New opener in Test; Smith to lead in ODI as Australia announce squads for West Indies series

Sports Wednesday 10/January/2024 14:51 PM
New opener in Test; Smith to lead in ODI as Australia announce squads for West Indies series

Canberra : Australia named a 13-player squad for a two-match Test series against the West Indies, kicking off on January 17.

Australia also named a 13-player squad with Steve Smith as the skipper of the Baggy Greens.

Young all-rounder Cameron Green has found his way back to the Test squad, while Matthew Renshaw has also been added to the mix as a possible cover for David Warner, who recently retired from red-ball format.

Renshaw was given a nod to be included in the Test squad ahead of the likes of Marcus Harris and Cameron Bancroft.

Ahead of the first Test, Chair of Selectors George Bailey confirmed Green would feature in the playing XI.

Bailey also confirmed that Renshaw (Brisbane Heat) and Scott Boland (Melbourne Stars) will play for their respective Big Bash League franchises before joining the squad for the first Test.

"Cameron Green will come into the playing XI for the Test in Adelaide in a squad also containing Scott Boland and Matthew Renshaw," Bailey said, as quoted from

"We have selected a team we believe contains the best six batters in the country. Scott Boland and Matt Renshaw will join the squad prior to the first Test after playing for the Melbourne Stars (Jan 15) and Brisbane Heat (Jan 13) in the BBL," Bailey added.

With Renshaw acting as Warner's cover, there is also a possibility of the Australian team resorting to Steve Smith in the opening slot.

The veteran batter expressed his interest in taking on the role of opener after the conclusion of the third Test in Sydney.

After the conclusion of the two-match Test series, Australia will play a three-match ODI series against the Caribbean team.

While Pat Cummins will be leading the team in Test format, Steve Smith will take charge in the ODI series as the World Cup-winning captain will be rested.

Australia Test Squad: Pat Cummins (c), Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head (vc), Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Matthew Renshaw, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc

Australia ODI Squad: Steve Smith (c), Sean Abbott, Nathan Ellis, Cameron Green, Aaron Hardie, Travis Head (vc), Josh Inglis, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Lance Morris, Jhye Richardson, Matt Short, Adam Zampa.