Michael Neser is unlikely to feature in the two Test matches played so far.© X (Twitter)
Fast bowler Michael Neser was on Friday recalled to Australia's 14-man squad for the upcoming two-Test series against New Zealand, otherwise there were no surprises. The 33-year-old got the nod ahead of young quick Lance Morris, who suffered a side strain during the one-day match against West Indies in Canberra last week. But he is unlikely to feature in the two Test matches he has played, with Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood once again the leading fast bowlers.
Chief selector George Bailey said, “It is great to see Michael Neser get another chance in the team after his consistently consistent performances over a long period of time and in the circumstances we expected.”
“We expect this tour to be a tough challenge against a very strong team that has been performing consistently at home for a long time.”
The series, starting on February 29 in Wellington, is Australia's first overseas Test assignment since David Warner's retirement, with Steve Smith again set to open alongside Usman Khawaja.
Cameron Green is expected to retain his position at number four with Matthew Renshaw the backup batsman and Nathan Lyon the only specialist spinner.
Australia Test squad: Pat Cummins (captain), Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Michael Neser, Matthew Renshaw, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc.
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