Brendan Doggett, who would become just the second Indigenous player to play Test cricket for Australia if chosen, Marnus Labuschagne and Michael Neser have been included alongside Queensland Bulls captain Usman Khawaja and opener Matthew Renshaw in the 15-man squad.

Batsman Joe Burns missed selection after being in Australia’s most recent Test team for the final Test against South Africa earlier in the year.

Pace bowlers Doggett and Neser and batsman Labuschagne are currently on tour with Australia ‘A’ and playing on the last day of the second first class match of the tour.

Queensland will name its squad for the opening JLT One Day Cup match tomorrow. The Bulls take on Victoria at Riverway Stadium on Sunday.

Speaking on the squad, National Selector Trevor Hohns said:

“There has been significant change to our Test squad, due to the unavailability of a number of key players,” Hohns said.
“Looking at the conditions we may face in the UAE, we believe this squad covers all bases. We have selected four front-line fast bowlers and three spinners, with Mitchell Marsh ready to play as an all-rounder and a number of top-order batsmen who also offer part-time spin options.

“There are five potential debutants in the squad, all of whom have earned selection through their performances and deserve this opportunity.”

On the yet-to-debut players – Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Michael Neser, Marcus Labuschagne and Brendan Doggett - Hohns said:

“Michael is a strong all-round cricketer - he bowls and bats well, and is a mature player coming off a fantastic Sheffield Shield season for Queensland. He has impressed us with his performances for Australia A and in his white-ball opportunities for Australia.

“Marnus is a young player with plenty of potential and a great work ethic. He has performed well in the Sheffield Shield, has shown he’s a good player of spin for Australia A in India, and is an elite fielder who offers added variety with the ball as a leg-spin option.

“Brendan is an exciting prospect, a fast bowler with raw pace and wicket-taking ability. He provides an additional option to Mitchell Starc if extra pace is called for, and this is an ideal opportunity to get him involved in a national set-up for the first time after his recent showings for Queensland and Australia A.”

The squad will assemble in Brisbane for a pre-tour camp on 16 September.

29 September - October 2: warm-up match v Pakistan A, ICC Academy, Dubai
7-11 October: 1st Test v Pakistan, Dubai International Stadium
16-20 October: 2nd Test v Pakistan, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Qantas Tour of UAE - Test Squad

Tim Paine (C)


Ashton Agar

Western Australia

Brendan Doggett


Aaron Finch


Travis Head

South Australia

Jon Holland


Usman Khawaja


Marnus Labuschagne


Nathan Lyon

New South Wales

Mitchell Marsh

Western Australia

Shaun Marsh

Western Australia

Michael Neser


Matthew Renshaw


Peter Siddle


Mitchell Starc

New South Wales