India in Australia 2011-12 December 9, 2011

Hughes faces fight to keep opener's slot

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The axe may be hanging over Phillip Hughes after another Test failure, but he has been given a chance to save his spot ahead of the Boxing Day Test. Hughes will face the Indians in the second of their tour matches against the Cricket Australia Chairman's XI in Canberra, a week before the Melbourne Test. But he won't be the only top-order batsman aiming to impress.

David Warner will also play in the three-day match starting on December 19, as will Shaun Marsh, who is hoping to prove his fitness after battling a back injury over the past month. If that wasn't a tasty enough prospect, Usman Khawaja is also in the side, meaning the top four batsmen will all be desperate to secure places in a Test side likely to welcome Shane Watson back from injury.

And Ed Cowan, the most in-form opener in the country after scoring three hundreds in his previous three first-class games, will captain a different Chairman's XI side against the Indians on December 15 and 16. It all means immense pressure will be on Hughes, who will have to find a way to handle Ishant Sharma, the fast bowler who will angle the ball across him.

It is a method that Chris Martin has used to great effect in the current series. There was a sense of inevitability about watching Hughes face Martin on the first day in Hobart. Four slips. Two gullies. The leg side was all but vacant. The plan was obvious, and Hughes obliged. His only scoring shot split them all and ran away to the boundary behind point.

The delivery that eventually accounted for Hughes was one he could have, and should have left. He did not flash at it in an attempt to clear the cordon. He poked the bat out tamely and edged to second slip, for the third time in the series walking off with a score of 10 or less and "c Guptill b Martin" next to his name.

After New Zealand struggled to 150 in their first innings, there is no guarantee Hughes will bat again in the match. It makes the three-day encounter against the Indians critical to his chances of playing on Boxing Day. Warner will captain the side for that game, which will also feature the former Test bowlers Trent Copeland, Doug Bollinger and Peter George.

"The two Cricket Australia Chairman's XI games against India provide opportunities for many of our promising young players to display their talents and to gain experience against some legendary Indian players," John Inverarity, the national selector, said. "In the second of these two Cricket Australia Chairman's XI matches a number of players in contention for the Boxing Day Test squad will have the opportunity to press their claims. In the second game, Shaun Marsh will be making his return from injury."

CA Chairman's XI squad (December 15-16) Ed Cowan (capt), Wes Robinson, Joe Burns, Tom Cooper, Alex Doolan, Glenn Maxwell, Tim Ludeman (wk), Joe Mennie, Jake Haberfield, Josh Lalor, Peter George, Dean Solway.

CA Chairman's XI squad (December 19-21) David Warner (capt), Phillip Hughes, Shaun Marsh, Usman Khawaja, Tom Cooper, Alex Doolan, Tim Ludeman (wk), Trent Copeland, Cameron Boyce, Josh Lalor, Doug Bollinger, Peter George.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • satish619chandar on December 13, 2011, 6:22 GMT

    Good squad for the probable replacements.. They could well have put Watto in a practice game.. Hope none gets injured from both the sides..

  • on December 12, 2011, 5:04 GMT

    The problem with Australian cricket is Clarke. The captain should never be a selector and especially not one who picks mates. Every player deserves a few chances to settle in to Test cricket but really, how many failures does Hughes have to make before he is dropped. He has had too many opportunities and has proved to be a dismal flop with inadequate technique. We need class players with talent and decent techniques such as Watson and Marsh back into the team. Congratulations to Warner for his initial Test century in exceptionally difficult conditions and to New Zealand for a great victory.

  • smudgeon on December 12, 2011, 1:10 GMT

    RoJayao - well said. Only thing I'd quibble about is that Butterworth is more than a servicable state cricketer, but we all have our opinions!

  • RightArmEverything on December 11, 2011, 23:17 GMT

    @Matt Jensen, you do (have sense that is). I think you're spot on about the point of these teams and your comments about Rogers (and Hodge). Fine players but just unlucky and selectors are looking for players who will be around for while.

  • GMFoley on December 11, 2011, 22:44 GMT

    Dean Solway is the next most likely Canberran to play Shield cricket somewhere- son of the second best cricketer the Canberra region has produced. Should be better than Tom Thornton, who's just starting out at SA.

    It's a similar selection to that of the spot reserved in the PM's X1 for the local player.

  • on December 11, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    Who is Dean Solway??????????

  • on December 11, 2011, 9:44 GMT

    @Ashwin Chandru - Jaques wasn't discarded. He had back surgery two or three years ago (a marriage break up as well) & has never been the player he was since. He was a favourite of mine, but he is nowhere near Test selection!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 11, 2011, 7:13 GMT

    If possible, Aussies should cut down on the number of lefties in their team in order to reduce the threat posed by Zaheer Khan. Too many lefties - Warner, Hughes, Khawaja, Hussey, Pattinson, Starc - more than half the team....

  • RoJayao on December 11, 2011, 5:10 GMT

    I can't figure out the continued bleating about the selectors this season, they are doing a much, much better job already than the previous clowns. They've already blooded Copeland, Lyon, Warner, Pattinson, Starc and Cummins in the space of the last half dozen matches and some have had success. What more do you armchair critics want?? Did it occur to you people at all that one of the reasons some of the rookies are doing well is that they have had experienced players around them?! The Australian cricket team is not a proving ground for promising state players, it's the ultimate for the best. Serviceable state players like Butterworth, Faulkner, Birt, McDonald etc are NOT the best of the best. Promising players like O'Keefe and Wade simply have to wait their turn and keep performing. Cowan's turn is hopefully Boxing day and he'd replace an out of form young guy with an in form young guy and that's what you want, not the wholesale changes you uneducated watchers demand!

  • RandyOZ on December 11, 2011, 2:57 GMT

    Either of these sides will teach India how to play cricket. Looking forward to seeing George rip through their batting.

  • satish619chandar on December 13, 2011, 6:22 GMT

    Good squad for the probable replacements.. They could well have put Watto in a practice game.. Hope none gets injured from both the sides..

  • on December 12, 2011, 5:04 GMT

    The problem with Australian cricket is Clarke. The captain should never be a selector and especially not one who picks mates. Every player deserves a few chances to settle in to Test cricket but really, how many failures does Hughes have to make before he is dropped. He has had too many opportunities and has proved to be a dismal flop with inadequate technique. We need class players with talent and decent techniques such as Watson and Marsh back into the team. Congratulations to Warner for his initial Test century in exceptionally difficult conditions and to New Zealand for a great victory.

  • smudgeon on December 12, 2011, 1:10 GMT

    RoJayao - well said. Only thing I'd quibble about is that Butterworth is more than a servicable state cricketer, but we all have our opinions!

  • RightArmEverything on December 11, 2011, 23:17 GMT

    @Matt Jensen, you do (have sense that is). I think you're spot on about the point of these teams and your comments about Rogers (and Hodge). Fine players but just unlucky and selectors are looking for players who will be around for while.

  • GMFoley on December 11, 2011, 22:44 GMT

    Dean Solway is the next most likely Canberran to play Shield cricket somewhere- son of the second best cricketer the Canberra region has produced. Should be better than Tom Thornton, who's just starting out at SA.

    It's a similar selection to that of the spot reserved in the PM's X1 for the local player.

  • on December 11, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    Who is Dean Solway??????????

  • on December 11, 2011, 9:44 GMT

    @Ashwin Chandru - Jaques wasn't discarded. He had back surgery two or three years ago (a marriage break up as well) & has never been the player he was since. He was a favourite of mine, but he is nowhere near Test selection!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 11, 2011, 7:13 GMT

    If possible, Aussies should cut down on the number of lefties in their team in order to reduce the threat posed by Zaheer Khan. Too many lefties - Warner, Hughes, Khawaja, Hussey, Pattinson, Starc - more than half the team....

  • RoJayao on December 11, 2011, 5:10 GMT

    I can't figure out the continued bleating about the selectors this season, they are doing a much, much better job already than the previous clowns. They've already blooded Copeland, Lyon, Warner, Pattinson, Starc and Cummins in the space of the last half dozen matches and some have had success. What more do you armchair critics want?? Did it occur to you people at all that one of the reasons some of the rookies are doing well is that they have had experienced players around them?! The Australian cricket team is not a proving ground for promising state players, it's the ultimate for the best. Serviceable state players like Butterworth, Faulkner, Birt, McDonald etc are NOT the best of the best. Promising players like O'Keefe and Wade simply have to wait their turn and keep performing. Cowan's turn is hopefully Boxing day and he'd replace an out of form young guy with an in form young guy and that's what you want, not the wholesale changes you uneducated watchers demand!

  • RandyOZ on December 11, 2011, 2:57 GMT

    Either of these sides will teach India how to play cricket. Looking forward to seeing George rip through their batting.

  • on December 10, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    why is phil jaques been discarded he was a quality player? what about some one like chris rogers or david hussey. surely there is something wrong with the selectors. wait brad hodge is the best middle order the aussies never played. what about andrew macdonald. Finch Birt Wade and am not going to name Katich wait i just did!

  • Wefinishthis on December 10, 2011, 8:07 GMT

    Exactly ashlatchem. How is Wade not keeper for both matches? Perhaps the selectors are scared he will do really well and then they won't be able to pick their beloved inferior Tim Paine when Haddin goes. The Aus keeper should be Matthew Wade, with NSW's Neville as the backup.

    Remember these selectors have ignored the Argus review's performance policy recommendation. If Cowan wants a go, he should start getting lower scores because the selectors obviously don't care about performance. How else do you explain Siddle still being there and Starc getting a go ahead of Copeland, Butterworth, Faulkner, Coulter-Nile, Cutting and O'Keefe?

    Barnesy4444 you nailed it on the head. The selectors dropped Hughes after an amazing performance and then forced him to change a technique that worked for him sending him the clear message that he needs to underperform if he wants to keep being selected, just like everyone else in the team.

  • wix99 on December 10, 2011, 7:40 GMT

    Dan Christian was named as 12th man for the current Test against NZ. However, it seems he is not even in the selectors' reckoning for the series against India.

  • Percy_Fender on December 10, 2011, 5:34 GMT

    The curators for the first 2 Tests against New Zealand have done a great dis-serviceto Australia by preparing wickets at Brisbane and now in Hobart probably to see that their rookie pacemen get a rousing baptism in Tests. I feel that Staarc and Pattinson should have been introduced to the international level in a more realistic fashion.To let the euphoria of initial success go to their heads can be a disaster. Cummins made his debut against S Africa on a a fair wicket,nothing tailor made but with some bounce.In my opinion that is what was needed for Pattinson and Staarc. That would have made them realise that at the international level one has to be very good to succeed.The matches against India are at Melbourne,Sydney and Perth. All the three wickets will be good for fast and slow bowlers and will have enough for the batsmen to do well also.That is where the mettle of these new pacers will be seen.A reflection of the Hobart wicket can be had in the Australian 1rst innings score.

  • Damon_3388 on December 10, 2011, 5:14 GMT

    I would like to see Ed Cowan get a run ahead of Phil Hughes in the Test series against India. As the article says, he's the most in-form opener in Australia right now, and while I think he's done enough already this season to earn a place, if he gets runs against the Indians in this Chairman's XI fixture, surely he can't be denied. All that being said though, I have a feeling that (if fit) Shaun Marsh is probably the next batsman into the Australian side.

    Good to see Cameron Boyce's form getting recognised as well. Should be firmly in the frame as far as spin bowlers go.

  • rahulcricket007 on December 10, 2011, 4:38 GMT

    HUGHES WILL SCORE 100 IN PRACTICE MATCH AGAINST INDIA AS WE ALL KNOW INDIA NEVER TAKES PRACTICE MATCES SERIOULSY . BUT IN BOXING DAY IF HE PLAYS THEN HE WILL BE OUT EARLY BY ZAHEER ( LEFT HANDER SPECIALIST ).

  • on December 10, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    @Sachit91979 No idea, and the Chris Rogers question is one that's been plaguing me for a while. He had one test, and failed, (quite a while ago now) but at the rate second-, third- and fourth- chances are getting handed out to players with no clear potential like Steve Smith it's quite puzzling. A couple of years ago he topped the run charts in a County Summer for heavens sakes!

    He's lately come out attacking CA like Katich before him, frustrated at his continuing non-selection which is understandable but may be a nail in the coffin...

  • on December 10, 2011, 4:25 GMT

    What the hell is going in CA Selection committee.Ferguson is best player.He has a good technique handle the spin very well even he can play long innings..Philip Hughes is been there because some familiar OZ Old names..CA is killing the young OZ players & also the teams reputation.,.If these continuously happen then OZ will go down to number 7 to 8 in Test with Bangladesh..

  • on December 10, 2011, 1:02 GMT

    Well the opportunity is definitely there for the man who can grab it. Right now i reckon extended runs in the team for non performers should not be in the game plan. If a player can't handle the pressure of batting for their place the the pressure of taking on a good attack in difficult conditions might alo be too much. These guys have to prove themselves under pressure, not be the benficiaries of free rides. The wheat needs to be sorted from the chaff with the blowtorch fully applied. Ed Cowan may be 30 but he must be getting close to getting a run. Cheers.

  • Andrew202 on December 9, 2011, 22:28 GMT

    The Cameron Boyce selection is interesting. Darren Lehmann has done a great job by giving him a regular spot on the Qld team and the leg spinner has actually been going okay. I wondered if the selectors may have noticed.

  • pkill on December 9, 2011, 22:24 GMT

    The big question re: Phil Hughes is... Who told him he is an opener? Maybe in T20 or one day, but not first class or test matches. For me, he is a perfect No.6. Phil is obviously a quality player - you can't get 2 hundreds in your 2nd test and not be. He is young with a hit and miss technique, so give him his head at 6 and let him do a job for us like Gilchrist or Dougie Walters.

  • on December 9, 2011, 22:07 GMT

    Correction that should have been Mithun not Mukund.

  • on December 9, 2011, 22:01 GMT

    A lot of these players are guys without Big Bash contracts, hence some almost unknowns... though I'd have liked the gloves being given to young Tassie keeper Tom Triffitt, he has been in great form while in for injured Tim Paine.

  • VivGilchrist on December 9, 2011, 22:00 GMT

    So many people get so fired up! Please understand, not all players selected are in Test contention. Some of the state fringe players are there for gaining valuable experience. Players like Wade (who I place ahead of Paine) will have big dollar Big Bash commitments during this time.

  • on December 9, 2011, 21:58 GMT

    @Kevin - India is going to miss Praveen Kumar who has been getting breakthroughs throughout this year. Also, a last minute pullout by Varun Aaron means Vinay Kumar comes in, who is average at best. The selectors have picked a pretty inexperienced bowling side. Zaheer Khan has had a history of breaking down on key tours. Bowlers: Khan, Sharma, Yadav, Kumar, Mukund, Ojha and Ashwin.

    Batting wise, Sehwag-Gambhir combination has hardly played together let alone do something commendable. Both are not in good nick (Test Wise). Sachin has been looking very scratchy for quite some time now. The rest barring Dravid and Dhoni have not had the best of times either.

    It also looks like the pitches would be greener, juicier than 2003 or 2007/08 tours.

    I just hope 1999 tour is not repeated. (If England can restrict India to one 300+ score in 4 tests, Australia certainly can).

  • on December 9, 2011, 21:19 GMT

    It isnt that its a chance for Hughes, He isnt going to play...its just a bit more experience for him and selectors want to see how he handles the bowlers for future selection. Why is Tim Ludeman in both Chairmans squads???? whats the point of him playing he will neva play for australia....should be matt wade or peter nevill playing. Would have been a good chance to see Nevill against some good bowling, he has been impressive in shield cricket and its suprising he is never mentioned for higher honours

  • on December 9, 2011, 21:11 GMT

    Fascinating choice of Ludeman. Plus, I agree, everyone is crowing about Ed Cowan, but he misses out a lot- the new Marcus North. Sachit1979 is spot on - where is Chris Rogers? We are crying out for a top order batsman who puts a price on his wicket and who can stick around - Rogers has proven it season after season after season. Not having a blue cap in his kit bag can't help. Nice to see Wes Robinson getting recognised, and good to see Peter George isn't forgotten either.

  • MenFromMarts on December 9, 2011, 20:46 GMT

    @SrirajG.S Totally agree about Tim Ludeman. Sorry but that is astounding. Your three suggestions are good but there is no doubt that Tom Triffitt from Tassie is the next best keeper batsmen behind his State co hort Tim Paine. Paine unfortunately is injured as too is Coulter-Nile. Who would both more than likely be in the current Test team. Doolan is an enormous surprise - no Faulkner, M Marsh, Hauritz, Rogers - Josh Lalor really !!! Are other teams unable to contribute players because 3 First class games is great and all but - oh forget it - head banging against wall now.

  • Claydo78 on December 9, 2011, 20:09 GMT

    i know paine is still injured so why isnt matthew wade in atleast one of these squads? surely he is our third keeper at the moment. and surely the selectors cant be thinking of playing george or bollinger again, its been done, i would much rather see this currently bowling attack with harris against the indians. cooper? doolan? luderman? boyce? lolar? im sure the selectors just picks names out of a hat and hope for the best, do these guys even watch any state cricket? what about christian? i dont think he is good enough for test cricket, but the selectors think he is good to make the test squad but not good enough to make the australian a team or neither of the chairmen XI games? how does that work? we may have new slectors but we still have the same inconsistencies as the previous selectors!

  • on December 9, 2011, 19:20 GMT

    If I were the Indians I would let Hughes score a century in this match, so he will be picked for the tests!

  • on December 9, 2011, 19:00 GMT

    What about Callum Ferguson ! CA tends to ignore this lad forever , he is the next superstar ! Get him IN !

  • on December 9, 2011, 17:41 GMT

    @Sriraj - Chairmans XI's aren't about picking the second best side. That's what Australia A is for. This is for young, I repeat, YOUNG, players and those on the fringes to be selected. It's a look towards the future. The only players they pick that are international class already are those in shoot-outs for Test spots.

    Have you never seen a Chairmans XI before?

    @Sachit - 1. Cutting is injured. 2. Hilfy doesn't need another audition, he's already behind Copeland. 3. Rogers is too old. Unfortunately for him he came along just at the wrong time, like Hodge. 4. Wade is already the back-up at the moment, he doesn't need to show what he can do.

    Do people have no sense anymore?

  • on December 9, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    Will be an interesting buildup to the boxing day test.From Indian prespective it will be important to watch out how the Indian pace bowlers performs against some of the Aussies batsmans expected to play in the first test

  • hris on December 9, 2011, 17:11 GMT

    comeon john. where's Faulkner, Lynn and also coulter nile (if he is fit). Faulkner shouldbe in the national team let alone chairman xi

  • on December 9, 2011, 15:13 GMT

    Team for 1st Test should be 1.marsh2.Usman3.Ponting4.clarke5.hussy6.watson7.haddin8 siddle9.patinson 10 starc 11 lyon

  • Sachit1979 on December 9, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    Could anybody please tell why Chris Rogers is always kept out of Australian scheme of things inspite of consistent decent performances and tonnes of domestic experience in Australian as well as county Cricket? Moreover one of the squad could have included Mathew Wade as keeper and also tried Hilfenhaus and Ben Cutting as possible options for fast bowling as injury covers.

  • Sinhaya on December 9, 2011, 14:41 GMT

    Utterly ludicrous that this Hughes is given a chance even if he fails in the 2nd innings against NZ at Hobart.

  • on December 9, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    Great to see Cam Boyce get a chance in this match. he has consistently improved each year over the past 3 years and now is a weapon for the bulls in 4 day games. Hughes is gone. marsh has to come back in and hughes has to make way. Khawaja or warner will open with watson although in time i think warner and khawaja should open with watson at 5 or 6. Maybe when ponting or hussey retire. Pattinson and Cummins look the future and i would like another bowler who can bat a bit maybe ben cutting or if you want a left armer faulkner from tassie. Does anyone know what has happened to Ryan duffield from WA. wow i thought that guy could really bowl but havent seen him this summer.

  • on December 9, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    hughes is only in the team cause he's a mate of clarke,, there are clearly better openers in the country yet they are not picked...australia are making it way harder on themselfs!

  • on December 9, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    Is Inverarity seriously telling us Tim Ludeman is one of "the players in contention" for tests ahead of Chris Hartley and Matt Wade or even Luke Ronchi? I haven't seen him playing live and he might be a good glovesman but bat? I also don't believe Doolan is one of the best around - I guess Dave Hussey and any other Victorian would just give up hope considering the number of average South Aussies in there like Haberfield and George! Otherwise, all the others look good prospects and they seem to be creditable selections...

  • satish619chandar on December 9, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    Warner as captain? And still missing Ferguson in middle order.. I felt Ferguson is the best middle order bat in Australian domestic team.. After a tremendous start to ODI career not sure why he was dumped.. Too good player.. Probably the best innings grafter after Mike Hussey!!

  • Barnesy4444 on December 9, 2011, 12:08 GMT

    I still lay a lot of the blame for Hughes' current problems at the hands of the selectors in 2009. He was a fresh 21 year old dropped after making over 400 runs against an excellent S.A. bowling attack! This placed many doubts in the young man's mind that still linger. Even if he scored piles of runs they stll didn't think he was good enough! Now everyone has an opinion about the young man. Get off his back and let the guy score runs. He is great to watch when in form, he's the sort of player that brings people through gates. I would rather watch Hughes score runs than Khawaja and Marsh.

  • Nightwing32 on December 9, 2011, 12:08 GMT

    I never felt sorry and bad watching a batsman walk off after getting dismissed until today with Hughes. The media, the fans are just doing something to him mentally. This is not the Phil Hughes I saw in NSW or in SA in 2009. He needs this to stay in the team and he is a talent. Every country would kill for him and Australia would drop him.

  • on December 9, 2011, 12:02 GMT

    I feel terrible for Hughes. In Australia, there are so many people lining up to say that he is no good. The fair weather arm chair critics. I wish people would be more supportive, but I guess that's just the way it is

  • ashlatchem on December 9, 2011, 11:58 GMT

    How the hell is Wade not keeper for both matches?

  • stupefy on December 9, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    Tim Ludeman instead of wade .give me a break. Crosswaithe has replaced in south aus squad why the hell they want him in the national squad. boyce deserves his chance . overall gud squad

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  • stupefy on December 9, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    Tim Ludeman instead of wade .give me a break. Crosswaithe has replaced in south aus squad why the hell they want him in the national squad. boyce deserves his chance . overall gud squad

  • ashlatchem on December 9, 2011, 11:58 GMT

    How the hell is Wade not keeper for both matches?

  • on December 9, 2011, 12:02 GMT

    I feel terrible for Hughes. In Australia, there are so many people lining up to say that he is no good. The fair weather arm chair critics. I wish people would be more supportive, but I guess that's just the way it is

  • Nightwing32 on December 9, 2011, 12:08 GMT

    I never felt sorry and bad watching a batsman walk off after getting dismissed until today with Hughes. The media, the fans are just doing something to him mentally. This is not the Phil Hughes I saw in NSW or in SA in 2009. He needs this to stay in the team and he is a talent. Every country would kill for him and Australia would drop him.

  • Barnesy4444 on December 9, 2011, 12:08 GMT

    I still lay a lot of the blame for Hughes' current problems at the hands of the selectors in 2009. He was a fresh 21 year old dropped after making over 400 runs against an excellent S.A. bowling attack! This placed many doubts in the young man's mind that still linger. Even if he scored piles of runs they stll didn't think he was good enough! Now everyone has an opinion about the young man. Get off his back and let the guy score runs. He is great to watch when in form, he's the sort of player that brings people through gates. I would rather watch Hughes score runs than Khawaja and Marsh.

  • satish619chandar on December 9, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    Warner as captain? And still missing Ferguson in middle order.. I felt Ferguson is the best middle order bat in Australian domestic team.. After a tremendous start to ODI career not sure why he was dumped.. Too good player.. Probably the best innings grafter after Mike Hussey!!

  • on December 9, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    Is Inverarity seriously telling us Tim Ludeman is one of "the players in contention" for tests ahead of Chris Hartley and Matt Wade or even Luke Ronchi? I haven't seen him playing live and he might be a good glovesman but bat? I also don't believe Doolan is one of the best around - I guess Dave Hussey and any other Victorian would just give up hope considering the number of average South Aussies in there like Haberfield and George! Otherwise, all the others look good prospects and they seem to be creditable selections...

  • on December 9, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    hughes is only in the team cause he's a mate of clarke,, there are clearly better openers in the country yet they are not picked...australia are making it way harder on themselfs!

  • on December 9, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    Great to see Cam Boyce get a chance in this match. he has consistently improved each year over the past 3 years and now is a weapon for the bulls in 4 day games. Hughes is gone. marsh has to come back in and hughes has to make way. Khawaja or warner will open with watson although in time i think warner and khawaja should open with watson at 5 or 6. Maybe when ponting or hussey retire. Pattinson and Cummins look the future and i would like another bowler who can bat a bit maybe ben cutting or if you want a left armer faulkner from tassie. Does anyone know what has happened to Ryan duffield from WA. wow i thought that guy could really bowl but havent seen him this summer.

  • Sinhaya on December 9, 2011, 14:41 GMT

    Utterly ludicrous that this Hughes is given a chance even if he fails in the 2nd innings against NZ at Hobart.