The Australians’ top-flight sides are set to take on England in Brisbane in what could be a two-Test series, but they are also set to be under heavy pressure to win in a first-class series as the team tries to claw back its Ashes form.
The top-order batsmen of the current Australian T20 squad – Adam Voges, Michael Clarke, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Santner and Mitchell Johnson – will all be in Brisbane for the match against England at Suncorp Stadium.
While the batting order will be similar to that in the second Test, there are several key changes to the order that will affect the outcome of the series.
First-class batsman Mitchell Starcevic will bat in the middle order, while Mitchell Johnson will play his first T20I Test in the back-row, while Michael Clarke will take up the middle-order berth.
Johnson has also been linked with a move to Test cricket, having played his last Test in England in February and the team’s captain has been keen to bring him back into the fold.
If Johnson plays in the first Test, Australia will be down to six batsmen, including Voges who will be playing in the No.3 position, while Starc and Wade will be batting at No.4.
“Voges has been a tremendous player in the T20 game for Australia.
He is a very experienced and versatile player who can bowl fast and is capable of batting both outside and in,” said Head Coach Darren Lehmann.
This series has been an absolute pleasure for all of us, and we are looking forward to the series to continue on the same trajectory as it has been in recent months.
“The next Test is on July 7 in Perth, where Australia will face England at the MCG.
There are several other games on the horizon for Australia in the next two months, including the final Test of the Australian tour of South Africa on July 25.
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