Posted: 20 November, 2016 by Cricket Newsroom

Australia Could Make SIX Changes For The Third Test

OVERHAUL.

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Australia could make as many as six changes to their Test squad when it gets released later today as the squad gets overhauled.

The selectors are planning a revamp of the side after slumping to a series defeat against South Africa, and will do everything they can to ensure they avoid a whitewash in the third and final Test.

Coach Darren Lehmann previously stated only four players were safe for the third Test - Steve Smith, David Warner, Josh Hazlewood and Mitch Starc.

With Usman Khawaja looking likely after two half-centuries in the series and a ton against South Australia, it leaves as many as six places in the side up for grabs.

Victorian batsman Peter Handscomb looks likely to earn a place in the Test team after a resounding double century against New South Wales.

Also reported to be close to selection is Queensland opener Matt Renshaw, who made 108 and 50 against South Australia, and NSW batsman Kurtis Patterson.

Matthew Wade also seems close to a recall, according to reports, and could oust Peter Nevill.

Nathan Lyon is no guarantee after match figures of 0/173 against Victoria, while Joe Mennie may also miss out.

The squad is expected to be announced later on Sunday afternoon.

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