Australia opener David Warner has been named in the 14-man squad for the opening match of the test series against Pakistan. Warner expressed in June that he wanted to end his 12-year test career after the third Test against Pakistan in Sydney next year. Despite his lack of recent test runs, his contribution to Australia’s recent World Cup win secured his place in the squad. There was a minor surprise with the inclusion of Western Australian bowler Lance Morris in the squad. Off-spinner Nathan Lyon also returned to the squad, replacing Todd Murphy. The rest of the squad consists of players who won the World Test Championship earlier this year and retained the Ashes in England. Chief selector George Bailey mentioned that there are still opportunities for other players to play themselves into contention for future tests. Pakistan has not won a test match in Australia for nearly three decades and is preparing for the start of the tour match. The Australia squad includes David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins (captain), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, Scott Boland, Cameron Green, and Lance Morris.
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