India v Australia, 3rd Test, Mohali March 13, 2013

Wade, Maxwell likely to miss out in Mohali

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Matthew Wade's chances of playing in the third Test in Mohali appear slim after he struggled through wicketkeeping, fielding and running drills on the eve of the match. If Wade is ruled out due to his ankle injury it will leave the Australians with only 12 men available. Brad Haddin would keep wicket and the only real decision for the selectors would be which of the three spinners - Xavier Doherty, Nathan Lyon and Glenn Maxwell - to leave on the sidelines.

The indications at training were that Maxwell would be the one to miss out. At the end of Australia's practice session, Maxwell looked downcast during a lengthy on-field chat with the coach Mickey Arthur, and he was not present at a sit-down meeting of the spinners shortly afterwards when the spin coach Steve Rixon chatted to Lyon, Doherty and Smith on the boundary edge.

The small pool from which to select is a stark contrast to the first Test in Chennai, when Australia had a group of 17 players available. But the team management's decision to make Shane Watson, James Pattinson, Mitchell Johnson and Usman Khawaja sit out for disciplinary reasons has left them with few options for the Mohali Test, starting on Thursday, which the Australians must win to have any chance of retaining the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

Wade sprained his right ankle while playing basketball on Saturday and scans concerned the Australian medical staff enough that Haddin was flown to India as cover. On Wednesday, Wade trained for the first time since suffering the injury. His movement was clearly hampered during wicketkeeping drills with the fielding coach, Steve Rixon, and he also struggled to move freely during outfielding work and while running between the wickets.

That work was followed by a lengthy discussion between captain Michael Clarke, Rixon, selector on duty Rod Marsh, team doctor Peter Brukner and physio Alex Kountouris. Wade left the fielding session to bat in the nets but looked despondent as he made his way into the team rooms after completing his training. Earlier in the day, Clarke had raised the possibility of Wade playing as a batsman only if he was unable to keep wicket.

But the more likely scenario now appears to be that Haddin will take the gloves and bat at No. 6 in his first Test since January last year. If Wade is ruled out it will mean Phillip Hughes will certainly retain his place in the side and Steven Smith will be included for his first Test since Australia's miserable 2010-11 Ashes series. The decision to sideline Watson, Pattinson, Johnson and Khawaja could cost Australia in this match but Clarke said it provided an opportunity.

"There's no doubt that somebody's loss is somebody else's gain and a big part of international cricket is getting a chance," Clarke said. "A lot of people talk about young players - he should be picked, he shouldn't be picked, is he good enough? The only way you find out if he's good enough is if he gets an opportunity. A few guys who are going to get a chance in this game have been waiting for this opportunity and now it is about grabbing it with both hands."

The Mohali pitch remained under a hessian cover on Wednesday but the Australians had inspected it on Tuesday and Clarke said it did not appear to be the pace-friendly kind of surface he had seen at the venue in the past.

"I saw the wicket yesterday," Clarke said. "I haven't seen it today yet but I imagine it wouldn't have changed much. There's not much grass to cut off and it was quite dry yesterday so it's probably even drier today. I think the conditions are going to be very similar to what we've seen in the first two Test matches.

"There's no real surprises there. I've played some cricket here in Mohali and generally they leave a bit of grass on the wicket and it's nice for fast bowlers but I'm not surprised that all the grass has been cut off. That's part of international cricket. The positive of that is at least we've experienced it in the first two matches."

Possible team 1 David Warner, 2 Ed Cowan, 3 Phillip Hughes, 4 Michael Clarke (capt), 5 Steven Smith, 6 Brad Haddin (wk), 7 Moises Henriques, 8 Mitchell Starc, 9 Peter Siddle, 10 Xavier Doherty, 11 Nathan Lyon.

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

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  • Sushant_H on March 14, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    From what was said to be a HUGE CRISIS in Oz cricket, the axing of the 4 players could actually turn out to be a blessing in disguise for the visiting team. There are 3 reasons why i would even go on to call the Aussies 'slight favourites' for the Mohali Test:

    1) This is definitely the most BALANCED Oz team in the series so far. Considering it may not turn out to be the traditional 'pacy' Mohali pitch, going in with 3 pacers & 3 spinners will be a good ploy (they also have their best w/k in the side, alongwith a great fielding unit). If Oz win the toss, they can bowl 1st & let the pacers make use of the moisture; the batters can bat long on a flatter 2nd day pitch & spinners can make use of turn on the 3rd/4th day; 2) With guys itching to cement their places in the Test squad, Oz will have at least 3-4 guys who will give more than 100%; 3) Indians do have a tendency to be complacent in these kind of situations (think Eng series), but the Aussies have it in their DNA to fightback hard.

  • on March 14, 2013, 0:13 GMT

    This is the best balanced team Australia has offered to field on the entire tour. Australia's best Wicket Keeper is back, and finally we are taking a team in with 3 seamers and 3 spinners which means the team will be better suited to any conditions. Smith at 5 is the only concern but he has the talent to deal with it. I thank the 4 players who chose to ignore instructions from their captain and coach and hence are suffering the consequences of their OWN actions/decision. It is just a shame that it took 4 players to break team discipline rules to force Australia to finally select a team that will be best suited to the conditions.

  • landl47 on March 13, 2013, 22:02 GMT

    There's a lot of negative stuff being said, but I think this is the best side FOR INDIAN CONDITIONS that Australia have put on the field so far. At last the two specialist spinners are playing together, there's the left/right combination of Siddle and Starc and Henriques to back them up. Haddin is in form with the bat and has more experience of keeping in these conditions than Wade. Steve Smith might not be the worst choice to bat on a spinning pitch and he's also a very fine fielder, which is a key part of any side.

    In fact, if Warner and Hughes can get it together and make some runs I can see Aus giving India a run for its money. There's one thing: these guys didn't 'forget' the coach's instructions. They put their hands up and wanted to play and help the side. They'll be very motivated to do well here.

  • ihaq1 on March 14, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    i think shane warnes election for india seemed better in hindsight with tough alrounders and tough fast bowlers...it seems people like warner and hughes should not be selected when too much spin is around now australia is stuck with one batsman and a lot of half batsmen...i think maxwell sometimes looks a better spinner than steve smith but lets see what a leg spinner can do...if there is some bounce at mohali...many are even saying that cosgrove, doolan, marsh and joe burns would have been better bets than teh current lot...any way it is raining so teh aussies could look for a draw and try to win in teh last test...

  • zenboomerang on March 14, 2013, 5:51 GMT

    Well the Oz team was posted a while ago now: David Warner, Ed Cowan, Michael Clarke (c), Phil Hughes, Steve Smith, Brad Haddin, Moises Henriques, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Xavier Doherty, Glenn Maxwell (12th)...

    The only real surprise was that Clarke has pushed himself up to no.3 - though with what Hughes has done so far its not a surprise - it also evens out the L/R batting combinations a bit better up in the top order...

  • Claydo78 on March 14, 2013, 3:47 GMT

    First of all maxwell shouldnt even be in the squad let alone getting a cap but what annoys me more is picking a bloke for one test then dumping him! Why pick him the first place? The message they are sending out to debutants is, if you dont get a 100 or take 10 wickets on debut then your australian career is over!

  • himanshu.team on March 14, 2013, 3:22 GMT

    This team has 4 decent batsmen at the top(3 of which have not been performing on this tour thoguh) a decent allrounder and three decent bowlers (of which not even one has impressed on this tour). Remaining 3 will be there only becuase the selectors do not have an option.

    I am Indian and great supporter of India, but even I feel sad about this state of affairs.

  • Batmanian on March 14, 2013, 3:19 GMT

    Possibly a worse team than during the Packer schism? Especially given how much the opposition has improved. Clarke must be feeling like Border during the decade of intermittent pain.

    The way Warner has been playing, you have one all-time great in Clarke, and one ex-Test player in Haddin. Everyone else lacks talent or application; you can carry four or five players - and even get great performances out of them - who lack either talent or application provided more than half the team are at least approximating Warne-McGrath-Gilchrist-Ponting calibre - Clarke alone is in that league.

  • Tumbarumbar on March 14, 2013, 3:01 GMT

    Making Steve Rixon, a former wicket keeper, the spinners' coach while men like Bishen Bedi are walking around India would be like making someone like Micky Arthur, who failed to get a champion South African team to the top of the tree, the head coach while the enormously successful and much respected Darren Lehman is sunning himself on a Gold Coast beach. Hang about..............

  • Vivian_Richard on March 14, 2013, 2:54 GMT

    If one were looking for good players of spin, why would Brad Haddin be out of the squad in the first place? What about that bloke called Shaun Marsh?

  • Sushant_H on March 14, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    From what was said to be a HUGE CRISIS in Oz cricket, the axing of the 4 players could actually turn out to be a blessing in disguise for the visiting team. There are 3 reasons why i would even go on to call the Aussies 'slight favourites' for the Mohali Test:

    1) This is definitely the most BALANCED Oz team in the series so far. Considering it may not turn out to be the traditional 'pacy' Mohali pitch, going in with 3 pacers & 3 spinners will be a good ploy (they also have their best w/k in the side, alongwith a great fielding unit). If Oz win the toss, they can bowl 1st & let the pacers make use of the moisture; the batters can bat long on a flatter 2nd day pitch & spinners can make use of turn on the 3rd/4th day; 2) With guys itching to cement their places in the Test squad, Oz will have at least 3-4 guys who will give more than 100%; 3) Indians do have a tendency to be complacent in these kind of situations (think Eng series), but the Aussies have it in their DNA to fightback hard.

  • on March 14, 2013, 0:13 GMT

    This is the best balanced team Australia has offered to field on the entire tour. Australia's best Wicket Keeper is back, and finally we are taking a team in with 3 seamers and 3 spinners which means the team will be better suited to any conditions. Smith at 5 is the only concern but he has the talent to deal with it. I thank the 4 players who chose to ignore instructions from their captain and coach and hence are suffering the consequences of their OWN actions/decision. It is just a shame that it took 4 players to break team discipline rules to force Australia to finally select a team that will be best suited to the conditions.

  • landl47 on March 13, 2013, 22:02 GMT

    There's a lot of negative stuff being said, but I think this is the best side FOR INDIAN CONDITIONS that Australia have put on the field so far. At last the two specialist spinners are playing together, there's the left/right combination of Siddle and Starc and Henriques to back them up. Haddin is in form with the bat and has more experience of keeping in these conditions than Wade. Steve Smith might not be the worst choice to bat on a spinning pitch and he's also a very fine fielder, which is a key part of any side.

    In fact, if Warner and Hughes can get it together and make some runs I can see Aus giving India a run for its money. There's one thing: these guys didn't 'forget' the coach's instructions. They put their hands up and wanted to play and help the side. They'll be very motivated to do well here.

  • ihaq1 on March 14, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    i think shane warnes election for india seemed better in hindsight with tough alrounders and tough fast bowlers...it seems people like warner and hughes should not be selected when too much spin is around now australia is stuck with one batsman and a lot of half batsmen...i think maxwell sometimes looks a better spinner than steve smith but lets see what a leg spinner can do...if there is some bounce at mohali...many are even saying that cosgrove, doolan, marsh and joe burns would have been better bets than teh current lot...any way it is raining so teh aussies could look for a draw and try to win in teh last test...

  • zenboomerang on March 14, 2013, 5:51 GMT

    Well the Oz team was posted a while ago now: David Warner, Ed Cowan, Michael Clarke (c), Phil Hughes, Steve Smith, Brad Haddin, Moises Henriques, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Xavier Doherty, Glenn Maxwell (12th)...

    The only real surprise was that Clarke has pushed himself up to no.3 - though with what Hughes has done so far its not a surprise - it also evens out the L/R batting combinations a bit better up in the top order...

  • Claydo78 on March 14, 2013, 3:47 GMT

    First of all maxwell shouldnt even be in the squad let alone getting a cap but what annoys me more is picking a bloke for one test then dumping him! Why pick him the first place? The message they are sending out to debutants is, if you dont get a 100 or take 10 wickets on debut then your australian career is over!

  • himanshu.team on March 14, 2013, 3:22 GMT

    This team has 4 decent batsmen at the top(3 of which have not been performing on this tour thoguh) a decent allrounder and three decent bowlers (of which not even one has impressed on this tour). Remaining 3 will be there only becuase the selectors do not have an option.

    I am Indian and great supporter of India, but even I feel sad about this state of affairs.

  • Batmanian on March 14, 2013, 3:19 GMT

    Possibly a worse team than during the Packer schism? Especially given how much the opposition has improved. Clarke must be feeling like Border during the decade of intermittent pain.

    The way Warner has been playing, you have one all-time great in Clarke, and one ex-Test player in Haddin. Everyone else lacks talent or application; you can carry four or five players - and even get great performances out of them - who lack either talent or application provided more than half the team are at least approximating Warne-McGrath-Gilchrist-Ponting calibre - Clarke alone is in that league.

  • Tumbarumbar on March 14, 2013, 3:01 GMT

    Making Steve Rixon, a former wicket keeper, the spinners' coach while men like Bishen Bedi are walking around India would be like making someone like Micky Arthur, who failed to get a champion South African team to the top of the tree, the head coach while the enormously successful and much respected Darren Lehman is sunning himself on a Gold Coast beach. Hang about..............

  • Vivian_Richard on March 14, 2013, 2:54 GMT

    If one were looking for good players of spin, why would Brad Haddin be out of the squad in the first place? What about that bloke called Shaun Marsh?

  • Ozcricketwriter on March 14, 2013, 2:22 GMT

    Oh very clever, playing 2 spinners on a pitch expected to have lots of pace. That's good selecting there!

  • ygkd on March 14, 2013, 2:13 GMT

    Wade struggled with his keeping? Is he back to normal then? Seriously, just play the bloke as a batsman - he has what it takes to be a typical modern Australian bat - he's left-handed and he's .... left-handed .... and he bats with his left hand. Anyway, it's not like India have any off-spinners that could bowl Australia out .... is it?

  • Barnesy4444 on March 14, 2013, 0:22 GMT

    It's a hotch-potch selection for this test and the Aussies will lose, badly. Longer term I would like to see Watson return to open with Cowan missing out, I just don't see him as a long-term prospect. If Watson returned to open that would leave a couple of middle order positions free for young specialist batsman to blood their teeth without the pressure of batting at 3. It may end up being a stable top 4. 'keeper at 7.

  • on March 13, 2013, 23:45 GMT

    I think Maxi should play. He is a better choice than Doherty, we will have 3 seamers followed by 3 spinners. I would like to see Smith playing, he is a wonderful talent and has great concistency. Good to see Haddin back, he is best spin player in the country after Pup. GO AUSSIE !!

  • Timbo2530 on March 13, 2013, 23:39 GMT

    Best of luck today to you Aussies. I hope you young guns shine and begin some reputations.

    Hopefully you'll get a wicket that doesn't look like a ploughed paddock after 5 minutes.

    Remember on a home and away basis it's essentially sitting at AUS 4 India 2 at the moment......(wink)

  • on March 13, 2013, 23:31 GMT

    that is a terrible team they have no chance at all ...

  • X_Bat on March 13, 2013, 22:37 GMT

    It should be noted that the Australian team will be a 'representative' Australian XI, not the best team that could be selected, thanks to Arthur, Clark and Dovey's major indiscretion in imposing bans on players. The public have been denied the opportunity to see Australia's best, once again.

  • on March 13, 2013, 20:57 GMT

    Everyone talking about Australian stocks being thin is off the mark, there's plenty of good bats going around, they're just not getting a game.

    Chris Rogers is the most obvious choice, averaging 50 again this season. Alex Doolan averaging 48. Hell even Mark Cosgrove should at least be talked about at 28 years old, better career stats than Cowan. Then there's Brad Hodge who said he'd come out of retirement if called.

    And people, David Hussey's pretty much had it, fallen off a cliff this summer, nowhere near contention.

  • Nerk on March 13, 2013, 20:18 GMT

    Turning away from the drama leading into this test series, the Aussie selectors have a lot to answer for. The team is horribly unbalanced, and now with four players ruled out, that imbalance has been made clear. Australia need 6 specialist batsmen. We don't have that. Whilst Smith is a great player and has a brilliant attitude, he has a technique that makes Hughes look like Mark Waugh. On the plus side, for the first time in the series, the bowling attack looks right, with 2 specialist spinners, two specialist pace men and an allrounder who has impressed in this series. Yet Starc and Siddle are not the form bowlers of the tour, but hopefully Lyon and Doherty will work better together than they did solo. Australia may just surprise everyone with this team, however the odds are with India.

  • elsmallo on March 13, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    The thought of Australia playing all-rounders from no. 4 downwards is fairly shocking to me. In India! It's madness! Where are the specialist batsmen? England found that out trying to play Sambit Patel in India recently: the bits and pieces players just don't cut it out there. A 20s/30s score isn't good enough, nor is a couple of wickets here and there. You need to have match-winning potential as a bowler to even keep it tight on those wickets. And with the bat, you either score fast and heavy, or slow and long. England went with Cook, Compton, Trott, none of whom are going to give their wickets away if they can help it. Australia must have some decent first-class batsmen hiding somewhere! Was a time when they had the best batting second-string in the world, none of whom could get a look in the Test side!

  • on March 13, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    this is still a good team. they might even surprise Indians.

  • on March 13, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    Nathan Lyon took 4 wickets in the 1st test and a gave a gritty performance with the bat which averted the defeat for at-least a session. And he was dropped for the 2nd test. Maxwell could not do much with the bat, but took those 4 wickets when it mattered. And he too is now dropped for the 3rd test.

    Damn you Watson, Mickey is in real need of those 3 points on how to improve the team's performance.

  • on March 13, 2013, 17:32 GMT

    "There's no doubt that somebody's loss is somebody else's gain"

    In this case, the somebodies who are gaining are the Indian team.

  • Noboundary on March 13, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    Unfortunately for the Aussies the newer batting prospects are unlike the aging heroes they just replaced. They are very talented and determined to make a statement unlike the heroes who were walking wickets! I don't see a Aussie win in tests this tour!

  • cricreader on March 13, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    Steve Rixon, he has 2 hats? HE is spinning coach as well as fielding coach?. For an Indian tour, can not CA find a full time spinning coach? No wonder OZ spinners are better fielders then bowlers in indian conditions.

  • Ned.Price on March 13, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    Oz have to go with same openers. I wonder the rest of the batting order. My choices: Clarke at 3. Sorry skipper, but you are 'it' now.

    Hughes may benefit from dropping well down the order for this game. Henriques at 4 with instructions to rotate the strike. He is the best performed of the remaining batters in these conditions so far and has to succeed as a batter to stay in the side in the medium term. Can't decide 5 or 6 between Hughes and Smith. Both of these blokes are still relatively young cricketers and may further improve through continued exposure at this level.

    One of Henriques, Hughes or Smith could book their tour to England with a 70 or 80 here. At least one of them will probably be replaced for the Ashes tour by a form batsmen from the Shield competition. The side looks better balanced to me with the keeper batting at 7 unless they are Gilchrist quality. So I would have Haddin at 7 this time. Allrounders should be good enough to bat top six.

  • OzWally on March 13, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    Interesting Clarke said, "a big part of international cricket is getting an opportunity." Tell that to Chris Rogers or Alex Doolan who SHOULD be on this team based on performance in Shield cricket and not Steve Smith or Glen Maxwell. Tell that to Steve O'Keefe or (Agar or Beer or Hauritz or Zampa, how far down the list do you want to go?) rather than Doherty or Lyon. Many here lament the weakness of this side and they are correct, but the cupboard isn't bare, they left the best options at home. This tour was doomed before they left Australia.

    The answer to the question we'll probably never know is were Arthur and Clarke on board with this squad. If so, more fools them. If not, it would explain their frustrations now with the hand they were dealt.

  • Jaffa79 on March 13, 2013, 15:29 GMT

    Steve Smith is nowhere near good enough with either bat or ball. ODI player at a push but Test cricket? No chance. I think the Aussies should go young and pick many of their under 19s or go old and get in experienced pros like D.Hussey, Rogers, McDonald and Haddin to do a job for a year or two (which is what I would've done) but in any case have a massive cull of the current crop of poor players. Players like Hughes, Cowan, Smith, Doherty, Lyon, Maxwell, Henriques, Watson and Wade (as a keeper) need to be jettisoned. If the selectors let these failures continue, the Australian cricket crisis will widen even more. With India (a) England (h) England (a) SA (a) and Pak (a) on the horizon, I seriously believe that Australia could lose every single one of those series unless changes are made.

  • on March 13, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    I think its a blessing in disguise with Haddin being one of the better player of spin and smith is more than handy with both bat and ball. All in all a decent outfit except for missing Watto which could have easily replaced Hughes and thus formed what should have been the starting XI for first test itself. Look forward to a better contest between bat and ball.

  • Cricket316 on March 13, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    The Selection of the Oz squad is quite Hilarious and at the same time,disappointing to be honest. Just seems as if,they picked a squad for T20 big Bash. Maxwell is a T20 whacker at best. And still can't get the job done,at that level. Picking him was beyond me and just goes to show what Australia has become at the Test Level. Even Steve Smith might play more deliveries than Maxwell. I miss those days,when guys like Martyn,Bevan,Hussey and everybody in the Team earned their baggygreen.

    Now,we are seeing the "T20 Big Bash Boys" make their debut at the Test Level, and the result is we are not having any competitive Cricket. This is the Worst Oz Squad I've seen so far. Not selecting D Hussey and Bailey is a big Que ,isnt it ? Hughes,Doherty,Maxwell still playing in the Squad, just goes to show the resources they're left with. Captain & Coach amde "A Big Blunder" in the Selection process of their Squad in the 1st place, should accept their mistakes of mismanagement n stop Axing players

  • ToxicMinds on March 13, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    Amazing how Clarke seems to have resigned to his fate when he says, "That's part of international cricket." The only person in the team really needed to keep his head high in the face of adversity is the team captain and when he doesn't, the whole team tends to follow suit. When you tour SA, you deal with the conditions they dish out (for instance, bowl you over for under 50!), similarly with England and for many a year, Australia. Accepting what is dished out and embracing it is half the battle.

    Also, I am willing to wager here that Phil Hughes is going to score a 50, even a hundred come tomorrow. He is the sort of guy who rises to the challenge and has proven time and again that he has an appetite for runs. His technique notwithstanding, the Indian bowlers are going to bombard him with him and he is going to come victorious. Mark my words!! ;)

  • on March 13, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    So this is what came to my mind when I went down the list of probables:

    1-Struggling Opener, 2-Struggling Opener, 3-Lucky to get another game, 4-Best current Aussie batsman, 5-Is he a batsman or a bowler or just a fielder?, 6-Best available option in the circumstances, 7-Fine all-rounder, 8-Struggling Pacer, 9-Struggling Pacer, 10-Struggling Spinner, 11-Struggling Spinner

    Doesn't read too well for Australia I'm afraid!

  • Puffin on March 13, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    The whole situation seems quite bonkers to me: now doing team rebuilding mid-tour. Unless India have now fallen asleep, I can't see this collection of cricketers(perhaps "team" is not the right word) doing much better than last time.

  • reddawn1975 on March 13, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    I agree with you wayno1971 Steve Smith my god what a joke he's a grade player if that a total waste of space.Maxwell he has done nothing and is clearly nowhere near good enough in any formats of the game yet let alone test cricket.Its great that Haddin is back in Wade is a shocking wicket keeper but i would have run with Tim Paine play with a very straight bat and strooth he can keep.Hilfy would be handy as well like siddle keeps on bowling and he swings the balls at least he would be at the batsmen.i think both the marsh brothers should be in this team and also Agar and Steve O'Keefe.I think the current selectors really need to be sacked they are doing a horrid job of running the show.And why is it there is so many fallen outs with Michael Clarke both prior to being Captain and now he's Captain i love watching him bat but is he running cricket Australia????

  • heathrf1974 on March 13, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    This team is like the 1979 when they didn't have a lot to chose from due to the Kerry Packer World Series.

  • handyandy on March 13, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    I am convinced that they just draw names out of a hat.

  • on March 13, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    The only "gain" ( as Clarke put it ) that Haddin will have, is to score big, despite having a better track record than Wade in all forms of the game, he will not retain his place if he does not (maybe). He was dropped for no proper reason as was Katich and Watson. Australian Cricket desperately needs outside intervention as the insiders have no clue whatsoever !

  • wayno1971 on March 13, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    The fact that both Smith and Maxwell are even on this tour is beyond belief, to be able to get a baggygreen these days by being a very average cricketer is at best rubbish, this easily shows where cricket in aust is at, the biggest mistake was made in giving the capt and the coach selectors caps,it was always going to cause trouble, cowan at least shows a technique, hughes has none, smith has none and maxwell is just a T20 hacker and is very average at that, there's no denying that aust would always struggle in india, one series in what 30 - 40 years no big suprise that we are getting towelled, look at last years sheffield shield stats and the only player on tour in the top 5 in any catergory is ed cowan, speaks for itself, 1st test we played our supposed best bowling which was the quicks now we're playing sub standard spinners/all rounders, maybe this is the worst side since greg ritchie was being selected IMHO

  • Edwards_Anderson on March 13, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    Pattinson and Khawaja are big loses for us, one guy is our best bowler and the other would have given some stability to our top order which has been our weakest point in this series. But i still think we have a shot, this pitch is supposed to be the fastest so Starc and Siddle will have to be on the ball and its time for Lyon and Doherty to stand up. As for the top order they must fire otherwise replacements will be available in the 4th test

  • on March 13, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    Why on Earth would anyone choose Doherty over Maxwell?

    Doherty - FC batting av 13, FC bowling av 45(!!!!) Maxwell - FC batting av 39, FC bowling av 34

    To me, Doherty is the most baffling inclusion in this side, even beyond Watson or Hughes.

  • Nayel_19 on March 13, 2013, 12:54 GMT

    I dont know why nobody is considering Maxwell as a batsman?? He has proved it on the tour to UAE that he can play spin....I wud surely pick him in place of Hughes..Hughes seems lost against spinnes..and its better to play a right hander at the top...Hope Haddin has a good one...

  • crystosis on March 13, 2013, 12:44 GMT

    The more I see, The more it looks like Clarke slowly got out the senior players one after the another to have his own team under the thumb

  • tpjpower on March 13, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    It's always a pity when a player misses out through injury, but I do think Haddin is a cut above Wade and ought to remain Australia's first-choice keeper for the rest of this series and the Ashes tour. The fact that Steve Smith, Phil Hughes and Xavier Doherty are likely to play, however, is an indictment of the current selectoral policy as well as the overall strength of Australian cricket.

  • Simoc on March 13, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    Dunno Remag. Hughes has managed 0 runs for 4 times out in the last 29 balls of spin bowling he has faced in India. And you call that indispensible. More like no defence. Still India may be nice guys and only bowl medium pacers at him until he has thirty odd runs , enough to get him a fourth test. Reminds me of Shaun Marsh over here last time when we were winning. Wade shouldn't play with a sprain and Haddin is playing much better at present. We know we can bowl India out for 500 odd so we need to score runs. A first dig of 400 would be a vast improvement.

  • Jimmyrob83 on March 13, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    Now that Siddle is the only Victorian in the side I hope they get thrashed by an innings plus change.

  • SillyMidPavilion on March 13, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    Nice to see that the selectors have polished the turd they made suspending Watson, Johnson, Khawaja and Pattinson into a team that looks good, but is still mostly crap. Also, why is Haddin keeping again? Whatever happened to Tim Paine as the backup keeper?

  • Tigg on March 13, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    Surely it should be Hadin at 5, Henriques at 6 and Smith at 7? I'd also play Maxwell over Doherty as Smith, Clarke and Warner all tunr the ball away from the right hander leaving Lyon and Maxwell to move it in. Plus Maxwell adds depth to a flimsy looking batting lineup.

    1 David Warner, 2 Ed Cowan, 3 Phillip Hughes, 4 Michael Clarke (capt), 5 Brad Haddin (wk), 6 Moises Henriques, 7 Steven Smith, 8 Glenn Maxwell, 9 Mitchell Starc, 10 Peter Siddle, 11 Nathan Lyon.

  • tanstell87 on March 13, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    Indian fan here....my 11 for Ashes - 1.Warner 2.Watson 3.Clarke(c) 4.Bailey 5.David Hussey 6.Ferguson 7.Wade 8.Siddle 9.Pattinson 10.Bird 11.Starc....no need to play spinner, David Hussey or Clarke can roll their arms over if need arises...play 7 batters + 4 genuine bowlers...i hope Australian selectors stop their fixation with average all rounders for once !

  • sportofpain on March 13, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    Dhoni & Fletcher beware! This is all an elaborate ploy by cunning Michael Clarke- when the playing XI is announced, Johnson will be in for Maxwell, Haddin in for Watson, Pattinson will play of course and they could even go with 4 quicks since Mohali is supposed to be seam friendly - Siddle, Starc, Johnson & Pattinson. Watson was going home anyway and MC has said that he'd like him back for the 4th test. So methinks this is all an elaborate con job to catch the Indians by surprise. You read it first here:-) Can't wait for the game to start.

  • on March 13, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    smith at 5? what a joke, australian cricket gone mad

  • blink182alex on March 13, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    That is without any doubt the worst top 7 i have ever seen an Australia test side put out. Warner is still learing but will be a good player for years to come. Clarke is the best batsmen in the world, and Haddin is a good player but the others?

    Cowan is a fighter but not up to it average 32 from 15 odd tests. Hughes has a woodchopper technique, doesn't have a clue in these conditions, has no guts, average 34 from 20 odd tests. Smith, i have no idea how he got on the tour, not a match winning batsmen, poor technique cannot defend properly or play through off side, average 28 from 5 tests. Henrqiues not great first class numbers, although looked good in 1st test, still now where near the top 7 batsmen in Australia though.

    Our Ashes batting line up involving Katich, Watson, Ponting, Hussey, Clarke and North for 09 was way stronger, and that still wasn't enough.

  • Dangertroy on March 13, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    Pretty much the expected 11 given the squad and injuries. What a strange confluence of events that have transpired to give Steve Smith a chance to bat at number five... I hope Hughes takes this chance to make runs and make selecting the next test a bit harder.

    I'm actually feeling good about this test. If they lose, then it was as expected. If they do well, or actually manage to win... well. Won't that be a confidence boost for the fourth test.

  • Moppa on March 13, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    Agree with @Nathan Bennett, Pattinson for Starc and Khawaja for Hughes, and it's a better side than either the first or second Tests.

  • Yuji9 on March 13, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    Has an Oz keeper ever been replaced by another and both batted at 6 in the order? So Steve Rixon is spin coach ... another strange selection there. Maybe Arthur thought he was the reserve wicket-keeper on tour! Comments from Clarke seem odd a few guys are getting the opportunity to find out if they're good enough but most are already proven to be not good enough (at least in these conditions) and most are only there by extension/suspension. Haddin over Wade improves two important areas

  • satishchandar on March 13, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    What an irony for Australia. They played only one spinner in the Chennai track specifically designed for spinners. Now left with no option than to go with the available pace bowlers and two of the spinners in the squad to go in into a balanced pitch. Surprised Hughes gets another game. May be, his presentations on improving the team was excellent!!

  • on March 13, 2013, 11:11 GMT

    I'm really hoping Phillip Hughes does well. However, Australia's batting stock is so thin at the moment that a player like Phillip Hughes is pretty much indispensable. Watson may quit test cricket, Cowan seems like he's always fighting for his place, and a few failures from Warner or Henriques could land them in danger of losing their spots. However, Hughes should perform for a long test career, I know he wants to do extremely well and he's got a fantastic opportunity here. I really believe that he can grab it and have a fantastic Ashes series.

  • on March 13, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    just to go out there, what if we really mixed up the order, just to try something. chances are, we aren't going to go that well with the side, so why not:

    warner, haddin, cowan, clarke, hughes, smith. i really think hughes could become successful as a number 6, similar to hussey, starting as an opener, but making the finishing role his own. haddin opening gives a left right opening combination, something i think has hurt australia, as Ashwin has been able to dominate our left handers, and our top 3 being left handed gave us poor starts. clarke has been able to dominate ashwin, and i think it has more to do with being right handed

  • on March 13, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    thats not that bad a side given whats been going on in the last week

  • on March 13, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    thats not that bad a side given whats been going on in the last week

  • on March 13, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    just to go out there, what if we really mixed up the order, just to try something. chances are, we aren't going to go that well with the side, so why not:

    warner, haddin, cowan, clarke, hughes, smith. i really think hughes could become successful as a number 6, similar to hussey, starting as an opener, but making the finishing role his own. haddin opening gives a left right opening combination, something i think has hurt australia, as Ashwin has been able to dominate our left handers, and our top 3 being left handed gave us poor starts. clarke has been able to dominate ashwin, and i think it has more to do with being right handed

  • on March 13, 2013, 11:11 GMT

    I'm really hoping Phillip Hughes does well. However, Australia's batting stock is so thin at the moment that a player like Phillip Hughes is pretty much indispensable. Watson may quit test cricket, Cowan seems like he's always fighting for his place, and a few failures from Warner or Henriques could land them in danger of losing their spots. However, Hughes should perform for a long test career, I know he wants to do extremely well and he's got a fantastic opportunity here. I really believe that he can grab it and have a fantastic Ashes series.

  • satishchandar on March 13, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    What an irony for Australia. They played only one spinner in the Chennai track specifically designed for spinners. Now left with no option than to go with the available pace bowlers and two of the spinners in the squad to go in into a balanced pitch. Surprised Hughes gets another game. May be, his presentations on improving the team was excellent!!

  • Yuji9 on March 13, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    Has an Oz keeper ever been replaced by another and both batted at 6 in the order? So Steve Rixon is spin coach ... another strange selection there. Maybe Arthur thought he was the reserve wicket-keeper on tour! Comments from Clarke seem odd a few guys are getting the opportunity to find out if they're good enough but most are already proven to be not good enough (at least in these conditions) and most are only there by extension/suspension. Haddin over Wade improves two important areas

  • Moppa on March 13, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    Agree with @Nathan Bennett, Pattinson for Starc and Khawaja for Hughes, and it's a better side than either the first or second Tests.

  • Dangertroy on March 13, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    Pretty much the expected 11 given the squad and injuries. What a strange confluence of events that have transpired to give Steve Smith a chance to bat at number five... I hope Hughes takes this chance to make runs and make selecting the next test a bit harder.

    I'm actually feeling good about this test. If they lose, then it was as expected. If they do well, or actually manage to win... well. Won't that be a confidence boost for the fourth test.

  • blink182alex on March 13, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    That is without any doubt the worst top 7 i have ever seen an Australia test side put out. Warner is still learing but will be a good player for years to come. Clarke is the best batsmen in the world, and Haddin is a good player but the others?

    Cowan is a fighter but not up to it average 32 from 15 odd tests. Hughes has a woodchopper technique, doesn't have a clue in these conditions, has no guts, average 34 from 20 odd tests. Smith, i have no idea how he got on the tour, not a match winning batsmen, poor technique cannot defend properly or play through off side, average 28 from 5 tests. Henrqiues not great first class numbers, although looked good in 1st test, still now where near the top 7 batsmen in Australia though.

    Our Ashes batting line up involving Katich, Watson, Ponting, Hussey, Clarke and North for 09 was way stronger, and that still wasn't enough.

  • on March 13, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    smith at 5? what a joke, australian cricket gone mad

  • sportofpain on March 13, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    Dhoni & Fletcher beware! This is all an elaborate ploy by cunning Michael Clarke- when the playing XI is announced, Johnson will be in for Maxwell, Haddin in for Watson, Pattinson will play of course and they could even go with 4 quicks since Mohali is supposed to be seam friendly - Siddle, Starc, Johnson & Pattinson. Watson was going home anyway and MC has said that he'd like him back for the 4th test. So methinks this is all an elaborate con job to catch the Indians by surprise. You read it first here:-) Can't wait for the game to start.