Maxwell in the mix for tour
AUSTRALIA will field a far different XI in Bangladesh to the one that started off the failed Ashes campaign, with at least seven changes to mean one of the most dramatic overhauls in Test history.
A spate of retirements and David Warner’s serious thumb injury have resulted in all options being thrown on the table, with selectors considering an outfit to battle the subcontinental conditions which could include two pace bowlers, two spinners and two allrounders in its make-up.
Glenn Maxwell has come into contention as a spinning allrounder to complement Mitchell Marsh in the middle order as Australia prepare to fight off the genuine threat posed by the underrated Bangladeshis, who have recently beaten India, Pakistan and South Africa in one-day matches at home.
From the first Ashes Test in Cardiff on July 8, Warner (injured), Chris Rogers, Michael Clarke, Shane Watson, Brad Haddin (all retired), Mitchell Johnson and Josh Hazlewood (both rested) will all be missing.
That is nearly 400 Tests worth of experience gone in one hit.
Australia are likely to blood their youngest pairing of opening batsmen in 35 years, and Warner is throwing his support behind Queenslander Joe Burns to do the job if called upon. PREDICTED AUSTRALIAN XI FOR BANGLADESH: Joe Burns, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith (c), Adam Voges, Glenn Maxwell, Peter Nevill, Mitchell Marsh, Mitchell Starc, Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon