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Published: Tue, August 08, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Mitchell Swepson named in Australia test squad

Mitchell Swepson named in Australia test squad

Swepson is the third frontline spinner in the side, with off-spinner Nathan Lyon and left-arm orthodox spinner Ashton Agar also in the squad.

As far as Pattinson's withdrawal from the squad goes, a CA spokesperson revealed that the move was a precautionary measure meant to ensure the pacer's full recovery for the Ashes.

A Cricket Australia spokesman said on Saturday the inflammation in Pattinson's back is around the same area where the quick has previously suffered a stress fracture.

Bird, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood will form the Australian pace attack for the Bangladesh tour.

Bird may have counted himself a little unlucky to miss out on the squad in the first place having done well against South Africa and Pakistan at the turn of the year.

"Mitchell is a very exciting young leg-spinner who we think will benefit immensely from further experience in the sub-continent".

The announcement of Australia's original touring party two months ago came with the proviso that an additional bowler would be added to the injured Starc.

Swepson, 23, has not played a first-class match since December, but did impress in the Big Bash League prior to his selection for the India tour.

Tasmanian Jackson Bird has replaced Pattinson in the squad to tour Bangladesh.

The leg-spinner was, somewhat surprisingly, named in Australia's 14-man squad that will take on the Tigers in two Tests, starting in Dhaka on 27 August.

The bowling load in Bangladesh will be carried by quicks Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Bird as well as spinners Nathan Lyon, Ashton Agar and Swepson. I have got to go over there prepared to play a Test match. The second Test, meanwhile, will be held in Chittagong on September 4.

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