Pucovski, Burns and Renshaw in Test squad

Australian players watch on as India celebrate a 2-1 series victory

Australian players watch on as India celebrate a 2-1 series victory

Will Pucovski, the uncapped Victoria batsman who turns 21 next month and has played eight first-class matches, is also in.

Pucovski, 20, made heads turn during his knock of 243 against Western Australia in the Sheffield Shield in October past year - his second First-Class hundred, but took a six-week break from cricket following mental health conditions.

The biggest casualties of the same have been opening batsman Aaron Finch, middle-order batsman Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh.

In their place comes Pucovski and Queensland duo Joe Burns and Matt Renshaw, both making a return to the side after being previously dropped.

Allrounder Marnus Labuschagne was retained from the team that played the rain-affected drawn Test in Sydney this week, as was Travis Head.

That all comes after a three-game ODI series against India that's set to begin this Saturday at the SCG.

"I'll just go out there and try and win the game; if we can win that game it gives us good momentum as a batting group going into the first Test".

"Will Pucovski is an exciting young player who is making his mark in the Sheffield Shield", Hohns added.

Next week's tour game in Hobart shapes as a selection showdown that will help Australia settle on their top six for the day-night Test in Brisbane that starts on January 24.

Despite his relative inexperience, Pucovski said he was ready to step up. It's every kid's dream and to think in two weeks' time there's a chance I could be playing for your country is just incredible.

The 20-year-old batsman was given the nod for the two-match series along with Matt Renshaw and Joe Burns as Aaron Finch, Peter Handscomb, Mitchell Marsh and Shaun Marsh were axed.

"We see him as a long-term prospect as a Test player and have confidence in his ability to bounce back following a string of low scores early in the Shield season", said Hohns of the 22-year-old.

Left-hander Kusal Perera has been included in the squad at the expense of opener Danushka Gunathilaka, who scored 16 runs from the two tests against New Zealand.

Tim Paine and his teammates haven't played a pink-ball game, either at first-class or Test level, since defeating England under lights at Adelaide Oval in the 2017-18 Ashes.

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