India in Australia 2011-12

Lyon to return in Adelaide

Daniel Brettig

January 17, 2012

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Nathan Lyon bowls in the nets, Melbourne, December 23, 2011
Nathan Lyon will return to Australia's XI in Adelaide © Getty Images
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Nathan Lyon's recall in place of a fast bowler will be the only change to Australia's XI for the fourth Test against India at Adelaide Oval, the national selector John Inverarity has confirmed.

Inverarity has named an unchanged squad for the final match of the series, indicating that Lyon's return to the team was guaranteed after missing out on a speedy pitch in Perth. Lyon has taken only two tail-end wickets in the series, but will be leaned on heavily on an Adelaide surface that will invariably take turn as the match progresses.

"A spin bowler has always been a priority in Test matches at Adelaide Oval and it is very likely that Nathan Lyon will replace one of the other bowlers in the final XI for the fourth Test," Inverarity said.

"The fact the Australians were able to dismiss India in only 60 and 63 overs in Perth and the extra two rest days because the Test finished early has meant that there is reduced concern about excessive workloads for the fast bowlers. Michael Clarke's team will be striving to maintain the momentum with a win in Adelaide."

The choice of which fast bowler to drop for Adelaide will be a vexing one, given that all delivered piercing spells at the WACA ground. Ben Hilfenhaus and Peter Siddle are the two quicks arguably in need of some rest, having played every match of the India series so far.

Siddle, the most durable member of the pace attack this summer, has played in eight consecutive Tests since forcing his way back into the team for the final match in Sri Lanka. However his bowling method may be better suited to Adelaide than Hilfenhaus, who has not enjoyed much success at the ground for Tasmania and was left out of the XI for the corresponding Ashes Test last summer.

Ryan Harris' fitness is constantly monitored, but he has a strong record of performance at Adelaide Oval from his time with South Australia. Mitchell Starc's case is also strong, given his wickets in both innings at the WACA and also the selectors' desire to build his experience and poise for future international assignments.

The unchanged squad also affords further chances for the top order batsman Shaun Marsh and the wicketkeeper Brad Haddin, both of whom have endured difficult series against India despite Australia's 3-0 domination. Shane Watson was again not considered due to ongoing calf trouble.

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Posted by RandyOZ on (January 20, 2012, 15:42 GMT)

Thank god I can finally watch a good spinner. Because watching Swann here in England is seriously embarrassing!

Posted by smudgeon on (January 18, 2012, 23:42 GMT)

Harris, Hilf, Starc, Lyon sounds like a good attack. Give Siddle the match off, he's earned it. I like what I've been seeing of Starc, he's definitely earned his spot. Also the best left-handed bowler called Mitchell in the country.

Posted by VivGilchrist on (January 18, 2012, 11:45 GMT)

@landl47.....your humor lacks the vital element of comedy. Christian should have been included ahead of Marsh. He could bat at 6 and be the 5th genuine bowler on a flat pitch. Australian selectors have missed the oppurtunity to see if they have two world-class allrounders. How Haddin keeps his spot is beyond me.

Posted by   on (January 17, 2012, 23:29 GMT)

Why on earth should Marsh be considered. He got runs in his first 2 tests (on flat Sri Lankan wickets), and has failed ever since. 14 runs in this series @ 3.5 average does not warrant selection. Are the selectors going to keep him around until he succeeds to justify their faith in him. Be fair dinkum!!

Posted by mixters on (January 17, 2012, 22:39 GMT)

Expect Hif or Siddle to be rested (not Dropped) Between them they have been the best of the quicks this series. It must be a real bonus for selectors to do this now that the test is a dead one.Have Pattinson and Cummins or even Johnson, Yes even Jonnson fit and they have a great pool to pick from. Marsh will want to score soon because Watson will walk in at his expence when fit.

Posted by vijaykoganti on (January 17, 2012, 8:51 GMT)

Aus should go with same squad as Perth, they ripped through the indian batsmen at Perth, lowest innings total by Indians so far in the series at Perth,

Posted by vagee on (January 17, 2012, 8:14 GMT)

Including Lyon will only help the out of form indian batsmen to get some runs. The problem for current indian batsmen s is that they cant bat 140 + swinging, bouncing deliveries abroad. surely inclusion of lyon will either make laxman to score some runs and hold on to his place or rohit to have a good debut.

Posted by   on (January 17, 2012, 7:57 GMT)

Perfect opportunity for Australia to blood some young talent in the form of Michael Hogan/Jayde Herrick while giving Hilfy and Siddle a much deserved break. Harris needs to play to have a chance to recapture the form that saw him be Australia's spearhead not long ago. Also, how many chances are the selectors going to give Haddin? Marsh needs to stand up as well-only 14 runs in 4 innings since his return.

Posted by   on (January 17, 2012, 7:36 GMT)

Good newz for indians if the pitch is offering some spin.. They can drop Vinay and Ishant and play with Aswin and Ozha. Saha is confirmed replacement of Dhoni, we should have Rohit also playing in place of Laxman. Hope change in captaincy help India.

Posted by   on (January 17, 2012, 7:28 GMT)

Since Shane Warne retirement Australia still struggles in Spin Bowling department even now ,Nathan lyon are tthe big prospect and Aussies keen to nurtured themagainst Indian who are the best player of Spin but mentally Shattered after series of defeats

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Daniel Brettig Assistant editor Daniel Brettig had been a journalist for eight years when he joined ESPNcricinfo, but his fascination with cricket dates back to the early 1990s, when his dad helped him sneak into the family lounge room to watch the end of day-night World Series matches well past bedtime. Unapologetically passionate about indie music and the South Australian Redbacks, Daniel's chief cricketing achievement was to dismiss Wisden Almanack editor Lawrence Booth in the 2010 Ashes press match in Perth - a rare Australian victory that summer.
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