O'Keefe one of four Sixers named in Test squad for Bangladesh

Sixers spinner Steve O'Keefe has been recalled to the Australian Test squad for the upcoming tour of Bangladesh; one of four Sixers chosen as announced this morning by Cricket Australia.

O'Keefe has the chance to add to his one Test cap earned during Australia's Tour of the UAE, where he grabbed four wickets for the match against Pakistan.


Joining him in the squad are Captain Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc and fellow tweaker Nathan Lyon all fresh from the recently concluded tour of the West Indies and the United Kingdom. 

While Lyon will rightly hold the mantle as Australia's first choice spinner, his combination with O'Keefe forged for both the Sydney Sixers and NSW Blues means the pair are poised for success should the opportunity arise to play two spinners in the expected turning conditions in Bangladesh.

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Bangladesh will be Smith’s first tour as the full-time Test captain following Michael Clarke’s retirement after the Ashes last month.

The 26-year-old skipper has already outlined his leadership goals and says reversing his side’s poor record outside Australia is at the top of the list.

"For me, winning away from home is something that I’m looking for," Smith said.

"A lot of the teams around the world have played well at home but haven’t travelled well.

"That’s going to be something we’re going to try to rectify and that starts in Bangladesh.

"One word I’m going to be saying to the boys a lot is 'adapting' and making sure we’re able to adapt to the conditions we are faced with.

"And that’s different whether it be Edgbaston or Lord’s to the MCG or Chittagong.

"Making sure we adapt to the conditions we’re faced with and make sure we’re preparing well for everything we’re going to come up against."

The first Test against Bangladesh is in Chittagong starts on October 9, before the series heads to Dhaka for the second Test from October 17.

Josh Hazlewood was not considered for selection, with Cricket Australia opting to rest the pace bowler ahead of the home summer of Cricket.


Steve Smith (c), Adam Voges, Cameron Bancroft, Joe Burns, Pat Cummins, Andrew Fekete, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Peter Nevill, Steve O'Keefe, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc

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