Australia's revamped 12-man Test squad that won against South Africa in Adelaide has been retained for the first Test against Pakistan at the Gabba.
The selectors had made sweeping changes after Australia's crushing defeat in Hobart, where South Africa secured the series, and only six of the XI from that Test retained their places for the day-night Test in Adelaide. Matt Renshaw, Peter Handscomb and Nic Maddinson all made their debuts in Adelaide, where Australia picked up a consolation victory.
The Gabba Test is also a day-night affair, and given Australia's success in Adelaide and the desire for stability, there is every chance they will take an unchanged XI into a Test for the first time in more than a year. The only possible alteration would be if Adelaide 12th man Chadd Sayers came into contention, and he did his chances no harm by taking eight wickets in the Sheffield Shield this week.
"We were very pleased with how the team came together in Adelaide after some significant changes following the Tests in Perth and Hobart," the interim selection chairman Trevor Hohns said. "This is a young group with a lot of promise and we believe all deserve their opportunity again in this upcoming Test."
Of Australia's debutants from the previous match, Maddinson in particular will be keen to prove his Test worth at the Gabba, having fallen for a 12-ball duck in his only innings of the Adelaide Test. Maddinson bounced back from that disappointment with 80 in the first innings for New South Wales this week in their Shield game against South Australia.
The other Adelaide debutants, Handscomb and Renshaw, both enjoyed longer stays at the crease in their first appearance for Australia. Handscomb scored a half-century in the first innings and then hit the winning runs in the second, while Renshaw occupied the crease for 137 balls in Australia's chase to help them secure victory.
Shaun Marsh was not considered as he continues rehabilitation after a broken finger suffered against South Africa in Perth. "Shaun has yet to resume batting and will have a follow-up x-ray this week that will be reviewed by a specialist," the CA head of sports science Alex Kountouris said. "This will determine when he can resume cricket training."
Squad David Warner, Matt Renshaw, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith (capt), Peter Handscomb, Nic Maddinson, Matthew Wade (wk), Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Jackson Bird, Chadd Sayers.