The big shock is the anticipated addition of 20-year-old Pucovski, one of the brightest batting talents in the country but a youngster who has only played eight first-class matches.
Pucovski, 20, has played just eight first-class matches and opted to take a break from the game late previous year to receive treatment for a mental health-related illness, shortly after scoring 243 for Victoria against Western Australia in the Sheffield Shield. That innings made him the first Australian cricketer to score a Shield double-century before turning 21 since Ricky Ponting.
Australia Test squad: Tim Paine (capt/wk), Josh Hazlewood (vc), Joe Burns, Pat Cummins, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Will Pucovksi, Matt Renshaw, Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle.More news: Australian coach Justin Langer fires up over Glenn Maxwell questioning
National selector Trevor Hohns said: "Will Pucovski is an exciting young player who is making his mark in the Sheffield Shield". The tour match begins next Thursday, and like the first Test at the Gabba is a day-night fixture to be played with the pink ball. We see him as a long-term prospect as a Test player and have confidence in his ability to bounce back following a string of low scores early in the Shield season.
While Pucovski is yet to make his Test debut, the Northcote side contains a player with Test experience: Zimbabwean Solomon Mire.
Will Pucovski is set to tune up for next week's Cricket Australia XI match against the touring Sri Lankans by stepping out for his Premier Cricket club Melbourne on Saturday. 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 wonderful. "I can't use words to describe it", he told reporters.More news: Dangote's Wealth Crashes by $2 Billion in Latest Forbes Report
Burns, who has played 14 Tests, has been knocking on the door this season with Queensland, while Renshaw has been unlucky not to get another call-up until now, since his last appearance at Johannesburg in 2018.
Meanwhile, Renshaw played last of his 11 Tests in March-April 2018 when he had to fly to South Africa for the final Test after ball-tampering scandal broke out in Cape Town.
Australia's selectors are expected to opt against wholesale changes for the upcoming Sri Lanka series, while some Test batsmen could potentially be rolled out in next week's tour game against the same opposition.More news: Suspicious packages sent to Indian consulate, other missions in Australia