Josh Hazlewood is ready to lead Australia’s pace attack during the two-test series in Bangladesh in the absence of injured fast bowling colleagues Mitchell Starc and James Pattinson.
Left-armer Starc suffered a stress fracture in his foot on the tour of India and missed the third and fourth tests. He returned for June’s Champions Trophy in England but later felt the injury had not healed properly.
Uncapped Mitchell Swepson, who was previously selected for the tour of India earlier this year but did not play, was chosen instead of a pace bowler because of the expected spin-friendly conditions in Bangladesh.
Swepson is the third frontline spinner in the side, with off-spinner Nathan Lyon and left-arm orthodox spinner Ashton Agar also making the trip.
Bangladesh famously defeated England at home last year to tie their series 1-1 and Hazlewood was expecting tough competition from their South Asian opponents.
Australia take on Bangladesh in the first test in Mirpur starting from Aug. 27 before the teams meet again in Chittagong from Sept. 4.