India vs Australia: All you need to know about five uncapped players in Australia’s Test squad

India vs Australia Test series: Cricket Australia have included five fresh faces in the Test squad for the upcoming series against India which is scheduled to commence from December 17.

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Rising stars Will Pucovski and Cameron Green, spinner Mitchell Swepson and seam-bowling all-rounders Michael Neser and Sean Abbott five uncapped players in Australia’s extended squad of 17 for the Vodafone Test Series against India.

Here’s all you need to know about the five new players in Australia’s Test squad:

Will Pucovski

Full Name: Will Jan Pucovski
Age: 22
Role: Right-handed Batsman

Pucovski made his List A debut for Cricket Australia XI against the Pakistanis during their tour of Australia on 10 January 2017. He made his first-class debut for Victoria in the 2016–17 Sheffield Shield season on 1 February 2017.

Notably, Victoria Metro captain Pucovski broke a 22-year record and eclipsed the likes of Ricky Ponting after he went on a run-scoring rampage at the Under-19 National Championships in Adelaide in 2016. The 18-year-old managed 69 off 87 balls to bring his tournament tally to 609 runs at 203.

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Cameron Green

Full Name: Cameron David Green
Age: 21
Role: All-rounder (Right Handed Batsman, Right-arm Fast Medium)

Western Australia young gun Cameron Green confirmed his status as one of the country’s brightest pace-bowling prospects when he became the youngest player to take a Sheffield Shield five-wicket haul on debut in February 2017.

At just 17, Green stormed onto the domestic scene by taking 5-24 from 8.1 overs against Tasmania.

Green’s junior days were marred with injury and he had an injury scare during his 2nd Sheffield game as well, when he managed to dislocate his knee during warm-ups. However, this was immediately taken care of by the physio at the ground and he was cleared to continue playing.

He made his List A debut in the tour match against Pakistan for the Cricket Australia XI in 2017 and bagged 3 wickets, including that of veteran batsman Shoaib Malik, and bothered the Pakistan players with his accurate and rapid seam bowling.

Notably, Green has also been named in Australia’s squad for the limited-overs matches against India.

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Mitchell Swepson

Full Name: Mitchell Joseph Swepson
Age: 27
Role: Right-arm leg spinner
T20I Debut: 27 June 2018

Swepson made his List A debut for Cricket Australia XI on 5 October 2015. He made his first-class debut for Cricket Australia XI on 29 October 2015 in a tour match against New Zealand.

Armed with the ability to turn the ball a long way, Swepson has earned praise from former New Zealand skipper and Brisbane Heat Big Bash League coach Daniel Vettori.

Swepson returned career-best first-class figures of 4-33 against South Africa A in August 2016 and then claimed 4-78 against India A in September 2016.

In January 2017 he was named in Australia’s Test squad for their series against India, but he did not play. n August 2017, he was added to Australia’s Test squad for their tour to Bangladesh, but he did not play.

He made his T20I debut for Australia against England on 27 June 2018.

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Michael Neser

Full Name: Michael Gertges Neser
Age: 30
Role: Bowling all-rounder (Right-arm Fast Medium, Right Handed Bat)
ODI Debut: 13 June 2018

South African-born Michael Neser is a bowling allrounder who began his professional cricketing journey with Queensland’s Under-19 side in 2008-09.

In the 2010–11 summer, Neser made both his first-class and List A cricket debuts in the Sheffield Shield and Ryobi Cup respectively, both for Queensland. On his first-class debut against Western Australia, Neser took an impressive four wickets on the opening day.

Neser continued to make headlines thanks to the Big Bash League where he picked up 10 wickets for the Adelaide Strikers – also going on to play a crucial part in the club’s title victory.

2018 saw him make his ODI debut at the Oval, followed by one more game in the same series against England.

Sean Abbott

Full Name: Sean Anthony Abbott
Age: 28
Role: Bowling all-rounder (Right-arm Fast Medium, Right Handed Bat)
T20 Debut: 05 October 2014
ODI Debut: 07 October 2014

Sean Abbott’s talent was identified early when he was selected to make his limited-overs debut for NSW as an 18-year-old.

However, his breakthrough season didn’t come until three years later during the 2013-14 summer which saw him finish as the leading wicket-taker in the Ryobi Cup with 16, while taking 27 wickets in the Sheffield Shield.

He went on to win the Steve Waugh Medal as the NSW Blues Player of the Year before receiving a call-up to the Australian ODI and T20 squads to play Pakistan in the UAE.

Abbott took the prized wicket of Shahid Afridi in the first over of his T20 international debut, trapping him plumb in front with his fourth ball.

Abbott was part of the NSW side which won the 2015-16 Matador BBQs One Day Cup, taking 10 wickets at 19.40 in seven matches. He also played nine of the 10 Sheffield Shield fixtures, grabbing 21 wickets at 38.28.

He won his second Steve Waugh Medal in the 2018-19 season on the back of an impressive season across all formats of the game.

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