Australia in India 2012-13 February 28, 2013

Ill Warner misses training


David Warner was a notable absentee from Australia's practice session in Hyderabad on Thursday, struggling again with a bout of gastro. Warner also suffered from gastro during Australia's second innings of the first Test in Chennai and batted at No.3 instead of taking his regular opening spot.

The rest of the squad had its first training session in Hyderabad and were greeted by a pitch that bore a few small cracks and a hint of grass. There was no indication it would be the same kind of surface as they encountered in Chennai, although there was still likely to be plenty in it for the spinners.

"I've played quite a bit of one-day and Twenty20 cricket here and in those matches, it's as close as you get to the Gabba around the world," Shane Watson said before the team arrived at the ground and saw the surface. "It's a beautiful wicket. There's true pace and bounce in the wicket so I'm not sure if we're going to get that exactly.

"There's less chance of it being like the Gabba [for a Test match]. They obviously play very well in those conditions when the ball is turning. They've also got the make-up of the side to be able to make the most of those conditions as well. It would not surprise me if the wicket is a bit more conducive to spin bowling than fast bowling."

Australia's major selection decision over the next two days surrounds the make-up of the attack and whether they should include two spinners, or even replace Nathan Lyon with Xavier Doherty. There is also the possibility that Mitchell Johnson will be considered after the lack of wickets from Peter Siddle and Mitchell Starc in Chennai, with Starc the most likely to make way if Johnson is chosen.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Bill on March 1, 2013, 8:13 GMT

    Yep @landl147, that's the mix: Johnson, Patto, Doherty, Lyon. Moises should bat at 6. Cowan needs another chance. Until he played that shot in the first dig he looked as comfortable as anybody. I'm a big fan of Phil Hughes but have to admit he looked completely at sea. Maybe Khawaja has to replace him before it's too late. And Shane Watson...TIME TO MAKE RUNS.

  • Andrew on March 1, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    @Shaggy076 on (February 28, 2013, 23:10 GMT) - I echo Someguy - I think you shouldn't really worry too much about what FFL says. Interesting stats Panesar 1st tour of India he averaged 60, (Swann 40), Panesar's 2nd tour he averaged over 50. (Admit that India were stronger then).

  • disco on March 1, 2013, 5:15 GMT

    @Land147 lyon doherty patto johnson, good call mate.

  • Mark on March 1, 2013, 3:15 GMT

    @Shaggy076 - I can't understand why you would take anything FFL says, with regards to Australia, seriously. He's either totally biased or just a troll. Is Lyon a world beater? No, not even close, but at the end of the day his figures are not bad. He regularly takes wickets, the biggest thing against him is that he never seems to take a big bag of wickets in the last innings.

    In the first test, he took as many wickets as Singh and Jadeja combined in the first innings, in less over than they bowled. So apart from his economy rate, he didn't really do that bad compared to anyone other than Ashwin. Given that he's never bowled in a test match in India, there's a good chance he will improve a lot by the end of the series.

  • Phil on March 1, 2013, 1:55 GMT

    I am still not convinced on removing Starc. My side would be 1. Warner 2. Hughes 3. Watson 4. Clarke 5. Khawaja 6. Wade 7. Moses 8. Johnson 9. Pattinson 10.Siddle 11. Doherty

    Also today's cricketer's and fast bowler need to look back int he past, and harden up, as do today's rugby league and rugby union and AFL players too, in the old days players just got over there bumps and bruises and didn't even notice them, unlike today's whinging, broken fingernail set.And they all did this working a full 40 hour week.Noel Crusher Cleal 1980′s Manly, NSW, and Australia hard man with a wooly beard. He played origin in 1986, then simply went to work the next morning as a garbage collector doing his local early morning garbage run. Lifting the garbage bins, no sweat , he tough. Today's player would bathe in a ice bath, and have a early morning cool down swim, or a massage, but not crusher .

  • Rajaram on February 28, 2013, 23:52 GMT

    The top order has fared miserably.Shane Watson will be out on his ear if he does not fire in this Test. He should have offered to bowl at Chennai - at least that way he could have made up for his poor batting. I would like to see the steady Usman Khawaja in place of one of Warner,Watson or Hughes.On the bowling front, definitely Mitchell Johnson in place of Mitchell Starc.I would not choose a second spinner.Let us play to our strengths - pace.

  • Graham on February 28, 2013, 23:10 GMT

    Frint-Foot-Lunge; Surely cant be too hard to understand. The population of Australia is probably a quarter of England - yet England had a long period where they tried Such, Dawson and croft indicating they at the time didnt have a spinner of test quality. On to p of that Australian pitches arent all that great for spinners - ie Swann averaging 40 in Australia, the likes of Vettori, Murali, Ajmal all better bowlers than Swann going well over 50. Really its quite simple but after seeing so many of your posts its easy to see why its beyond you.

  • gurinder on February 28, 2013, 21:02 GMT

    "It would not surprise me if the wicket is a bit more conducive to spin bowling than fast bowling." - wat u expect watto ? this is india . hyderabad is as flat as u will get in ur life, if aus win toss and gets out within 4 sessions then it will be curtains for them in this series. toss is more important than lineup, if india bat first on this flat track them aus wont bat till monday. warner hughes lyon starc wade cowan watson and siddle are weak links for aus . aus must address to these weak links. rest are alright.

  • John on February 28, 2013, 20:58 GMT

    Warner's plight reminds me of a contemporary of mine, Graham Barlow. He went on the (successful) tour of India in 1976/77 and wrote home 'Got runs and runs'.

    If Aus don't play two spinners I think they'll lose the series. Pattinson was the only one of the seamers who had success and he did it by being used for a handful of short spells and bowling at 150kph. Good luck trying to do that for a full day in Indian conditions, and Aus don't have another Pattinson to do it from the other end. Johnson's the nearest comparison, so I'd play Johnson and Patto, with Lyon and Doherty as the spinners and Henriques to spell the seamers.

    Then Aus must hope that Lyon and Doherty bowl well and the batsmen give them enough runs to work with. That's the formula that won the series for England.

  • Rakesh on February 28, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    True Wicket in HYdrabad, Its gone be a slow turner, the only true wicket in indai is mohali and to some extent banglore.

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