategy."

The first Test against Sri Lanka, a day-night match at the Gabba in Brisbane, starts on 24 January. The second Test begins at Canberra's Manuka Oval on 1 Febuary.

Sri Lanka will also play a day-night pink ball tour match in Hobart beginning 17 January against a Cricket Australia XI.

Australia Squad

Marcus Harris, Joe Burns, Matthew Renshaw, Usman Khawaja, Travis Head, Will Pucovksi, Marnus Labuschagne, Tim Paine (captain), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, Peter Siddle.

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