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Cameron Bancroft loses Test spot as Australia name 13-man squad for New Zealand series
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Cameron Bancroft loses Test spot as Australia name 13-man squad for New Zealand series

Cameron Bancroft has been the sole omission in Australia's otherwise unchanged squad for the three-Test series against New Zealand.

The 27-year-old was selected as a spare batsman for the two matches against Pakistan but failed to get a game given the dominant top-order performance headlined by David Warner's triple century in the Test at the Adelaide Oval.

Bancroft, who was slapped with a nine-month ban by Cricket Australia for his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal, made a comeback to the national side during the Ashes series in England.

He was subsequently dropped from the playing XI after registering just 44 runs in two games.

Australia national selector Trevor Hohns confirmed there would be no tinkering with the batting combination despite concerns over the lack of time spent in the middle by the likes of Travis Head and Tim Paine.

"David Warner has been in exceptional form with the bat. The support he received from Joe Burns in Brisbane and Marnus Labuschagne in Adelaide was exactly what we had been asking for from the top order," said Hohns.

"They delivered, setting up both matches in what was an outstanding all-round performance. We are backing the current batting line-up to continue their form across the next three Tests."

Australia's bowling stocks have also not been disturbed as James Pattinson, suspended for the first Test against Pakistan due to a disciplinary breach, and Michael Neser are the back-up options.

The hosts are likely to go with the pace trio of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins supported by veteran spinner Nathan Lyon in the first Test against New Zealand at Perth.

Paine's men have stuck to the winning formula that ensured them a series sweep over Pakistan and will be hoping it continues to reap rewards for them.

"As we said prior to the Pakistan series we are striving to maintain a core group of players," Hohns added.

"The performance of the team against Pakistan was very impressive across all areas."

Australia squad

Tim Paine (c & wk), Joe Burns, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazelwood, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner