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01:58 PM, August 13, 2017 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:05 PM, August 13, 2017

Australia name practice match XIs

Eight new faces have joined up with the Australia Test squad as the team prepare to play a three-day practice match at Darwin.

Australia assembled two highly competitive XIs in the Darwin camp – Steve Smith XI and David Warner XI.

Among the young faces joining the 14-man touring party are Darwin products Jake Weatherald and Tom Andrews, both of whom made their first-class debuts for South Australia in the 2015-16 season.

Additionally, the three-day contest at Marrara Oval, beginning Monday, will also include Redbacks captain Travis Head, two more South Australians in Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson, as well as Victoria trio Marcus Stoinis, Chris Tremain and Jon Holland, reports.

Steve Smith XI: Matt Renshaw, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade, Marcus Stoinis, Chris Tremain, Mitch Swepson, Josh Hazlewood, Tom Andrews, Jackson Bird.

David Warner XI: David Warner, Travis Head, Hilton Cartwright, Peter Handscomb, Ashton Agar, Jake Weatherald, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa, Jon Holland.

"We've been doing a lot of fitness and strength testing since we've been here," Queensland leg-spinner Mitch Swepson said on Saturday.

"It's going to be good for the boys to acclimatise before we get to Bangladesh – it'll be humid and hot over there. It's great that we've got a base in Australia with weather like this where we can come and acclimatise."

Swepson suggested that the wickets at Darwin could be spin friendly and he would like to work on plans that he can then execute in Bangladesh.

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