Aussie selectors hit bring English-born Matt Renshaw for third Test vs South Africa

Updated: Nov 21, 2016, 11:16 IST | AFP

Crisis-hit Australia included English-born opener Matt Renshaw among six changes to their revamped Test squad yesterday for this week's crucial third day-night Test against South Africa in Adelaide

Trevor Hohns
Trevor Hohns

Adelaide: Crisis-hit Australia included English-born opener Matt Renshaw among six changes to their revamped Test squad yesterday for this week's crucial third day-night Test against South Africa in Adelaide.

Selectors named the 20-year-old Queensland opener Renshaw alongside two other batting debutants, Peter Handscomb and Nic Maddinson, in a 12-man squad.

Pacemen Chadd Sayers and Jackson Bird return to the national side, and Matthew Wade comes in as wicketkeeper after Peter Nevill was axed.

Australia last made as many as six changes in 1984, when they faced the then formidable West Indies.

Joe Burns, Callum Ferguson, Nevill and Joe Mennie paid the price for Australia's wretched innings and 80-run defeat to South Africa in last week's second Hobart Test.

Interim chief selector Trevor Hohns, who stepped in after Rod Marsh stood down on Wednesday, said that Voges, all-rounder Mitch Marsh and spinner Steve O'Keefe were not considered because of injury.

Australia's heavy defeat to the Proteas in Hobart give the tourists an unassailable 2-0 lead and the visitors could inflict the first home series whitewash in Australia's history if they win the Adelaide Test.

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