Australian cricketer Ashton Agar throws a ball during a practice session at The Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium (HPCA) in Dharamsala on March 17, 2016. Australia plays against New Zealand in the world T20 cricket tournament on March 18 in Dharamsala. /SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images

Australia have confirmed their 18-man squad for next month's tour of Pakistan.

Ashes hero Scott Boland has retained his place in the squad, alongside out-of-favour opener Marcus Harris, who was dropped for the final Test of the summer.

Paceman Josh Hazlewood is set to return from a side strain that derailed his Ashes campaign, placing competition on Boland's selection.

Spinner Ashton Agar is the only inclusion into the squad for Pakistan that didn't feature in the Ashes camp, with Western Australian Jhye Richardson understood to be managed for the trip.

Agar with join incumbent spinner Nathan Lyon and Queenslander Mitchell Swepson as part of Australia's spin bowling stocks.

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BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 11: Australia A's Mitch Swepson during the Tour Match between Australia A and England Lions at Ian Healy Oval, on December 11, 2021, in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Peter Wallis/Getty Images)

Alex Carey and Josh Inglis are set to contend for the wicketkeeping duties throughout the three-Test series, which will be followed by three One Day Internationals and a one-off T20 match.

The series will see Australia feature in their first red-ball encounter in four years without head coach Justin Langer at the helm, with the Australian great announcing his resignation this past weekend.

Cricket Australia are hoping to confirm the announcement of their next senior coach prior to the Pakistan tour, which begins on March 4.

SQUAD: Pat Cummins (c), Ashton Agar, Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Michael Neser, Steve Smith (vc), Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner