Aussie quicks aim for seventh heaven as Test XI published for Warner’s finale


Pat Cummins has predicted Australia’s bowlers could go through the marathon seven-Test summer unchanged after picking the same XI for the SCG clash with Pakistan.

Cummins confirmed on Tuesday that Australia would stick with the same side for a third straight Test, with all players passed fit for the series finale.

It means Scott Boland will again be left on the sideline, while Cameron Green is the back-up allrounder behind Mitch Marsh.

Australia have a nine-day gap between the end of the Pakistan series and the first Test against West Indies in Adelaide. The Gabba Test quickly follows.

Two further Tests are scheduled in New Zealand in February and March, meaning quicks Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood will have some reprieve before heading across the Tasman.

“It’d be rare (if we could do that),” Cummins said. 

“Normally each summer there’s something that pops up. But all three of us are really fresh. 

“Even the way this summer is spread out a bit more, there’s two Tests on, then a bit of a gap; then two Tests, then a bit of a gap; then New Zealand. 

“We’ll give it a chance. It’s all gone pretty smoothly so far.”

AUSTRALIA XI TO TAKE ON PAKISTAN AT THE SCG: David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Mitch Marsh, Alex Carey, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins (capt), Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.

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