Australia v South Africa, 3rd Test, Perth

Johnson, Hastings and Hazlewood called up

Daniel Brettig and Brydon Coverdale

November 26, 2012

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Mitchell Johnson bends his back, South Africa v Australia, 2nd Test, Johannesburg, 3rd day, November 19, 2011
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Mitchell Johnson has returned to Australia's Test squad for the first time in a year and has been joined by the uncapped Josh Hazlewood and John Hastings as Australia consider their bowling options for the third Test in Perth. Mitchell Starc is also part of a 14-man group that does not feature the injured James Pattinson, nor the batsman Rob Quiney, who has been dropped after scoring a pair in Adelaide.

Shane Watson is expected to play in what should be a direct swap for Quiney, but the major questions for the selectors will surround the make-up of the attack. Four fast men could be an option at the WACA and the heavy workload experienced by Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus in the draw at Adelaide Oval, combined with the absence of Pattinson, might lead to multiple changes.

"He's no doubt fatigued, he's bowled his heart out that's for sure, but he's got three days to recover and get himself right, give himself every opportunity to get out on the park in Perth," the captain Michael Clarke said of Siddle. "He was outstanding today, but no doubt he's fatigued, he's bowled his heart out.

"I think [the large squad is] for options, as you've just seen Hilfy and Sidds have had a really heavy workload, bowled a hell of a lot in the last couple of weeks and Test matches, I think we need options for Perth to see how the boys follow-up. We've got to fly and a couple days of training. As a selection panel we're giving ourselves every option to work out what the best attack is for those conditions once we see them up in Perth."

Johnson, who has not played a Test for Australia since the Johannesburg victory last November, will be a serious contender given his record at the WACA. He took 11 wickets against South Africa in Perth four years ago and nine in the 2010-11 Ashes Test there, and Clarke said he was impressed by Johnson's Sheffield Shield form.

"He's been bowling really well in Shield cricket, he's bowling fast and he's swinging the ball as well which is nice to see," Clarke said. "In conditions he loves in Perth and has had a lot of success, he'll be doing everything in his power to try to get an opportunity. If you look at Starc, Hazlewood, Hastings, Johnson, they're a very handy four fast bowlers to be taking to Perth with Siddle and Hilfenhaus. We're very lucky in Australia to have some good quicks performing well, yes they're talented, but they've been performing as well."

The selectors can also pencil in the vice-captain Watson, who missed the first two matches due to a calf injury. The national selector John Inverarity said Watson was expected to return to the side when the third Test starts on Friday, and Clarke said he could see no reason Watson would be hampered in either batting or bowling.

"Shane Watson is in our squad of 14," Clarke said, "and with our not taking Rob to Perth I'm really confident Watto will be fine to take full part with both bat and ball in the Test match."

Inverarity said the uncapped bowlers, Hastings and Hazlewood, deserved their opportunities through strong domestic displays.

"John Hastings, who has played 11 ODIs and three T20s in Australian colours, deserves his inclusion in the squad following his excellent recent form," Inverarity said. "In Sheffield Shield cricket he has taken 22 wickets at 18.3 and consistently scored valuable lower order runs.

"Josh Hazlewood is a very exciting 21 year old pace bowler. He debuted for New South Wales when he was 17 and played an ODI game for Australia at 19. He has been improving steadily this season after an injury interrupted 2011-12 season.

"There is a possibility that the final XI could include four pace bowlers. The extra bowlers have been included as back-up and in recognition of the demanding workloads shouldered by Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus in the first two Vodafone Tests against South Africa."

Squad David Warner, Ed Cowan, Shane Watson, Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke (capt), Michael Hussey, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Johnson, John Hastings, Peter Siddle, Ben Hilfenhaus, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.

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Posted by disco_bob on (November 29, 2012, 8:55 GMT)

@TommytuckerSaffa "great news that johnson is back from a Saffa perspective..."

Is that based on SA's great record against him? Please explain, why a bowler who's broken your captains finger, drawn blood from others and smashed your best bowlers for a ton, not to mention playing on a ground where he has an impeccable record, is great new.

Posted by jonesy2 on (November 28, 2012, 11:51 GMT)

jackson bird, ben cutting, nathan coulter nile, al mcdermott are obviously not far away but how can they fit them all in???? geniuses. some of these comments are just mind blowing and very concerning for humanity.

Posted by jonesy2 on (November 28, 2012, 11:42 GMT)

they will consider playing four quicks for sure but it will be a tough call due to the brilliant form of lyon so unless the pitch is really green and what not they wont play four. i think hilfenhaus might get rested to rest up for the sri lanka series. starc is a near certainty and i think mitch will play and if they go with four seamers then so will hazlewood which would be awesome to see he is such an amazing talent and could be the best of the 4 superstars young quicks. the amount of super talented bowlers around the country is staggering

Posted by MinusZero on (November 28, 2012, 6:58 GMT)

Johnson is too inconsistent. One good innings in 10 does not make a good bowler. Why isnt Butterworth or Bird considered. Tassie did produce Ponting.

Posted by   on (November 28, 2012, 5:32 GMT)

I thought the NSP adopted the policy of selecting players on form... Simply, where is BIRD? Let's compare the main candidates over the past couple of seasons of first class cricket:

Bird: 53@16 (state player of the year), 27@20.55 Johnson: 6@22, 17@29 Hazlewood: 17@30, 9@46 Hastings: ?? (not on list of top wicket takers), 22@19.09

The choice seems like a pretty fair one to me!

Posted by matt01 on (November 28, 2012, 3:43 GMT)

What a rubbish tired old selection (Johnston). Austraila need to inject new blood into this team, but seem to keep going back to the same old underperforming players. Hilfy has consistantly been out performed by his tassie counterpart Butterworth for years, and Jackson Bird would just have to wonder what on earth he needs to do to get a chance! Both Butterworth and Bird not only top the wicket taking list, their economy rates are increadible, with the added bonus of Butterworth being able to bat. Both these bolwers wiped the floor with Johnston in the tasmania match just completed yet all we heard about was Johnstons figures ??? We seem to have an obsession in Oz with having to pick the guys who can hurl the ball the quickest, how this is the case i'll never know as we had a perfect example (McGrath) of how you don't need to be the fastest to make an impact.

Posted by   on (November 28, 2012, 3:06 GMT)

I can't really understand the people saying 'build for the future'/'focus on the ashes'/'rest players with a high workload' for the coming test. In case you haven't noticed, the third test against the Proteas will decide the number one team in the world and both teams will no doubt be fielding their best possible XI.

The people calling for Siddle to be dropped after the crucial wickets he has taken are a disgrace.

Posted by Ringlin on (November 28, 2012, 1:57 GMT)

Would have liked to have seen Ben Cutting named in the squad, he can offer much more than a plodder like Hastings. Not only has his recent form been impressive (in 5 Shield games: 317 runs at 39.62 and 17 wickets at 19.23) but he's been a consistent performer for several seasons now. One would think if he continues in this vein he can't be ignored going forward.

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (November 28, 2012, 1:39 GMT)

The 4 chosen should have been: McKay, Starc, Bollinger and McDermott. While I don't mind Hastings I would prefer McKay as he has more experience. I don't mind Johnson either but think that Bollinger is in better form. Hazlewood is the bizarre one. It was almost like they were thinking to themselves - which youngster is in amazing form - and somehow missed Alistair McDermott, as well as the next best, Jackson Bird. I wouldn't play either Siddle or Hilfenhaus as both were ordinary in the first 2 tests. I wouldn't consider the out of form Lyon either, especially on a pitch that doesn't suit him. So for me it is 4 new guys coming in.

Posted by Meety on (November 28, 2012, 1:31 GMT)

@smudgeon on (November 27 2012, 01:11 AM GMT) - re: Bird v Hazlewood. The only thing I can think of, is that the NSP are playing on a hunch about Hazlewood - they see something they like? Bird can't be far away from the selectors minds, & given that Siddle & Hilfy will probably be rested for much of the SL series, I'd think Bird could be in line for a Test debut soon?

Posted by ozziefan08 on (November 27, 2012, 21:57 GMT)

I cant believe Bird hasnt been given a go, and Hazlewood has been called up. Sure the kid has alot of potential but wickets on the board should count here. Jackson Bird has been taking bags of wickets for 2 seasons now and in a game where he took 8 wickets to Johnsons 4 i just cant fathom it. I dont know why they have gone back to Johnson surely the test team has performed a whole lot better since he got injured. Everyone here is calling for Khawaja but i think Joe Burns is ahead of him but he wont get picked

Posted by   on (November 27, 2012, 21:25 GMT)

Johnson? NO - just a straight up definite NO! If the selectors think that he may be of use because he smashed SA several seasons ago - NO! If the selectors are looking back to the last Ashes test at Perth, forget it, still NO! Unless every bowler in Shield has two broken legs then Mitchell Johnson in the Australian test team is NO, NO and NO!!

Posted by   on (November 27, 2012, 20:13 GMT)

really? bird and butterworth cleaned western australia up twice and are the leading wicket takers this year as well as been consistent last two season. how they avoid international selection is beyond me

Posted by   on (November 27, 2012, 19:14 GMT)

Hilfenhaus is a medium pacer. Johnson should play instead of him.

Posted by Dashgar on (November 27, 2012, 16:04 GMT)

@rattusprat, if Siddle is tired it means he's put in an effort that would kill most other players in the world at the moment. The guy stopped eating cement because it's actually softer by comparison to what he's made of.

Posted by NotU on (November 27, 2012, 15:27 GMT)

Hazlewood!!!! And people say there is no N.S.W. bias. How many bowlers have better returns than Hazlewood this season? 20 ~ 25? 9 wickets at more than 46, incredible. Bird, Feldman, Sayers, Faulkner, Putland, Cutting, Gannon, Mennie, Coulter-Nile, Herrick, McDermott, Hopes, Hogan, etc all have more wickets at better than a pathetic 46. Yayyyyy the Argus report.

Just hand out the baggy greens in the S.C.G. changing sheds.

Posted by Marcio on (November 27, 2012, 12:34 GMT)

Watson's return will certainly strengthen the team and give it much greater balance. He can get more overs in the first innings to give Siddle a lighter workload. Johnson has been bowling really well, but a little inconsistent, as usual. Starc just isn't match fit, much as I'd love him to play. Hazelwood shouldn't be in the squad, despite his potential. Just doesn't have the form or games on the board. AUS should go into this game full of confidence, given the way they have dominated the first 2 games. I don't buy the "deflated" argument. Clarke will be smart enough to have them focussed on the positives. As far as I'm concerend, they still have little to lose, & SA have a lot to lose. Will Smith make his prime goal not losing? I'm afraid the leopard will not change its spots, and that's why AUS has dominated so far. SA have just been too negative. The last day of the 2nd test has led many pple to gloss over obvious problems in the SA team.

Posted by Paul_Rampley on (November 27, 2012, 12:08 GMT)

@No_1_again I agree that Khawaja should be bought in but i do hope Punter gets some runs in Perth. Punter as the best number 3 we have ever had will be a great mentor for Khawaja who is the best option for the future number 3 for us.

Posted by Mervo on (November 27, 2012, 11:17 GMT)

Why in the world is Ben Cutting not playing? He has a batter bowling average (24) and better batting average than wither of these guys! He just comes from QLD and that has always been a problem in selections.

Posted by Mary_786 on (November 27, 2012, 10:18 GMT)

Khawaja can't be too far from a recall, he has been fantastic in shield this season, i do hope that Punter does get some runs as he is a living legend.

Posted by Moppa on (November 27, 2012, 9:43 GMT)

Lyon simply has to play, assuming he can recover from bowling several hundred overs in Adelaide - the Fremantle Doctor and some bounce will assist him. On the assumption that one out of Siddle and Hilf will fail to back up, Starc and Johnson will almost certainly play. Johnson fills me with trepidation, but let's just hope its 'one of those days' for him (that is, a good day - a typical day is a bad one). Don't understand how Hastings or Hazlewood are in serious contention. Hastings is pedestrian and Hazlewood has not delivered anything to give confidence that he could perform at Test level yet, even though I have high hopes for him in the medium-term. Bird and Bollinger in particular are hard done by.

Posted by Big-Dog on (November 27, 2012, 7:18 GMT)

So...current form is no longer a requirement to play for Australia? How else can you explain Johnson & Hazlewood. Jackson Bird must be wondering what else he has to do to get selected.

Posted by timmyst on (November 27, 2012, 7:07 GMT)

Hazlewood???!!! What's one B. Cutting done wrong to be overlooked again???!!! Sheffield Shield 2012 Cutting - 18 wickets this year at 18 Hazelwood - 9 wickets at 46 Unbelievable....

Posted by Rustycarina on (November 27, 2012, 6:55 GMT)

Johnson???? Is Hilditch still running this show? Johnson very average this summer, again. Jackson Bird taking all before him, but can't get a game, what has Luke Butterworth done to get the selectors off side. Saffers will be falling over laughing at this selection decision Johnson will end up with a tail ender's wicket, at best, and the selectors will continue to attend meetings of the mutual admiraion society. Incredulous.

Posted by RightArmEverything on (November 27, 2012, 6:47 GMT)

I'm a little surprised that Hastings is in the mix. Although he probably won't play, if the selectors are considering someone who is more medium pace than fast, why not consider Butterworth? I'm also hearing a lot of talk that Johnson is almost back to his best and am wondering if that's true or hype. Aside from his 4 wickets today, his recent figures suggest he's been contributing to wickets without any real match-winning performances. I wonder if he would be in the squad if the test was not at Perth?

Posted by kensohatter on (November 27, 2012, 6:47 GMT)

My team for Perth. 1.Warner, 2. Cowan, 3. Watson, 4. Ponting, 5. Clarke, 6, Hussey, 7. Haddin, 8. Johnson, 9. Hazelwood, 10. Starc, 11. Hilfenhaus. I think SA have the wood over all the pace bowlers from Perth and wholesale changes need to be made. SA would not have seen much of Hazelwood or starc and Johnson provides wicket taking ability and fear on a bouncy track. Haddin demands selection hes in form and Wade is not and this is a crucial game where we cant afford chances to go to ground.

Posted by s.sreekant on (November 27, 2012, 6:23 GMT)

why can't they pick bird,cutting or coulter nile instead of hazlewood,who is not yet ready for international scene,there guys who deserve to be selected than hazlewood and i know hastings is in good form but i think he is more of an odi make,he has a very good odi record!!!!!

Posted by Samdanh on (November 27, 2012, 6:15 GMT)

Starc for Pattisnon, Hazlewood for Peter Siddle, Johnson for Hilfenhaus, Watson for Quiney, and Lyon should play. This would provide good break to Hilfy and Siddle, and also retain good balance to batting and bowling-two lhbs and two rhbs and one offspinner. I watched Hazlewood in CLT20. He bowled a nagging line and length in all matches. Watson and Hazlewood could take turns to bowl in tandem with Starc or Johnson from the other end and that could be exciting to watch and bring good results with subtle differences of pace and approach from each of them

Posted by s.sreekant on (November 27, 2012, 5:58 GMT)

selectors can pick even hazlewood ahead of hilfenaus,he just cannot bowl in correct line and to the stumps.one more thing is that he does not use the crease to effect,would have been happier if he was injured instead of pattinson!!!!!!plzzz drop hilfenaus

Posted by crh8971 on (November 27, 2012, 4:31 GMT)

If the NSP has had a good look at Mitchell Johnson and he is bowling with a high arm and with good pace as the reports suggest then he is a good selection for Perth as he has an outstanding record there. He has absolutely destroyed both SA and England at the WACCA. He has the added advantages of genuine pace, being a left hander and he is a very good batsmen at 8. Starc should come in as next in line having been close in Adelaide. Siddle was fantastic in Adelaide but I think it is a really tough ask for him to back up after that workload. If Watson plays and can bowl I think that gives you the flexibility to keep Lyon as you will have four quicks. I thought he bowled well in Adelaide and I remember Vittori getting a six for on the WACCA. My eleven is Warner, Cowan, Watson, Ponting (could be his last), Clarke, Hussey, Wade, Johnson, Starc, Hillfenhaus, Lyon. I don't think Hastings or Hazlewood are legitimate selections. Cutting, Bird and a few others stiff not to get the nod.

Posted by No_1_again on (November 27, 2012, 4:10 GMT)

I think Khawaja should be in for Punter against the Lankans if he doesn't do anything in Perth.

Posted by Nerk on (November 27, 2012, 3:59 GMT)

Mitchell Johnson will either win the series for Australia or lose it for Australia. Maybe give Starc a go. He is a similar bowler to Johnson, if not more accurate and disciplined, and has been hovering around the team for months.

Posted by   on (November 27, 2012, 3:25 GMT)

We should be using this time against S.Africa and Sri Lanka to build a solid team for the next Ashes series. Bringing back hack bowlers like Johnson that can't get their average under 30 and hanging onto batsmen that should know their time is up is NOT how you build a solid team for the future. No one is above the game - no matter how good they once were - and Ponting should know it is time to go. I say the remaining test against S.Africa and the series against Sri Lanka should be used to blood new players with both bat and ball.

Posted by rattusprat on (November 27, 2012, 2:54 GMT)

How much softness is being displayed by the Australian selectors and administrators in this series?

Watson is probably Australia's 3rd best batsman on current form. If he was fit to bat he should have played in Adelaide. So what if he didn't get his prescribed 20 overs of bowling in the nets the day before, he might have been fit enough to bowl a few overs by day 5 (which, as it turns out, may have been quite handy).

Surely Hilfy and Siddle are supposed to be reasonably fit. Has no pace bowler ever bowled 33 overs in an innings of test cricket before? OK Siddle was exhausted, but he has 3 days to "recover". Give him some Gadorade (possibly with a spoonful of cement) and tell him to get out there and do it all again.

Posted by   on (November 27, 2012, 1:51 GMT)

I remember saying to a work colleague earlier in the year that Mitchell Johnson should only play one test per year and that test should be the WACA test. He has an amazing record there, but stinks elsewhere. Given the form Starc is in he should be first cabbie off the rank. The question is do you put Johnson in at say Lyons expense, and with Watson, have a 5 man pace attack, sacrificing variety? You would have to look at the pitch. If its going to be a tradtional fast bowling paradise maybe include Johnson, but otherwise no.

Posted by   on (November 27, 2012, 1:44 GMT)

Don't play Johnson! I can't remember any Australian test bowler being given as many chances after poor performances as this bloke. Its time for the selection panel to be honest with themselves and admit that M. Johnson is not (and never will be) at the standard required for inclusion in the Australian test team.

Posted by smudgeon on (November 27, 2012, 1:11 GMT)

While I like Hazlewood, I am a bit perplexed as to why he is included in the squad, yet Jackson Bird is seemingly overlooked. This isn't just my Tasmanian-bias - the dude currently has 8 wickets in the same match as Mitchell has 4 - and 27 wickets this season in 6 matches at 19. You can say what you like about shield decks favouring seamers, but surely this sort of performance - as well as a standout 2011-2012 shield season - is beyond just the benefit of bowling on helpful pitches. That aside, it's unlikely Mitchell Johnson or Josh Hazelwood will be in the starting XI anyway. Unless Siddle has had a physical meltdown since yesterday, I see Watto in for Quiney, and Starc in for Patto. Bring on Perth!

Posted by Kolpak1989 on (November 27, 2012, 1:03 GMT)

I bet Rudolph hopes that Australia plays 4 quicks...

Posted by Meety on (November 27, 2012, 1:00 GMT)

@WonkyFNQ on (November 26 2012, 09:42 AM GMT) - good comment. We have to provide cover for Siddle & Hilfy. IF, either or both of them are not right to play at the WACA, we can't have 4 greenhorns in the attack (assuming a 4-prong pace attack). MJ is brought in for experience & would be a direct swap on experience. On CURRENT season WICKET TAKING form the new pacers in the squad should be 1. Bird, 2. Feldman, 3. Hastings. At the moment Oz have a plethora of pacers who this season are averaging under 25 with S/Rates below 50. @Wozza-CY on (November 26 2012, 11:16 AM GMT) - I can't believe how well hastings has come back from a SHOULDER injury. The team that worked on getting him back on the paddock deserve a medal. Before he got injured, I thought he was just a bit lucky with wicket taking at Shield level as he didn't seem all that impressive in ODIs (good variety, but not FC suitable). This year he has proved his previous stats are not inflated.

Posted by trex1981 on (November 27, 2012, 0:45 GMT)

I'd have picked Luke Butterworth ahead of Hastings (even though I'm a Victorian). To the people going on about Mitchell Johnson, keep in mind that he is only in a squad of 14, and isn't guaranteed to play (although knowing the selectors he probably will-just because he once took an 8-fer against South Africa in Perth when his bowling was less shite)

Posted by pedroobrien1 on (November 27, 2012, 0:21 GMT)

Could someone explain to me why the Quennsland player Ben Cutting is overlooked. I agree John Hastings has had a good start but Cutting this season is also averaging 18 with the ball and 40 with the bat, including notching up a hundered and a fifty. He has to be ahead of Johnson and Hazlewood.

As for the injury prone arguement against Cutting - it does not hold up when players such as Pattinson, Cummins and Watson continually get injured and continually get picked.

Myself, I would have Starc in for Pattinson, Hastings in for Hilfenhaus, Cutting in for Lyon, Watson in for Quinney, and if Siddle was fit would pick him to lead off.

Posted by CoorparooMaverick on (November 26, 2012, 23:58 GMT)

if Johnson plays i'm following the SAffers, Johnson is puss, the Saffers must be licking their lips, the trophy is pretty much in their pockets.

Posted by D-Real-Mr-Cricket on (November 26, 2012, 23:55 GMT)

Wade 1 hundred & 7 thousand failures, he should be dropped & bring back Haddin. Johnson is a joke & STARC should have be in over Pattinson in the 1st test, he should be a definite starter, 1st picked bowler for Perth, give Siddle & Hillfy a rest and Hazelwood a chance & give Johnson a last chance of an International comeback.

Posted by PFEL on (November 26, 2012, 23:52 GMT)

For all those commenting on Hazlewood, they picked him to get experience around the team environment, he is NOT a serious chance to actually play the test.

Posted by CoorparooMaverick on (November 26, 2012, 23:45 GMT)

Why is Johnson even considered, i thought we had realised he is to incosistent and no longer can move the ball off the straight. he has bowled poorly at shield level and does not deserve another crack. or is this because he bowled well at the ground 4 years ago against the SAffers? if so we lost that game so lets revist that winning formula!

Posted by straight_pull on (November 26, 2012, 23:44 GMT)

Good selections from the NSP.

If anyone has actually seen Johnson bowl this year he looks back to his best - He's bowled better than his figures suggest, is swinging the ball, accurate enough and bowling quick. The spell he bowled to Glenn Maxwell in the ryobi cup left him with brown undies. He's the X factor we missed with Pattinson out.

Starc looks like he will come in for Sids (monumental effort form the big Vic btw..)

Hastings is there as cover for Hilfy or as a forth quick option should they decide to go that way. Hilfy will probably will hold his place despite looking innocuous for two tests and nowhere near the bowler of last year.

Hazelwood is only there for experience, just as they did with Patto and now with Starc. His figures at the moment don't demand a callup, but if you cant see potential in a 21 year old that is 6ft 5 and bowls ~140kmh outswingers there's somthing wrong.

Lyon will hold his place if Watson is deemed fit enough to bowl significantly.

Posted by Jamescurly on (November 26, 2012, 23:30 GMT)

Johnson...? Why not Jackson Bird... leading wicket taker in Shield last season and hello just took 6fer in the current match at the WACA...

Posted by kempy21 on (November 26, 2012, 23:08 GMT)

Agree with the sentiments on here regarding inclusions into the 14. It's becoming clear that the NSP just make things up as they go along. Hazelwood? That's a terrible selection and one that is clearly not made with any justification on form, which I thought though now was the NSP's ambit. It's also clear that the NSP would prefer a bowler who can bat a bit given the current 8-11 from the past 2 tests is a little fragile, and moreso with Pattinson out. For mine, back the recovery of Siddle and Hilfenhaus. Bring Starc in for Patto, Watson in for Quiney. Hazelwood to train with the team but should he miss the NSW game starting today? Not sure that's the best move for his "development" (for what that's worth, seems the NSP have already penciled his debut in already irrespective of form). Form bowlers for Shield have to be Bird and Putland, where are they? Oh that's right they play for Tassie and SA and therefore not considered.

Posted by tonyp299 on (November 26, 2012, 22:35 GMT)

This could be the team that takes the field in Perth. David Warner, Ed Cowan, Shane Watson, Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke (capt), Michael Hussey, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Johnson, John Hastings, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood. I can't see Siddle being well enough. I don';t think they need Lyon.

Posted by Dashgar on (November 26, 2012, 22:08 GMT)

Really hope the bowling attack is Siddle, Hilf, Starc and Lyon now. The next best bowler in the country is Jackson Bird. Averaging less than 20 in FC cricket what did he do wrong not to get selected? Hastings has been good this year but doesn't look a test bowler. Hazelwopd has been very ordinary this year. It's unclear whether he will become a consistent state player yet, let alone a test player. Johnson is a joke, keep him away from the team. He has single handedly lost us enough tests already.

Posted by maverick0208 on (November 26, 2012, 21:32 GMT)

There goes my cricket viewing for 2012. Mitchell Johnson - really?? Don't think I can stomach another season of watching that awkward approach to the crease and erratic all over the place bowling. Surely there are better bowling stocks out there (Bird,Mcdermott,Copeland,Mckay,Starc,Bollinger to name a few). When are the Aussie selectores going to get it right.

Posted by samgannon22 on (November 26, 2012, 21:25 GMT)

JOHNSON! I cannot believe they have gone back to this loser! The selectors have dead-set no idea! Current shield game - Bird takes 6-25, Putland takes 12 for match. Johnson gets smashed for over 100 runs and gets picked! Why?? It's bad enough we have to carry Hilfenhaus - he is a grade cricket plodder at best, but now Johnson and Hastings, who D-Train rightly pointed out is a medium pacer. Do the selectors even watch cricket or are they too busy reassuring Ponting he will play on until he is 64 years old.

Posted by   on (November 26, 2012, 21:22 GMT)

Mitchell Starc still seems like a better option to me than all three of those called up....

Posted by BG4cricket on (November 26, 2012, 21:17 GMT)

Actually Johnson bowled a terrific spell yesterday to claim 4 wickets and really shook some quality players up and bowled with excellent pace and direction. Watto being fit allows us to play Lyon which I think is sensible and Starc deserves a shot replacing Patto. The hard bit will be if Sids or Hilfy don't come up in which case it will be Johnson or Hastings - personally I would go with the guy who has 190 Test wickets and looks to be finding form and that is Johnson as Australia really need a guy who can bowl 145-150km to give real variety to the attack.

Posted by DangerousDave111 on (November 26, 2012, 21:00 GMT)

Where's McDermott? He's much better than Hazlewood!!

Posted by   on (November 26, 2012, 20:37 GMT)

All these guys are average at best, What does Jackson Bird have to do to get in the team, he has been head & shoulders above anyone in shield. If they need a Perth Specialist - Nathan Coulter Nile has been the best by far, Johnson is yesterdays hero - messy crap bowler.

Posted by pat_one_back on (November 26, 2012, 20:25 GMT)

Huge selection headaches if MJ's back in the mix. Early summer so Perth won't be that bouncy I'd think. Aussies need consistency and continuity where possible, Watto for Quiney is back to plan A, the 4th seamer and a potential game changer. Siddle can be an impact bowler on lighter duties with 4 seamers, that won't work with spray and pray MJ. Starc for Patto and Johnny Hastings in for Hilfy if we really want an 'unforced' change, I'd be inclined not to rock the boat too much though. Lyon must play unless it's a 3-day pitch.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (November 26, 2012, 19:47 GMT)

great news that johnson is back from a Saffa perspective, half the bowler he was 4 years ago. England beat him up a bit and the barmy army got hold of him - a bit of a confidence player. I think Siddle will be fit because he is a machine and Watson is certain to play but dont think he will bowl. Punto should be dropped but wont until after the series.

Posted by stuartk319 on (November 26, 2012, 19:47 GMT)

Hazelwood is the silliest selection in over 2 years IMHO. Bird and Putland have been in form for a while and surely should be picked ahead of someone averaging 50 in the shield ATM. Johnson has been OK in the shield, overall it's an iffy selection but not without some logic as he can definitely be very dangerous at the WACA.

Posted by Jaffa79 on (November 26, 2012, 19:30 GMT)

At least it means Starc gets a game. The fact he hasn't played above trundlers like Hilfenhaus and Siddle is nothing short of ridiculous. Johnson?? Really? The only man who makes Harmison look metronomic.

Posted by InsideHedge on (November 26, 2012, 18:28 GMT)

John Hastings? A redundant squad inclusion, everyone knows he won't make the starting line up.

Posted by   on (November 26, 2012, 18:23 GMT)

Where is ryan harris?? He is much better than mitchell johmson. They should also include starc in the side for the final test..

Posted by   on (November 26, 2012, 18:23 GMT)

Where is ryan harris?? He is much better than mitchell johmson. They should also include starc in the side for the final test..

Posted by vpk23 on (November 26, 2012, 18:19 GMT)

Mitch should come good/ and with the bat too. Its a new game a new season. Why shoud he not..

Posted by Big_Maxy_Walker on (November 26, 2012, 18:08 GMT)

wheres hazelwoods runs on the board? apart from being from nsw. And johnsons shield bowling form is average at best, plus hes injury prone and old for a pace fast bowler. cutting and bird should be in for hifly and pattinson with lyon out as well with no spin at waca. khawaja in for ponting

Posted by   on (November 26, 2012, 17:50 GMT)

Ahhh Mitch is back. As a Saffer, this is great news.

Posted by   on (November 26, 2012, 17:01 GMT)

Bird, Cutting , NCN, Butterworth, Faulkner....wit players like dis its a big surprise dat d selectors picked Johnson, Hazlewood and Hastings (increasing order of surprise)...

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (November 26, 2012, 16:53 GMT)

I'm so surprised Ponting is still there, and not even mentioned in this article (although I realise there's another separate one - something about Clarke believing he'll come good soon). Australia are perhaps falling into the same trap as England, and insisting on picking certain players on promise alone (Broad for England; Punter for Aus.). This is coming from an avid Ponting fan by the way. I've always said a spinner is a must in test cricket, so I'd keep Lyon in unless Clarke is willing to bowl a lot more; would love to see Watson and Starc in.

Posted by desiboy454 on (November 26, 2012, 16:39 GMT)

1. Warner 2. Cowan 3. Watson (if fit)/ Khawaja 4. Ponting 5. Clarke 6. Hussey 7. Wade 8. Johnson 9. Hillfy 10. Siddle 11. lyon (if watson plays)/ Hastings

but this i the 11 I would like to see once ponting leaves..

1. Warner 2. Khawaja 3. Huges 4. Clarke 5. Watson 6. Hussey 7 Wade 8. Hiffy 9. Siddle 10. Pattinson/ Cummins (whoever is fit) 11. Lyon or a better spinner..

I am loving Clarke's captaincy From an Indian fan!!!

Posted by timmyw on (November 26, 2012, 16:38 GMT)

ugh. I don't understand why they keep persisting with Johnson. There's another bloke in that WA / Tas game I think should be given a look before him or Hazlewood and that is Jackson Bird. There are just so many good options right now, that aren't Johnson or Hazlewood. What about Coulter-Nile? He has dropped off a bit this season so far but he seemed quality. Butterworth? Feldman? Anyone but Johnson -_- I didn't get the selection of Quiney either. I thought that huge inquiry we had not long ago was supposed to stop these silly selections.

Posted by   on (November 26, 2012, 16:29 GMT)

Mitchell Johnson is back in Australia's Test squad

Posted by   on (November 26, 2012, 16:00 GMT)

i think ricky should bat at number 3, like he did in past, who knows that one knock will bring old ricky ponting for cricketing world

Posted by   on (November 26, 2012, 14:13 GMT)

I have no qualms about Hazlewood being picked... sure his numbers are not good enough (yet) but to watch him bowl you can clearly see he's going to be a long term test cricketer. But i wish the selection panel would show a little more consistency with their selection methods... it just appears to be draw a name out of the hat stuff at times, particularly this time!

Posted by Kolpak1989 on (November 26, 2012, 13:47 GMT)

1. Warner 2. Cowan 3. Watson 4. Ponting 5. Clarke 6 Hussey 7. Wade 8. Johnson 9. Siddle 10. Hilfenhaus 11. Starc 12th man. Lyon

Clarke and Warner can bowl a few overs of spin if needed.

Posted by Gordo85 on (November 26, 2012, 13:13 GMT)

I really hope that Mitchel Starc gets picked infront of Johnson. I mean to me Starc deserves it but Johnson doesn't at the moment. Brace yourself Australia if Johnson gets picked it would be a big step backwards.

Posted by   on (November 26, 2012, 13:04 GMT)

The Bill, can you tell me what Starc has done with the red ball? Just because some bloke can bowl 4 relatively cheap overs, @ about 7 runs each, in smash and bash cricket doesn't mean he will cut it in test cricket. This is an important match and you don't need 2-3 newbies playing. Johnson has 190 test wickets, Siddle 126 and the Hilf just less than 100. You gotta be doing something right to get 190 test wickets. If all three are picked, there is plenty of experience there. Add that I don't expect Watson to be bowling too many overs in this match. Forth quick is a shoot-out between the young tall timbers Starc and Hazlewood. This means you have 5 blokes who are quick on a Perth wicket. The bloke I think should be there is Ben Cutting, but he doesn't seem to be on the radar.

Selectors could suprise us all and keep Lyon.

I suspect Hastings is there to cover for the Hilf. Btw, Hastings is also a NSW export, so another conspiracy theory ?

Posted by Dangertroy on (November 26, 2012, 13:03 GMT)

Hastings should play if sidle isn't 100%. And I mean 100%. I loved how much heart he put into that last spell, I thought he might just get there on strength of will alone. But alas, if he can't recover to 100% by Friday, then Hastings can fill the role. Big solid guy who can bustle in, plus a handy bat, I think he is an able replacement. Starc in for Pattinson obviously, plus the left arm variety will be useful. Hilfy to hold his place, even though he has not been as effective as last summer, I'll back him to provide a match winning spell in Perth. Mitchell Johnson... Maybe? If its all pace then i guess he is in, but he way Lyon troubled and tied up South Africa, I'd play him regardless. Especially if Watson can bowl.

For everyone who is thinking about Johnson's 11 wickets against South Africa at the WACA in 2008, I'll just remind you the South Africa won chasing down 400+.

Posted by   on (November 26, 2012, 12:58 GMT)

Bird why the hell is Bird not in the picture. Starc will start but Bird need to be in the squad come on hes taken 28 wicket at an average of 19 at the moment, and he was one if not the best bowler in shield cricket last year

Posted by Jaffa79 on (November 26, 2012, 12:40 GMT)

Oh dear. The much vaunted Aussie bowling squad is already falling apart at the seams after 2 tests. With Cummings, Pattinson and Harris crocked (are they anything else?) they have had to resort to their trundling medium pacers, Siddle and Hilfenhaus, who have failed to deliver the goods when it matters. Who have they called up? Mitchell! Oh, it is too good to be true. I hope he knocks over the South Africans so that he gets on the plane to England for another Ashes humiliation. Hopefully Ricky gets runs too!

Posted by LillianThomson on (November 26, 2012, 12:32 GMT)

Australia should be grateful that they can draft in a leftie who can bowl at 150K, has nearly 200 Test wickets, has a brilliant record at Perth and has a very good record with the bat against Steyn, Morkel and Kallis.

Too often for Australia of late the last five wickets have fallen cheaply, but Johnson is pretty much the perfect number eight fast-bowling all-rounder. Sure, his wickets come at 30 each compared with 24 for Steyn. Big deal. So did Flintoff's, so did Botham's and so did Kapil Dev's.

But Johnson has the added value of being not just a left-armer like Starc, but being 15K faster and a much better batter.

I'd like to see Australia rotate out Siddle and to field an attack of Starc, Hilfenhaus, Johnson, Watson and Lyon.

Posted by   on (November 26, 2012, 12:19 GMT)

Why Pick Johnson?!?!?!?!? Hes not even the best bowler in the match he is playing at the moment! Jackson Bird deserves a spot before him. South Africa will be praying Johnson gets picked and the Poms will be praying he takes a few wickets to be part of the next ashes tour. There are at least 10 fast bowlers he deserve to be picked over him

Posted by ajayrcs on (November 26, 2012, 12:09 GMT)

Where is HADDIN? Forget about dropping Ponting what Wade has done? Drop Him!

Posted by ozwriter on (November 26, 2012, 11:19 GMT)

Josh_Schon81, well said mate. what happened to rewarding performance as per the Argus review. lots of 'potential' players, 'young' players are just sliding into the team. the funniest quotes before each test comes from Inverarity when he spurts out some bizarre justifications.

Posted by Wozza-CY on (November 26, 2012, 11:16 GMT)

It's pretty clear Watto will come in for Quiney & if the NSP is true to their word he should be the fourth seamer. I hope Starc will come in for Pattinson. I don't see Sids being fit by Friday, so I think they will bring in Johnson for him....you know that X-factor & all that (i.e. we're not sure what he will do?). If Lyon is fit he should play. If Hilf is fit I think they will play him. I don't think Hazelwood is anywhere near the final 11. Hastings is the smokey? Meety you were right about him being close to getting picked. I don't see a problem with two left handers & with our bowlers over the last two tests being a little 'samey' a little more variety won't hurt.

Posted by Sunil_Batra on (November 26, 2012, 11:15 GMT)

Agree with Prac_Punter and CricHorizon, if Watto does not pull up then Khawaja should be bought in though i do hope Watto is good to go as we need him. Either of Khawaja or Doolan should have been picked for Quiney as the selectors got that one wrong and the last 2 tests showed that.

Posted by Maelstromoracle on (November 26, 2012, 11:13 GMT)

Wonder about whether Wade should be heading to Perth? Hasn't had the best of series with the gloves and has been a bit out of sorts with the bat.

Posted by raghavan88 on (November 26, 2012, 11:08 GMT)

Where is Ben Cutting?He offers an Allrounder option and has been in great form.

Posted by handyandy on (November 26, 2012, 10:57 GMT)

Why so much negative stuff about Johnson ... the guy is a Perth specialist.

He has 30 wickets at around 18 runs a wicket at the WACA. Looking at the performance of the Australian bowlers over the last two tests he should be the first chosen.

Posted by peeeeet on (November 26, 2012, 10:51 GMT)

Noooooooooooooooooooooo! Why Johnson? Expensive in his most recent game against Tasmania. In test cricket you need bowlers that can tie up an end, not spray it all over the place. We all know with Mitch that you never know what you're going to get, and that's what has me worried, because his worst bowling is AWFUL! Good that Hastings is there. If McDermott rates him highly he must be alright. I think Putland deserves as mention also. Agree with other posters that if Watson can bowl, you pick Lyon. Actually, I'd never not pick Lyon as he offers good control which is what our post Warne spinners need to do.

Posted by Andre117 on (November 26, 2012, 10:41 GMT)

Based on current form, I think the only South African who will be concerned if Johnson is selected is Smith as Johnson has an excellent record against him specifically. Other than that we won't be too unhappy if Johnson is selected. Based on current form none of the "new" guys look particularly frightening other than Hastings who is the only one with a five'fer in their recent games.

Posted by D-Train on (November 26, 2012, 10:35 GMT)

Johnson - Not good enough. Averaging 30 this season and not doing well in the current shield match

Hazlewood - Hasn't been anywhere near international quality. A complete contradiction of their policy to pick performing players.

Hastings - As a Vic I love the bloke, but he's basically a medium pacer. Won't have the penetration required to take test wickets at international level. Already been found out at ODI level as not having enough penetration to take wickets.

Posted by johntycodes on (November 26, 2012, 10:33 GMT)

The selectors have to get serious about reclaiming the number 1 mantle. Quiney out for watson. Starc in for pattinson, johnson in for lyon and bring back ryan harris who is said to be being saved for the sri lanka series for hilfy or siddle. You need to go in fresh and as good as siddle bowled if he is showing major signs of fatigue drop him. We need to get serious about winning. Bowling attack would be Hilfy, starc, johnson, harris and watson. If we need spin clarke and warner spin the ball more than lyon ever has and there is a fresh unit.

Posted by ozwriter on (November 26, 2012, 10:23 GMT)

no doubt khawaja was in their thinking. but for once I agree with the NSP, its not worth bringing in a classy player for a 'one off' test. he needs to be given at least a series to settle in.

Posted by Artiebees on (November 26, 2012, 10:21 GMT)

Yes let's put a man who has been hammered by England severely in the last 12 months in the ODI's and Ashes, had no effect against Sri Lanka and South Africa last year and has been reduced to rubble psychologically by the Barmy Army.

How can this go wrong?

Posted by PrasPunter on (November 26, 2012, 10:14 GMT)

this has landed me in terrible mood !! what a lovely chance to go one up... what on earth was Hilfy doing all along ? Cant take a single wicket on a last day wicket ? I dont think he must play the next one !! Even with a bowler short, shouldn't we have taken those 6 in an entire day's play ? Probably the ones that count for Johnson - he is as fit as an ox unlike the soft-boys like Pattinson.. And he has done well in Perth. Siddle, Johnson, Starc and Lyon with Watson as the 5th one should be the bowling lineup. If Watson doesn't play, Khawaja and Bird must be in . No point playing these injury-prone younger ones !! Pattinson has been a huge let-down !! Writing with lots of pain !! Just spoilt my day, this pathetic bowling performance !!

Posted by othello22 on (November 26, 2012, 10:12 GMT)

I reckon it will depend on the fitness of Watson as to whether or not they go for a four man pace attack in Perth. If Watson can bowl, that provides Australia with a fourth seamer and Lyon will probably play. If Watson is picked as a batsman only, they may leave Lyon out and go with 4 fast men. Pete Siddle was monumental today but he looked in serious trouble at the end there, I fear he may not be fit to play the 3rd test, which makes things very interesting - Starc is a definite, so is Hilfenhaus, but I reckon Johnson would get the green light over Hazlewood simply because he has 190 test wickets and an imposing record in Perth.

Posted by WonkyFNQ on (November 26, 2012, 9:42 GMT)

This is sensible because I cannot see either Siddle or Hilf being 100% by Friday. It has been a huge effort from them over the past few days. If they are not right, then you cannot go into a test match with all your bowlers making their debut. Johnson is the obvious solution. I am thinking that a four prong pace attack is a big chance, because the conditions in Perth probably will not suit Lyon, and after bowling 50 overs in the second innings, he is probably going to be pretty sore too. I am looking forward to seeing the young guys step up.

Posted by trumpoz on (November 26, 2012, 9:29 GMT)

Urgh, Mitchell Johnson and test squad should never be in the same article, let alone same sentance. Would be crazy to play 4 quicks IMO - Lyon will enjoy a lot of bounce at the WACA.

Posted by   on (November 26, 2012, 9:28 GMT)

Please not Mitch again... Why not Jackson Bird? Hazelwood is yet another injury prone youngster. Don't we ever learn?

Posted by thebill970 on (November 26, 2012, 9:28 GMT)

Can someone explain to me what Mitchell Johnson has done to deserve another chance at Test level? Hopefully Starc will be selected in the final 11 ahead of Johnson.

Posted by   on (November 26, 2012, 9:25 GMT)

please select johnson. australia's answer to imran tahir.

Posted by   on (November 26, 2012, 9:22 GMT)

I am glad to see Johnson back. He has 190 test wickets in what seems like the blink of an eye. He wasn't dropped for bad form. His last test was also Pat Cummins' only test and he performed invaluably with the bad, with an injured foot. He got an X-factor which captains love. And in Perth he is almost unrivaled. I think an attack with Johnson, Pattinson and Cummins with be up there with McDermott, Hughes and Reid. If only they could stay fit!

Posted by   on (November 26, 2012, 9:21 GMT)

Odd that Jackson Bird averages 10 less than both Hazlewood and Johnson, currently has match figures of 7/41 in a game where the latter is playing, yet still can't get a look in. Cutting in QLD might feel the same?

Posted by Josh_Schon81 on (November 26, 2012, 9:20 GMT)

What happened to the Argus Review? We were meant to start rewarding performances in the Shield, not picking by potential or name. "Josh Hazlewood is a very exciting 21 year old pace bowler. He debuted for New South Wales when he was 17" says Inverarity. WHY does that matter?

Bird, Cutting, Butterworth and then Hughes and Khawaja for the top order?

Come on selectors. If Mitch Johnson can't dismiss Bird & Faulkner can he dismiss Faf? Doubt it.

Posted by   on (November 26, 2012, 9:17 GMT)

So Mitchell Johnson instead of the consistent and fit Jackson Bird or Alistair McDermott? Gary Putland also in-form and there's Bollinger & Butterworth for a bit of variety and consistency? I really don't think 4 for a 100 odd (middle-lower oder wickets as well) justifies a crack at Smith, Peterson, Amla, De Villiers, Kallis, Du Plessis...

Posted by vj_gooner on (November 26, 2012, 9:14 GMT)

Mitchell Johnson! Good to see you boy!

Graeme Smith might have to keep an eye on his finger now!

Posted by Blakey on (November 26, 2012, 9:02 GMT)

Tell Sids to put his feet up as 12th man, send Hilf back to Tassie. Both to come back against Sris

Posted by   on (November 26, 2012, 8:59 GMT)

The Attack should be compose of Mitchel Johnson because of his nag to take wickets in Perth, Peter Siddle, Hilfenhaus and Mitchel Starc.

Posted by azzaman333 on (November 26, 2012, 8:58 GMT)

Couldn't possibly pick Johnson or Hazlewood ahead of Hastings. Shield records this season speak for themselves. Hastings, 22 wickets at about 18 compared to Johnson's 17 at 29 and Hazlewood's 9 at 46, it's a no brainer. Not to mention his notably better strike rate and economy rate compared to either Johnson or Hazlewood, and that he's the best batsmen of the trio.

Posted by PFEL on (November 26, 2012, 8:54 GMT)

This is exactly what i would have done as a selector. They must be worried about how Hilfy and Siddle will pull up

Posted by   on (November 26, 2012, 8:53 GMT)

A very curious mix of selections there. One is being picked on form, one on past glories and one on potential. I'm expecting a lot of frustrated comments on this one! Bird and Cutting can feel quite hard done by, i'd say.

Posted by Gupta.Ankur on (November 26, 2012, 8:52 GMT)

If Rob Quiney deserves to go, then so does Ponting...

Posted by 777aditya on (November 26, 2012, 8:47 GMT)

hopeless selection - Clarke and Hussey are in good form and the team is doing well, but they should weed out Ponting, much in the same way like India should show Sachin the door.

Posted by   on (November 26, 2012, 8:47 GMT)

I wonder if they looked at dropping Pointing for a younger batsman? I know he is an amazing batsman but he is getting on and the aussies need to start blooding some younger batsman in these sort of conditions... chuck them in the deep end and teach them how to swim

Posted by handyandy on (November 26, 2012, 8:45 GMT)

I would have Johnson in for Pattinson. He may be inconsistent but Johnson is a WACA specialist and potential match winner.

I would also go with a 4th paceman rather than Lyon. I actually like the look of Josh Hazlewood.

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (November 26, 2012, 8:41 GMT)

Solid looking squad. Take out Lyon and Hazlewood to start with and it should be Johnson vs Hastings for the final spot.

Posted by nthuq on (November 26, 2012, 8:39 GMT)

Fair picks. My XI: Warner, Cowan, Watson, Clarke, Ponting, Hussey, Wade, Johnson, Siddle, Starc, Hilfenhaus. Though honestly, given Ben's very average returns so far this series, it might be good to get another bowler in for his spot.

Posted by   on (November 26, 2012, 8:34 GMT)

Hazelwood - what has he done except come from NSW? What about reward for performance? Where is Jackson Bird or Ben Cutting? Argus report has done nothing for the traditional NSW bias. :(

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