India in Australia 2011-12 December 20, 2011

Christian could make Boxing Day debut

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Daniel Christian's chances of making his Test debut on Boxing Day could be boosted by Australia's desire to have five bowling options against a powerful India batting line-up. Australia's selectors will name the squad for the Melbourne Test on Wednesday and it could be a larger-than-usual group as they wait on the fitness of key players, including Shane Watson and Shaun Marsh.

The possible permutations to be considered by the selectors were complicated on Tuesday when opener Ed Cowan made his case with 109 against the Indians for Cricket Australia Chairman's XI in Canberra. In the same match, the incumbent opener Phillip Hughes, certain to be axed for Boxing Day, scored 20 batting at No.4, Usman Khawaja made 25 and David Warner scored 2.

The rest of Australia's Test batsmen converged on Melbourne for a batting camp after their struggles in the series against New Zealand. The allrounder Christian, who was 12th man in the loss to New Zealand in Hobart, will join the group on Wednesday after he plays for the Brisbane Heat in Tuesday night's T20 match against the Melbourne Stars at the Gabba.

Christian has been one of the leading Sheffield Shield run scorers this summer but it is his bowling that will appeal the most to the selectors, with Watson unlikely to bowl if he plays at all in Melbourne as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury. The Australians did not play an allrounder against New Zealand, whose top order struggled, but the coach Mickey Arthur said the team's needs might change against India on flatter pitches.

"We played on two pretty helpful wickets against New Zealand to be honest, so we didn't need a huge amount from that fifth bowler, we got through that easily," Arthur said. "But when you're playing at the MCG and at the SCG and there's back-to-back Test matches, it does become hard when you've got four bowlers.

"I see the spinner bowling a huge amount more, though. We need to be able to fiddle some overs from some of our batters. That's how we'll look at it. If we think our allrounder is in our best six batters at the present time then he'll get a game."

Asked if Christian had done enough to be considered a top-six Test batsman for the India series, Arthur pointed to his first-class form this summer. In five Shield games, Christian has made 475 runs at 59.37, including two centuries.

"He's got an unbelievable record this year," Arthur said. "He's done superbly well for South Australia. Stats will tell you that he could possibly be in our top six batters. The fitness of our other players will also possibly determine that down the line. We'll have a squad and work out the certain permutations in terms of fitness and then settle on an 11 closer to the time."

The national selector, John Inverarity, will announce the squad at 1pm Melbourne time on Wednesday, but the size of the group remains to be seen. Watson is expected to be named after missing the New Zealand series due to a hamstring problem he picked up in South Africa, but his chances took a blow when he did not bat on the first day of the batting camp.

Marsh has less of a chance to make the starting line-up but could be named with a view to giving him as much time as possible before the Test to prove his fitness. He has battled a back problem since the first Test in South Africa and while he was at the Melbourne batting camp on Tuesday, Arthur said it was an issue that Marsh had not played a match in more than a month.

"It is a concern," he said. "Ideally you want guys to be playing. Whenever you're playing a game your intensity goes up 20% from a practice session, the competitive juices kick in and the guys are put through a lot more in a game. We would have liked him to play more cricket but it hasn't been possible. He is a class act. We've got to give him every opportunity. Time will tell.

"Guys like Watson and Marsh, if ultimately selected, we'll probably give them as much time as they need to get themselves ready to play. So it might be a slightly enlarged squad for this one but our preference is always to be decisive and name a 12. I guess we'll know tonight once we put the finishing touches to our squad."

There is less uncertainty surrounding Australia's attack, with Arthur declaring there were "no concerns whatsoever" about the fitness of the fast men James Pattinson and Peter Siddle. Both men had minor niggles after the New Zealand series but were in the MCG nets on Tuesday to bowl to Australia's batsmen, and neither is considered in doubt for Boxing Day.

Mitchell Starc, who was adequate without really grabbing his opportunity against New Zealand appears likely to retain his place, with Ryan Harris facing a near impossible ask to prove his fitness for Boxing Day. Harris has had a hip problem since the first Test in South Africa and was named to play for the Brisbane Heat on Tuesday night. However, the injury-prone Harris will struggle to prove to the selectors that he can last through a Test match with no first-class cricket in which to test himself.

Possible squad: David Warner, Shane Watson, Ed Cowan, Usman Khawaja, Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke (capt), Michael Hussey, Daniel Christian, Brad Haddin (wk), Peter Siddle, James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY on | December 22, 2011, 9:31 GMT

    @Kritika Prasad fantastic gesture lady . Hats off to you @ hira02 any team comprising of Tendulkar , Dravid and Laxman can never called as an A team as they are best ever batsmen in test cricket for more than a decade and they had played all the tests in England . Agreed fatigue.luck (ODIS) and IPL played important roles in the defeat at the hands of Englishmen but the main difference between the two teams was Zaheer Khan . Had he not been injured in that series things could have definitely been in India's favor as he is one of the best bowlers in modern day cricket . It is a pity that we have heavily relied upon him and there is no obvious replacement for Zaheer though we have Irfan , Yadav and Aaron in the wings .cheers

  • POSTED BY on | December 21, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    @Vicky Ganesan.Ha ha! I'm sorry I misread the comment!My folly. Cheers.:)

  • POSTED BY on | December 21, 2011, 16:44 GMT

    @RandyOz.! Oh! Mr.Randy Dandy! So true.. India wont draw games,infact it will win 4-0. And that to as you said, by innings!:) Thanks for the prediction.Cricinfo please publish.

  • POSTED BY on | December 21, 2011, 3:18 GMT

    randy babu tour results does not reflect true things its just a practice game nothing if best australian team can loose in perth god knows wat will happen to this club australian side beaten by n0 8 newzealand also if tour results reflect then surely australian will be bamboozeled by ashwin buddy

  • POSTED BY .Raina on | December 21, 2011, 2:45 GMT

    Ed could make his debut in the baggy green; but considering the way OZ is going about the series, there seems to be too much pressure on the whole team. And Ed & Warner, the only too guys in some sort of form, would face an up-hill task to rescue the whole team. Both of them have been consistent recently, and both of them clicking together will be difficult, especially Ed (he is due for a low score now, Warner already had one). Although IND have a recent history of losing the first test and then bouncing back, @RandyOZ may be disappointed at MCG as the prospects for IND this time around seem to be better than for OZ. They seem to be under less pressure albeit with some concerns over their bowling options. I expect OZ to be batting first irrespective of who wins the toss, and that could put extra pressure on the 'young' higher order. The Boxing Day would be more about OZ Batting 'fishing' and gifting their wickets under pressure, rather than IND bowlers doing something exceptional.

  • POSTED BY on | December 21, 2011, 2:27 GMT

    @ Wefinishthis: After 2 matches you're already ready to throw Starc to the wolves?

  • POSTED BY on | December 21, 2011, 2:14 GMT

    everyone here that has marsh in the side but has watson out cos he might not be fit is an idiot. watson has more of a chance of playing then marsh. my XI would be 1.D.Warner 2.S.Watson(if fit) 3.E.Cowan 4.R.Ponting 5.M.Clarke 6.M.Hussey 7.B.Haddin 8.P.Siddle 9.J.Pattinson 10.R.Harris(if fit)/M.Starc 11.N.Lyon and if Watson is unfit it would be 1.D.Warner 2.E.Cowan 3.R.Ponting 4.M.Clarke 5.M.Hussey 6.D.Christian 7.B.Haddin 8.P.Siddle 9.J.Pattinson 10.R.Harris(if fit)/M.Starc 11.N.Lyon but thats just my opinion

  • POSTED BY Srini_Indian on | December 21, 2011, 2:13 GMT

    This is good news for India. They're making it easier for Indian bowlers to get through this already brittle or popgun batting line up. 4-0 to India

  • POSTED BY RightArmEverything on | December 21, 2011, 2:03 GMT

    @sunny, Marsh is very unlikely, He will be back in the team soon but not for Boxing Day, too much of a risk. Can't believe you would pick Bollinger, didn't get results for Chairman's XI and has also not played much cricket lately. I'd pick Copeland or George before him at the moment.

  • POSTED BY RightArmEverything on | December 21, 2011, 2:00 GMT

    @captain_buddy, you want to drop Lyon for O'Keefe after Lyon has been performing well? I reckon if Ashley Mallett thinks Lyon is the real deal then I'm taking his opinion. I understand O'Keefe has a good FC record, but there is a real obsession with him on this site. @tfjones1978, If you are picking on form alone, Watson would struggle, apart from his 88 in Sth Africa he hadn't done much for a while before getting injured. If he's not 100% fit I wouldn't pick him, and I'd pick Ponting or Hussey as a batsman before him. Can't believe you are having a go at Siddle's batting, he's actually performed well, not just getting valuable runs but being able to occupy the crease for a while. He cops a lot of underserved criticism. Wouldn't have any argument with Cowan getting a game, and if they feel an extra bowler is required then I guess let's see how Christian goes without expecting him to be some kind of new all-rounder superstar.

  • POSTED BY on | December 22, 2011, 9:31 GMT

    @Kritika Prasad fantastic gesture lady . Hats off to you @ hira02 any team comprising of Tendulkar , Dravid and Laxman can never called as an A team as they are best ever batsmen in test cricket for more than a decade and they had played all the tests in England . Agreed fatigue.luck (ODIS) and IPL played important roles in the defeat at the hands of Englishmen but the main difference between the two teams was Zaheer Khan . Had he not been injured in that series things could have definitely been in India's favor as he is one of the best bowlers in modern day cricket . It is a pity that we have heavily relied upon him and there is no obvious replacement for Zaheer though we have Irfan , Yadav and Aaron in the wings .cheers

  • POSTED BY on | December 21, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    @Vicky Ganesan.Ha ha! I'm sorry I misread the comment!My folly. Cheers.:)

  • POSTED BY on | December 21, 2011, 16:44 GMT

    @RandyOz.! Oh! Mr.Randy Dandy! So true.. India wont draw games,infact it will win 4-0. And that to as you said, by innings!:) Thanks for the prediction.Cricinfo please publish.

  • POSTED BY on | December 21, 2011, 3:18 GMT

    randy babu tour results does not reflect true things its just a practice game nothing if best australian team can loose in perth god knows wat will happen to this club australian side beaten by n0 8 newzealand also if tour results reflect then surely australian will be bamboozeled by ashwin buddy

  • POSTED BY .Raina on | December 21, 2011, 2:45 GMT

    Ed could make his debut in the baggy green; but considering the way OZ is going about the series, there seems to be too much pressure on the whole team. And Ed & Warner, the only too guys in some sort of form, would face an up-hill task to rescue the whole team. Both of them have been consistent recently, and both of them clicking together will be difficult, especially Ed (he is due for a low score now, Warner already had one). Although IND have a recent history of losing the first test and then bouncing back, @RandyOZ may be disappointed at MCG as the prospects for IND this time around seem to be better than for OZ. They seem to be under less pressure albeit with some concerns over their bowling options. I expect OZ to be batting first irrespective of who wins the toss, and that could put extra pressure on the 'young' higher order. The Boxing Day would be more about OZ Batting 'fishing' and gifting their wickets under pressure, rather than IND bowlers doing something exceptional.

  • POSTED BY on | December 21, 2011, 2:27 GMT

    @ Wefinishthis: After 2 matches you're already ready to throw Starc to the wolves?

  • POSTED BY on | December 21, 2011, 2:14 GMT

    everyone here that has marsh in the side but has watson out cos he might not be fit is an idiot. watson has more of a chance of playing then marsh. my XI would be 1.D.Warner 2.S.Watson(if fit) 3.E.Cowan 4.R.Ponting 5.M.Clarke 6.M.Hussey 7.B.Haddin 8.P.Siddle 9.J.Pattinson 10.R.Harris(if fit)/M.Starc 11.N.Lyon and if Watson is unfit it would be 1.D.Warner 2.E.Cowan 3.R.Ponting 4.M.Clarke 5.M.Hussey 6.D.Christian 7.B.Haddin 8.P.Siddle 9.J.Pattinson 10.R.Harris(if fit)/M.Starc 11.N.Lyon but thats just my opinion

  • POSTED BY Srini_Indian on | December 21, 2011, 2:13 GMT

    This is good news for India. They're making it easier for Indian bowlers to get through this already brittle or popgun batting line up. 4-0 to India

  • POSTED BY RightArmEverything on | December 21, 2011, 2:03 GMT

    @sunny, Marsh is very unlikely, He will be back in the team soon but not for Boxing Day, too much of a risk. Can't believe you would pick Bollinger, didn't get results for Chairman's XI and has also not played much cricket lately. I'd pick Copeland or George before him at the moment.

  • POSTED BY RightArmEverything on | December 21, 2011, 2:00 GMT

    @captain_buddy, you want to drop Lyon for O'Keefe after Lyon has been performing well? I reckon if Ashley Mallett thinks Lyon is the real deal then I'm taking his opinion. I understand O'Keefe has a good FC record, but there is a real obsession with him on this site. @tfjones1978, If you are picking on form alone, Watson would struggle, apart from his 88 in Sth Africa he hadn't done much for a while before getting injured. If he's not 100% fit I wouldn't pick him, and I'd pick Ponting or Hussey as a batsman before him. Can't believe you are having a go at Siddle's batting, he's actually performed well, not just getting valuable runs but being able to occupy the crease for a while. He cops a lot of underserved criticism. Wouldn't have any argument with Cowan getting a game, and if they feel an extra bowler is required then I guess let's see how Christian goes without expecting him to be some kind of new all-rounder superstar.

  • POSTED BY Dashgar on | December 21, 2011, 1:26 GMT

    Cowan, Warner, Watson, Clarke, Hussey, Christian, Wade, Siddle, Harris, Pattinson, Lyon

  • POSTED BY on | December 21, 2011, 1:11 GMT

    1.David Warner 2.Shane Watson 3.Michael Clarke 4.Ricky Ponting 5.Shaun Marsh 6.Michael Hussey 7.Brad Haddin 8.Daniel Christian 9.James Pattinson 10.Peter Siddle 11.Nathan Lyon.

    If Shane doesn't bowl (injury) you will still have Daniel Christian and if Shane is fit to bowl then you've got 4 pace bowling options plus Nathan Lyon as a spinner.

  • POSTED BY jakeyboy91 on | December 21, 2011, 0:59 GMT

    christian is a great player but sadly hes never going to be australias top allrounder with watto in the team. when australia are fully fit my lineup would be Warner, Marsh, Ponting, Clarke, Hussey, Watson, Haddin, Harris, Pattinson, Cummins, Lyon. When Ponting and Huss retire then christian, ferguson and cowan are all in line for a perminant spot. thank god micky arthur has realised NSW arnt the leading force in australian state cricket anymore. rest in peace steve smith, o keefe etc.

  • POSTED BY on | December 21, 2011, 0:57 GMT

    Clarke needs to step up and bat 3, Hussey needs to bat 5 at the absolute lowest.

    1.Warner 2.Watson 3.Clarke 4.Hussey 5.Marsh 6.Ponting 7.Keeper 8.Hauritz/Lyon 9.Pattinson.10Harris.11.Bollinger.........Cuttting is injured with no chance of recovery.

    If ponting is out lbw consistantly falling over the line of the ball. It might be time to prep someone else for the ashes.

  • POSTED BY longdonkey on | December 21, 2011, 0:53 GMT

    If it was me I'd play Chris Rogers until Watson comes back in - highly experienced averages over 50 in first class cricket and even if he was to get runs in the games nobody including him will mind if he goes back to Sheffield Shield seeing he's 34. Team Warner Rogers Khawaja Ponting Clarke Hussey Haddin Siddle Pattinson Starc Lyon Of the injured guys Watson comes in for Rogers, Marsh in for Khawaja and Harris in for Starc as soon as they are fit.

  • POSTED BY andrew-schulz on | December 21, 2011, 0:45 GMT

    You've go to be kidding, Starc was adequate. He couldn't have had more helpful conditions, but in two Tests only got 4 wickets, all from poor wayward deliveries. he was pathetic when bowling at the tail, especially Chris Martin, had no plan, and was basically ineffective. What sort of double standards do you have when assessing bowlers? This guy simply does not have the character for Test cricket.

  • POSTED BY Lord_Dravid on | December 21, 2011, 0:35 GMT

    @RANDYOZ..cant see india draw a game? prepare yourself to see you get swung and spung out for less than 150 yet again for the sixth time! Guiness world record! :D @VICKY R GANESAN..india lost that series in eng due to record and countless number of injuries and fatigue.fact. now keep smiling that you've beaten india A.

  • POSTED BY on | December 21, 2011, 0:16 GMT

    @SirViv1973 Doug Bollinger has sadly let his personal fitness slide, and frankly isn't up to Test cricket standards. At the current rate he may not be considered for ODIs and could become just a T20 specialist, which is a damn shame because he's the best bowler we have in the country with test experience at the moment. He's unlikely to play a test again unless he makes big changes to his personal workout, and I doubt he will given how much money he's making from T20. As I said, a shame but he's got nobody to blame but himself.

  • POSTED BY Slobberdog on | December 20, 2011, 23:52 GMT

    I don't see how a guy who's averaged 25 with the bat at FC level for 3 seasons & then hits 2 centuries at the Adelaide Oval is going to be the answer to Australia's batting woes. And if Hughes, who's scored 722 runs @ 26.74 in his last 15 tests, is to get the chop, how can they justify Ponting's retention when in his last 16 tests he's scored 797 runs @ 27.48. Out of the batsmen who played against NZ, only Warner & Clarke appear to be in any kind of form. Not looking good. Maybe they can play themselves in against this Indian attack on flatter pitches? It would be nice if everyone was fit. We could bring in Cowan, Marsh, Watson & Wade at the expense of Hughes, Ponting, Khawaja (solid technique, but sometimes looks too afraid to score runs) & Haddin - although Watson's batting hasn't exactly set the world on fire in his last 2 series. Starc isn't Test quality. He should be replaced by Coulter-Nile/Copeland/Butterworth. @Wefinishthis: Cutting's likely out for the rest of the season.

  • POSTED BY on | December 20, 2011, 23:51 GMT

    There seemed to be this push from the moment Starc started bowling to talk him up, and it seems to have worked. Honestly, did anyone who actually watched him bowl think he was anything more than a talented bowler that is still well below the standard needed in Test cricket? But the sell was on from ball one and it seems to have worked, because despite very modest performances he's getting another test.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | December 20, 2011, 23:44 GMT

    @ jonesy2 - I agree that Faulkner is a better allrounder, but Marsh(atm) is not an allrounder, he is a good bowler who has the ability to bat. As for Christian v Faulkner, they really are two different types of allrounder. Christian is more of a batting allrounder who'd bat #5 or #6, whereas (atm) Faulkner is a bowling allrounder who'd be more of a #8. I actually don't think they are competing for the same position. Can't see Faulkner being selected @ #6 for Oz (yet). I'd have Faulkner in the side ahead of Starc as his bowling is more consistant & we are really short a bowling allrounder. I like Christian, but atm I think Oz need 6 specialist batsmen. Happy for him to be selected. @ gimme-a-greentop - I don't think Watto's form has been all that flash with the bat, & if he can't bowl, it means he is not 100% fit. @RandyOZ - "Based on the tour results there could easily be 4 innings victories here!" - so I take it you're confident, LOL!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | December 20, 2011, 23:42 GMT

    Marsh isn't going to be fit, and even if he is, what's wrong with the current line up? In my opinion, Hussey hasn't scored runs because the number 6 spot isn't for him, and likewise Ponting and number 4. Team (if Watson and Marsh both aren't fit) - 1. Cowan, 2. Warner, 3. Khawaja, 4. Hussey, 5. Clarke, 6. Ponting, 7. Christian, 8. Wade, 9. Pattinson, 10. Siddle, 11. Lyon. And all others, Marsh is almost certainly not going to play, Harris is certainly not going to play, Cummins is out of the team, and to those saying that Siddle shouldn't be in the team, haven't seen his magnificent spell against the NZ top order. You can't pick Haddin on the base of a T20 game, and his form has been horrible, and I'd say Hussey needs a big score soon, although he shouldn't bat at number 6 because you're wasting his effectiveness.

  • POSTED BY on | December 20, 2011, 23:35 GMT

    I hate this obsession with having a left arm quick bowler. Starc is not up to it!

    It would be great if Watson would bowl and bat down the order because with he and Christian you have plenty of batting and bowling options. Cowan must play! Khawaja is in because Marsh isn't fit. Haddin shouldn't be there, but will be. At least 1 of Ponting/Hussey must go.

    1. Warner 2. Cowan 3. Khawaja 4. Watson 5. Clarke 6. Ponting/Hussey 7. Haddin 8. Christian 9. Pattinson 10. Siddle 11. Lyon

  • POSTED BY heathrf1974 on | December 20, 2011, 22:39 GMT

    My team for the Boxing Test is: Warner, Cowan, Marsh, Ponting, Clarke, Hussey, Haddin, Siddle, Pattinson, Hilfenhaus, Lyon. Watson and Harris are unlikely to be fit and Cummins is out for the rest of the summer.

  • POSTED BY hilditchmustgo on | December 20, 2011, 22:31 GMT

    Pick guys in form. Watto has always been in for his bowling/batting. When its just batting his 2 tons dont look that great.

    Warner, Cowan, Marsh, Ponting, Clarke, Hussey, Haddin, Siddle, Pattinson, Starc, Lyon

  • POSTED BY Wefinishthis on | December 20, 2011, 22:10 GMT

    They can't seriously be considering Hughes, Haddin and Starc. Play Nevill as a batsmen, Wade as the keeper and the bowlers with Harris and Cummins injured should be Pattinson, Copeland, Faulkner or Cutting. I don't ever want to see Johnson, Starc, Siddle and especially not Hilfenhaus ever in the side again. Johnson/Siddle/Hilfenhaus have now had 2 different ashes series to prove themselves and they all wasted both opportunities.

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | December 20, 2011, 21:57 GMT

    I can't see India even drawing a game. Based on the tour results there could easily be 4 innings victories here!

  • POSTED BY on | December 20, 2011, 20:08 GMT

    I would consider the same team as of zico123

  • POSTED BY on | December 20, 2011, 20:00 GMT

    As much as I think Cowan should be there cos he earned his spot by practically being the only guy around to score a mountain of runs, I would say with the likelihood of Watson being fit, he will miss out. I will reiterate, that there is no other middle order batsmen putting their hands up to replace Ponting or Hussey, so I don't think the selectors can afford to drop them its as simple as that. Hilfenhuis has also been taking heaps of wickets, he should replace Starc who has not looked his best in either of New Zealand test matches

  • POSTED BY nandwani88 on | December 20, 2011, 19:55 GMT

    My XI: Katich, Watson, Ponting, Marsh, Clarke, Hussey, Haddin, Harris, Pattinson, Lyon, Cummins. Can't beat that!

  • POSTED BY on | December 20, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    @Kritika Prasad LMAO i reckon you don't know the meaning of sans which means without . you should get your facts and English straight lady before commenting upon some one's opinion . i never commented upon india's chances in the forthcoming series besides there is no role for emotional thoughts in a high intesity series of this kind . I had heared a lot of crap when india were in England that we would win 3-0 and virender sehwag would take Anderson and co to cleaners and i was one amongst them who was hoping for it and what had happened after that was history . I just hope history doesn't get repeated in the forth coming series .cheers lady

  • POSTED BY on | December 20, 2011, 18:29 GMT

    my boxing day xi...1.David warner 2. Ed cowan 3. Ricky ponting 4.mj clarke 5. m.hussy 6.watson 7.hidden 8.siddel 9.lyon 10.hariss 11 pattison....hope hariss will play boxing test match

  • POSTED BY bumsonseats on | December 20, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    iv only seen cowan the once. did not do much in that game. but i think he will do a very good job at least his stance looks good and he plays tight. maybe just the opener you need. dpk

  • POSTED BY lolrocket on | December 20, 2011, 17:23 GMT

    Starc really should be dropped. No pace or penetration and hardly any movement. He's taken 4 wickets in his two tests; 3 short balls where the batsman made a mistake playing a cut shot and a catch down the leg side. Copeland, Coulter-Nile, Faulkner, anyone. Starc is neither the present nor the future.

  • POSTED BY jplterrors on | December 20, 2011, 17:01 GMT

    @markofcaloundra u cant really compare NZ to SA when we have a better test side then Australia. Next time NZ plays OZ at home we will win the series. The debate with Haddin, Wade and Neville is easy play them all as BATSMEN Paine can keep when hes back would surely strenghten u lot.

  • POSTED BY on | December 20, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    all d peopl sayin ponting and hussey should be dropped should get one thing clear tat australia suck without them.....and all the talent u talkin abt arent tested on the international level.....hussey is one of the best players in australia today...he can win them matches

  • POSTED BY on | December 20, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    i am an indian and say aus will take a big risk not playing hussey and i dont understand why he has to be dropped he has just had 4 bad test matches but dont forget his wonderful performances in sri lanka and in ashes and he even will ashwin well becouse of his CSK ecperience mind you i think he is going to be our trumpcard in bowling attack belive it or not ricky ponting maybe 1 or 2 test matches more beocuse u cant have an inexperience team playing with us watson and marsh come in if fit ed cowan scored a century against nz in tour match now agaisnt us so he must be good so take him if above are not fit Dan christian how good for test he is i am not aware if he has done well in sheild cricket and if watson is not bowling well worth playing him but too many new players againt india is not going to make things easy

  • POSTED BY on | December 20, 2011, 16:19 GMT

    @Lmaotsetung at least our team scored 300 once but you scored 47 (21\9)

  • POSTED BY prashkannam on | December 20, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    A day after former India captain Sourav Ganguly termed Greg Chappell a "mad" man, pacer Ashish Nehra on Tuesday said that he too "never had a great experience" playing under the Australian.The out-of-favour Indian speedster said though he did not play enough cricket under former India coach Chappell, the couple of series' which he was involved in were not worth remembering. "I only played two-three series when Chappell was the coach of Indian team, but I can say I never had a great experience. Everyone had some issue with him so there must be something wrong," Nehra said.

  • POSTED BY trueindian on | December 20, 2011, 15:50 GMT

    I just presented some of my views in another article. Well, Cowan deserves debut but if you notice the current combination, Hughes has failed in another try, Warner is certain to play and Khawaja has shown so much promise that it seems he is feeling a lot of burden now. So i will open with Warner and Khawaja, two relatively new players and back up them either with Ponting or Clarke for this Test. If either Hussey, Ponting or Khawaja fails, I would replace him with Cowan. Ed Cowan till that time will get an opportunity to closely observe the team and be better prepared in times of nervousness at debut. Yeah, Watto should not be rushed in and given time to heal so that he is fully fit for bowling. Lets give Daniel a chance-- he does not lose ANYTHING.

  • POSTED BY zico123 on | December 20, 2011, 15:42 GMT

    when Watson and Shaun Marsh is fit, they should replace Ponting and Hussey

  • POSTED BY zico123 on | December 20, 2011, 15:40 GMT

    my Australian XI for Boxing Day: 1. Ed Cowan, 2. David Warner, 3. Ricky Ponting, 4. Michael Clarke, 5. Michael Hussey, 6. Daniel Christian, 7. Brad Haddin, 8. Mitchell Starc, 9. James Pattinson, 10. Peter Siddle, 11. Nathan Lyon.

  • POSTED BY Rolling_in_The_Deep on | December 20, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    India depend a lot on ZAK.. the question is will he last a test match..Oz line up may struggle against Ashwin, he is the surprise package and an Indian Trump Card..

  • POSTED BY anilkp on | December 20, 2011, 15:30 GMT

    Um..I don't know Brydon, I guess the Aussie support team does not have a statistician. Otherwise, someone should have told them that just three frontline bowlers alongwith Clarke are enough. They dont need many batsmen too, as the Indians do not have a statistically reputed wicket-taker this time around. So, I would pick 3 bowlers, 3 batsmen, captain, and a keeper; the rest three can come from the streets in case a ball unwillingly races to the boundary. You can't blame me, since the English summer is still fresh in my mind.

  • POSTED BY on | December 20, 2011, 15:21 GMT

    mr imad k india won in perth 2008 drew series in 2003 australia and also won in england 2007 and drew in 2002 won a test in 2006 in durban fatest pitch in sa and in 2011 won in durban drew series won cb series in australia 2008 word cup final sa i think these are the achievements pakistan team will take next50 yrs or 100 yrs to achieve top run getters in australiasince 1990 check stats sehwag 59 avg sachin 56 laxman 49 dravid 46 kallis 45 and lara41 pakistan have no rite to comment because their batsman are worst in playing outside wat they won this decade nothing 3-0 test loss and 5 nil one day loss in australia india has one odd series in england due to injuries atleast they won series in 2007 and drew in 2003 pakistan stop looking at india look at your team since 2003 to 2010 pathetic team from subcontinent india won asia cup even lanka this decade pakistan wont even that

  • POSTED BY on | December 20, 2011, 15:12 GMT

    Only threats for india are watson,marsh,bollinger and may be siddle rest all r just a namesake 11 india will trash james pattinson snd nathan lyon for sure and siddle atleast in 2 matches !!

    Similarly in indian team the players to look out for would be obviously sachin and laxman for their gud record against aussies.sehwag might shine in hardly 1 or may be 2 matches .

    Watch out for kohli !!! He is the man who is on great form and his first tour down under but he plays his shots soo elegantly and with lots of confidence.he will surely rock this series !!

    Rohit though he is the only player in the squad who is the best player against shot ball he has a tendency to take things for granted once he gets in to indian squad hope he shows.maturity atleast now.

    On the bowling front ishant and ashwin are the only hopes.zaheer is usless on australian bouncy pitches experience doesnt matter but pace and bounce matter and he's got none .

    umesh yadav might shine in 1 or 2 vinay kumar will rock

  • POSTED BY on | December 20, 2011, 15:06 GMT

    valvan beta ji there is lot of diffrence between ashwin mendis and dude mendis was smashed by india not austrlia they neva played him in test bet on me mendis will surely bambozeled aussies as far as ashwin he is diffrent not only carrom bowl variations in flight drift doosre top spinner scrambled seam off spin faster one lots of variations mendis has only carrom we will se aussies are undrestimating india we have seen wat happened in perth 2008

  • POSTED BY hhillbumper on | December 20, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    Jonesey 2.Good to hear from you.So does this make Cowans one of the worlds greatest batsman following your normal logic that Aussie equals all time great. Lets see what happens in the series eh

  • POSTED BY krnataraj on | December 20, 2011, 14:33 GMT

    first of all the aussies have no reason to be too nervous about the indian team. the indian bowling is just a bit better than a club side and most of the new bowlers have still a long way to go. the only source of worry for the aussies could be if the indian batsmen were to click and going by recent records overseas only one or two fire thru out the series. rahul dravid and kohli could be the only players with some consistency. the rest if they click then india have a chance of salvaging a series draw. if aussie batsmen click and give enough runs for their so called inexperienced bowling attack then they have a better chance of winning the series. another factor that could decide the series is injuries to players from both sides.

  • POSTED BY on | December 20, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    @Vicky R Ganesan LMAO. Get your facts right mate. SACHIN AND DRAVID did not play the 2nd practice match. And yeah. Whatever you say. INDIA WILL WIN. Ashwin and Kohli were class acts today. Rohit and Kohli ought to be in the team somehow! They are brilliant! By the way, Australia, your Bollinger is no good lol.Cricinfo please publish.

  • POSTED BY SirViv1973 on | December 20, 2011, 14:22 GMT

    To my Aussie cousin's what has happened to Bollinger ? do CA only consider him as a limited overs bowler these days ?

  • POSTED BY bumsonseats on | December 20, 2011, 14:20 GMT

    joneys we are on the end of your rantings. why should others not do similar. dpk

  • POSTED BY srirammsw on | December 20, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    My playing eleven for Australia for the boxing day test: 1.Ed Cowan 2.David Warner 3.Watson 4.Clarke 5.Ponting\Hussey 6.Daniel Christian 7.Brad Haddin 8.James Pattinson 9. Harris/Starc 10.Peter Siddle 11.Lyon

    I feel this will add balance into team. Dropping Ponting is unfortunate, but probably the best option as I feel Christian might score more than Ponting. When Marsh is fit, he will replace Hussey and gets into no. 3 and rest push one step down in the batting order. This will give more options in the bowling dept. Also, reduces a bit of load on Watson even after he is fit as his load shared by christian plus the batting depth due to the addition of the all rounder. This can be the team which can server Australia for a longer time in the future.

  • POSTED BY markofcaloundra on | December 20, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    Certainy Cowan deserves a test spot based on his outstanding first class form, but going in with Warner two tests, Cowan and Khawaja is highly risky.Yet just as Cowan deserves a go, KHAWAJA DESERVES GAMES BUT HE IS A LONG WAY FROM TEST FIRST DROP, HE SHOULD BE BATTING SIX.AS FOR CHRISTIAN, SORRY HE HE IS NOT A TEST CLASS BAT OR BOWLER. I AGREE WITH CHAPELLI THAT CLARKE MUST BAT THREE.WATSON. MARSH SHLD NOT PLAY AS NO RECENT MATCH FORM IN SHIELD.SO STUPID TO SUSPEND FIRST CLASS GAME FOR BIG BASH TRASH.CA IS A JOKE.PROBLEM WITH CROWDS IS TOO MANY MEANINGLESS ONE DAY TOURNAMENTS, ONE DAY SERIES SHOULD BE THREE OR FIVE PRIOR TO TESTS. TOO MANY 7 GAME 1 DAY SERIES AND NOW THE MASS RUBBISH OF BIG BASH. AFTER TEST SERIES NO ONE CARES IF WE WIN/ LOSE ONE DAYERS IF WE LOSE TESTS. DONT THINK WE WILL BOWL INDIA OUT IN FOUR TESTS ENOUGH TO WIN SERIES. PATTINSON LOOKS PROMISING BUT SIDDLE? STRARC?SORRY NO TEST CLASS. NZ IS ABOUT AS STRONG AS STH AUST TEAM.LlYON IS GOOD PROSPECT BUT VS INDIA?

  • POSTED BY on | December 20, 2011, 13:49 GMT

    Australian XI for Boxing Day: 1. Ed Cowan, 2. David Warner, 3. Ricky Ponting, 4. Michael Clarke, 5. Michael Hussey, 6. Daniel Christian, 7. Brad Haddin, 8. Mitchell Starc, 9. James Pattinson, 10. Peter Siddle, 11. Nathan Lyon.

  • POSTED BY Valavan on | December 20, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    @All, everyone who believes ashwin will rattle, he is just another mendis with a faster carrom ball and a top spinner, saome 2yr warranty as mendis, ashwin will follow him. ASHWIN = MENDIS + 1. simple arithmetic. seems SCG will be a fast track this time as from previous first class games. Dont underestimate Australia and they are better prepared after their ashes loss last time. cricinfo please publish

  • POSTED BY on | December 20, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    I think Ponting & Hussey need to go ! There's Hell Lot of Talent in Ozz ! Younger players like Cowan ,Klinger, Bailey ,Warner & Christian should also be selected & in the bowling Pattinson ,Siddle , Lyon (Along with Clarke will make a deadly combination of Spin) Bollinger shoul play & Plzzz pick Wade i don't think Haddin is a good player !

  • POSTED BY AidanFX on | December 20, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    Cowan scored 100 in the last tour match also - Surely he is a walk in by now - before Christian

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | December 20, 2011, 13:34 GMT

    Lord_Tendulkar -- probably the funniest thing ive ever read

  • POSTED BY Imad_K on | December 20, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    Like I said well before the Eng-India series in England that India would get thrashed, they will also struggle against Australia. Two reasons - they lack a decent bowling attack but more importantly the whole world knows their batsmen struggle against quick short bowling on quick wickets. Watching some of the Indian batsmen play short bowling is almost embarrassing. That's why they struggled against England and didn't do much better (talking about runs scored) against South Africa.

  • POSTED BY BozoSri on | December 20, 2011, 13:10 GMT

    It is funny that in all the series going on recently, none of the teams have been complete because most of their key players have injured something and of the few playing most of them end up having a fractured rib, a ligament tear or something. I find it hard to accept this as just a coincidence that almost all players from all teams are getting injured all the time. This never happened a couple of years back.

  • POSTED BY on | December 20, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    My XI: David Warner, Shane Watson (if fit) or Ed Cowan (if not), Ricky Ponting/Usman Khawaja, Michael Clarke, Michael Hussey, Daniel Christian, Matthew Wade, Trent Copeland, James Pattinson, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon. Sorry, but Starc has done badly and needs to be replaced by Copeland, who did amazingly well to start with! Also I think that Haddin's time is well and truly up. For me, there is a spot only for one of Ponting or Khawaja, not both. But I think that Ponting's experience might give him the nod, just.

  • POSTED BY chapathishot on | December 20, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    As it always happens Indians have a tendency to bring the best from out of form players on the verge of being sacked as happened in England with Broad and Petersen .So Australia will do well to field more out of form players like Haddin,Ponting,Khwaja,Hussey.If he was not injured Jhonson might have recovered his form also.The only person they should not play is Lyon ,he is a good bowler but might look ordinary against India and may abruptly end a promising career.

  • POSTED BY on | December 20, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    @Lord Tendulkar Well, nobody is sure what the bowling attack will be yet, and writing off Siddle at this stage? His movement against New Zealand was remarkable and he's never bowled faster. You avoided mentioning James Pattinson who's played two tests and taken two five-fors using massive amounts of swing at around 150kph. Starc is the least likely incumbent to play but is still dangerous , and I wouldn't even write off Lyon. Yes, you do have the best players of spin in the world and it will be a challenge for him. But Nathan has risen to every challenge thus far and exceeded all expectations. (Also, results of the first innings of Chairman's XI suggests that India's not really set to dominate Australia's second-string attack...)

  • POSTED BY on | December 20, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    Australia's batting has been the weak part. i cant remember the last time they scored over 500 runs in an innings. i would pick cowan, simply on form and i would also try and stretch the batting lineup by replacing Starc with Faulkner. i think faulkner is a bett bowler and is probably classfied as a bowling allrounder. Batting at 8 gives us depth which frankly i think we are going to need. I do think Siddle will get smacked around alot, Lyon will do better then most people will think and Pattinson will shoulder the responsibility. Ponting or Hussey have to fire also. India do have a very weak bowling attack although my thoughts are if you play test cricket for your country you must have something about you, so they must be given respect.

  • POSTED BY Prasant_NSW on | December 20, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    Same problem haunted India for a while when selectors choose players based on T20 performance. Aus should come out of that thought process soon. Don't depend on Pattison too much he is just a match far sharing bed with Cummins. LOLzz.

  • POSTED BY on | December 20, 2011, 12:32 GMT

    I like the five-bowler theory. It is a must against a strong Indian batting lineup with back to back matches and with Watson unfit to bowl. My XI will be: Watson, Warner(or)Cowan, Ponting, Clarke, Hussey, Christian, Haddin, Siddle, Pattinson, Lyon ,Bollinger(Also it will put more responsibility on Haddin the batsman).

  • POSTED BY Prasant_NSW on | December 20, 2011, 12:31 GMT

    Indians are having upper hand even before they took flight to Aus.. CA is facing too much pressure in selecting the team. Ind should capitalize this opportunity to retain Border-Gavaskar trophy.

  • POSTED BY SirViv1973 on | December 20, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    @Sakar Jung Shahi, XI = 11, you have named XIII which = 13, and I don't think there is any chance of Cummins playing in this series!

  • POSTED BY SirViv1973 on | December 20, 2011, 12:05 GMT

    I think an interesting series beckons here. Both teams look as if they have their fair share of problems. Although india have their tried and tested batting line up their 2 senior bowlers Ishant and Zaheer look unlikley to play much of apart due to injury and a lack of fitness, that will leave a very inexperienced attack and no one who has bowled on Aussie tracks before in a test. On the other hand the Aussie's have had their batting woes recently although I kinda think they will do ok against this India attack espically if the likes of Watson and Marsh can get fit and play a real part in the series. Again though I think bowling maybe their problem. Pitches are likley to be flatter at MCG, SCG & AO than what we saw at the gabba and Hobart and without Harris the seam attack looks a bowler short. Very surprised that Starc's in the probable line up after his display against NZL surley Copeland or George would have been a better shout?

  • POSTED BY atuljain1969 on | December 20, 2011, 11:59 GMT

    It will be very difficult for the Indian team to get 20 wickets in a match. In this scenario the only result possible is 4-0 or 3-0 in favor of australia.

    Even the circumstances are same, as were during the visit to England by India earlier this year. Went to England after defeating W.I and then Zahir got injured. Here also going after defeating W.I and now Ishant is injured.

  • POSTED BY sharkwolf on | December 20, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    Well it seems that Ashwin is the best bowler in both teams, Ausies can create issues for the indian batsmen as they had a horrible experience in England, and its not easy for them to forget that... but thats also the fact that this Ausie Side is one of the weakest Aus side of modern cricket

  • POSTED BY on | December 20, 2011, 11:37 GMT

    as an Indian supporter this is real bad news.Aus should definitely play as many bowlers as they can bcos 1.No need to have many batsmen against Indian bowlers.mark my words Ponting,Hussey,Haddin all will make runs by truck load against " either too full or too short" "wayward" " listless" "batsmen friendly paced" Indian bowlers 2.Aus need to take 20 wickets in the space of a probable 300-250 overs and with Harris, Cummis and even Wato in the injury list need to explore all options.Also a Laxman or Dravid or Sehwag may be on song in any test and to secure victory from a possible draw Clarke will need plenty of options.I was hoping for 2 draws but now i think another 4-0 is in the wings..BUT from an Aus cricket perspective tons against Indian pop guns dont mean a thing and Haddin should be shown the door regardless of how many runs he scores.As for Hussey and Punter I think if they fire then they should be persisted with till Ashes2k13 bcos they ve scord thre b4

  • POSTED BY on | December 20, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    @gupta ankur first worry about our team as there are lots of injury issues as well and more importantly our famous batsmen sans sachin and dravid did a " fantastic" job against a second string Aussie bowling line up at manuka oval to get to 269 .

  • POSTED BY on | December 20, 2011, 11:27 GMT

    after an awesome english pounding where the so called greats of the game were humiliated by the pace and bounce of english seemers.................here comes india again trying their luck against a depleted australia.........yet they call it a tour down under, may be they are afraid in their subconcious of another brutal whitewash, this from the hands of the OZies.....lolzzzzzzzz!!!

  • POSTED BY AMD. on | December 20, 2011, 11:00 GMT

    Still no Ryan Harris and Bollinger !

  • POSTED BY Beertjie on | December 20, 2011, 10:58 GMT

    What you write, Damon_3388, is partly correct. One can't have anyone likely to break down. However, I think the Aussie back room boys are doing the work on the guys to ensure that this won't happen (at least as regularly as it did in the past). Given the past performance of the three guys who will return, though, they will likely need to play since we simply don't have the depth of old. It's just a question of when they're fit to resume their roles. Team for the last two tests should be the strongest we can field so as to administer the knock out blows (my 12): Warner, Cowan, Marsh, Watson, Clark, Ponting/Hussey/Khawaja, Haddin/Wade, Pattinson, Siddle, Harris, Lyon, Starc/Cutting/Copeland.

  • POSTED BY Gupta.Ankur on | December 20, 2011, 10:57 GMT

    No matter what you do ............Australian doesn't have any decent batting talent in their ranks and all their bowlers get injured after playing a series or two......

  • POSTED BY spence1324 on | December 20, 2011, 10:53 GMT

    Thats the problem with Australia at the moment,they are looking to play there T20 specialists in test cricket and @randyoz go's on about a bottomless glass of talent.....

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | December 20, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    @lmaotsetung . because india did score 250 runs in every innings there too which seems to be quite big total for aus team looking by the way they are batting in past months .

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | December 20, 2011, 10:43 GMT

    @Lmaotsetung,@jonesy2 : Good u dont think India batting as good.. I would love u guys to maintain same standards entire tour..

  • POSTED BY gimme-a-greentop on | December 20, 2011, 10:33 GMT

    @ RandyOz ...while I understand what you are saying about Watson not playing if he can't bowl (he is an allrounder, after all), I really think he's good enough to be picked just for his batting. That is the defintion of an allrounder, someone who would be picked for their batting or bowling alone. As an impartial cricket lover, to me it seems he fits that criteria. Don't write off Haddin either, he was a big part of that succesful run chase in Jo'burg that squared the series when Oz really should have lost.

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | December 20, 2011, 10:24 GMT

    Now, Cowan merits place on his awesome form.. But Warner and Watson will be the primary choice of openers(Especially if Watto is not going to bowl).. They can afford Cowan at no.3.. Watson, Warner, Cowan, Ponting, Clarke, Hussey, Haddin, Siddle, Pattinson, Lyon and the third seamer.. I dont see a place for Christian unless one among Punter/Hussey is dropped..

  • POSTED BY Lord_Tendulkar on | December 20, 2011, 10:21 GMT

    This Aussie bowling line up is quiet impotent against Indian batting I would say!! Lyon will have an unforgeful game agaist Indians...Siddle is merely a length bowler who has been hammered by Indians in the past...Would love to see Sehwag and Gambhir hit this Aussie bowling all around MCG and guess what..the best big 3 yet to follow !!Can't wait for the boxing day test!

  • POSTED BY Damon_3388 on | December 20, 2011, 10:15 GMT

    I'd like the see the following Australian XI for Boxing Day: 1. Ed Cowan, 2. David Warner, 3. Ricky Ponting, 4. Michael Clarke, 5. Michael Hussey, 6. Daniel Christian, 7. Brad Haddin, 8. Mitchell Starc, 9. James Pattinson, 10. Peter Siddle, 11. Nathan Lyon. In fact, barring injuries, I'd like to see that line-up for the entire series against India. Leave Shane Watson, Shaun Marsh and Ryan Harris out until they are 100% fit. Those three are all obviously valueable players, but they've all broken down multiple times during Test matches in the past year, and there needs to be a point where players that are fit and playing well get a go.

  • POSTED BY rawr94 on | December 20, 2011, 10:11 GMT

    Warner, Cowan, Clarke, Ponting, Watson, Hussey, Haddin, Christian, Siddle, Pattinson, Lyon should be the starting XI. Ponting should be given till after Sydney (3-4 innings) to prove his worth, otherwise Khawaja or a Queenslander by the name of Joe Burns should come in. As for bowlers, Harris (whenever he is fit) for Christian and O'Keefe if Lyon gets plastered. If all else fails, then it could be another long summer for us....

  • POSTED BY on | December 20, 2011, 10:07 GMT

    I dont why the fuss is about Indian bowling all the time by Australian media. True there have been certain instances/issues with Ishant Sharma and Zaheer Khan but this is all part of the game. The Indian selection panel would not have selected these if they had any doubt about their ability. On the contrary, the Australian team too have many issues, but this is less projected in the local media as they, always, want to dig at the opponents. Moreover the weather prediction is that it is likely to be cool and possible showers on three days of the test duration and hope the weather is kind to both teams.

  • POSTED BY nzcricket174 on | December 20, 2011, 10:02 GMT

    Please yes...he is so average it will help the Indians win.

  • POSTED BY on | December 20, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    I think Simon katich should be recalled to open with david warner, watson should be push to 6 number..rest ponting deserves an another chance so do hussy, rest of the sqaud clark, haddin,pattinson, starc, lyon, siddle.

  • POSTED BY jazzaaaaaaaa on | December 20, 2011, 9:41 GMT

    Please I hope Christian doesnt play, his bowling is average at best (Avg: 35) and his batting just isnt good enough to be in the top 6 or 7 (Avg: 30). If we need someone to be the 5th bowler, Hussey, Clarke and Warner can share some overs.

  • POSTED BY on | December 20, 2011, 9:37 GMT

    i think this would be better Warner, Cowan, ponting, Clarke, Watson, Christian, Haddin, Pattison, harris/copeland, Lyon, Siddle. Ponting should be given a last chance to play against India and hussey should be dropped !! he is not making much run as out of form ponting !!

  • POSTED BY Lmaotsetung on | December 20, 2011, 9:32 GMT

    Why need 5 bowlers when this Indian lineup never got past 300 run in 4 tries in Eng?

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | December 20, 2011, 9:30 GMT

    first of all. powerful india batting lineup? please. secondly. NOOOOOOO! why would christian get a debut when mitch marsh is the next great allrounder???? christian is a very good player and has been playing well but seriously this is just bemusing. its steve smith playing last summer all over again. dan christian is third in line behind marsh and faulkner

  • POSTED BY on | December 20, 2011, 9:28 GMT

    My. XI would be. 1. David Warner. 2. Ed Cowan/Shane Watson. 3. Michael Clarke. 4. Ricky Pointing. 5. Mike Hussey. 6. Daniel Christian. 7. Mathew Wade. 8. Mitchell Starc. 9. James Pattison. 10. Nathan Lyon. 11. Peter Siddle/Pat Cummins. 12. Shaun Marsh.

  • POSTED BY Full-Blooded-Wallop on | December 20, 2011, 9:28 GMT

    OMG,Please aussies have atleast 8 batters...we are here to play some cricket..not watching 47 all outs......moreover even if you try 6 bowlers indian legends will bat only once per match.

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | December 20, 2011, 9:26 GMT

    There is absolutely no way Watson should be playing if he cannot bowl. There is absolutely no way Starc should be bowling with his inability to pitch it up. There is absolutely no way Haddin should be playing with his reckless tendancies. Christian being in the XI is an absolute no brainer. Watto if you can't bowl you aren't fit. Hughes out, Christian in.

  • POSTED BY on | December 20, 2011, 9:23 GMT

    Hope no watson and marsh then it will be a cake walk for india.ashwin will rattle them with his variations and bounce for sure .he played against aus in world cup qf and ponting was having dificulties facing him. Hussey,ponting and haddin are out of form and will be walking wickets if india put pressure on aussies.

    No offence but this is what i feel after seeing ponting and hussey in recent 2-3 series.

  • POSTED BY sunny1307 on | December 20, 2011, 9:17 GMT

    Team for boxing day test:1.Cowan 2.Warner 3.Marsh 4.Ponting 5.Clarke 6.Hussey 7.Haddin 8.Bollinger 9.Pattinson 10.Siddle 11.Lyon.......Cowan has to be there 100%,he's scored more runs in the past month than ponting has in past 2 years.Ponting should be forced into test retirement if he fails to score less than 400 runs in the series.Although he can continue in Odi's upto the next World Cup.

  • POSTED BY on | December 20, 2011, 9:11 GMT

    Possible line ups @ MCG: Australia: WARNER, WATSON, COWAN, PONTING, CLARKE, M HUSSEY, HADDIN, SIDDLE, LYON, PATTINSON, STARC.

    India: GAMBHIR, SEHWAG, DRAVID,TENDULKAR, LAXMAN, KOHLI, DHONI, ASHWIN, ZAHEER, I SHARMA, YADAV.

  • POSTED BY on | December 20, 2011, 9:10 GMT

    Nice team selection but why lyon alone need another spinner

  • POSTED BY on | December 20, 2011, 9:00 GMT

    I would have liked Shaun marsh instead of pointing but I guess he won't be fit for the boxing day test

  • POSTED BY tfjones1978 on | December 20, 2011, 8:55 GMT

    If thats the squad that is selected and everyone is fit then I would select have (batting order): Warner, Cowan, Khawaja, Clarke, Watson, Christian, Haddin, Pattison, Starc, Lyon, Siddle. (Siddle at 11 due to his recent batting efforts). My reasons are that Australia has to look to form. Ponting and Hussey are struggling with the bat and need return to shield cricket to prove themselves for following away series. Khawaja has been struggling with test cricket but he is getting a lot of starts and has been doing well in first class cricket. However if he doesnt do well soon, then the selectors need to look rotating the players so Khawaja only plays half of the tests each year. Also, Watson said he wont bowl and we need five bowlers in this match (with maybe 5 overs from Watson). We cant have a bowlers pitch with three young bowlers and no fifth bowler ... thats how you ruin young bowlers!

  • POSTED BY on | December 20, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    Australian Cricket team and Media is getting too complacent on the issue of Indian Bowling strength. There is Zaheer Khan who can run through their batting order. R Ashwin is bound to get bounce, because of his height plus Australian Tracks will encourage more loop from him. If all goes well with Ishant Indian bowling attack will create problems. Remembering an inform Ricky Ponting faceing Ishant was not a pleasing sight for an Australian fan.Now we have out of form Ponting. I don't know what is in store for him. But he is likely to get LBW to incoming deliveries from Indian Bowlers specially from a shrewd tactician like Zaheer Khan. Don'y right off Indian Bowling.

  • POSTED BY captian_buddy on | December 20, 2011, 8:48 GMT

    Aussies should play this XI 1.ed cowan 2.david warner 3.ricky ponting 4.usman khawaja 5.micheal clarke 6.micke hussey 7.daniel christian 8.brad haddin 9.james pattinson 10.peter siddle 11.steve o'keefe

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  • POSTED BY captian_buddy on | December 20, 2011, 8:48 GMT

    Aussies should play this XI 1.ed cowan 2.david warner 3.ricky ponting 4.usman khawaja 5.micheal clarke 6.micke hussey 7.daniel christian 8.brad haddin 9.james pattinson 10.peter siddle 11.steve o'keefe

  • POSTED BY on | December 20, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    Australian Cricket team and Media is getting too complacent on the issue of Indian Bowling strength. There is Zaheer Khan who can run through their batting order. R Ashwin is bound to get bounce, because of his height plus Australian Tracks will encourage more loop from him. If all goes well with Ishant Indian bowling attack will create problems. Remembering an inform Ricky Ponting faceing Ishant was not a pleasing sight for an Australian fan.Now we have out of form Ponting. I don't know what is in store for him. But he is likely to get LBW to incoming deliveries from Indian Bowlers specially from a shrewd tactician like Zaheer Khan. Don'y right off Indian Bowling.

  • POSTED BY tfjones1978 on | December 20, 2011, 8:55 GMT

    If thats the squad that is selected and everyone is fit then I would select have (batting order): Warner, Cowan, Khawaja, Clarke, Watson, Christian, Haddin, Pattison, Starc, Lyon, Siddle. (Siddle at 11 due to his recent batting efforts). My reasons are that Australia has to look to form. Ponting and Hussey are struggling with the bat and need return to shield cricket to prove themselves for following away series. Khawaja has been struggling with test cricket but he is getting a lot of starts and has been doing well in first class cricket. However if he doesnt do well soon, then the selectors need to look rotating the players so Khawaja only plays half of the tests each year. Also, Watson said he wont bowl and we need five bowlers in this match (with maybe 5 overs from Watson). We cant have a bowlers pitch with three young bowlers and no fifth bowler ... thats how you ruin young bowlers!

  • POSTED BY on | December 20, 2011, 9:00 GMT

    I would have liked Shaun marsh instead of pointing but I guess he won't be fit for the boxing day test

  • POSTED BY on | December 20, 2011, 9:10 GMT

    Nice team selection but why lyon alone need another spinner

  • POSTED BY on | December 20, 2011, 9:11 GMT

    Possible line ups @ MCG: Australia: WARNER, WATSON, COWAN, PONTING, CLARKE, M HUSSEY, HADDIN, SIDDLE, LYON, PATTINSON, STARC.

    India: GAMBHIR, SEHWAG, DRAVID,TENDULKAR, LAXMAN, KOHLI, DHONI, ASHWIN, ZAHEER, I SHARMA, YADAV.

  • POSTED BY sunny1307 on | December 20, 2011, 9:17 GMT

    Team for boxing day test:1.Cowan 2.Warner 3.Marsh 4.Ponting 5.Clarke 6.Hussey 7.Haddin 8.Bollinger 9.Pattinson 10.Siddle 11.Lyon.......Cowan has to be there 100%,he's scored more runs in the past month than ponting has in past 2 years.Ponting should be forced into test retirement if he fails to score less than 400 runs in the series.Although he can continue in Odi's upto the next World Cup.

  • POSTED BY on | December 20, 2011, 9:23 GMT

    Hope no watson and marsh then it will be a cake walk for india.ashwin will rattle them with his variations and bounce for sure .he played against aus in world cup qf and ponting was having dificulties facing him. Hussey,ponting and haddin are out of form and will be walking wickets if india put pressure on aussies.

    No offence but this is what i feel after seeing ponting and hussey in recent 2-3 series.

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | December 20, 2011, 9:26 GMT

    There is absolutely no way Watson should be playing if he cannot bowl. There is absolutely no way Starc should be bowling with his inability to pitch it up. There is absolutely no way Haddin should be playing with his reckless tendancies. Christian being in the XI is an absolute no brainer. Watto if you can't bowl you aren't fit. Hughes out, Christian in.

  • POSTED BY Full-Blooded-Wallop on | December 20, 2011, 9:28 GMT

    OMG,Please aussies have atleast 8 batters...we are here to play some cricket..not watching 47 all outs......moreover even if you try 6 bowlers indian legends will bat only once per match.