"They have been given a good opportunity, but have not produced the scores we need".
Joe Burns and Matt Renshaw are the other inclusions in the 13-member squad while Shaun Marsh, Aaron Finch, Mitchell Marsh and Peter Handscomb, who were part of the squad during the four-match series against India, have been left out.
Australia's batting is under the pump after a deflating performance in the four-test series against India in which no player scored a hundred, with the hosts arguably flattered by a 2-1 series defeat that was completed when rain forced a draw in Sydney.
Australia's 13-man Test squad: Marcus Harris, Joe Burns, Matthew Renshaw, Usman Khawaja, Travis Head, Will Pucovksi, Marnus Labuschagne, Tim Paine (capt), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, Peter Siddle.
"All four are very good players. they will all feature in the ODI series against India", he said.
Former Australia all-rounder and now a coach and commentator Tom Moody supported the decision to pick Pucovski saying his selection was not a surprise to him even as many found it so.
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Pucovski, 20, has played just eight first-class matches and opted to take a break from the game late a year ago to receive treatment for a mental health-related illness, shortly after scoring 243 for Victoria against Western Australia in the Sheffield Shield.
Hohns, Justin Langer and Greg Chappell are now attempting to fix a misfiring top six during a two-month period in which domestic players can only make their case in Twenty20 cricket.
"It is every kid's dream".
Victorian batsman Will Pucovski has earned a maiden call-up to the Australia Test squad for the upcoming two-match Test series against Sri Lanka. It's every kid's dream and to think in two weeks' time there's a chance I could be playing for your country is just fantastic.
Following a third recall to the Test arena, Renshaw understands the lay of the land and isn't over-complicating things despite the prospect of a bat-off in next week's CA XI tour game against Sri Lanka to secure his return.
Renshaw, who has a century and three 50s from his 11 Tests, said he wanted to emulate the exploits of India's rock-solid number three Cheteshwar Pujara. The second test begins at Canberra's Manuka Oval on February 1.