Australia announce they will start 2nd Test against Pakistan with Mitchell Swepson making debut in Karachi

Australia captain Pat Cummins has confirmed leg spinner Mitchell Swepson will make his debut in the second Test against Pakistan.

Australia's Mitchell Swepson confirmed for Test debut;  Josh Hazlewood missed (Twitter photo)

Australia’s Mitchell Swepson confirmed for Test debut; Josh Hazlewood missed (Twitter photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Australia announced their playing XI for the 2nd Test against Pakistan
  • Mitchell Swepson will debut in the second Test against Pakistan
  • Australian pacesetter Josh Hazlewood is the unlucky player to miss

Captain Pat Cummins announced Australia will start Friday’s second Test in Karachi and confirmed leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson’s debut against Pakistan. Swepson has been inducted to partner veteran spinner Nathan Lyon on a pitch that is expected to take many turns.

Australian pacesetter Josh Hazlewood is the unlucky player to miss, but Cummins is happy for Swepson to make his debut.

“He’s excited and to be honest we’re all excited about Swepo,” Cummins said.

“It’s taken a long time to dispense drinks in recent years but he’s absolutely ready.

“He was a big part of the squad even though he didn’t play. So we are very happy that he gets a chance.”

Earlier, the first friendly between Australia and Pakistan, who met Pakistan for the first time in 24 years, ended in a boring draw.

Pakistan went 476/4 in their first innings before edging out Australia with 459 on the final day. In response, Pakistan scored 252/0 as both openers Abdullah Shafique and Imam-ul-Haq scored 100s each.

The bowlers worked hard on the Rawalpindi pitch with Australia’s all-powerful attack and managed just 4 wickets despite bowling in Pakistan for almost 3 days.

Australia XI: David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins (c), Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Swepson

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