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February 8, 2013
Nathan Coulter-Nile has a chance of making his ODI debut after being added to Australia's squad for the fifth and final match against West Indies at the MCG on Sunday. Brad Haddin has also been called into the one-day group as the Australians juggle their commitments at home and in India, with staggered departures for Test squad members flying out to Chennai.
Matthew Wade and Glenn Maxwell, who were playing the fourth ODI in Sydney on Friday, will depart for India on Saturday, leaving a couple of holes in the one-day squad for the last game. The selectors are also managing the workload of the fast bowler Mitchell Starc, who sat out of the Sydney ODI and will also be rested in Melbourne, which led to the call-up for Coulter-Nile as extra pace-bowling cover.
Adam Voges, who was drafted into the squad for the fourth ODI to cover for George Bailey, who had a hamstring problem, will be retained for the fifth match. Earlier on Friday, Voges, Haddin and the Western Australia fast bowler Coulter-Nile were named in Australia's 12-man squad for the one-off Twenty20 against West Indies next Wednesday.
The first group of Test players departed for India on Thursday and the remainder of the touring party, including captain Michael Clarke and vice-captain Shane Watson, will fly out on Monday.
Squad for fifth ODI Shane Watson, Aaron Finch, Phillip Hughes, Michael Clarke (capt), George Bailey, Adam Voges, Brad Haddin (wk), Mitchell Johnson, James Faulkner, Ben Cutting, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Clint McKay, Xavier Doherty.
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After the tragedy of Phillip Hughes' death, this match showed that cricket and life will continue to go on. This time Test cricket dug in and got through to tea.
Virat Kohli's innings on the final day transcended the conditions, the bowlers and his batting partners, and when it was all in vain, he displayed remarkable grace in defeat
The new stand-in captain has the makings of a long-term leader, given his ability to stay ahead of the game
Both batsmen seemingly have buckets of talent at their disposal and the backing of their captains, but soft dismissals relentlessly follow both around the Test arena
The failed gamble of handing Karn Sharma a Test debut despite him having a moderate first-class record means India have to rethink who their spinner will be
Turning your back on a system that the whole cricketing world wants a discussion on, refusing to discuss it because it is not 100%, is not good enough
After a long time we have seen an Indian team and captain enjoy the challenge of trying to overcome stronger opposition in an overseas Test