Australia in India 2012-13

Henriques to debut in Chennai

Brydon Coverdale

February 20, 2013

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Australia team for first Test

  • David Warner, Ed Cowan, Phillip Hughes, Shane Watson, Michael Clarke (capt), Matthew Wade (wk), Moises Henriques, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, James Pattinson, Nathan Lyon.


Moises Henriques bowls during practice, Brisbane, January 17, 2013
Moises Henriques leapfrogged Glenn Maxwell for the allrounder's position in Australia's squad for the first Test in Chennai. © Getty Images
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Moises Henriques has been given free rein to bat in his natural aggressive style when he becomes Australia's 432nd Test cricketer on Friday in Chennai. Henriques won the battle for the allrounder's position for the first Test against India, beating offspinner Glenn Maxwell for the role after impressive performances with both bat and ball during Australia's two warm-up games over the past eight days.

Australia on Wednesday confirmed their XI and whereas India are expected to play as many as three slow bowlers, Australia included only one specialist spinner, Nathan Lyon, alongside a four-man pace group made up of Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, James Pattinson and Henriques. Maxwell will be the 12th man while Xavier Doherty, Mitchell Johnson, Jackson Bird, Usman Khawaja and Steven Smith were also overlooked.

Australia's selectors are hoping Henriques can have the same effect on the dry pitch at the MA Chidambaram Stadium that he did at the Guru Nanak Ground for the tour matches, where he found reverse swing and hit the right lengths better than any of his fellow pace bowlers. Henriques, 26, collected 4 for 12 in the first game, including two of the top four batsmen.

Against India A in the second outing he took 1 for 30 and scored 33 from 41 balls including three sixes, an innings that followed the aggressive approach the Australians intend to use against India's spinners. His efforts impressed the coach Mickey Arthur, who told Henriques of his impending baggy green on Tuesday night, with a message to keep up his attacking method.

"I'm a fairly aggressive batsman by nature and Mickey just said if you want to do something out there in the middle just back your strengths," Henriques said. "If you want to do it, go for it and you won't be told you've done the wrong thing back here in the sheds, as long as it's your strengths. Play to what you're good at. If it doesn't come off, it doesn't come off, but we want you playing fearless cricket rather than going out and playing the way you haven't played before.

"It's a good boost of confidence to know you can go out there with your own twist on things. You don't want to be bogged down for too long against these spinners with those attacking fields, it's almost an accident waiting to happen. At some stage you do have to try to put the pressure back on the opposition bowlers. I felt like the night before [against India A] they built that pressure up. I think I faced something like 15 dots without scoring. I thought I would try to make a bit of an impression first thing in the morning."

It's not the first time this summer Henriques has made an impression. Six years after he made his first-class debut as a teenager who had starred as Australia's captain at the Under-19 World Cup, Henriques finally scored his maiden first-class century, an unbeaten 161 against Tasmania in Sydney in September. By the time he was called into the Test squad for this tour, Henriques had managed 385 runs at an average of 77 and 14 wickets at the average of 18 this Shield season.

It was a case of perfect timing, for Shane Watson's decision to avoid bowling on this tour in an effort to prevent further injuries left the Australians in need of an allrounder to balance the side. Andrew McDonald might have been the first picked had he not been sidelined by a serious hamstring injury, and Mitchell Marsh was also out injured at the time, although he came back strongly with a Ryobi Cup hundred this week.

That meant Henriques was the man, and he will have Watson to turn to for advice in the lead-up to his first Test. Like Watson, Henriques has suffered numerous injury setbacks over the course of his career - he tore his side twice last season, had both groin muscles operated on the previous summer, and has also suffered hamstring troubles - but this season he has stayed fit.

 
 
Shane Watson is someone who has gone through some similar sort of injury woes early on in his career, in similar parts of the body. He has had some hamstring problems as I did, and a lot of similar injuries as well. And we're both a similar sort of weight and size. Someone like that is someone who, I wouldn't say I've modelled myself on, but I have looked up to in terms of rehabilitation, preparation and recovery. Moises Henriques
 

"There's been a lot of injuries and in amongst those injuries there has been some inconsistent form as well," Henriques said. "The one thing you lose first is your match touch and some little one per cent things when you don't play consistently. Being able to stay on the park for the last six months has really helped my performances and helped some consistency come into my game.

"Shane Watson is someone who has gone through some similar sort of injury woes early on in his career, in similar parts of the body. He has had some hamstring problems as I did, and a lot of similar injuries as well. And we're both a similar sort of weight and size. Someone like that is someone who, I wouldn't say I've modelled myself on, but I have looked up to in terms of rehabilitation, preparation and recovery."

Watson, who will bat at No.4 in Chennai, said he was happy to mentor Henriques, his New South Wales team-mate. Watson said he had been impressed by the length Henriques targeted in the tour matches, and said he could play a big part with the ball throughout the series.

"I can certainly help him in a number of different ways," Watson said. "I can see an amazing amount of similarities between how Mo plays the game and how his career has evolved over the last six or seven years as well. The way he bowls is quite similar to the way I bowl. His length throughout the first tour games was outstanding. He looked as good as any bowler we had, because he knew the length to bowl.

"His batting has improved a massive amount and he's had quite a bit of success this summer. Playing in the last tour match, he certainly has the techinque and game to have success over here. It's really exciting. It's great to see a younger guy coming through who has similar traits to how I play and I'm going to help out in any way I can."

Henriques will have to use his team-mates as his support network in preparation for his debut, for his late inclusion meant it was too late for his family to fly over to watch him play. His parents Alvaro and Anabela, both from Portugal, moved to Australia when Portuguese-born Moises was one and a half, and he said his father had embraced the sport.

"My dad is all of a sudden a professional on cricket," he said. "Mum just likes it because I like it. But Dad is always trying to give me advice."

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Posted by Bonehead_maz on (February 22, 2013, 9:43 GMT)

@ Drakester Bomber

well he has sure started a whole lot better :)

Posted by AKS286 on (February 21, 2013, 12:32 GMT)

@Michael_Sheridon on (February 20, 2013, 6:53 GMT),Potatis VOGES , MARSH, Forrest, Ferguson are better option than hughes & khwaja. warner is good on limited over cric.

Posted by Chris_P on (February 21, 2013, 12:25 GMT)

@Meety. Not sure if AKS286 is related to Beer or not, but for Marsh to be the "second best batsman in Australia" sort of smashes any credibility he may have aspired to. Maybe he should be asking the West Aussie selectors why S. Marsh wasn't picked for the latest shield side currently playing? And like you, I also cringe at some of our compatriots posts on these sites. BTW, my season finishes this weekend, first time in 10 years I haven't played final series! Sort of went the way with my batting form, ah well, next season it all happens again. I have also been asked to cross over to the dark side and umpire for the final series!! Can't wait for this series though.

Posted by AKS286 on (February 21, 2013, 12:23 GMT)

@DylanBrah on (February 21, 2013, 5:46 GMT) Oz team is already playing with 2 spinners (clarke, warner) and one part time slow bowler lyon. no need for spinner. but Oz can replace part time slow bowler with pace or an a rounder or a good WK Batsman like haddin or paine. Mathew Waste is also a avg handy part time WK and can swing his bat against pacers.

Posted by Bangla_Low_team on (February 21, 2013, 11:28 GMT)

Australia has very bad spinners.

Posted by stk4191 on (February 21, 2013, 11:28 GMT)

guess the hangover of lots of tests in australia is prompting team selctions for an India tour... wake up.. cant win win one spinner in India.. lyon is no warnie... and the chennai pitch + heat will break the aussie pace attack in the all imp. second innings

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (February 21, 2013, 10:35 GMT)

If only Australia had a spinner of the quality as England's Graeme Swann, they might stand a fleeting chance in this test. Alas, there's only dart bowlers to be found in Australia at the moment.

Posted by GRINDIA on (February 21, 2013, 10:33 GMT)

Attacking lineup. Though I believe it will be tough for the fast bowlers to clean up Indian batting line up, even though they are highly capable, especially in Chennai and Kotla Pitches. For Batting Department - I think wining this series for Australia lies on their Batting and batting alone. They must take an example of Cook to block one end completely. Let others give support. Ed cowan could possibly be the Oz's cook. And for Bowling Department - Oz's must bring two spinners from 2nd test onwards for much efficient attack. 3+1 combination could do well for Mohali match but for chennai , hydrabad and delhi i would prefer 2+2 bowling.

Posted by AKS286 on (February 21, 2013, 9:29 GMT)

Oz lost this match before it gets started. Oz team stuck and concentrated upon with their spinners. think broadly- opening, middle order, lower order, WK is a major problem for Oz. Soo much value to spinners it demoralizes the pace bowler, show trust on you strenght Oz. Clarke is batting on no 5 why? Clarke is stuck with numerology- that no.5 is lucky for him. just look at Cook & KP batting order on Ind tour.

Posted by warrior64 on (February 21, 2013, 8:49 GMT)

You should never pick a spinner for the sake of it. Wade will have enough trouble keeping let alone batting six, so I think the selectors have got it about right Doherty was a massive risk, the others need to earn test selection by taking wickets in our drastically weakened Sheffield Shield. Lots of pressure on Ed Cowan, but he is probably safe till Ashes, when Shaun Marsh gets fit. I don't know how anyone can post Bird is more durable than Siddle(who doesnt know how to give in).Bird will be good,but Siddle leads this attack.You need to do more than get wickets against Sri Lanka on Aussie decks to replace him. I do look forward to Bird in England

Posted by Gordo85 on (February 21, 2013, 8:44 GMT)

I fear the main mistake here is only picking one spin bowler who isn't really doing enough when in fact surely it would have been good to have a second one even as an option. I guess it will depend on how the team goes and the result of the first Test. Of course if Australia don't win then changes will proberly need to be made in order for them to win the series or start to win matches. India should be too strong.

Posted by Shan156 on (February 21, 2013, 6:00 GMT)

@Chris_P, Thanks for a polite response mate. Your messages are always thoughful and you have always genuinely appreciated the opposition. And, my apologies to you and to all true Aussie fans for some of my posts which may appear to poke fun at the Aussie team although they are merely retorts to 'fans' like @RandyOZ who pollute our threads with inane messages.

The Aussies had a better 2012 w.r.t. tests than us although we had one high profile scalp in India and you mostly played relatively weaker opposition. TBH, although I think Eng. start favorites in the Ashes, I wouldn't really say strong favorites esply down under. I think the Aussie pace bowling depth pips England's while Eng. are better at batting and spin options. Anyway, focussing on this series, I agree Lyon may have better #s but I was only suggesting that he may prove less effective (or more ineffective, if you may) than Doherty. That aside, a lot depends on how the Oz batsmen play spin. Good luck to your team mate.

Posted by DylanBrah on (February 21, 2013, 5:46 GMT)

Send Fawad Ahmed to India as the second spinner.

Posted by Claydo78 on (February 21, 2013, 5:37 GMT)

The first smart selection by CA australia in a long time! Henriques is having a great shield season 77 with the bat and 18 with the ball, he is the form bowler so far in the two lead up matches. Finally a selection based on form! While i feel this is a great move, bird is extremely unlucjy to miss out! 2 test, 11 wickets at 16 and eco rate of 2.5! Good enough to play for any country, so why cant he make the australian team? Still worry about our top 4, we could be 2 for 300 or 4 for not many! Im hoping hughes gets runs, he has paid his dues and deserves a great year!

Posted by   on (February 21, 2013, 4:11 GMT)

Here is a playing xi I'd prefer, Warner Watson Hodge/Cowan Hughes Clarke Smith  Haddin Okeefe Johnson Starc Bird

this team is good for a lot of reasons, Watson is best as opener and cowan/hodge, can open with him if warner can bat down, swap order of batting to whatever they want. smith in middle order as batter and with clarke can possibly help him get bigger scores, team also bats to 10, okeefe as goto spinner, bird replaces siddle because he's better and more elastic more durable and more of a pure McGrath style bowler, Johnson for fear factor against subcontinent batters,who can add to batting, same with starc but more new ball and reverse attack, Clarke, smith, warner, all nets practicing to back up okeefe. haddin replaces wade because herath made him look bad and I don't like him and haddin is a cool guy.

Posted by ActionJacksonMan on (February 21, 2013, 3:45 GMT)

"I hope Moises Henriques is just as successful as Steve Waugh." Bit of an unrealistic expectation there mate!! I'd be ecstatic if he ends up being even half as successful as Tugga - and so would the rest of the Australian cricketing fraternity.

It's fair to say that Henriques is only getting a game because of the Aussie selectors' bloody obsession with playing an all-rounder at all costs. However, given that the alternative "all-rounders" within this squad are Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell, I think they've definitely made the right decision by going with the Mo man. Best of luck to him.

Posted by   on (February 21, 2013, 3:15 GMT)

australian team is nt at par it just an avg team guess india will win easily, aus team can beat west indies like that teams not top level, the performance tey showed against southafrica in their own soil was so poor and how can anyone justify tey can beat india in indian soil with nt much help for pace

Posted by Bonehead_maz on (February 21, 2013, 2:55 GMT)

@ Drakester Bomber - yes !

Also, a left handed Aussie opener having played 13 Tests, had scored 536 runs @ 24.36 BEFORE he went to India and became THE Matthew Hayden.

Cowan's numbers look really good in comparison !

Posted by Don_The_Green on (February 21, 2013, 2:34 GMT)

If our top 3 fail (as they have tended to do on occassions in the last 2 years) we a looking a bit thin.

Posted by   on (February 21, 2013, 2:13 GMT)

Oh yes, this explosive NSW batsman will interesting to watch as he makes his debut against India at Chennai tomorrow !

How many of us are aware that he made his ODI debut on Indian soil at Firozshah Kotla, Delhi in 2009 ?

His ODI batting average of 8.00 ( 5 matches 32 runs) and bowling average of 30.55 ( 4 wickets) could not have inspired the confidence of selectors of any team even for the ODIs, leave alone Test cricket.

Seems Aussies could be gambling on him ! He is swashbuckling player and hence that adds more flavor in his batting !

I still doubt if this player of Portuguese origin has 'Test' material ?

Posted by Wefinishthis on (February 21, 2013, 1:25 GMT)

India can rejoice. They had already been spared from O'Keefe, Harris and Cummins, but now Bird as well. Pattinson is the only real danger there and in these conditions he will likely be at his worst. Starc is a great ODI bowler, but will be as useless as Johnson was last tour. Lyon and Siddle might get the odd breakthrough but won't dominate. Henriques might be a surprise with his bowling, but this is worlds away from shield cricket. Our batting is even worse though. Wade needs to bat at 7, Watson is blind to the red ball, Clarke is quality but is not going to have another 2012 in his career. Cowan will need to step up or he has to go. Hughes and Warner should contribute a bit, but will be vulnerable to the early spin option. Pujara will find this attack easier than England's and Tendulkar probably won't get an easier attack to bat back into form while I can guarantee the Indian spinners will rip through us. My money's on India for this series now.

Posted by sohaibahmad on (February 21, 2013, 1:04 GMT)

Australia should win this series easily, if the Aussie fast bowlers remain fit, even otherwise they have enough depth

Posted by Meety on (February 21, 2013, 0:40 GMT)

@jonesy2 on (February 20, 2013, 6:59 GMT) - I suppose Henriques is the 2nd greatest allrounder in the history of cricket behind Mitch Marsh? @Ross_Hambling on (February 20, 2013, 9:54 GMT) - I think the pressure is on Watto not Cowan, but the pressure would of been a lot better if Khawaja had done something signidicant in the last 2 months. @AKS286 on (February 20, 2013, 14:38 GMT) - enuff, we know you are Beer's cousin or something, but you're not fooling anyone with the continuous Beer is the greatest spinner etc. He is barely in Oz's top 6 spinners.

Posted by malomay on (February 20, 2013, 23:32 GMT)

I don't mid Henriques, good inclusion, but I'm really not happy with both Pattinson & Starc in the same attack & no Bird. There's no-one there to stop the runs leaking at one end if a couple of batsmen get away.......and that tends to happen very quickly in India. Even Siddle leaks like a sieve.

Posted by Mary_786 on (February 20, 2013, 23:25 GMT)

@sid0007 your best x1 is what we will have for the ashes. Both Khawaja and Henriques could be vital cogs for us against the POMs.I think that longterm, Shane Watson comes out and if Henriques stays in we have a great balance to the team.In that way it is on Henriques now to pressure SW out of the team leading up to the Ashes (where watson has said he will be playing as an allrounder).with Henriques in form it also removes (thankfully) Maxwell from the mix. Longterm my team would be as follows:

Cowan Warner Hughes Khawaja Clarke Wade Henriques (fourth pace option - who can bowl good old ball spells with reverse) Starc (left arm variation and new ball bowler) Pattinson (realistically a better version of the abrasive deck hitting Siddle model) Lyon (easily our best spinner - and if he commits himself could be a handy bat) Siddle(our best bowler and lion heart) Bird

Posted by nyc_missile on (February 20, 2013, 23:06 GMT)

I commend the Oz team management for selecting a team much in advance contrary to convention.It shows out-of-box thinking,the willingness to take risks and win.Look at our team.Still cannot decide on the openers; not that it matters because Dhoni as captain is THE specialist to goof up selections , snatch defeats from jaws of victory.Predicting 2-0 to Oz with 2 draws.Also post-series prediction: media,experts and most ex-cricketers will blame bowlers,pitches,tosses,batsmen in that order everyone except Dhoni..so this worthless man can lead Ind to many more humiliations..

Posted by Chris_P on (February 20, 2013, 22:50 GMT)

@ Shan156 . Good post re: spin options. You pick players deserving of it. Doherty, for all his success at one day level has struggled to run through sides at fc level, This season, in Australia, he has taken 2 wickets for 160 in 4 matches. Does this justify selection for the touring side, let alone consideration for a test spot against batsmen who have played spin comfortably since the day after they first learnt to walk? You pick your best bowlers first. And I agree with you, India deserves to start favourite for the simple fact it is on their home turf & their recent imposing record at home. That is not to say we will try to make it a tough series for you to win, but you have to look at this things with a dose of reality. A good thoughtful few posts from you, a good change to read from others.

Posted by tests_the_best on (February 20, 2013, 22:31 GMT)

looking at some of the comments, I think some fans are looking at this series as a pre-ashes battleground lol! I can only imagine what the comments are going to be during the actual ashes.

Posted by myStraightTalk on (February 20, 2013, 21:58 GMT)

Australia is not under pressure to win here. A draw is win for them and they would have done enough preparation including tackling the spinner here and after seeing New Zealand and England. Donni will be out as test captain after this series.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 21:57 GMT)

I didn't think we had a second spinner to choose!!!

Posted by Shan156 on (February 20, 2013, 21:25 GMT)

@Jose Puliampatta, "Against England, Oz needs him. " I am not sure if Oz needs him but us Eng. fans need him against Eng. Except Cook, most likely, the top 7 is all right-handers and they will all feast on him. He is no Ajmal, remember. That said, we wouldn't mind Doherty or Beer either:-)

Posted by Shan156 on (February 20, 2013, 21:21 GMT)

well @RandyOZ, I guess you are getting your excuses ready for the defeat. You should not be surprised if Aus. gets thrashed in this series whether or not they play Bird or Lion or Tiger or, of course, Kangaroo. What should surprise you is Aus. returning home with a drawn series. Which is impossible even against this Indian team in transition. Better get your excuses ready for the impending defeats in the next few tests as well, not to mention b2b Ashes.

Posted by Shan156 on (February 20, 2013, 21:14 GMT)

@perl57, I suggest you look at the series statistics for the India-England series. You would find that Cook, KP, Swann, Monty, Prior, Anderson, Trott, and Compton all contributed substantially to England's success. You claim that without KP and Monty, Eng. would have 'died'. Well, without Cook, we would have been fried. Without Swann's wickets, we would not have won either. Without Prior's valuable contribution down the order, we would have been toast. Without Compton's contributions top of the order, we would not have good decent starts. Even Patel made a few runs. Bell fielded well and got a ton in the final innings. It is a 'team' game, FYI. The only players who were total failures in that series were Broad and Bresnan who played 2 tests each. I am not going to include Root, Finn, and Bairstow as they played only 1 test each.

Posted by PPD123 on (February 20, 2013, 21:04 GMT)

If you are an india supporter, thats the best news you could get...Henriques and Hughes are 2 walking wkts. The 2 key players in this line up wud be Watson and Clarke - with Warner as the dark horse (if Aus win toss and bat 1st). I like the bowling combination through. Having 3 pacemen and 1 spinner. If they bowl well in tandem (as Eng did recently) no reason why Aus cannot win the series...

Posted by Shan156 on (February 20, 2013, 21:01 GMT)

Makes perfect sense for Aus. to play just one spinner. They don't have too much quality in that dept. That said, Doherty may probably have been a better option against the Indian batting line-up which is full of right-handers now that Gambhir is dropped. Lyon would be cannon-fodder. If the Aussie bowling stars - Starc and Pattinson - don't strike early, then it is curtains for Australia. Siddle is a good work-horse but can't seem him running through a side in these conditions. Considering the fragility of their fast bowlers, it is fair that they picked the all-rounder. It is going to be very difficult for Aus. India start clear favorites despite not being at their best in test cricket in recent times. Hard to see a clean sweep but equally hard to see how Aus. is going to win a test unless the Indian batsmen commit harakiri. India may be a team in transition but they are still mighty hard to beat at home. 2-0 India.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 20:52 GMT)

@ PFEL ..... sorry mate but we lost the series against SA because of bad Captaincy. Luck was when we drew against SA in SA and won the recent series in WI.

Posted by sid0007 on (February 20, 2013, 20:46 GMT)

best x1 for oz will be 1. Warner 2. Watson 3. Hughes 4. Clarke 5. Khawaja 6. Wade 7. Henriques 8. Lyon 9. Doherty 10. Starc 11. Siddle or smith for all rounder slot and they can take bird or pattinson for doherty

Posted by OhhhhhMattyMatty on (February 20, 2013, 20:44 GMT)

Yet another Aussie going nowhere, who spends 1 season in county cricket and then becomes an International. Just like Hussey x 2, Watson, Clarke, McGrath, Warne, Highes, Bevan, Lehmann, Law etc. Henriques is a European and should be playing for Portugal!!! Disgraceful Australia have stolen another European cricketer!!!! Just like Warne (Irish), Nannes (Dutch) and Pattinson (English).

Posted by pat_one_back on (February 20, 2013, 20:42 GMT)

Strong team, very clear game plan, keep it tight, this rules out Johnson unfortunately! Be great to squeeze him in but he's too big a chance of undermining other quicks patience hard work. Patto could be a risk here too, would have liked to have seen Bird picked but appreciate the change up Patto offers could be very useful and that he can be used in short sharp spells whilst Mo, Sids & Lyon toil.

Posted by mzm149 on (February 20, 2013, 20:25 GMT)

Playing four specialist fast bowlers is a good move. Australians don't have exceptional spin bowlers. Playing on their strength will help. Indian batsmen cannot play quality pace bowling as was shown by Junaid, Irfan and Gul in recent series.

Posted by thebrotherswaugh on (February 20, 2013, 20:12 GMT)

Wonder if Pattinson can get through a test series without breaking down? Wouldn't want to risk my 'hard-earned' on that one.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 20:10 GMT)

i don't knw why austraila have not taken johnson

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (February 20, 2013, 20:09 GMT)

Australia could do with another medium trundler to fill their ranks, he probably swings the ball more than Lyon so they could give him the spinners job.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (February 20, 2013, 19:55 GMT)

Given that Australia are getting repeatedly bowled out for 200 by 3rd rate spinners on flat decks I wouldn't be surprised either if they lose this game.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (February 20, 2013, 19:33 GMT)

I think Australia is making a mistake. You need a left arm spinner - Doherty or Agar. Doherty may look harmless, but he has enough skills to make Tendulkar his bunny, just like Panesar did. Anyway I want Sehwag, Tendulkar, and Ishant to fail so that they can be kicked out of the Indian team. I am tired of watching these 3 non-performers do the minimum to stay in the team. We have no shortage of talented youngsters in India. If Indian Selectors can't make the change, maybe it's time to change the Indian Selection panel??

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 19:33 GMT)

Maybe MJ should have moved to NSW & not WA.

Posted by Moz. on (February 20, 2013, 18:46 GMT)

@Tumbarumbar - "What the heck happened to Jackson Bird?".

Just what I was thinking, Tumbarumbar. Bird, Siddle and Starc/Johnson would have been my quicks. Bird is looking like the next big thing with his accuracy, Sids for the workhorse and Starc or Johnno for strike power.

Maybe he's being rested...!

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 18:32 GMT)

By nature indians are are softies with vegetarian players. Hence it is a good tactic to be offensive against them . They will succumb to fastbowling pressure. Hit a few sixes, they will be all over. GL India!

Posted by Snick_To_Backward_Point on (February 20, 2013, 18:32 GMT)

Can't wait for this series! Should be a cracker between the bargain basement of the cricketing world.

Posted by zarasibaat on (February 20, 2013, 18:06 GMT)

Very bad selection. Not a right tour for a medium pacer when there are already 3 fast bowlers. Even 3 fast bowlers are too much. This will be the same mistake which England did in first test and after loosing they used 2 pacers and 2 spiners which was the right selection and England won 2 tests. Like England Australia must use same stretegedy. otherwise it will be very difficult for them to win the series or even a single test.

Posted by gsingh7 on (February 20, 2013, 18:00 GMT)

wat are aus selectors thinking? one spinner who cant spin the ball vs 3 decent spinners on one of best pitches in world for spinners. the slide continues for aus. dont be surprised if aus does not reach three figures in both innings. henriques is worse than ashwin and that says a lot. hope it will be his last test .

Posted by cricket-freak on (February 20, 2013, 17:59 GMT)

A player of Mitchell Johnson`s calliber deserved a spot in the Australian side for this match.Why he didn`t get it is not comprehendible....!!Apart from his inconsistency,his bowling is par excellence even unplayable sometimes.To add to that he is a live wire on the field and it would not be wrong to call him a sub-continent specialist seeing his stats and record there.Still being Aussie fans we need to support the moves of the Australian selectors no matter what happens.I hope Australia gains a domination over the opposition in this series.!!

Posted by cricket-freak on (February 20, 2013, 17:43 GMT)

A player of Mitchell Johnson`s calliber deserved a spot in the team for this series.Being a bit inconsistent is the only flaw he has,otherwise his bowling is par excellence even unplayable sometimes.To add to all this he is a live wire in the fielding department.Above all this it would not be wrong to call him a Sub-continent specialist who adapts himself to all types of conditions with pure ease.Still being aussie fans we must support the moves of the australian selectors and I`m positive that Australia will get a domination over the opposition in this series.

Posted by SirViv1973 on (February 20, 2013, 17:39 GMT)

@Eight 8 & @threadbaron, I think the truth with Arthur is probably somewhere in between what you have both said. I would say the jury is still out on him. At this stage I wouldn't take too much notice of the world rankings. Aus have had a pretty decent run of fixtures recently, 4 of the last 5 series have been at home (the only away series was against a weak WI team). The real test begins on Fri with Ind & then the back to back ashes series without the stalwarts of Ponting & Hussey. I think it would be fairer to judge Arthur in about 11 months time.

Posted by perl57 on (February 20, 2013, 17:34 GMT)

Probably this is the first time around you would see two teams in the same boat. India trying to establish a line up for their future and they blew one chance against a three men show England. England would have died down without KP and Monty. For Oz, it will definitely be Clarke and Watson. Rest all including warner may struggle. For India, Sachin, Kohli need to press their foot down and score more and more runS.Funny even after 20 years, we want Sachin to score. How pathetic are we?

Posted by AKS286 on (February 20, 2013, 17:26 GMT)

MJ is the most successful bowler in India=not selected, bird (Anderson is the only fast bowler who was success) is the best reverse swing bowler=not selected. s.Marsh is the 2nd best batsman after clarke = not selected. haddin is the best WK & batsman than Mathew waste. lyon= useless, needless but still carried by Oz.

Posted by JustIPL on (February 20, 2013, 16:58 GMT)

Wonderful opportunity for India as so many fast bowlers in aussie team will be a waste after the shine is off and lyon will not be that effective. Certainly, aussies want to try their own recipe to win in India but england's approach was successful in Indian conditions. Even aussie spinners are not that good as much as english spinners.Door is left open for India to lay a spinning track and try new talent to beat aussies.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 16:45 GMT)

India XI: 1. Rahane 2. Sehwag 3. Pujara 4. Tendulkar 5. Kohli 6. Dhoni 7. Ashwin 8. B. Kumar 9. Harbhajan 10. Ojha 11.Ishant (OR) 7. Jadejar 8. Ashwin 9.Dinda/B.kumar 10. Ojha 11.Ishant Min 2 medium-fast should include playing XI

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 16:44 GMT)

Lyon seems to be for Australia, what Dernbach is for England. Both seems to be 'necessary inclusions', in their respective national teams despite what they do or don't. Find it a little difficult to understand. (Of course, at last, England woke up to Woaks and did manage to dern bach on Dernbach...with what significant change in results is something, we all have to wait and watch)

Posted by Dogar7777 on (February 20, 2013, 16:42 GMT)

i think australians should go for usman khwaja instead of henriques....because they must have depth in their batting line up.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 16:35 GMT)

Two more or less 'equally matched' teams make more exciting contests (even if they are equally matched in 'mediocrity') than one being stronger than the other. So, looking forward to some absorbing cricket.

In India's home series against England, one pacer and two spinners of the English team turned out to be far better than their Indian counterparts, to such an extent, that India's case became a case of survival (once The A'bad test was over). That made a trifle depressing series, for an Indian-cricket fan...

Posted by Jon French on (February 20, 2013, 16:32 GMT)

Can't see Australia getting 20 wickets with that bowling line-up and, with the exception of Clarke, the batting looks very thin. The Indians should play Lyon very comfortably in their own conditions so could be a long tour for Australia

Posted by DylanBrah on (February 20, 2013, 16:25 GMT)

Hopefully Clarkey is feeling 110% fit so he can bowl his slow left arms. (which I think are on par with Doherty)

Posted by jplterrors on (February 20, 2013, 16:24 GMT)

They need to play Wade as a bowler and bring Haddin in we all know how much he loves his bowling, what both sides wd do to have the playing resources NZ have at their disposal McCullum best wk-bat ever.

Posted by Alimul-Ahsan on (February 20, 2013, 16:12 GMT)

"What sort of pitches should India prepare for the Australia series?" - was the question for today's poll. One option was "Sporting surfaces, which make for the most entertaining cricket". Ha ha ha......really funny!!!! I can ensure you, sporting surface will make the series awfully boring for the spectators. Because, Australia will then play against Kenya/Zimbabwe (Never think about Bangladesh) !!!!

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 15:48 GMT)

Surprised not to see Doharty in the squad. He is a much better bowler than Lyon and also performed well in the tour matches. Being a left armer and with his disguised length he should be given priority. Exclusion of Johnson is also a surprising one. He is capable of firing bouncer which could produce some wickets to him or to his fellow pacemen. These men can contribute with bat too. Anyways that's an Aussie decision

Posted by InsideHedge on (February 20, 2013, 15:39 GMT)

Normally, I would be super excited by this Test series, and while I'm still excited, it's mixed with absolute dread given our (India) recent Test results. After getting turned over by England despite taking a 1-0 lead, I've lost confidence. Hope to be proven wrong.

Posted by Tumbarumbar on (February 20, 2013, 15:36 GMT)

What the heck happened to Jackson Bird? A low, dead wicket is a seam up, bowl it on a dime, move it half an inch type bowlers pitch isn't it. Instead Pattinson, who in my humble opinion hasn't gotten enough wickets to warrant his inclusion since he was injured or shown he can handle an extended bowling load yet has been rushed back in a process that seems to have become worryingly typical of the current selectors. Good on Henriques at least he does have some shield numbers behind him this season but I have to ask, why didn't he get more international exposure in the ODI's instead of say someone like Aaron Finch who played every game yet never looked in control of his game and has yet to do anything in Shield.

Posted by InsideHedge on (February 20, 2013, 15:36 GMT)

Henriques' observation that you lose one percent here and there due to not playing regularly is absolutely spot on. Modern players are constantly injured and struggle to recapture their form. That's why Bobby Simpson is one of my favourite players, to return to test cricket (successfully) almost ** 10 years ** after retirement - and as captain to boot - remains one of cricket's greatest achievements.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 15:29 GMT)

I think 4 pacers are too much,they should play Doherty in place of Siddle or Pattinson for Indian pitches.

Posted by Moz. on (February 20, 2013, 15:20 GMT)

Henriques will only the 8th foreign-born player to have played test cricket for Australia in the last 80 years.

Coincidentally, 8 is the average number of foreign-born players in the England test team at any time in the last 20 years.

Posted by RandyOZ on (February 20, 2013, 15:18 GMT)

Well Inverarity and Arthur has stitched us up again with horrible selections. The fact that Bird and Ussie aren't playing is a disgrace. Won't be surprised if we loose this game.

Posted by ProdigyA on (February 20, 2013, 14:40 GMT)

Its a very bold decision but not sure if it is the correct one. Have seen this guy Maxwell a couple of times in ODI and he is ice cool tense situations and delivered both times I saw him against Pak. As an Indian supporter, id be happy not to see him.

Posted by AKS286 on (February 20, 2013, 14:38 GMT)

@ smudgeon anyone is better than lyon.if Oz selectors makes Oz team a laboratory then why not Kreja who have previous Exp. BEEr is the best spinner in all format but not selected against SL@ BradmanBestEver on (February 20, 2013, 10:07 GMT) after Clarke S.Marsh is the best and specially in Sub-continent. what about Haddin? will he is the another victim of Clarke's senior axing policy? Oz allrounders are neither batsman nor bowler just T20 finishers. Watto is in the team as a bAtsman, bowler, allrounder.

Posted by ambujkumar on (February 20, 2013, 14:33 GMT)

Interesting fact:Born in Portugal(Origin) and playing for Australia.This means cricket can expand in every part of the world if given proper attention in these countries...

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 14:02 GMT)

Wow ! All these comments of "great, play to our pace strengths" blah, blah, blah. Invariably Australia pick four pacemen at the WACA due to the nature of the bouncy wicket. Yet, the Chennai groundsmen are offering up a grassless, dusty, raging low turner and its okay to 'play to your strengths' ? Its naive selection at best and downright negligent selection at worst.

On the other hand, given the way he's bowled in the warm-up games (also low flat tracks), selection of Moises is inspired.

I fear Lyon's test career may be over without spin support from the other end turning the bowl away from the righthanders.

Pattinson out, Doherty in.

Posted by anton111 on (February 20, 2013, 13:40 GMT)

Will he be the frst Portugal born test cricketer?

Posted by Kohli--The_Messi_of_Cricket on (February 20, 2013, 13:33 GMT)

Fair enough to go with just one spinner given the fact that spin is not their strength. The Indian batsmen need to watch out for the Pattinson-Starc duo. Expect a closely contested series.

Posted by SomersetJord on (February 20, 2013, 13:24 GMT)

Really looking forward to this test series, will be very interesting to see how it pans out after Englands win last year (not that it actually has any bearing on anything, if Aus lose they could still easily come and beat us in the ashes) as both teams are under pressure due to that result, I reckon if Clarke and Watto fire they have a chance of winning, this series will be more about batting than bowling.

Posted by Harlequin. on (February 20, 2013, 13:19 GMT)

@bradmanbestever- military medium: bowling at a slowish pace but on the same spot every time, i.e. military precision.

Posted by popcorn on (February 20, 2013, 13:03 GMT)

This is an excellent Team Selection. We are playing to our strengths - to hell with what people may say that we should take two spinners. Our strength is pace, and we've got a world -beating pace attack selected. And an all -rounder. Cheers.

Posted by venkatesh018 on (February 20, 2013, 12:53 GMT)

Bravo ! Well done, Clarke, Micky Arthur and Aussie selectors on tour. Whatever the result of this Chepauk Test, they have done the correct thing by picking 3 specialist pacemen(and the right pacemen) and only one spinner. The relatively inexperienced Indian batting line up really does have a fight on its hands now.

Posted by Beertjie on (February 20, 2013, 12:37 GMT)

Aghree @VivGilchrist on (February 20, 2013, 8:30 GMT) Bird over Patto was the way to go. Arthur's gung-ho approach may backfire big time! Winning the toss might be our only shot.

Posted by BradmanBestEver on (February 20, 2013, 12:34 GMT)

Why is it called "military" medium?

Posted by bumsonseats on (February 20, 2013, 12:31 GMT)

nice to see a new face in the Aussie team who have thought henriques been selected and him not born in oz, will that cause a rumpus on here with certain posters i expect not. im of the view that the Aussies will win the 1st test but not the series as 2 - 2 looks on the cards. but funny the same indian posters from the last series against England on what the Indian batsmen will do.the answer not much if that series is anything to go by. india to loose 1st test.then watch the pitches they get for the next 3

Posted by SirViv1973 on (February 20, 2013, 12:28 GMT)

The selection seems to suggest that oz have no confidence in Doherty & if that's the case why was he selected over O'keefe?. Logic would seem to suggest that if Henriques plays in the allrounder berth then it allows oz to play 2 spinners with MH slotting in as the 3rd seamer. There is also the issue that so many of india's batsman are right handers & because of that you would think a left arm spinner even one who isn't top draw would be a no brainer particularly given the likley helpful conditions. It dosen't strike me as if the oz selectors really know how they are going to win this series and have just selected what they think is their best current XI without really giving much thought to the conditions they are faced with. I don't believe 4 quicks is the blueprint to to win a series in Ind, they may get away with it in Mohali but I doubt very much they will be able to do so in Chennai. IMO I can only see a heavy defeat here & then a shuffle of the pack before the 2nd test.

Posted by Paul_Rampley on (February 20, 2013, 12:28 GMT)

@blink18alex sure Khawaja's confidence would take some dent from being mistreated but keep in mind that he is still the front runner to take any batting slots which is a positive and he should keep his head down and work hard in the nets as his chance in this series will come. @Meety agree wiht you mate.

Posted by Chris_P on (February 20, 2013, 12:21 GMT)

@katandthat3 That moustache on Henriques & other players (Warner comes to mind) in November was part of "Mo-vember" where you "grow a mo(moustache)" for a month to raise money & awareness for cancer research. This has been highly succesful & is an annual event in Australia where about half the male population make (in some cases very dsmal) effort to grow a moustache. Obviously, both Warner & Henriques efforts were not worthy enough to keep them after November!

Posted by Harlequin. on (February 20, 2013, 12:12 GMT)

Hmm, interesting selections. It would appear Johnson is under the curse that he is a better bowler than batsman and thus not classed as an allrounder. I would have had him in at 7 not Henriques who seems like one of those 90's era English allrounders who aren't that great bowlers, aren't great batsmen, but because they are about equal in talent at the two they get to come in at 7.

Also, Clarke at 5, if the top order fails then he won't have too much support to rebuild, if the lower order fails then he will be left stranded, and if he fails Australia are done for. Just as well he is one of the worlds best!

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 12:02 GMT)

No idea how this team will go until the end of the first test. Bird can consider himself extremely unlucky - what else does a guy have to do? With one spinner hope Clark is prepared to roll his arm over, he is an under rated spin bowler and can be unpredictable at times as he showed a couple of years ago with 6/9. Hell, i would even let him "hide out" batting at 6 if he could get some vital wickets. (I always giggle to myself when the trolls talk about Clarke "hiding out" with a recent average of over 100. Hehe)

Posted by katandthat3 on (February 20, 2013, 12:01 GMT)

I hope Henriques does well (despite that horrible mustache earlier in the season!). He is a good option, saw him and Smith play in a Shield game earlier in the Aussie season and was impressed, I think Mitch Marsh is better when fit but I think Henrirques can play a role overall. We're looking ok. We'll have Faulkner as a back-up too. Butterworth, Bird & Sayers are options for the UK as well. It won't be easy in India cause it took one of our best sides ever with Hayden, Gilchrist, Ponting, Martyn, Lehmann, Clarke to win in a long time so we'll see how e go.

Posted by saplinglittle on (February 20, 2013, 11:45 GMT)

Mr Rampleys comments are fair but in the current situation miss's many obvious facts; David Warner, very capable but crocked with a broken thumb; Ed Cowan, jury is out at the moment - but best?; Phillip Hughes, hummm; Shane Watson, anyone taking bets on his crocking?; Michael Clarke (capt), crocked with his back and hamstring a mess; Matthew Wade (wk), can't keep on the stumps - bugger it's in India; Moises Henriques, jury is out, let's wait and see; Peter Siddle, the only obvious pick; Mitchell Starc, same bowling strategy as Johnson - spray them and get one right occasionally BUT with no tons under the belt which the batting line-up will desperately need, who would be better - broken thumbs on their side or ours?; James Pattinson, future - India will make or destroy him; and Nathan Lyon, the story of Br'er Rabbit springs to mind...........

Maybe the selectors did have 'Uncle Remus' in mind!

Posted by Eight8 on (February 20, 2013, 11:44 GMT)

@theredbaron: you are entitled to your opinions about the current test 11, but suggest you check your facts about the rest of your post. Under Micky Arthur Australia has gone from 5th to 3rd in the rankings (only 1 point behind 2nd) and came within a win of claiming the No. 1 spot against South Africa (they would have won the 2nd test if Pattinson hadn't broken down in the first innings.

A lot is down to Clarke as Captain but the certainly haven't gone backwards under Arthur. And this all in a time of massive transition for the team.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 11:40 GMT)

Very good pick I think, the kind of guy who can turn a match very quickly with bat or ball, tremendous fielder too. I'm not sure i'd have picked Patto though, hasn't got a lot of work under his belt since returning from injury and he usually struggles to find his rythym in those instances. One things is for sure though, this team will be batting pretty deep with Siddle at ten!

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 11:38 GMT)

Australia has been the best team of cricket most of times.It will to India to revenge with Aussie because they are young side but their player are more talented.India also have a youngsters but they have also strong batting line up.India has good spinners they can turn the match but their is big problem of fast bowling their experienced bowling because zaheer khan has been injured so there is lack of experienced bowli ng in the team.but there is big hope from bhuvi. and A dinda. australia vs india will fight of youngsters.

Posted by featurewriter on (February 20, 2013, 11:38 GMT)

I would have gone Johnson instead of Starc. And with Henriques and Watson in the team, I would have left out Pattinson and gone Doherty.

Posted by blink182alex on (February 20, 2013, 11:38 GMT)

I certaintly hope Henriques has improved his batting, because he was over here (in England) with Glamorgan last season, and he averaged about 5 with the bat, and that's County Championship Division 2 standard. Khawaja's confidence has taken so many shots by the selectors, i only hope this is horses for courses, and we go back to having a proper batsmen at 6 in England.

Posted by Samdanh on (February 20, 2013, 11:21 GMT)

I will be surprised if Aus do not come out with the experience similar to the one England came out of from their first Test in India. With Henriques in, they should have gone for one less quick bowler, but taken either Doherty or Agar. With one more day to go for the Test to begin, I think India will be a happy team, looking to send Aus quick bowlers on a leather hunt. Further Bird should have taken the place of either Siddle or Pattinson. He would have been useful keeping one end tight and also as the wicket started wearing out. Now that the decision has been taken, just hope that the match is atleast well contested

Posted by ChintanBhoot on (February 20, 2013, 11:21 GMT)

Well good team selection. But I would prefer Mitchell Johnson, inplace of Mitchell Starc

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 11:21 GMT)

SO Australia now have 4 T20 players in the top 7. Not overly conducive to Test cricket is it!! Cowan, Warner, Hughes and Henriques!!

Posted by Tigg on (February 20, 2013, 11:18 GMT)

Is it me or are the Aussies repeating the mistake that we made in our first test by only playing one spinner. No offense to Lyon, but Swann is way better and he struggled when solo. I'd be a little miffed if I was Jackson Bird as well, an incredible start to his career where he pretty much outbowled everyone and now he's dropped?

Posted by reddawn1975 on (February 20, 2013, 11:07 GMT)

Pretty good side but Mitch Johnson should be in this team the guy is in form????

Posted by Leg_Theory on (February 20, 2013, 11:02 GMT)

Good selection. Stem the runs and wait for India to make mistakes (agree with heathrf1974 regarding Bird).

The other Australian spinners leak too many runs. Should be a good match. too close to call.

Posted by straight_drive4 on (February 20, 2013, 11:01 GMT)

@goldeneraaus - agree 100%. Maxwell and Doherty are limited overs specialists. Maxwells technique is so horribly wrong that he almost looks out of place inT20!People who argue Warner was once a short format specialist are wrong because his first class average was very good but more importantly he plays genuine cricket shots with technique as opposed to "cricket shots" that glen maxwell plays. Henriques is a good pick IMO

Posted by eyballfallenout on (February 20, 2013, 10:59 GMT)

Im happy with the team, when i was thinking my team to play was almost the same, johnson instead of stars, but either starc johnson or bird would have been fine, i think johnson is playing really well and he has experience in india. The only other change i would make (which they may do) is swap clarke to 4 watson to 5.

Anyway i think all good, they will be up against it in india though and will have to play very well to get the series.

Good luck Ausies.

Posted by RaadQ on (February 20, 2013, 10:58 GMT)

Henriques is an overrated player, and he will be exploited by the Indian batting line up. Khawaja, normally a good player of spin, has slumped in form recently and has to improve to fight into the squad. Ed Cowan is a mystery choice, he cannot play against any decent attack and his average at the end of the series will be woeful. Last chance for him before he faces the Poms and gets dropped. Looking forward to Watson, Clarke and Starc's performances in particular.If India cant beat this Australian squad at home, they should stop playing test altogether, but I doubt this average side will beat them like England did.

Posted by Moppa on (February 20, 2013, 10:54 GMT)

I think the team is pretty close. My assumption had been that Henriques would play to complement two seamers and two spinners. I think we'd be better off with Doherty as I think seamers will be ineffective for a large-ish window of the innings between say overs 15 and 40, before it starts reversing. Those saying Johnson has great form in India and is unlucky I find hard to understand - his record in India is underwhelming at best and his form on the bouncy MCG evaporated on the flatter SCG. Bird is more unlucky, but I'm not sure he can reverse the ball. Pattinson's skiddy bowling and ability to get reverse swing will be dangerous in short bursts. Starc could be underwhelming or deadly - unfortunately, my guess is the former. Siddle is 100% heart and has to play, and can also reverse the ball. My team: Warner, Cowan, Hughes, Watson, Clarke, Wade, Henriques, Pattinson, Siddle, Lyon, Doherty

Posted by Paul_Rampley on (February 20, 2013, 10:53 GMT)

Michael fantastic analyis on the allrounder debate. As much stick as he cops, Starc is the only one of Australia's up and coming pace brigade who seems to have that real X factor. Cummins is a fantastic bowler, as is Pattinson, but every now and then Starc produces a ball to rival the best in history, those inswinging yorkers at 150km/h.If he can sort out the rubbish he bowls around it and reduce his economy rate he'll be one of Australia's best ever pacemen. If he doesn't, he won't have fond memories of India.I think all-rounders are a waste of time - unless they are sufficient in either category to play as a specialist batsman or bowler, they shouldn't be included. Pick the best 6 batsmen in the country, the best wicketkeeper, and your best bowling lineup according to the conditions (e.g two spinners in India, four pacemen at the WACA). If we follow that policy then Uzy was the best person to replace Mike Hussey and its a shame he is again a close second for a major batting position

Posted by PFEL on (February 20, 2013, 10:47 GMT)

@Theredbaron, you must have missed the recent Test series where Aus outplayed South Africa in every aspect for the most part, and South Africa only got out with a 1-0 victory due to extraordinary luck

Posted by Tom_Bowler on (February 20, 2013, 10:43 GMT)

Clarke and Watson are the only international class players in that squad. Pattinson, Wade and maybe even Starc might make it given time but they're a long way short at the minute. Cowan, Siddle and Lyon are honest players with limited talent, Henriques is a one day bits and bobs merchant, Hughes is an established failure with a toddler's technique and Warner is a two-bob Sehwag. I haven't seen a worse looking Australian team since the late '80s. I cannot wait for the summer, it's going to be a slaughter.

Posted by Buckers410 on (February 20, 2013, 10:39 GMT)

Good selection and I wish the best for him. He could play a big role as Aus' allrounder in the years to come. Bat at 6 or 7 and bowl all day. A wonderful talent

Posted by Busie1979 on (February 20, 2013, 10:37 GMT)

Terrible selection - terrible squad. Team needs a spinning all rounder. Doherty - not test player. Smith - handy but flawed batsman who bowls part time spin - not a real option. Agar - should have trialled genuine contenders in warm ups (should be on an "A" tour if they want to give him experience). Maxwell - not ready - but possibly worth the risk given the alternatives. O'keefe - not in squad - but clearly the best choice on merit (Argus?) - Australia's answer to Dan Vettori. I can only assume something has happened between him and Michael Clarke - a tragedy. Henriques - talented, but this is a breakout season for him - but has done little else in his career. The 3 pace bowlers all bowl in the high 140s - ok on seaming wickets, but on dead tracks, Bird is a better option with better control and less pace. Batting is weak - lucky India can't bowl. Cowan - 13 tests, ave 32 - has anyone else noticed that Chris Rogers has 3 FC centuries this year?

Posted by getaclue on (February 20, 2013, 10:22 GMT)

look, id rather moises than maxwell but i find it funny that the following bowlers have as many or more first class tons than henriques or maxwell (who are effectively now considered in our best 6 or 7 batsmen in the country): Hauritz, Krezja, Copeland, Rimmington, Cutting

Posted by Mary_786 on (February 20, 2013, 10:19 GMT)

This all-rounder obsession from our selectors stems from the 05 Ashes when Flintoff had a blinder of a series. It was almost like Cricket Australia collectively thought "they beat us with an all-rounder, if we had one we would've won the series, so we've got to get one ourselves." Unfortunately though guys like Flintoff don't come around that often. An all-rounder must have one discipline that they are good enough to be picked for, the other is the bonus that sees them picked ahead of someone else. Otherwise you have a sub-test standard bowler bowling to test batsmen, and a sub-test batsmen facing test attacks. You end up with someone who is expensive, doesn't take wickets and doesn't score consistent runs, especially when needed. All the great all-rounders of the past; Davidson, Botham, Dev, Hadlee could be picked on the basis of one discipline. This is the reason i am against having unproven allrounders at 6 and would go for Khawaja in that spot. Time will tell if i am right.

Posted by smudgeon on (February 20, 2013, 10:11 GMT)

@AKS286...I wonder on what basis you think Jason Krejza warrants selection? Have you seen him bowl recently? Because I have, and I think on current form he'd struggle to command a place in a 7th division indoor cricket club...12 wickets a bunch of years ago for a truckload of runs isn't enough to hang a career on.

Posted by BradmanBestEver on (February 20, 2013, 10:07 GMT)

AKS286 S.Marsh was not selected because he is not good enough

Posted by guycollier118 on (February 20, 2013, 9:58 GMT)

Sensible selection from Australia. Henriques far mor suited, if not perfectly suited, to making match winning contributions to a Test series in India. However, could Mitchell Johnson have batted 7 and been a more potent force with the ball than Henriques, using reverse swing?! Maybe they wanted a more holding bowler.

Posted by heathrf1974 on (February 20, 2013, 9:57 GMT)

Leaving out Bird is a mistake. Although he has played only one test, he has great potential and was very impressive against SL. I also think Starc may struggle as he is too inaccurate at this time in his career. The Aussies will need to build pressure.

Posted by Fleming_Mitch on (February 20, 2013, 9:54 GMT)

@ChrisP you are correct, Khawaja's turn will come and he should just continue to work hard similar to how Lee did when he had to wait his turn to play for Australia in the 2001 India tour. @NoorUddinAdil yes no doubt Khawaja should be part of the batting attack but the pressure is now on Cowan to show he is a better opener then Cowan, if he fails then Khawaja comes in at 4.Good teams are made up of specialist batsmen and specialist bowlers. Less Test quality teams like NZ need to rely on all rounds as they don't have 10 blokes who are specialists at international level. It seems by insisting on an all rounder we are accepting that we are not a top flight test nation. its fine to pick a player who can bat and bowl, however he needs to be making the team on one of those factors alone.(in test cricket). This is why I would go for Khawaja at 6.

Posted by brusselslion on (February 20, 2013, 9:53 GMT)

Might just as well gone the whole hog and brought in 4 extra batsmen/ all rounders for Siddle, Starc, Pattinson & Lyon and played for the draw. Siddle, Starc, Pattinson might be fine bowlers in Australian/ English conditions but on Indian dust bowls? The chances of Lyon turning a ball, let alone a match, are almost zero (which might well be the figure in his wickets column for this match)

Posted by Chris_P on (February 20, 2013, 9:49 GMT)

@Theredbaron. You mean the latest rankings showing Australia 3rd just behind England? I guess you hold an even lower opinion for those ranked below? Interesting......

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 9:44 GMT)

Worst team selection you cant beat india in india without two quality spinners and austrailians are going with four fast bowlers what the hell they r doing.england lose the first test because of three fast bowlers but when they included second spinner in the team they outclassed indians..australians are going with their strength which is fast bowling but please MR ARTHUR and MR CLARKE use your brain you are playing in india in a subcontinent not in australia... I can bet india will beat australia in the first test bcz of this team selection...Play with your strength but pls use your brains.....

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 9:34 GMT)

badb Selection they should have played with 6 bats and 2 spinners like ENGLAND they are going to lose

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 9:33 GMT)

Good luck Australia!!! Whether you need it or not is of no regard, but I think that you are missing a batsman, and a bowler who can hold up the tail.

I think that you are under-prepared for the conditions and the environment. Now that the selectors have played their hand it gives the groundsmen at Chennai sufficient time ensure that the you will play on a nice flat dry pitch, that will give lifeless bounce to the seamers and be churned to dust by the Indian spinners. What?!?!? Do you think that the Indians want to lose to series at home in a row. Ha, Ha, Ha!!! The groundsmen will know exactly what to do.

Starc, Siddle and Pattinson will bowl until their muscles ache and find themselves 'rotated'. If Lyon does catch an edge, let's hope that it is thick enough to go to 1st slip because you could be in the field for a long time and somebody may lose concentration.

If the Indian bowlers bowl well and they hold their catches I fear the worst. I fear the very, very worst.

WIN THE TOSS!!

Posted by GRVJPR on (February 20, 2013, 9:31 GMT)

It's not good to pick someone on his good performance against Indian Club level Side. Gambhir has done god job fooling australian selectors.

Posted by ajayrcs on (February 20, 2013, 9:30 GMT)

Will Warner be able to bowl? He was pretty handy in series against SAFA.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 9:23 GMT)

Wat abt India line Up:-- Sehawag,Vijay(local boy),pujara,kohli,Dhoni,jadeja,Aswin,Bajji,Bhuvaneshwar,ishanth ..wat abt 11th man?

Posted by pitch_curator on (February 20, 2013, 9:21 GMT)

Not playing Doherty is a very big mistake. Off spinners mostly dont trouble an Indian middle order packed with Right handers. I think Clarke would be the best spinner from the Australian side in the first test. Replacing Henriques and Lyon with Maxwell and Doherty would have given the best eleven for the Aussies.

Posted by JohnMohandoss on (February 20, 2013, 9:20 GMT)

Disappointed! I was kinda hoping to see Mitch. THE Mitch. This sucks. I was kinda hoping he'd injure Sehwag and that would give us an excuse to actually have a test quality opener.

Oh well. Can't have everything I guess. I hope Starc steps up and breaks a few bones. :P

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (February 20, 2013, 9:09 GMT)

Looks like Wade will be taking the gloves off again for another bowl or two...

Posted by Theredbaron on (February 20, 2013, 9:00 GMT)

This has got to be the worst test lineup Australia have ever put together The only two players who could give Indiia trouble is Watson and Clarke. The rest of the team are fringe test players in my opinion. Its no point in putting one day players in the test team. I also think that since Micky Arthur took over, Australia has gone backwards. I think the management should start listening to Shane Warne, as Australia is becoming the laughing stock of world cricket. All you have to do is to look at the current test rankings to see why I am saying this. South Africa is dominating test cricket and the test rankings because they have kept a very settled test side

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 8:54 GMT)

Yes it looks like a repeat of what Eng did in first test by not picking Paneshar and now Aus not picking Doherthy.... they should have taken Doherthy instead of Siddle or Pattison bcoz they have chosen Henriques instead of Maxwell and Chennai especially is a spin track...

Posted by Thefakebook on (February 20, 2013, 8:53 GMT)

Actually its a good no a great squad,no Maxwell,no Smith,no Jhonson,no Xavier that leaves only poor old Lyon @the mercy of the haters hahaha.Warner should have been rested till the 2nd test(mind you he may score 200+) but why risk an seriuos damage to that thumb any ways? Henriques is awesome pick he and SO'K are the two best allrounders in Australia.He should be given a long run spacially now that Wato will never bowl regularly.

Posted by AKS286 on (February 20, 2013, 8:52 GMT)

Matthew waste is a very poor WK and Batsman too. Oz batting looks BRITTLE. why haddin & S.Marsh is not selected? in this series INDIANS are favourite. Harbhajan must IN & Ashwin must out. Lyon will pick the wikets ishant, ojha, umesh yadav and maintains his position in the squad. Lyon out & KREJA must IN.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 8:51 GMT)

I have never been a fan of Doherty at first-class level but he may be a better option than Lyon in the long term this series because he bowls flatter. It was this sort of bowling that Swann and Panessar produced effectively on the recent English tour of India. Of course Steve O'Keefe is the best spinner in Australia but for some reason the selectors don't rate him. He can also bat and unless we have a Warne/Macgill quality bowler, our spinner needs to be able to bat at least as well as Hauritz did during his brief Test career.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 8:45 GMT)

Congratulations Australian selectors. You have left out the three bowlers who warranted selection most on recent Australian and Indian performances, namely Doherty, Johnson and Bird. Jack Baker

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 8:45 GMT)

Definetly Australia going to lose first test because same thing happen in eng series also .They relised a lot after 1st test.I guess aus will face tough task in first test.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 8:43 GMT)

yorkslanka, Doherty simply not selected, not injured. I'm as amazed as you are. If you don't play him on a Chennai dustbowl of a wicket, when do you play him ? Begs the question why was he selected for the tour if there was no intention to select him even in favourable spinning conditions. Perhaps we'll see him slotted in immediately for the 2nd test.

Posted by AKS286 on (February 20, 2013, 8:41 GMT)

no spinners will be added to the squad. clarke , warner is better than lyon actually there is no need of useless lyon. its better to add extra batsman like good player of sub-continent S.Marsh; or Forrest, ferguson. Oz team is depressed with spin problem. Look at the SA team they beat india on the dead pitches with the help of AFRICAN DEADLY BARRAGE (Steyn, phil, morkel, tsotsobe, de lange) and set an example for weak spin attack team. Clarke must bat up to the order because he can't do anything with tailenders. S.Marsh & haddin will be MISS. Cowan, Hughes, Marsh, clarke, Voges/forrest/ferguson, Haddin, watson, MJ, Siddle, Pattin, Bird.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 8:38 GMT)

Going off topic, but not entirely unrelated.........Looking through the crystal ball for Ashes bolters given that IMHO Lyon will get pummelled in India and the quicks will bowl a LOT of overs in tough conditions. What chance Hauritz returns as No.1 spinner (nice 5 wicket haul today on a flat MCG wicket, but is he permanently out-of-favour with the selectors ? ) and Chadd Sayers (38 Sheffield Shield wickets in 2012/13 at 18 apiece - but is he too much in the Jackson Bird/Glenn McGrath line/length/swing mould rather than genuine pace) gets a call-up ?

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 8:33 GMT)

Indian team looks more settled. strange that Sehwag needed so long to understand he needs glasses. Gambhir was out of form and thus dropped. In the team, whenever the openers do well, the batting clicks, that was the problem against england, apart from the outstanding Panesar! This is a different team India. watch out ppl. that apart, the aussies are an underrated team, slightly short on confidence, and this team naming just seems to be a tough posture taken by them to calm their own nerves. should be a good series, better than the one sided nonsense against england.

Posted by yorkslanka on (February 20, 2013, 8:32 GMT)

After watching him lay against us, I am AMAZED that Doherty is not in this team?any Aussie fans care to enlighten if he is injured? Strange move to announce team so early but I would think that two spinners would be needed on the flat tracks..

Posted by VivGilchrist on (February 20, 2013, 8:30 GMT)

Both Siddle and Pattinson aren't as effective outside of Australia and for this reason I wouldn't have played both in the same XI. I would've chosen Bird over Patto purely to keep it tight and dry up one end. I hope they prove me wrong. Where's OKeefe?

Posted by TrueLankan on (February 20, 2013, 8:30 GMT)

Can anyone tell me why Australia announce their team 2 or 3 days away from a Test or any other match? It allows the Indians to prepare for the Aussie bowlers. A rank turner is now a certainty.

Posted by CricketMaan on (February 20, 2013, 8:29 GMT)

Pattinson ahead of Johnson? Indians have always been found vulnerable against left arm quicks and Mitchel has enjoyed bowling to them. He is different from Starc and with a plethora of right handers, he could have made an impact. With Siddle, Starc and Pattinson Vijay and Viru are going to have a very difficult time.

Posted by smudgeon on (February 20, 2013, 8:29 GMT)

Ah, I'm glad to see I managed to pick the XI! Still, it'll be interesting to see if the selectors end up regretting the one slow bowler option, but I think they've done the best they can with who they have. Picking a form player like Henriques is exactly what the selectors should do. I have a feeling this selection will pay off, although I have my worries that perhaps Henriques is a little green, but we'll see. Bets of luck, Mo!

Posted by punter-gilly-haydos-mcgrath-warne on (February 20, 2013, 8:26 GMT)

I think the selectors are making a mistake with not picking Jackson Bird. Pattinson relies a lot on brute pace and force and that always that economical. Now bwling in India takes a lot of time and energy and I don't think Patto will be able to put up with it. As of Bird he looks like he can bowl long spells and keep them tight and does not over strain himself with every delivery like Patto.

Posted by Sadhanand on (February 20, 2013, 8:24 GMT)

I predicted this team but for one.Lyon should never have got the nod.I would play Doherty because Indian Team is packed with right handers...at least 5 in the top 7 are right handers..and Lyon will be ineffective against them...hope to see him roar or else it is bye bye to him....Hope Aussies do well...in Chennai..Good test match on the cards...

Posted by mateyman on (February 20, 2013, 8:23 GMT)

Clarke's spin is in all seriousness negligibly worse than Doherty's, so maybe we are hoping he can bowl a bit, and therefore we won't lose too much by not playing Doherty.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 8:22 GMT)

My palying eleven David Warner, Ed Cowan, Phillip Hughes, Shane Watson, Michael Clarke (capt), Matthew Wade (wk), Moises Henriques, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc,Xavier Doherty, Nathan Lyon.

Posted by Bilal_Choudry on (February 20, 2013, 8:19 GMT)

so how many lefties in top order .... indian offies r in for a treat

Posted by Meety on (February 20, 2013, 8:14 GMT)

@ Chris_P on (February 20, 2013, 7:33 GMT) - I am a bit nervous about Warner, I think he is a bit under done, but I suppose a bit of IPL experience would mean he'd be one of our most experienced players in Indian conditions?

Posted by crkt4evr on (February 20, 2013, 8:12 GMT)

what is the need and purpose to announce playing X1 3 days b4 the game?

Posted by bipulkumar on (February 20, 2013, 8:10 GMT)

Henriques is in great nick. His selection shows how australian selectors value current form. Also how they are wiling play an opener at other slots to create better balance. Indian selectors have a long way to go. They consider opening slot as holy cow and select Shikhar Dhawan ahead of Tiwary, Raina and Yuvraj. They have also selected Sehwag and Dinda for no good reason at all. Though I doubt Australia's choice of spinner and feel India still has upper hand but Indian team selection could have been far better if selectors go for in form players.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 8:09 GMT)

I think India will do better in this series than they did against England.

Posted by SherjilIslam on (February 20, 2013, 8:08 GMT)

@lukecanon: "Another Test whitewash for India" Oh dear....please refrain from these kind of predictions and comments.Most of the Aussie fans here are very cordial and realistic in their comments.I hope you don't dilute this forum with meaningless bashings for either team. My first point is, Australia is no England, Australia have their own problems and still working out to find a right team combination.Second is, India have recovered from the day-dreaming mode of winning everything at home.Each and every player of this team has the fear of getting dropped, so you can see much more intensity from India this time.Also you can't take away the home advantage from any team, so that too will remain with India. I am expecting a very hard fought series, but whitewashes for either side side seems to be a distinct possibility.

Posted by AhmedEsat on (February 20, 2013, 8:07 GMT)

This Australian team is missing a specialist batsman.

Posted by QingdaoXI on (February 20, 2013, 8:00 GMT)

Pattinson and Siddle will be not effective in this conditions they should have gone with Bird and Doherty.

Posted by CrICkeeet on (February 20, 2013, 8:00 GMT)

Nice jokes! Is it a TEST squad? Or ODI squad???

Posted by Jayzuz on (February 20, 2013, 7:58 GMT)

Good that they chose a player in form. This series is an odd one. I don't think anybody can quite be certain what's happening. The Poms and doomsdayers (pretty much synonyms) are just guessing - hoping I dare say. @Simoc, your comments make it sound like there is a trail of disaster in recent AUS performances (sound familiar?) Maybe you'd like to point them out to me. In fact the most familiar sound under Clarke has been that of the Captain accepting the victor's speech at the end of the series. Sound familiar? But somehow we are expected to believe that this is all suddenly going to change and the team will become a clueless rabble. It's not going to happen.

Posted by naveenpnayak on (February 20, 2013, 7:54 GMT)

Doherty should have been in for Lyon and Cutting for Siddle..

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 7:49 GMT)

Indian Batting: Failure of some of our key batsmen was the major contributory factor for our losing the recent home series against England. The list of inconsistent batsmen, unfortunately, includes ALL the main batsmen -- Veeru, Gauti, Sachin, Virat, Yuvi, & Dhoni. If top 6 lets you down, what other result can you expect? I haven't seen anything new since then, to re-assure myself that they have turned the corner. Hope I am wrong.

Bowling: What is not widely talked is the failure of some of the permanent fixtures in our bowling lie-up. The worst case is Ashwin. To paraphrase what Bedi told Rasool: If Ashwin bowls his basic deliveries well, he doesn't have to try all the 'fancy', but ineffective, variations.a) If he can't bowl to the field; b) if he can't stop bowling one or two bad delivery in every over; c) and if he can't avoid regularly bowling 'almost wide' outside the leg-stump; he is in the team only as a batsman. As a batsman, is he better than Tiwari? Waiting to know our XI.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 7:46 GMT)

aussie selection good execept i would put J.Bird above J.Pattinson the reason is simple, Pattinson not played almost two months, plus look at Bird similar to Mcgrath and stuart clark, he willl tie up one end dry out the run, this way other end you can attack either with pace or lyon though run leaks, Its bit of a mental game with indians. Definitely indian batsman mentaly fragile.

Posted by hris on (February 20, 2013, 7:45 GMT)

top 3 are lefties. So Ashwin will open. They might even include Harbhajan.

So i would prefer to play watson at 3.

Posted by Edwards_Anderson on (February 20, 2013, 7:42 GMT)

One has to wonder if we would pick an allrounder if Mike Hussey was batting at 6. I know Khawaja is no Mike Hussey but you don't get a Hussey or Ponting in 3 or 4 games, you have to develop that player and I would have preferred to see Khawaja at 6 with Clarke, Warner doing the part time overs. And Jackson Bird becomes the last option of the quicks in the squad despite 11 wickets in 2 matches and was man of the match in Sydney, which is as close to a sub-continent wicket as you'll get

Posted by knan on (February 20, 2013, 7:42 GMT)

Looks like a repeat of what Eng did in the first test at Ahmedabad . For Aus to make an impression in the tests Warner and Watson need to score big and quickly to put the Indian spinners under pressure. I expect the series to go 2-0 or 2-1 in favour of India.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 7:39 GMT)

The team looks OK, except the choice of the spinner, in Indian condtions. DoHerty Do Hurt Indians, but I don't think the Lyon will be able to roar! Hope, any potential demoralization will not make this Lyon toothless, before the Ashes. Against England, Oz needs him.

Posted by Les46 on (February 20, 2013, 7:39 GMT)

Really glad to see Henriques (the bowler) get a guernsey ahead of spinner Maxwell, who after all really sits behind Lyon, O'Keefe, Hauritz, Beer and/or Doherty, and probably Clarke, in the pecking order. The Indians would have loved that, had Maxwell won the day.

Would have preferred the raw aggression of Johnson over Pattinson due to the latter's recent inability to play two tests in a row without injury.

Warner needing to play with a thumbguard is going to make himself a target. Not sure he should be playing if that is the case.

India will still have fresh in their minds the four nil whitewash against Australia's pace bowlers early last year, and their more recent losses against England. Australia, on the other hand, with the one hiccup against South Africa last year, knows how to win in test cricket.....#

Posted by Dismayed on (February 20, 2013, 7:37 GMT)

When was the last time an Australian player was allowed to fail for13 tests and ave. 32 and still get picked?? (excluding Ponting and Clark that is) How does Cowan deserve to play? For the balance of the team and future Watson has to open and Steve Smith or Maxwell play in the middle order and bowl 10/15 overs or so. Not to mention out score Cowan and out field him. Like the Henriques selection but Cowan must go.

Posted by Simoc on (February 20, 2013, 7:35 GMT)

This doesn't look like a test winning team. Siddle huffs and puffs but never blows any team down. Patterson and Starc will get carved up for experience and Lyon will be expected to get all the wickets if what we're told about Chennai is true. It's a dumb team and we'll be told down the track that they got it wrong. Sound familiar.

Posted by Chris_P on (February 20, 2013, 7:33 GMT)

@Meety, I think they have got it right. Although I would have liked another spinner, no one is deserving of a spot ahead of the selected team. Having followed Mo over the years, his form this year plus his ability to reverse it on the low turning pitches of the SCG made him a "must" pick. Someone was always going to miss out among the quicks & certainly, the ones selected, deserved first bite. That said, we will still be on the back foot in this series, but the ingredients are there for the future. Khawaja's turn will come, of that I am certain. @Mervo, MJ was not dropped for Henriques, he was dropped for Pattinson, Henriques has come into the side as a batsman/bowler as his fc forms demanded he should. BTW, his last test he scored 13 & 1no, the previous test was 92no.

Posted by Narbavi on (February 20, 2013, 7:33 GMT)

This is baffling, pattinson preferred for johnson? Pattinson doesn't offer anything on these pitches whereas mitchell has bowled well in india in the past and is very effective with reverse swing too,

Posted by Alexk400 on (February 20, 2013, 7:28 GMT)

You pick your best 4 bowlers. Aussie did correct selection. England have two good spinners Auissie pace bowlers are better than their spinners That is bottom line.

Posted by lukecannon on (February 20, 2013, 7:28 GMT)

Another Test whitewash for India.. Let's get this over with. I expect AUS to win inside 4 days. This is the same overated mediocre test team that promised a revenge against England and ended up 2-1 on the losing side playing AT HOME. So AUS should not be fussed about conditions. If ENG could do it. Then so can AUS. A crushing test series loss will put the Indians some sense.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (February 20, 2013, 7:27 GMT)

With 3 quicks I dont see the genuine need for Henriques bowling. Is he one our best 6 batters well I think that is obvious that he isnt so I find the selection bizarre. I would have gone with Smith as I think he is a good player of spin bowling. Hope Clarkey's hamstring can cope with some bowling as we are going to need him.

Posted by anuajm on (February 20, 2013, 7:25 GMT)

While in hindsight, Moises might turn out to be a good selection, frankly i was not expecting him to play the first test. Australia should have gone with only one spinner and 3 pace bowlers which they have done. Spin is not their strength, so Starc or Pattinson will have much more success then Doherty. Doherty is no Swann or Panesar so no point in keeping him in the team. I was expecting Maxwell in the mix but again, i guess the selectors realized that he might not be up to it both in batting and bowling. The only change i would have wanted is Khwaja instead of Moises but Moises might prove us all wrong. I also see a possibility of Hughes failing in this series. Australia's best bet is that Warner, Watson and Clarke fire, i don't the others contributing much. Overall though, if they bat well, Australia looks better than India.

Posted by Booniedoon on (February 20, 2013, 7:19 GMT)

Hotu I think Wade is a lot more likely to bowl in this test than Warner or Watson. I'm not sure how Clark's back is, but wouldn't be surprised if he bowls himself quite a bit..

Posted by AB_DeVilliers on (February 20, 2013, 7:18 GMT)

Michael Clarke hiding at no.5 again, pathetic. Should bat 4 atleast.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 7:16 GMT)

I think 1st test cricketer to come from Prtugal was Ted Dexter, England's captain and batsman in 1960"'

Posted by Paddy789 on (February 20, 2013, 7:15 GMT)

If Aussie is playing only one spinner then they should play Doherty instead of Lyon, remember what Englands left arm spinner did to India recently. Lyon is not as good as Swann hence he wont be able to trouble Indian batsmen much in Indian conditions.

Posted by mikey76 on (February 20, 2013, 7:12 GMT)

Long tail, flaky top order. Can't see Aus putting big totals on the board in this series. Once again Clarke under enormous pressure to produce and he doesn't have his safety valve in Hussey to rely on. England showed you can't go hard at these Indian spinners which is what Warner, Hughes and Watson are likely to do. Patience is the key.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 7:06 GMT)

its a wonerful team a tam announced much in advance is the australian way of looking at the indian challenge. ben henriques gives them the balance .obviously they have been handcuffed and peralised a just bit by shane watson decision not to bowl

Posted by jonesy2 on (February 20, 2013, 6:59 GMT)

i like the horse for course approach here. moises will be a key with his reverse swing and general suitedness for bowling and batting on slow low pitches. dont expect starc to get the ball much when its new he and moises will be the old ball specialists, i think the key will be jimmy up front if he and sidds are able to get early wickets then that will be the difference

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (February 20, 2013, 6:59 GMT)

Fill your boots India. This is your chance to hammer Oz with their club-cricketers team selection. Never even heard of this guy.

Posted by cric_freakNo2 on (February 20, 2013, 6:58 GMT)

I think clarke shud open the bowling. He is clever bowler,atleast i think :P

Posted by gnanzcupid on (February 20, 2013, 6:56 GMT)

Everyone should understand that there are 2 good spinners in this team. Why are many people blind in seeing Michael Clarke as the second spinner. Forgot Mumbai mates? He may bowl few overs and if it is his day, he will be as effective as a full time spinner. Im not convinced with Hernriques debuting at Chennai. Though this seems to be the best combination considering the resources in bag.

Posted by mthw on (February 20, 2013, 6:54 GMT)

Haha, all the negative comments here from people! Makes me laugh! Good luck to the boys... Hope they do well... India arent exactly the same team they have been in the last decade so should be a good series between 2 teams trying to rebuild... Hey at least Australia haven't got any blokes in their late 30's hanging around when they should have retired a while ago...

Posted by Mary_786 on (February 20, 2013, 6:53 GMT)

@Meety fair point champ, you are absolutely correct in that some of our better long form players are underdone, but Khawaja got 35 in the first warm up and 30 not out in the second so he is more ready then Warner(who is our best opener) but is not 100% and risks going into a key game without much batting under his belt. I think Hyclass makes a good point that Khawaja never gets a full series to show what he can do, he has been a close second to both Punter and Huss's spot and it is time to give him a fair crack at test cricket. @Potatis i would love to see boht Hughes and Khawaja at 3 and 4 and i think that's where we should have them in the ashes, Hughes will struggle with spin but he is a fighter. Its up to Cowan to show that all the critics are wrong about Watson being a better opener.

Posted by Qeng_Ho on (February 20, 2013, 6:53 GMT)

This is a sound team selection. I would rather see a high quality pace bowler selected rather than selecting additional spinners who, frankly, have not troubled second XI indian teams.

Hopefully, Lyon can deliver in this test and answer his critics and the batsman can give Aus enough runs to bowl at.

I struggle to see this as a thrashing either way. Australia acquitted themselves creditably against Sth Africa and then Herath at home India have a lot of pride to play for.

Here's to a tough, close series of test cricket.

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (February 20, 2013, 6:52 GMT)

While I am happy to see that form is being rewarded in the case of Moises Henriques, I find it troubling that the in form Mitchell Johnson is being ignored, especially in light of his success in India. Peter Siddle has a horrific record in India and shouldn't have been in contention. I was somewhat surprised to see Nathan Lyon picked, after Doherty had far greater success in India and was being touted as the sole spinner. I still object to Maxwell, Smith and Bird, all fringe players, not even getting a shot in the practice games - how else are they supposed to prove themselves? A decent 10. Siddle a very poor choice and Lyon questionable. Let's hope that I am wrong.

Posted by SherjilIslam on (February 20, 2013, 6:49 GMT)

It could be equally interesting to see the Indian line-up.Whether India opts to bat Sehwag down the order and play dhawan and vijay together or they go with either dhawan/vijay along-with Sehwag as openers.The no. 6 position is up for the grabs too.Also, the bowling combinations i am not sure who will feature in XI as apart from Ojha and Ishant Sharma none of the bowlers pick themselves.

Posted by PFEL on (February 20, 2013, 6:47 GMT)

I can't believe some people think Australia should have played 2 spinners. The Aussie quick bowlers are 999999x better than their spinners, and no amount of condusive pitches will overcome that.

Posted by KK_Cricket on (February 20, 2013, 6:46 GMT)

Remember, not only Australia but even India has to pick 20 wickets to win and I honestly don't see that happening with current Indian bowling attack.. The only serious threat would be Ojha.. And Australia are following what Pakistan did against India in recent limited over series.. Testing India's top order with raw pace.. And M Clarke would play a really crucial role filling in as left arm spinner and has this uncanny knack of picking wickets, especially against India.. This series will be a 1-1 draw or a 2-1 to India if Bhajji and Ojha click.. Ashwin would be a walk over..

Posted by Paul_Rampley on (February 20, 2013, 6:46 GMT)

I might have read things incorrectly but we have 2 specialist spinners and 2 spinning alrounders in the squad. We are told that that Chennai is a spinning wicket, and now we are going with with 3 quicks, one specialist spinner and spin support. Alas, Moises will wear baggy green number 432 and good luck to him. Clarke is obviously fit to bowl, which would have been critical in Henriques's selection. Let's hope he succeeds with the bat. The chances of Moises striding to the crease at 6-150 is a real possibility in which case I would like to have Khawaja coming in as he is man who scores in tough situations in the longer format. But I am going to get behind our boys and hope we can take the first test out. Khawaja will have an important role to play later in the test series. Also I'm surprised Jason Krejza wasn't floated as an option for India. Krejza is below average on Australian flat tracks and green tops but he has experience in India and has been successful in his opportunity there.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 6:45 GMT)

Mitty, i Am a fan of Khawaja . He is stylish and i looks like he has the temperament to play in the Aussie team. But to me if he were to replace anyone it would be Ed Cowan with Hughes moving up and so does Watson. Since Watson isnt going to bowl he should bat up the order and at present he is the most experienced batsman in this line up with regards to the Indian conditions. Ed Cowan i dont think is good enough to handle spin he isnt fluent at all which counts a lot when you play spin. He will poke too many edges..as for Warner, he should be ok without any match practice. % bowlers is always the best way to go that two when you have a quality all rounder, Henriques has been tipped as a future star for long its time he stands up.

Posted by Meety on (February 20, 2013, 6:44 GMT)

@Scott Kirkwood - probably not as funny as it sounds. An average of 43 & S/R of 60 is reasonable for a part timer. Plus a couple of overs from Pup! @Mitty2 on (February 20, 2013, 6:18 GMT) - if things go pear-shaped with the batting, I think Khawaja is in, but I really didn't think he did enuff to demand a spot. @Potatis on (February 20, 2013, 6:27 GMT) - I would keep Hughes beyond a one test failure, Khawaja would come in (IMO), for Henriques. @Ken Edwards on (February 20, 2013, 6:30 GMT) - I went scurrying thru the archives to see which hand - its his LEFT!

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 6:40 GMT)

Lyon was outbowled by both Doherty and Agar in both the warm up games. Surely this suggest, if not dropping Lyon, then showing that he bowls well in tandem with a left hander?

Posted by Bonehead_maz on (February 20, 2013, 6:40 GMT)

I just can't seem to remember when the teams started to be announced before the toss. Seems now to be getting earlier and earlier.

Congratulations to Henriques.

I wonder whether Warner can bowl with his thumb ? Also whether Clarke can with his hamstring ? A few overs here and there by those two may be handy.

Posted by redneck on (February 20, 2013, 6:40 GMT)

dont know why so many people think australia needs to copy england with 2 spinners to have any success. look if south africa were playing in india would they pick 2 spinners? did the west indies of the 80's even play one spinner while touring india? i think the answer is no to both of these. south africa on their last 2 test tours to india proved that if pace is your teams strength like it is for aus then play to your strengths and you can still win test matches.

Posted by hycIass on (February 20, 2013, 6:36 GMT)

@Mitty i agree with you, i am a big fan of Warner but without any tour games under his belt, and not fully recovered he is taking a risk coming in. For once i wish Khawaja gets a go and is told you have the full series to show us what you can do but instead he will continue to come in as injury cover and be expected to get a century in the one and only game he gets. Close second to Hughes for Punter's spot, he is again a close second for Hussey's spot. Also 4 seamers and only one spinner for an overdone pitch in India. That's like India rocking up at the WACA with three spinners in their team! Big gamble. I can only assume Clarke's back is ok to bowl a lot and that Warner has been working on his right-arm bowling enough to turn himself into Warnie Mk II since he fractured his left thumb. Let's see how it goes.

Posted by Meety on (February 20, 2013, 6:35 GMT)

@satishchandar on (February 20, 2013, 5:41 GMT) "Hope fans from winning side don't boast too much and spoil every forum.." - nice sentiment (I agree with), but the chances of that is about ZERO! @Michael_Sheridon on (February 20, 2013, 5:48 GMT) - unfortunately, as I feared, stuffing around in the ODI side + a rained out Shield match has left Khawaja hopelessly under done & he hasn't done enuff on tour to get thru. That said, I would ALMOST say the same about Warner! @landl47 on (February 20, 2013, 5:52 GMT)- I think the Indian selectors will almost definately give the Turbanator his 100th Test cap. The batting line up works assuming Watto delivers on his batting capabilities when not bowling (IMO). @Anjuit Mukopadhyay on (February 20, 2013, 5:55 GMT) - great comment, although I think Dhoni is a better captain in India than abroad. I've said for about 12mths this is Oz are more likely to win this series in India than anytime since 2004. Still - wary of SRT, Kholi & Pujarra.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 6:35 GMT)

Australia could have played an extra batsmen - what with Watson, Clarke and Warner also able to provide bowling support.

Posted by redneck on (February 20, 2013, 6:33 GMT)

whole heartedly agree with the team selected given the squad they had to choose from. henriques has been impressive in the warm up matches bowling neat spells along with batting soundly. is he the first test cricketer to ever come from portugal?

Posted by disco_bob on (February 20, 2013, 6:33 GMT)

I am surprised a little by this selection but not unpleasantly so. Warner had better back up his words, maybe the extra pressure he's put on himself will work to his favour forcing him to put on his 'responsible batting' hat as he has been able to do when the situation warranted it as when he carried his bat in Hobart.

This shows a lot of faith in Lyon and it shows a lot of faith in our youngsters having Pattinson partner Starc rather than the fast improving Johnson. This show good forward planning so I have to back the selectors here.

This India series has the potential to make or break Lyon, he's been good but not exceptionally so. Overall, I'm happy with this team, especially for the first test

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 6:30 GMT)

Is the broken thumb on Warner's bowling hand ? ;) One spinner and its Lyon, you're kidding me. Lyon with some quickish left-arm spin (i.e. Doherty) would produce a spin attack option whilst not in the same class as Panesar and Swann, its the best option Australia have for the conditions and the opponent. Remember, India struggled against Panesar and Swann in India. Alas, its all for nought, 3 pacemen ? Still in shock.

Posted by The_Mystery_Ball on (February 20, 2013, 6:28 GMT)

Bad move by the Aussies. Playing only 1 spinner will prove their downfall. This Indian batting lineup will absolutely devour their pace bowling.

Posted by Potatis on (February 20, 2013, 6:27 GMT)

I don't care about the other comments, I'm happy with this team. This is the best Aus team, except Khawaja could play instead of Hughes. I'm a Hughes fan, but think Khawaja would be better in India. I am happy for Hughes to prove me wrong, but if he fails in game 1, then Khawaja should be straight in. I don't think Johnson or Doherty should play at all in this series. Johnson is brilliant once in 10 games and don't feel he's needed in India when we have Starc. This team will win the first test.

Posted by Patidar_Rajesh on (February 20, 2013, 6:26 GMT)

The Biggest concern for team India is Clark and Watson , If we can make them out cheaply ,,, Chances are there for Win :)

Posted by agarkarno1 on (February 20, 2013, 6:26 GMT)

Henriques to me is an exciting young player but failure for him in challenging Indian conditions where there is less assistance to fast bowlers and turning pitches would dampen his confidence. Ideally i would have preferred him making debut in SA or England. Anyway good luck to him.

Posted by Sunil_Batra on (February 20, 2013, 6:25 GMT)

What is this fascination that these selectors have with allrounders? If we cant back our current pace bowling attack to twenty wickets on their own then we are seriously in trouble. Kawajahs confidence must be at a all time low when our top order crumbles in india and then in the ashes who will save us Henriques really?

Posted by Dheepan on (February 20, 2013, 6:24 GMT)

i still see a huge hole at number 6.. it is a legendary position in the Oz batting lineup.. very sad to see huss go, but wade is no replacement..

Posted by sonviks on (February 20, 2013, 6:20 GMT)

Aussies are doing same mistake what England has done in the Ist test last year, playing with 4 fast bowlers & lone spinner & they lost badly ... Its India dude, on 5th day if you will bowl underarm also then the bowl will turn ... will enjoy seeing their bowlers hammered

Posted by BradmanBestEver on (February 20, 2013, 6:19 GMT)

Aussie selectors did the right thing with the resources that they have got at the moment. Would be interesting to know what they would have done had Watto been able to bowl. Would they have gone with the extra batsman, stuck with Henriques or added a spinner?

Posted by Mitty2 on (February 20, 2013, 6:18 GMT)

Well, this is not as bad as expected. They took 5 bowlers (henriques is a better bowler) which is needed in india. Still think that khawaja should be in for warner though, i will be very very suprised if warner makes runs with no tour matches and i can only see this being detrimental to his confidence. To my disappointment, ussie will only play as a form replacement or injury cover. This would've been perfect to blood him for the ashes.

I said yesterday that henriques and starc were absolute necessities for all games if uninjured. Both of them are very good with the old bowl, and can reverse swing it. Starc looks fit and was bowling 145+ in the odi's so hoping his pace and swing will be a factor regardless of the state of the pitch. Siddle, irrespective of his Indian records, will be able to bowl the longest of any bowlers and patto's demolishing of India last tour will be fresh in the Indians minds.

Glad were playing one spinner, eng's weakness is their pace and ours is our pace.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 6:13 GMT)

Doherty would have been the best option for Spinner's slot. Nathan is an ineffective one in these conditions against the masters of spin. Wonder why such a team in the Chennai pitch. If India win toss they will surely bat first and if they took Jadeja then 4 quality spinners in a turning track. Tough work to be done for Aussies.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 6:11 GMT)

Maybe Warner will be the 2nd spin option.... lol

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 6:09 GMT)

nice pick by aussies...seriously hope they repeat their feats of 2004. :) Afterall you need 20 wkts to win a test...way too easy for them up against the hosts...

Posted by Fleming_Mitch on (February 20, 2013, 6:09 GMT)

Interesting that after all the talk of bringing every spinner possible, we play 4 quicks and pick Lyon as the sole spinner. Good luck to Henriques. Khawaja should be playing for sure. Interesting comments from Arthur that Henriques' 30 (at a run a ball) the other day is how he wants all the side to bat. If that is the case we will last about two sessions. How England got the job done was primarily making big scores over long periods. By first wearing the spinners down and then getting on top of them from there. Hopefully I am proven wrong but I don't see that side making 300.

Posted by HARCOURT_CUMBERBACH on (February 20, 2013, 6:06 GMT)

If our lads can't make the ball go "Irish" early on we are in for long days in the field and if our top six don't all fire we are in trouble. Good luck to Henriques, I hope he goes well.

Posted by HighwayToHell on (February 20, 2013, 6:03 GMT)

I'm not in a state where I can 100% be assured this playing eleven will beat India in the first test. But I like the move by the selectors; they are sticking with their strengths, that is a full pace attack. By not picking Maxwell as an all-rounder, and Doherty as a spinner, in place of one of their fast bowlers, Australians are conveying a message-- "Alright, we know these are spin-friendly pitches, and you Indians are good at it. And as you very well know, our squad has only rookie spinners, so why don't you guys play against our collection of fast bowlers, and when we mean "fast", they are FAST, not just like your rookie fast bowlers, India!"

Posted by dinesh.lovecricket on (February 20, 2013, 6:03 GMT)

Good squad although doherty could have been drafted in the place of siddle or pattinson owing to his quikish left arm spin as this is the thing which is troubling Indians these days(Remember Panesar???) and also keeping in mind that they have Henriques to bowl as 3rd medium pacer !!! Selection of Henriques is intelligent as medium pace allrounders have fared well in india in past.Besides,Maxwell is overrated and smith is too much a batsman to be selected as an allrounder.Lyon will have to bowl his heart out and michael clarke will need to assist him.This is a good enough squad to fight but whether this is good enough to win,we will have to wait and see.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 5:57 GMT)

My kingdom for a second spinner. Swap Doherty for Pattinson please Messrs Clarke, Arthur et al ! The selectors have SEEN the wicket ?

Posted by SherjilIslam on (February 20, 2013, 5:56 GMT)

pace battery of four can only come handy if they are able to reverse the ball here, if that doesn't happen, not sure how Aussies will cope Chennai heat and classical spin friendly pitch. In any case...no predictions.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 5:55 GMT)

If some Indian fans hope the Lyon as the sole spinner will weaken Australian bowling, and India will win the test, we may have something else coming. Clarke is a proactive captain. He is scoring double and triple hundreds whenever he wants, with some of his big runs coming again SA bowling attack. Other Australian batsmen can not be underestimated, we know what David Warner is capable of doing in test cricket. Australian quick bowlers are genuinely quick, and they bowl fuller length. Peter Siddle is an always-100% cricketer. James Pattinson and Mitchell Starc gave us (and other teams as well) a lot of trouble. Australian fielding standards are very high. MS Dhoni can not exactly be called a proactive captain. Indian spinners have limitations, which was clear in the series against England, and even earlier. Indian pace bowling has not been much effective in most of the recent tests. Indian batting is fragile. Indian fielding may have improved in T20, but test match is another matter.

Posted by Aditya1387 on (February 20, 2013, 5:53 GMT)

Four quicks on chennai wicket are far too many. With so many right hand batsmen it is impossible to understand why Australians are going with Lyon as only spinner. Doherty must play either in place of lyon or pattinson.. Henriques can be used as third pace bowler.. Good for India though!!

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 5:53 GMT)

Three quickies in spinning track!!! but looking at the chennai's past 4 or 5 years pitch conditions it offers more flat track than turning track. So no surprise in this selection but they could have gone with extra part time spinners b'coz sub continent pitch always turn on 4 or 5th day.

Posted by asinghal on (February 20, 2013, 5:52 GMT)

Keeping Johnson is a bad Idea. Remember his last visit when Aus was thrased out 2-0 He was nearly about to win a match than. Also he is a Good Batsman. His experience must be counted be4 selection. My Aus XI should be Warner, Cowan. Hughes, Watto, Clarke, Maxwell, Wade, Johnson, Starc, Siddle & Doherty. This will give a better options as maxwell & Xav can bowl in tendom along with 3 Quickies & batting till 8th.

Posted by landl47 on (February 20, 2013, 5:52 GMT)

I'm not surprised that Australia only picked one spinner, but I am surprised that they went with 5 batsmen plus Wade and Henriques. The batting looks thin, although to be fair Starc and Pattinson can both bat and Siddle might hang around. However, not many of the batsmen have much experience of playing Indian spinners in India. Aus might miss Johnson's experience, with the bat as well as the ball.

It will be interesting to see what kind of side India goes with. Aus has 6 left-hand bats in the line up, so offspin would seem to be a necessity. Are they confident with Ashwin, or does Bhaji get a recall? And do they play Ojha, the best bowler against England, or go with Jadeja the allrounder for left-arm spin? I'd play Ashwin, Bhaji and Jadeja, but who knows what the Indian selectors might do?

Posted by Mary_786 on (February 20, 2013, 5:48 GMT)

I am happy for Henriques, he is a good player and deserves the chance more then Maxwell, dissapointed that we didn't pick Khawaja but i hope he continues to work hard in training and takes his opportunity later in the series as his batting will be required in the middle order as you can't replace a batsman of Mike Hussey's class with an allrounder. Playing Warner will be a risk as well, i hope he doesn't risk long term damage. Also its a good sign when our bowling attack cannot accomodate Johnson, our fast bowling stocks are looking good.

Posted by Batmanian on (February 20, 2013, 5:47 GMT)

This team is hopelessly weak. England may have needed both Swann and Panesar in India, but why would you needed two trundlers when you can have one who's far worse than either? Madness. The quicks might work, or might not. It's just such a makeshift batting line up. Really shot in the dark stuff. All of those bowlers can bat; I hate to say it, but Doherty at 11 and no Henriques would make more sense.

Posted by asinghal on (February 20, 2013, 5:47 GMT)

Poor, Poor Selection........Amaze to read this........Aussies goin to be thrashed.........My 1st Test XI for India is Viru, Vijay, Pujara, Sachin, Virat, Dhoni, Ashwin, Bhajji, Ishant, B.Kumar & Ojha.......Use Ashwin as a 7th Batsman who can Bowl a bit......He is not even considered as a specialist spinner after the series with Eng.

Posted by chandanpau on (February 20, 2013, 5:44 GMT)

well well well ,brave decision by playing only 1 spinner.could hav gone wid doherty instead of pattison or henriques.india will win the 1st test for sure.

Posted by satishchandar on (February 20, 2013, 5:41 GMT)

Australia are with a plan for sure. They packed their side with effective pace bowling options than ineffective spinners which is very good decision to make. Henriques did look good in the warmups and while he played in India in shorter formats. May be a little short on batting department with retirement of Punter and Hussey but still, if Clarke and two W's make sure their experience in India don't go wasted, it will be a big series for Australia. I think Australia can challenge Indian team which is very much unsettled and highly short of confidence and motivation. Good series ahead folks. Hope fans from winning side don't boast too much and spoil every forum..

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 5:40 GMT)

It is very brave to list your team 2 days ahead of the test. I guess it shows their confidence and should augur well for their motivation. Although little Sad for Mitchell who I thought would be very potent.

Posted by elektrobank on (February 20, 2013, 5:40 GMT)

What happened to Travis Bird?

Posted by BradmanBestEver on (February 20, 2013, 5:38 GMT)

I disagree srraj317, I do not think India will be thrashed - probably beaten by a small margin

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 5:37 GMT)

I think Playing Moises is a huge mistake. Prefer the 2nd spinner. We might see Dhoni going with 3 spinners and 2 quicks leaving Jadeja out and he will bat at #6 and Ashwin at#7...

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 5:37 GMT)

is Henriques the first player of Portuguese descent in world cricket? Perhaps Stephen can enlighten us!

Posted by Mervo on (February 20, 2013, 5:32 GMT)

Johnson has over 200 test wickets, a test century, 97 not out in his last Test and he gets dropped for Henriques. I know that test players have to come from NSW or Vic, but this is just plain silly. Can we have another clean out of selectors please? This lot have become senile.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 5:31 GMT)

The batting order looks to bleak without Ponting & Hussey!

Posted by srriaj317 on (February 20, 2013, 5:27 GMT)

3 quicks and an ineffective spinner in the 'attack'...This is going to be a sound thrashing in the 1st test we won't forget for a while.

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