Pace spearhead Mitchell Starc will miss the upcoming tour of Bangladesh after Cricket Australia today confirmed the two-Test series and for August and announced a 13-man squad.



Starc was ruled out of the second half of the Qantas Tour of India with a fractured foot, and despite playing in Australia's failed Champions Trophy campaign, the left-armer's injury has not fully healed and he has subsequently been ordered rest with an Ashes campaign on the horizon.

Victoria speedster James Pattinson returns to the Test squad for the first time since February 2016 having completed a successful comeback from injury, and is joined by Hilton Cartwright, one of three allrounders alongside incumbent No.6 Glenn Maxwell and left-arm spinner Ashton Agar.

Agar is set to play a prominent role as Nathan Lyon's spin twin after Stephen O'Keefe was dropped from the squad that valiantly lost to India 2-1 in the subcontinent.

Although O'Keefe claimed 19 wickets for the series – the same number as Lyon – National Selector Trevor Hohns pointed out that the tweaker's performance dipped in the final three Tests, with only seven wickets captured after his record 12-70 in the first Test in Pune.
Gillespie (right) took 3-11 in five overs in Bangladesh's first innings // Getty
Australia last toured Bangladesh in 2006 // Getty

"Whilst Steve O'Keefe bowled well in Pune, he did not maintain this level in the remaining matches of the series and we believe the timing is right for Ashton to enter the set-up and test his all-rounder ability," Hohns said.

"Ashton has continued to impress us with his form and we believe his bowling is at a level where he deserves to be playing on the highest stage.

"He will work nicely in tandem with Nathan Lyon and also brings a great all-round package to the team."