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Australia set to maintain winning formula for second Test against Pakistan | Cricket News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: Australia are poised to field an unchanged XI in the upcoming second Test against Pakistan in Melbourne, as revealed by the team’s announcement of a streamlined squad on Monday. The decision sees back-up fast bowler Lance Morris omitted, affirming confidence in the victorious lineup from the recent Test in Perth.
The home side dominated the opening Test, clinching a resounding 360-run victory within four days at Perth on Sunday.Off-spinnerNathan Lyon achieved a significant milestone by claiming his 500th wicket, adding to the team’s triumph.
Opener David Warner‘s resilient innings of 164 not only played a crucial role in the team’s success but also solidified his position for the upcoming Boxing Day Test. Warner, facing scrutiny amid a lean run, ensured his continued presence in what is anticipated to be his farewell series. The veteran, aged 37, has hinted at retirement after the third Test in Sydney.
Warner’s performance in Perth, coupled with his determination, silenced critics who questioned his place in the squad. Former fast bowler Mitchell Johnson had expressed reservations about granting Warner a hero’s farewell, but the opener’s gritty knock has seemingly justified his selection.
Meanwhile, the decision to omit Lance Morris from the squad indicates Australia’s confidence in their current fast-bowling arsenal. With Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, and Josh Hazlewood injury-free, and Scott Boland as the preferred replacement if needed, the team looks to maintain its winning combination.
Chief selector George Bailey addressed Morris’s exclusion, stating, “Lance has been released for the Melbourne match but will stay prepared for Test cricket as he remains firmly in our plans for the summer, should an opportunity arise.”
The Australian squad, buoyed by their commanding performance in Perth, aims to carry the momentum into the second Test against Pakistan at Melbourne, with an unchanged lineup reinforcing their commitment to success.
Australia squad: David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins (capt), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, Scott Boland, Cameron Green
(With inputs from AFP)



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