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Sri Lanka tour of Australia

In-form Kurtis Patterson added to Australia's squad for Sri Lanka Tests

In-form Kurtis Patterson was added to Australia's squad for the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka as selectors try to fix a batting line-up that failed to deliver during the home Tests against India.

The 25-year-old New South Wales batsman scored back-to-back centuries for a Cricket Australia XI against the Sri Lankans in Hobart.

National selector Trevor Hohns said Patterson had been "pushing his case for selection for some time".

"We have been asking batters around the country to score hundreds if they want to be considered for selection," Hohns added in a statement.

"Given Kurtis' consistent performances for NSW and his two unbeaten centuries in last week's tour match against our upcoming opponent, Sri Lanka, we believe he deserves to be added to the Test squad."

The hosts had a poor Test series with the bat against India as no Australian reached the three figures.

The first Test – a day-nighter – starts Thursday in Brisbane. The second will be played in Canberra.