Real cricbuzz prediction today: Agar, Renshaw added to Australia’s Sydney test team

Australia’s national selectors have included Ashton Ager and Matt Renshaw in the squad for the Sydney test against South Africa starting January 4th. Both Mitchell Stark and Cameron Green needed reinforcements after being ruled out of the series finale due to injured fingers during the Australian series Victory in Melbourne.

Agar’s participation is notable in the context of the marquee four test series against India, where Australia are likely to favor Nathan Lyon with his second spinner. The 29-year-old left-arm spinner played the last of his four Tests at Chattogram in 2017, but unfortunately earlier this year Mitchell won the 2018-2019 World Cup with Swepson on his tour of Sri Lanka. I lost my ticket. series.

However, he appeared in his two top-flight games this season, against the Prime Minister’s side against the West Indies and against Queensland against Western Australia, tallying 212 for 3 in 78.4 overs.

Australia’s head coach Andrew McDonald has suggested that the SCG pitch could be quite dry later next week, bringing in the need for a second spinner. Agar also offers decent batting pedigree at No.7 to a side that will miss the balance provided by all-rounder Cameron Green.

Should Australia choose to play only four bowlers in Sydney, they have the option of bolstering their side with an extra batter in Renshaw, who will compete with Marcus Harris for a spot in the middle-order. Renshaw, who played the last of his 11 Tests in 2018, batted in the middle-order last season but has returned to opening for Queensland this year with an eye on replacing David Warner or Usman Khawaja in the future. He recently scored a fine unbeaten double hundred against New South Wales

“Matthew is included as a versatile batting option who is in good form, including an unbeaten century in the recent PM’s XI tour match against the West Indies,” said selector Tony Dodemaide. Meanwhile, Australia’s fast bowling division is well stocked to cover Stark’s injury. Josh Hazelwood is back in full fitness and could also make his debut in the exciting fast Lance Moris.In Sydney A win not only completes their 3-0 victory over South Africa, but also confirms Australia’s place in the Test World Cup final at The Oval in June 2023.

Australia’s squad for Sydney Test against South Africa:Pat Cummins (c), Ashton Agar, Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Lance Morris, Nathan Lyon, Matthew Renshaw, Steve Smith, David Warner

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