Queensland leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson has been added to Australia’s test squad for their tour of Bangladesh as a replacement for injured fast bowler Mitchell Starc.
It is the second overseas tour for the uncapped 23-year-old, who was selected for the tour of India earlier this year but did not play.
“We are comfortable with the fast-bowling stocks we have in the squad so have opted to add an additional spinner given the conditions we are likely to face in Bangladesh,” selector Trevor Hohns said in a statement on Saturday.
“Mitchell is a very exciting young leg-spinner who we think will benefit immensely from further experience in the sub-continent.”
Starc suffered a stress fracture in his foot on the tour of India and was sent home. He returned for the one-day Champions Trophy tournament in England in June but later felt the foot had not healed properly.
The original squad for the two-test tour was named in June and selectors had expected to use Australia’s ‘A’ tour of South Africa last month to decide on a possible fast bowling replacement for Starc if he was ruled out.
That tour, however, was cancelled due to a long-running pay dispute between Cricket Australia and the players which was only settled this week.
Swepson is the third frontline spinner in the side, with off-spinner Nathan Lyons and left-arm orthodox spinner Ashton Agar also in the squad.
The first test is in Dhaka from Aug. 27-31 and the second in Chittagong from Sept. 4-8.
Australia test squad: Steve Smith (captain), David Warner, Ashton Agar, Jackson Bird, Hilton Cartwright, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, James Pattinson, Matthew Renshaw, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade.