Cricket Australia has included Scott Boland in the Aussie’s squad for the upcoming Boxing day test. The announcement came one day after the hosts named 15 man squad for the remainder of the Ashes series.
Cricket Australia released a statement that read as “Boland has been training with the team in Adelaide and joins the squad while the medical team assesses the fast bowling group following the second Test victory”.
Scott Boland’s Career Highlights
The 32-year-old is yet to make his test debut for the national team. He has played 14 ODIs & 73 T20Is for Australia so far. Scott Boland has come into the limelight for the wrong reasons on his ODI debut match. He became the most expensive ODI bowler on debut after conceding 74 runs against India in Perth. Being an integral part of the Victoria team, the 2018-2019 Marsh Sheffield Sheild Player of the Year has scalped 15 wickets for Victoria against New South Wales at an average of 10 in this season of the Sheffield Shield tournament.
Scot Boland’s late inclusion to the squad comes on the back of injury concerns as Mitchell Starc is doubtful for the Boxing day test & is currently being assessed by the medical staff. On the other hand, Pat Cummins who was unavailable for the Adelaide test after being deemed as a close contact of a COVID-19 person has finally returned to the Aussie’s squad after testing negative for COVID-19. Although Josh Hazlewood has found a place in the squad, he missed the second test due to a back strain & his status for the MCG test is still unknown.
Out of all the bowlers in the Australian squad, only Boland is of Victoria origin. The plus point for the Australian squad is that MCG is Boland’s home ground & he could prove as an asset for the hosts. Currently, Australia has an edge over England as they are leading the series by a 2-0 score. Considering their lead in the ongoing Ashes series, Australia could consider the option of workload management by adopting a rotation policy.
Australia squad for the Boxing Day Test:
Pat Cummins (c), Steve Smith, David Warner, Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc, Michael Neser, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Swepson.