Matthew Wade of Australia in action. Picture: ALEX DAVIDSON / GETTY IMAGES
Matthew Wade of Australia in action. Picture: ALEX DAVIDSON / GETTY IMAGES

Middle-order batsman Matthew Wade has been dropped from Australia’s Test squad for the tour of SA after his lean series against India.

He will instead go to New Zealand with Australia’s Twenty20 squad for a five-match series starting on February 22 in Christchurch.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey has been included in the 19-man squad with another uncapped player in Queensland paceman Mark Steketee. Openers Will Pucovski and David Warner, and fast bowlers Mitchell Starc and James Pattinson have all been selected despite suffering recent injuries.

The Australian and SA cricket boards are yet to sign off on dates for the three-Test tour as authorities in SA battle to contain Covid-19 infections.

Australia also released an 18-man Twenty20 squad for the New Zealand tour, which includes uncapped players Tanveer Sangha, a 19-year-old leg-spinner, wicketkeeper-batsman Josh Philippe and paceman Riley Meredith.

Test squad: Tim Paine (capt), Pat Cummins, Sean Abbott, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Will Pucovski, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Mark Steketee, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner.

T20 squad: Aaron Finch (capt), Matthew Wade, Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Josh Philippe, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Daniel Sams, Tanveer Sangha, D’Arcy Short, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa.


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