Which batsman can Australia call on?


* Joe Burns (Queensland)

Age: 25

Tests: 2

Sheffield Shield average: 44.21

Scored two half centuries against India last year and was unlucky to miss out on selection for the Pakistan series in the UAE. Has recently completed a spell in county cricket with Middlesex and, although he only passed 50 twice, the experience of English conditions won’t hurt his development.

* Usman Khawaja (Queensland)

Age 28

Tests: 9

Sheffield Shield average 47.6

Boasts a solid technique but has struggled to make an impact in a Test career that has failed to take off. Has been named Queensland captain this season and returns to cricket after undergoing knee surgery following a training drill mishap that saw him rupture his anterior cruciate ligaments.

* Cameron Bancroft (West Australia)

Age: 22

Sheffield Shield average: 34.51

Although his Shield figures are not flattering, the right-handed opener proved his ability to bat for long periods with a double century off 567 balls against NSW last season and scored a 150 for Australia A against India last week.

* Jordan Silk (Tasmania)

Age: 23

Sheffield Shield average: 33.67

Classy batsman who has yet to rediscover the form he showed in his debut season in 2012/13 when he averaged more than 57. However, he is regarded as one of the best young talents in the country.

* Kurtis Patterson (NSW)

Age: 22

Sheffield Shield average: 33.27

Burst onto the scene with 163 on debut as an 18-year-old and although he has failed to kick on consistently with big scores his talent is not in doubt. Will need a big domestic season if he is to be knocking on the door for Test selection.

* Alex Doolan (Tasmania)

Age: 29

Tests: 4

Sheffield Shield average: 34.56

The elegant right-hander had a taste of Test cricket in South Africa last year and scored 89 on debut. Has disappeared off the radar after failing with bat in the UAE against Pakistan and subsequently struggled in the Tasmania side. Still young enough to break back into the Test side if he rediscovers his form.

* Glenn Maxwell (Victoria)

Age: 26

Tests: 3

Sheffield Shield average: 38.5

The “big show” is a polarising figure for Australian fans with his penchant for style over substance clouding a rich talent that has the ability to destroy any bowling attack. His early foray into Test cricket was forgettable on a tough tour to India in 2013, but selectors may be willing to take another punt if he can show some form in the red ball game.

* Chris Lynn (Queensland)

Age: 25

Sheffield Shield average: 45.88

Although he lost his spot in the Queensland side last year in a disastrous campaign for the Bulls, Lynn remains an exciting batsman who chalked up his first century in only his second Shield match at the age of 19. Plays fast bowling well and has the power to regularly clear the rope.

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