Uncapped batsman Kurtis Patterson has been added to Australia’s squad for this month’s Test series against Sri Lanka.
Patterson struck a superb 157 not out, and a complementary 102 not out for the Cricket Australia against the tourists in Hobart last week.
‘Kurtis has been pushing his case for selection for some time, he has been a consistent top-order player for New South Wales, was a member of the Australian A tour of India prior to the commencement of our summer, and was most recently selected to compete in the day-night tour match against Sri Lanka in Hobart,’ said chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns.
‘We have been asking batters around the country to score hundreds if they want to be considered for selection, and given Kurtis’ consistent performances for NSW and his two unbeaten centuries in last week’s tour match against our upcoming opponent, Sri Lanka, we believe he deserves to be added to the Test squad.
“Kurtis has joined the squad in Brisbane today to commence our preparations for the first Test, starting on Thursday.’
Brothers Shaun and Mitchell Marsh and batsman Peter Handscomb were omitted from the squad earlier this month.
Opener Aaron Finch, who was dropped for the last Test of the recent series defeat to India, was also excluded.
Fellow openers Matt Renshaw and Joe Burns have been recalled – and uncapped batsman Will Pucovski included.
The Australians and Sri Lankans will meet for two Tests, in Brisbane and Canberrra.
Test squad: Tim Paine, Josh Hazlewood, Joe Burns, Pat Cummins, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Will Pucovski, Matt Renshaw, Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle, Kurtis Patterson.