LONDON – Australia dropped fast bowler James Pattinson from a 12-man squad for the second Ashes Test against England starting at Lord’s on Wednesday, with Josh Hazlewood coming in as likely replacement.
Fellow quick Mitchell Starc, also overlooked for the first Test won by Australia at Edgbaston, was named in the squad, but could end up carrying the drinks once the playing line-up is named at the toss.
Spearhead Pat Cummins and Peter Siddle, who made up the pace trio with Pattinson in the 251-run opening victory, retained their places.
Edgbaston was Pattinson’s first Test in three-and-a-half years, after he suffered back injuries and then underwent surgery, and he took two wickets.
Left-armer Starc played all five Tests on the 2015 Ashes tour, and finished as the highest wicket-taker in the 50-overs World Cup last month.