Swepson called in for Bangladesh tour
Queensland legspinner Mitchell Swepson has been named as a late addition to Australia's Test squad for the upcoming tour of Bangladesh.
Swepson, who was part of the Test squad in India earlier this year but did not make his debut, has taken 41 wickets at 32.82 in his 14-game first-class career.
When the Australia selectors named the squad in June, they chose only 13 players and allowed that they would add one further player closer to the tour, in place of the injured Mitchell Starc.
However, instead of choosing another fast bowler, the selectors went for Swepson, who will add a different spinning option to a squad already boasting offspinner Nathan Lyon, left-armer Ashton Agar, and offspinning allrounder Glenn Maxwell.
Only three frontline fast bowlers will make the tour - Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and James Pattinson - along with the medium-pace allrounder Hilton Cartwright.
"We are comfortable with the fast-bowling stocks we have in the squad so have opted to add an additional spinner given the conditions we are likely to face in Bangladesh," national selector Trevor Hohns said. "Mitchell is a very exciting young legspinner who we think will benefit immensely from further experience in the sub-continent."
Australia squad Steven Smith (capt), David Warner (vice-capt), Ashton Agar, Hilton Cartwright, Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Matthew Wade (wk), Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, James Pattinson, Matt Renshaw, Mitchell Swepson.