Seam bowler Michael Neser has been given a recall to the Australian Test squad for their upcoming tour of New Zealand. This decision comes in light of the seamer-friendly conditions anticipated in New Zealand and the recent injuries to Lance Morris and Jhye Richardson.

Neser, aged 33, previously represented Australia in two Tests and four ODIs, with his last Test appearance dating back to December 2022. His consistent performances, particularly in domestic cricket, have earned him another opportunity at the international level.

The absence of Morris and Richardson due to injuries provided Neser with a chance to make his way back into the squad. Matt Renshaw, who filled the spot left vacant by the retired David Warner, retains his place in the squad as a backup batter.

George Bailey, the chair of the selection panel, expressed his satisfaction with Neser’s inclusion, highlighting his consistent performances and suitability for the expected conditions in New Zealand.

The Test series against New Zealand, comprising two matches, is scheduled to commence on February 29. Australia, keen on securing valuable World Test Championship (WTC) points, anticipates a tough challenge against the strong New Zealand side, known for their formidable performance on home soil.

The Australian squad for the Test series against New Zealand comprises:

  • Pat Cummins (c)
  • Scott Boland
  • Alex Carey
  • Cameron Green
  • Josh Hazlewood
  • Travis Head
  • Usman Khawaja
  • Marnus Labuschagne
  • Nathan Lyon
  • Mitchell Marsh
  • Michael Neser
  • Matthew Renshaw
  • Steve Smith (vc)
  • Mitchell Starc