Australia announces 14-member team for Test series against New Zealand

 Australia announces 14-member team for Test series against New Zealand

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Australia has announced a 14-member squad for the two-match series Against New Zealand. Michael Neser has been recalled for the Test series. Michael Neser is now playing in the Sheffield Shield for Queensland.

In the match against Tasmania for Queensland he scored 47 runs and got 2 wickets. It’s not sure whether he will be picked over Mitchell Starc, Jos Hazlewood and Scott Boland for the Test series against New Zealand.

Meanwhile, George Bailey who is chief selector has stated that Australia has added an extra fast bowler as the conditions in New Zealand could help the fast bowling.

“It’s great to see Michael Neser get another opportunity in the squad following his ever-consistent performances over a long period and the conditions we expect,” Bailey said.

Since making his debut in 2021 for Australia in Adelaide Oval against England in Ashes Michael Neser has played only 2 Test matches for Australia.

This tour will be a tough challenge – George Bailey

Opener Matthew Renshaw has retained his spot in the team as reserve opener. In the World Test Championship (WTC) 2023-2025 Australia is on the second place with 66 points in 10 matches.

“As we know, every Test match provides vital opportunities to obtain valuable WTC points, and we expect this tour will be a tough challenge against a very strong side who have been so consistent at home for a long period of time,” George Bailey stated.

The first game of the Test match will be played on 29th February in Wellington at Sky Stadium. The second game is scheduled to take place in Christchurch at Hagley Oval from 8th March.

Currently, New Zealand are playing a two-match Test series against South Africa. They have won the first Test series by 281 runs and have taken a 1-0 lead in the series. With this win, New Zealand are table toppers of WTC.

This Test series unsure thrilling battle between the two teams. As they have a healthy rivalry between them.

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