Aussie shock selections for Ashes

The Australian selectors have dropped a bombshell, cutting Matt Renshaw, Glen Maxwell and Matthew Wade from their squad for the first and second Tests.

Tim Paine will make a return to Test cricket for the first time in seven years.

The Tasmanian wicketkeeper will don the gloves, despite not keeping in the first three Sheffield Shield matches due to Matthew Wade being selected in the Tasmanian side.


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Cameron Bancroft has pushed his way into the side through sheer weight of runs.

The West Australian batsman will likely open the batting alongside David Warner, and is expected to become Australia’s 451st Test player.

After a strong start to the Shield season, Shaun Marsh has been recalled to the side.

FULL SQUAD: David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith (captain), Peter Handscomb, Shaun Marsh, Tim Paine, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Jackson Bird, Chadd Sayers.