Sheffield Shield: NSW reunite Starc, Hazlewood, Cummins and Lyon ahead of India Tests
Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins after the 4-0 Ashes win. @AFP

The pivotal Australia  quartet of pace bowlers Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins and record-breaking offspinner Nathan Lyon will feature for New South Wales in the next round of Sheffield Shield matches as the national selectors keep a close watch ahead of next month’s Test series with India.

Starc and Lyon were among four Test players rested for the one-off T20I against South Africa and three versus Virat Kohli’s India, while Hazlewood and Cummins – who returned to international cricket in the recent ODIs with South Africa – were left out to continue to play Shield cricket for NSW.

The clash between NSW and Queensland in Canberra this week will be the first time that Starc, Hazlewood, Cummins and Lyon will play a match together since the controversial Newlands Test match in March. Each bowler took at least 20 wickets during Australia’s 4-0 Ashes win over England before that.

Australia had travelled to the UAE without Cummins and Hazlewood as the pair continued their respective rehabilitation. Starc picked up a hamstring niggle during the second Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi but it did not prove serious. He did not play the subsequent T20Is but slotted back with Cummins and Hazlewood in the ODI series with South Africa, which Australia lost 1-2.

The first Test between India and Australia starts December 6 in Adelaide.