Top-order batsmen Matt Renshaw and Joe Burns have been recalled, while the highly rated Will Pucovski appears set to win his first cap as the Australia selectors culled four underperforming players for the two-Test home series against Sri Lanka. All these four players were part of the recently concluded four-match Test series against India that Australia lost 1-2.Pucovski first came into the radar when he made a remarkable 243 against Western Australia in the Sheffield Shield last October and was in the contention for India series, but opted to take an "indefinite break" from cricket for treatment on a mental health-related illness.
The Kangaroos instead brought in 20-year-old Will Pucovski who has played just eight first-class games since making his debut in February 2017.
"It's also been a challenge because of the program". While Perera has struggled to find his feet in Test cricket, he did blaze his way to a century against New Zealand in the recently-concluded ODI series which might have prompted the selectors to give him a go in conditions that are expected to be batting friendly.
Renshaw belted three hundreds while scoring 513 runs in 11 county innings for Somerset, helping him to the top of the world's first-class run scoring charts by June a year ago.
"We can't do much about that at the moment". However Pucovski turned down an opportunity to play for the Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League on the basis that it would not be in the best interests of his recovery to play in the Twenty20 competition.
In-form Joe Burns was recalled for the first time since the South Africa tour early a year ago and could open the innings with rookie Marcus Harris, who did enough against India to keep his place.
"He's my little mate, or tall mate that walks out with me in the trenches opening the batting", Burns said in Brisbane.
Marsh, 35, has not scored a century since the fifth Ashes Test against England in January 2018. "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", Horns further added.
Peter Siddle will again be on drinks duty, barring an injury to Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood or Pat Cummins.