Usman Khawaja returned to the Australian team after two years

Usman Khawaja returned to the Australian team after two years

Usman Khawaja played his last Test for Australia two years ago. He has recently made a name for himself in the Australian squad for the Ashes, showing great rhythm in domestic cricket.

Australia have announced a 15-man squad for the traditional Ashes against England on Wednesday. The biggest news is the return to the Khawaja team. The left-arm batsman lost his place after the Leeds Test in 2019. Khawaja recently scored the highest run for Queensland in the current domestic season. That opened the door for him to return to the Test team.

Fast bowler Jay Richardson has also returned to the Australia Test squad after two years. The last of the two Tests he played in the 2019 Ashes.

Travis Head is the backup alternative keeper for captain Tim Payne.

There are all the regular stars. Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood are the Aussies' biggest hope in pace attacks with co-captain Pat Cummins.

Leg-spinner Mitchell Swapson has been included in the spin partnership with off-spinner Nathan Lyon.

The England-Australia Ashes match will start on December 7 with the Brisbane Test. The last Test of the five-match series is on January 14.

Australian Ashes squad

Tim Paine (c), Pat Cummins (vc), Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, Jhye Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner