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Green makes Test squad



Western Australian all-rounder Cameron Green has been named in an extended 17 man squad for the forthcoming Test series against India, announced by Cricket Australia on Thursday.


Green was one of five players named in the squad that is yet to make their Test debut, along with Victorian young gun Will Pucovski, New South Wales all-rounder Sean Abbott, Queensland swing bowler Michael Neser and fellow Bulls leg-spinner Mitch Swepson, who could all recieve a maiden Baggy Green cap this summer.


Joe Burns has been named despite a run of outs to start the Shield season, totaling 57 runs in his five first class innings.


Both Burns and Pucovski have also been included in the Australia A squad for the two warm-up matches in early December which is shaping as the decider for who lines up at Adelaide on December 17.


Pucovski, 22, made back-to-back double centuries - the first to perform that feat in the Shield since 1997-98 - including a career-best 255 not out as he opened the batting for the first time in first-class cricket.


Green's Test squad selection follows his inclusion in the limited overs squads for T20 and ODI matches against India later this month, having score five Shield tons in the past 12 months including a career best 197 against New South Wales last month.


"It is such a positive sign for Australian cricket to have so many good young players stepping into contention for the Test and Australia A selection," national selector Trevor Hohns said.


"Two of those many standout players were, of course, Cameron Green and Will Pucovski. Their undeniable form demanded selection and we are very pleased to have these young men in the squad for what will be a tremendous Test Series against an extremely formidable opponent.


"Cameron has already won selection in the white-ball squad and continues that in joining the Test squad. He is a wonderful young talent who has great potential to become an all-rounder of substance over time. His batting alone has demanded his place in the squad.


"Will's record-breaking start to the summer has been exceptional. His ability to show such patience is something which stands him in good stead for Test cricket and he is in rare company with two double centuries to start the summer. We very much look forward to Will developing further on the international stage."


Australia Test squad Sean Abbott, Joe Burns, Pat Cummins, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, Tim Paine, James Pattinson, Will Pucovski, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade, David Warner


Australia A squad Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Joe Burns, Jackson Bird, Alex Carey, Harry Conway, Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Nic Maddinson, Mitchell Marsh (WA - subject to fitness), Michael Neser, Tim Paine, James Pattinson, Will Pucovski, Mark Steketee, Will Sutherland, Mitchell Swepson


IMAGE: Cricket Australia.

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