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Boland retains squad spot for Windies series, gets green light for BBL

Jarred Cross -

Australian selectors have gone with an unchanged bowling cohort ahead of hosting the West Indies to round out the red-ball summer with Gulidjan quick Scott Boland still a chance to feature at some stage.

Boland went unused in the 3-nil series win over Pakistan behind regular quartet Mitch Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon and skipper Pat Cummins with initial restrictions on playing with BBL franchise Melbourne Stars.

He was later released to play following the start of the third test.

Head selector George Bailey has given the green light for Boland to make an additional appearance for the Stars on January 15 with similar allowances given to incoming opener Matt Renshaw.

"Cameron Green will come into the playing XI for the Test in Adelaide in a squad also containing Scott Boland and Matthew Renshaw," Bailey said on Wednesday, via cricket.com.au.

"Scott Boland and Matt Renshaw will join the squad prior to the first Test after playing for the Melbourne Stars and Brisbane Heat in the BBL."

It leaves just a two-day turnaround before the first day in Adelaide on January 17.

Despite a likely stint out of the XI for the Windies opener, the chance remains for Boland to feature prior to white-ball games.

Ahead of the Boxing Day Test, the Australian captain urged Boland to "stay ready" after missing out at a shot on his home deck.

"We're a huge fan of Scotty, I don't think that's a secret," Cummins told cricket.com.au in December.

"It's very rare that you're going to get through seven Test matches with the same (fast) bowling line-up, there's always niggles or things that pop up.

"He's ready to go if anything happens, so I'm sure he'll play a part at some point.

"The message (to Boland) is always 'we love what you're bringing, unfortunately you miss out on this one but don't change...and stay ready."

Boland has not been included in Australia's ODI squad for later in the summer.

The 34-year-old last featured for the national side in the second Ashes test in England.

Former test opener Simon Katich wants to see him get another opportunity sooner rather than later, but said it's hard to see given first class scheduling.

"It would be nice," Katich said of seeing Boland or WA quick Lance Morris getting a run in the XI on SEN Radio Monday morning.

"The problem they've got now is because the Big Bash has been on for the last month...they haven't had a lot of red-ball bowling. Obviously they've been bowling in the nets and all that but it's different compared to coming in off (Sheffield) Shield cricket and having gotten through 25 overs a day."

Katching said he can "understand" selectors going with the usual bowling quartet with World Test Championship points on the line, and the regular attack having earned their place, he said is a need to consider the future of the side and potential injuries to those in the side.

Still, he remains unconvinced of seeing rotations being made.

"It'd be nice to see Lance or Scotty Boland get another run but I can't see it happening unless there's a niggle after the Adelaide test."

Australia's series kicks off against the West Indies in Adelaide next Wednesday before a second test in Brisbane.

A three-game ODI series against the tourists follows.

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