India v Australia, 3rd Test, Mohali March 14, 2013

Maxwell dropped to strengthen bowling

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Glenn Maxwell had to sit out of the Mohali Test because Australia needed all of their available specialist bowlers in order to have any chance of staying alive in the series, according to coach Mickey Arthur. Due to the standing down of four players for disciplinary reasons and an injury to Matthew Wade, Australia had only 12 men available for the Test and, on Thursday morning, Maxwell was confirmed as the man who would miss out.

Rain delayed the start of play and at lunch most of the ground was still under cover but the Australians named their XI anyway, with the offspinner Nathan Lyon recalled after being dropped for the second Test in Hyderabad. Lyon and Xavier Doherty will form a dual spin attack, with Peter Siddle and Mitchell Starc as the frontline fast bowlers, who will be supported by the pace-bowling allrounder Moises Henriques.

Maxwell took 4 for 127 on debut in Hyderabad, although he struggled to contain Cheteshwar Pujara and M Vijay on his first day of Test bowling when the Indians ran away with the match. Arthur said Maxwell was competing with Henriques for a place in the Mohali Test and the selectors decided that a three-man pace attack with two specialist spinners provided the best chance of the victory Australia needed to make the series 2-1.

"He did have a good debut," Arthur said of Maxwell. "We went with our two quicks and Moises, and we went with what we perceive to be our two specialist spinners. Nathan Lyon and Xavier Doherty were both brought here as specialist spinners. Maxi was brought here as the allrounder-type guy. I guess, in a way, he competes with Moises for one position and we've decided we're going with our specialist attack. We need to take 20 wickets to win this Test match so we wanted our specialists out on the park."

The Australians also have the option of some overs of legspin from Steven Smith, who will play his first Test since the 2010-11 Ashes series. However, Smith has not bowled extensively in the Sheffield Shield this summer and he was brought on the tour specifically as a backup batsman. The selectors were keen on his work against spin and they believed his batting had improved significantly since he was last part of the Test setup.

Brad Haddin was also named for his first Test since January last year. Haddin flew to India on Monday as cover for Wade, who sprained his ankle while playing basketball on Saturday. Wade struggled in wicketkeeping, fielding and running drills at training on Wednesday and was visibly uncomfortable on his right ankle.

Haddin said he was excited about the chance to return to Test level, having lost his place to Wade when he flew home from last year's West Indies tour to be with his ill daughter. His Sheffield Shield form this summer has been strong, and he has scored 468 runs at the average of 52, including two centuries.

"I'm excited by it. It's a big Test match here, if the rain stops," Haddin said on the morning of the game. "From where we are in the series, there's no second chance here. We've got to get a result to draw the series. It's an exciting time to come in and I'm looking forward to the opportunity.

"I have enjoyed my season so far at home but the beauty of Test cricket, and this is where you want to test yourself, is playing in foreign countries. It's good to be back on this stage again and testing yourself out in the middle, which has been on some challenging wickets. I'm looking forward to it."

Haddin said his New South Wales commitments had meant he had been unable to watch all of the first two Tests but he was familiar with the Indian conditions, having played four Tests in the country in 2008.

"We've been pretty busy at home with games," Haddin said. "I haven't watched too much but I've watched bits and pieces. I've played over here before so I know exactly what to expect and I'm excited about the chance."

When play eventually begins, the Australians will face the challenge of ensuring they are not distracted by the off-field issues of the past few days, when Shane Watson, James Pattinson, Usman Khawaja and Mitchell Johnson were told they would not be considered for this Test due to their failure to complete a task set by Arthur. Although Arthur said he would have preferred it if the matters could have been handled behind closed doors, he said it was important the team management made a stand.

"It has to ultimately become public when it involves so many players," Arthur said. "I don't like it being public. That's not my style but we had given the guys a year really to set culture and do what they wanted to do. We just felt we needed to right now put it all together. It's not ideal out in the open but if this is the catalyst to get us to No.1 in the world then so be it. It's all about the cricket now."

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

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  • GrumpiusMaximus on March 14, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    I've been saying that Australia should persist with Lyon to anybody that will listen (not many!). I'll say it again - Australia need to stop looking for a 'magic bullet' spinner like Shane Warne and find a spinner that is 'good enough' and develop them into a good test player. Dropping Lyon - who is a decent if unspectacular spinner - was a blunder and bringing him back is definitely the right decision here. Lyon is young enough and early enough into his career for him to be developed.

    Bowlers like Warne and Murali tend to come around very rarely. To have two of that calibre in the time I've been watching cricket was a real privilege. Australia now need to step back and allow Lyon to develop. I believe he is a very decent spin bowler or has the potential to be a match winner in the future - he just needs development.

  • Cricket316 on March 14, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    Right Decision in selecting Smith over Maxwell. Why is every thinking Maxwell even belongs in a Test Squad. Atleast Smith's a better player of spin than Maxwell. More than decent with the bat,unlike Maxwell,who is a T20 slogger, not even good at that. He was trying to slog most of the deliveries,when the situation demanded to be at the crease.Even Lyon showed more resistance to spin in the 1st test, than Maxwell in the last test.

  • on March 15, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    I cant see why you play smith over maxwell if you wanna boost you bowling. Smith is the most over rated player he averages over 50 in first class cricket

  • ygkd on March 15, 2013, 5:34 GMT

    It's all very well saying that Australia should persist with Lyon, but if the keeping standards set recently are also persisted with, it won't matter at all how long they give Lyon, he'll never make the top echelon. There is just no sense at all in trying to bring on both a spinner and a keeper at the same time if neither are ready. That is a recipe for disaster as we have seen. The team needs either a better permanent gloveman or a better spinner. And as there's not a lot better on offer than Lyon (O'Keefe perhaps) and there is a lot better than Wade (Paine, Hartley or Ludeman), one would think the choice a simple one. That does not necessarily mean that Wade must be dropped, but that his selection should stand or fall on his batting alone. His glovework is not up to the task of offering sufficient assistance to Lyon or, for that matter, O'Keefe.

  • raj_n on March 15, 2013, 4:19 GMT

    A poser for espncricinfo. Who is the bowler with the worst bowling average after 50 tests ? I tell you Ishant Sharma will break all bowling records by the time the selectors are done with him.

  • billabong46 on March 15, 2013, 3:48 GMT

    All of these shenanigans masks the real problem-the lack of test class cricketers. When McDermott was pace bowling coach, all of our test pace bowlers swung the ball. He said that he simply encouraged them to pitch it up. Now, none of them swing the ball. Why not? As a result, our shield batsmen do not get any practice against swing bowling. The same with spin bowling-we have no test class spinners, so our batsmen get no practice against spin. The most obvious remedy would seem to be to send our current and most promising batsmen to English county cricket where they will encounter good swing and spin bowling. As for the bowling, the current coaching structure does not seem to be working, so if its broke, fix it. If this means new coaches, then do it. If it means that we search for overseas coaches ie a pace coach and a spin coach, then let's do it. Find the best available and pay them properly. At the moment, we are going nowhere and there are too many easy test caps being handed out.

  • redneck on March 15, 2013, 2:53 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge one could argue day 1 being washed out in the first test saved you in new zealand. also cardiff had a bit of rain when we had you 9 down and monty the only thing standing between you and defeat in the 09 ashes. mate that actually won you the ashes as if we had won that we would have drawn 2-2 and retained them!!! i think its fair to say it goes both ways mate!!!

  • inthebag on March 15, 2013, 2:39 GMT

    Take your opportunties to bag the Aussies while you still can because it won't last for long. You'll all be singing from a different songbook in a few months.

  • Captain_Oblivious on March 15, 2013, 2:22 GMT

    australia's best day for the tour.

  • on March 15, 2013, 1:46 GMT

    Damn,I hope it won't rain today.

  • GrumpiusMaximus on March 14, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    I've been saying that Australia should persist with Lyon to anybody that will listen (not many!). I'll say it again - Australia need to stop looking for a 'magic bullet' spinner like Shane Warne and find a spinner that is 'good enough' and develop them into a good test player. Dropping Lyon - who is a decent if unspectacular spinner - was a blunder and bringing him back is definitely the right decision here. Lyon is young enough and early enough into his career for him to be developed.

    Bowlers like Warne and Murali tend to come around very rarely. To have two of that calibre in the time I've been watching cricket was a real privilege. Australia now need to step back and allow Lyon to develop. I believe he is a very decent spin bowler or has the potential to be a match winner in the future - he just needs development.

  • Cricket316 on March 14, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    Right Decision in selecting Smith over Maxwell. Why is every thinking Maxwell even belongs in a Test Squad. Atleast Smith's a better player of spin than Maxwell. More than decent with the bat,unlike Maxwell,who is a T20 slogger, not even good at that. He was trying to slog most of the deliveries,when the situation demanded to be at the crease.Even Lyon showed more resistance to spin in the 1st test, than Maxwell in the last test.

  • on March 15, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    I cant see why you play smith over maxwell if you wanna boost you bowling. Smith is the most over rated player he averages over 50 in first class cricket

  • ygkd on March 15, 2013, 5:34 GMT

    It's all very well saying that Australia should persist with Lyon, but if the keeping standards set recently are also persisted with, it won't matter at all how long they give Lyon, he'll never make the top echelon. There is just no sense at all in trying to bring on both a spinner and a keeper at the same time if neither are ready. That is a recipe for disaster as we have seen. The team needs either a better permanent gloveman or a better spinner. And as there's not a lot better on offer than Lyon (O'Keefe perhaps) and there is a lot better than Wade (Paine, Hartley or Ludeman), one would think the choice a simple one. That does not necessarily mean that Wade must be dropped, but that his selection should stand or fall on his batting alone. His glovework is not up to the task of offering sufficient assistance to Lyon or, for that matter, O'Keefe.

  • raj_n on March 15, 2013, 4:19 GMT

    A poser for espncricinfo. Who is the bowler with the worst bowling average after 50 tests ? I tell you Ishant Sharma will break all bowling records by the time the selectors are done with him.

  • billabong46 on March 15, 2013, 3:48 GMT

    All of these shenanigans masks the real problem-the lack of test class cricketers. When McDermott was pace bowling coach, all of our test pace bowlers swung the ball. He said that he simply encouraged them to pitch it up. Now, none of them swing the ball. Why not? As a result, our shield batsmen do not get any practice against swing bowling. The same with spin bowling-we have no test class spinners, so our batsmen get no practice against spin. The most obvious remedy would seem to be to send our current and most promising batsmen to English county cricket where they will encounter good swing and spin bowling. As for the bowling, the current coaching structure does not seem to be working, so if its broke, fix it. If this means new coaches, then do it. If it means that we search for overseas coaches ie a pace coach and a spin coach, then let's do it. Find the best available and pay them properly. At the moment, we are going nowhere and there are too many easy test caps being handed out.

  • redneck on March 15, 2013, 2:53 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge one could argue day 1 being washed out in the first test saved you in new zealand. also cardiff had a bit of rain when we had you 9 down and monty the only thing standing between you and defeat in the 09 ashes. mate that actually won you the ashes as if we had won that we would have drawn 2-2 and retained them!!! i think its fair to say it goes both ways mate!!!

  • inthebag on March 15, 2013, 2:39 GMT

    Take your opportunties to bag the Aussies while you still can because it won't last for long. You'll all be singing from a different songbook in a few months.

  • Captain_Oblivious on March 15, 2013, 2:22 GMT

    australia's best day for the tour.

  • on March 15, 2013, 1:46 GMT

    Damn,I hope it won't rain today.

  • Meety on March 15, 2013, 1:19 GMT

    India are very lucky Oz would of bowled them out for under 100 & be 0/175 at stumps if it weren't for the rain! Dhoni is lucky again! LOL!

  • on March 15, 2013, 0:59 GMT

    Obviously Arthur has not done his homework. What Aussies need is someone like Simpson as coach / selector. Clarke seems hard headed enough like Border but I do hope he can maintain the unnecessary explanations to the press for all his actions (modern day requirement or not). Simpson and the selectors laid the foundation of identifying a good strong willed set of players and Border implemented it and to think Border was made captain with great hesitation..... For the sake of world cricket I do hope the Aussies get their selection right. They have a great set of young fast bowlers. Lyon is a decent spin bowler - for heavens sake he could rip an offbreak to get Sachin bowled (Sachin was in his 70s when he did that). They need a grinder like hussey / border / waugh coming after clarke to hold the vessel. Arthur is not the solution. Maybe time for Steve Waugh to come in as coach???

  • on March 14, 2013, 23:38 GMT

    A cynic might say it was also to strengthen the batting (although it's hard to say that for any Test team that's added Smith to its lineup).

  • MinusZero on March 14, 2013, 22:42 GMT

    In Arthurs words, they need specialists on the park to win. Why is he only realising that now. There were no bit part players when Warne and McGrath were around. The obsession with allrounders (including Watson) needs to stop

  • landl47 on March 14, 2013, 22:18 GMT

    Got to love popcorn's optimism. Australia has 5 spin bowlers! Yes, there's Lyon, who has a test average of 33.93, which is reasonably acceptable. Then there's Clarke, whose average is 37, not too bad, but he's only taken 30 wickets in his 91-match career, or one every 3 games. Then we have Warner, average 51, Doherty, average 72 and Smith, average 73.

    I think Australia has by default had to pick the best-balanced attack for Indian conditions that they have had so far, but to regard Aus's 5 spinners as a strength is to believe in the crock of gold at the end of the rainbow.

  • on March 14, 2013, 21:47 GMT

    So they want to strengthen the bowling, yet they take out our highest wicket taker from the last match? Again, it is difficult to see the logic. Apparently the pitch will be responsive for the quicks, well maybe that should be taken as more responsive than the last two, but still pretty dead. That´s what i´d expect anyway. The way Siddle and Starc have bowled so far in the series we probably should even be hoping for a turner, just so Lyon and Doherty stand some sort of chance. Is Smith so good a batsman that he really looks like outscoring Maxwell? I can´t see it myself and i´m pretty sure he is not going to take more wickets either.

  • on March 14, 2013, 20:39 GMT

    So Australia go for a day without losing a wicket. For a moment it could almost have been like Mr. Hussey was still with them, gritty and determined strokeplayer that he was. Wish they still had a player like that. Let's repeat the feat today, eh fellas, and you'll be setting yourselves up for a nice subcontinent victory! I'd like to see a bit more action this time though boys, the runs just seemed to come in drips rather than torrents, if you get my drift.

  • on March 14, 2013, 20:12 GMT

    I think this is poor selection by Australian team management to select two seamers and two spinners for Mohali. If I'm not wrong every cricketer from the World who played in India will know that Mohali is seamier friendly pitch and still taking spinners in the team for this pitch. I think AT is not playing up to there potential by the seeing the team selection I can trying there luck instead of potential of the players. By this team nobody will believe this was team has won 19 test matches on trot. I think team lacking players like Hussey & Pointing to help the Clarke in this crucial situations. However, AT made good decision to bring back Haddin into team because is good player of the spin. They should picked Johnson instead of Starc. He is an experience player, Johnson would have been better option for Australia because he knows the India conditions well because he played in the India before if he would have been selected I think he would challenged Indian batsman likes of Pujara.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on March 14, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    Rain saves Australia from certain defeat yet again, just like in so many Ashes matches. The 'Aussie Rain' as it's commonly known, is a timely event for this broken Australian side.

  • mzm149 on March 14, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    Brad Haddin and Steve Smith are good players of spin. Considering Mohali's past record, it will be less spin friendly as compared to the previous two venues. The Players who will be missed here are Pattinson and Johnson. Australia have made a mistake by playing 4 seamers and 1 spinner on spin track of Chennai and 3 seamers and 2 spinners on relatively fast track of Mohali.

  • sportofpain on March 14, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    @JustIPL - Don't give Greg the great any credit - under his watch India didn't even make the second round of the 2007 world cup - our most dismal performance ever and he completely disrupted team unity! That same team became No 1 in the world with Gary Kirsten as the quiet, unobtrusive, behind the scenes coach who really shunned the limelight in stark contrast to his predecessor. MC and MA with their authoritarian style are actually beginning to resemble GSC quite a bit...that's just the wrong template.

    As for the team for Chandigarh - mistake again - pick the guys who can take wickets - Maxwell got 4 in an innings - how many has Henriques got? Who is the greater threat?

  • on March 14, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    Steve Smmith!!!! is that all Australia has to offer out of an entire continent? Need to loan some players from England then! Yes, those lollipop spinners will take 12 wickets in the match but not before India has scored 400 runs.

    Right now, Australia need to focus on the Ashes and bring back, Harris, Bird, Hilfenhaus, Cummins and coach McDermot. These are the bowlers that will bowl a consistent line and length and swing the ball both ways. Right now these bowlers on tuor barely bowl an inswinger. How many LBWs have the fast bowlers have in the two tests or better yet, how many LBW appeals have they had? No variation in neither pace nor spin. Fire the coach.

  • HarryGlow on March 14, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    Cricket can be a funny game. Aussies are playing with their backs against the wall alright. They took that decision of suspending 4 players fully knowing that they are risking any chances of squaring the series. With their decision they earned the solid support of Selectors; a section of the media and public - and even a 4-Nil loss is now acceptable! With Indian team not so up in confidence as the results portray (Tendulkar Jadeja et al are not upto the mark & Dhiwan coming new) Australia can well spring a surprise - or two!!!

  • Prakash27m on March 14, 2013, 14:48 GMT

    oh. Now, OZ won't lose the series 4-0.

  • Hasheem on March 14, 2013, 14:48 GMT

    Just look at the kind off blokes the Aussies have brought Doeherty,Maxwell and Smith,we have 100s like them playing in India. Reality check for Clarke

  • JustIPL on March 14, 2013, 14:47 GMT

    This strong disciplinary attitude from aussies will bear fruit soon. May be in this test as it helped other teams reach to the top spot (Greg Chappel). Despite losing, aussies are doing thier experiments and testing combinations. I strongly think that India would have tried without Tendulkar/Sehwag this time against an aussie side that is probably weaker than NSW or even Victoria. Although it took some time but both X and Max found their rythm in the last test and became unplayable at one time in the match. Therefore, Lyon being better than Max (at least as a bowler) should have improved showing with X. Interesting.

  • aracer on March 14, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    Today went far better than expected for Australia. Not only was that their best day's play on this tour, I think it was their best 3 sessions of the tour.

  • on March 14, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    There goes the series for Oz then. Looking good Australia. I really am curious about this. In a population of 23 million, surely you can find better top five batsman than Steve Smith or Phil Hughes and stronger spinners than Xavier Doherty or Glenn Maxwell? There must be some quality batsmen averaging around 45 in first-class cricket somewhere hidden in the Outback? Whose fault is it that they are still elusive, Mickey Arthur's or Julia Gillard's?

  • on March 14, 2013, 14:15 GMT

    I agree with the selection of Lyon over Maxwell. I was surprised when he was bought by one of the IPL team for around 10 crore. The team who has bought him , must be crying now.Coming back to the 3rd test, It is really a good day for Australia. Except Michael Clark , no one is there in Australian side who can save the match for Australia. With the current team that Australia have now, they should play in their home only.

  • on March 14, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    Hopefully the weather stays good for the rest of the game and we'll have a result, hopefully in India's favor. Getting Lyon back in the side is the first sensible move that the team management has made in the last 5 days.

  • Saifie on March 14, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    So if we take Arthur's statement at face value, Maxwell (the non-specialist) will get a chance to play only when Australia DON'T need to take 20 wickets!

  • Damo_s on March 14, 2013, 12:43 GMT

    So it seems Australia may have been saved from a likely 4-0 whitewash by the rain, unless India can make them bat first and take them out quickly.

  • Gordo85 on March 14, 2013, 12:43 GMT

    Oh well guess what I think will happen. I think that he probably play in the final Test if Australia don't improve or if Doherty gets a carted around the ground without many wickets. Or of course if Smith doesn't make many runs then that will ask some questions for sure.

  • on March 14, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    I hate current Aussie administrators shamelessly contradicting their own moves and pasting some hypocritical logic onto the media. If Henriques and Maxwell were competing for a spot then why the hell both played in Hyderabad and why did Lyon sit out ? Inexplicable.

  • Edwards_Anderson on March 14, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    I agree with the selection of Lyon over Maxwell, we needed to boost our bowling and Lyon does a better job in that area. Still dissapointed to see 3 of our better players in Pattinson, Khawaja and Johnson not picked in this test. I find it hard to believe that we had to go with this option. Its true that team management must similarly look at why the standards had been allowed to slip."In my job, serious misdemeanors, breeches of protocol, etc are writable offences. Three writable offences in a reasonably short timeframe (12 months) & your continued employment is on the line.We tend to be contemptuous of one particular officer who is quick to write people up, because he is basically only able to control through fear.Good officers, & good managers, will only use the write-up as a last resort.Going public with suspensions, is hardly the best way to solve this matter, in my humble opinion.Of course, I could be wrong, & we might see a 'bounce back' in the third test. But there are serious

  • reddawn1975 on March 14, 2013, 11:43 GMT

    I still wouldn't pick Steve Smith ever......And dam Ricky Ponting and Huss went to early there back in stellar form

  • on March 14, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    This may sound like a strange thing to say as an Eng supporter but the lack of Test class batters & spinners emerging through the Aussie system does worry me. I feel that a competitive Ashes between two strong teams is of massive benefit to cricket in both countries and in this age of 20/20 we can ill afford to go back to the one-sided massacres of the 90's & early 00's except in reverse.

    I like your pace options though and think they could cause the Eng batting line-up a lot of problems over the next year, if not be likely to impact on the overall result of those two series...

  • NJ_De_Zoysa on March 14, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    oh..god truly blessed the Australian team.. the best day of their tour so far i think.. but still India have chance to wrap up this inside 4 days..If that can be achieve It can be a great victory. But AUS can drawn this they can hold some pride to go to the next match.

  • on March 14, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    This is about the most successful day Australia have had during this series! lol

  • dessertfox on March 14, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    We have to assume that Doherty is a better spinner than Maxwell. Surely that's a given! X needs time to get into the rhythm of test bowling, then maybe he can learn something useful for the future. We need to be grooming long term prospects. Maxwell may develop into a player to be taken seriously as a test all rounder at some stage, but that time hasn't come yet.

  • D.V.C. on March 14, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    I'd pick Maxwell as a batsman ahead of Smith.

  • Thefakebook on March 14, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    Maxwell dropped to strengthen bowling,music to me ears!

  • on March 14, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    Mickey Arthur is absolutely brilliant!! On rank turners in Chennai and Hyderabad, Aussies decided to go in with one specialist spinners (Dont think Maxwell is anywhere close to a specialist spinner) and on the only pitch in India which out and out supports pace, he goes in with 3 spinners (yes Smith according to me is a better spinner than Maxwell).. :D

    I dont think Pattinson deserved to be punished for Homework-gate!! He got enough punishment while bowling his heart out in Chennai and Hyderabad!

  • popcorn on March 14, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    Come to think of it, THIS IS a VERY GOOD Side! Brad Haddin brings a lot of experience and is a good player of spin. Starc, lke Johnson could be a handful. So also Sid Vicious.On the bowing front,we have 5 spinners, count'em 5! Lyon,Doherty,Smith,Warner,Clarke.

  • keithmillersmesserschmitt on March 14, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    @gptnitesh: "Haddin has good record against india specially in subcontinent." ?????? 4 tests, ave 27 HS 37.

  • on March 14, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    Oops, of course I meant Starc not Pattinson!

  • on March 14, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    Henriques, Siddle, Pattinson, Lyon and Doherty is too long a tail. Doherty offers nothing with the bat and not enough with the ball, he should be the man to miss out and Maxwell should bat at 8.

  • on March 14, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    Doherty should have been dropped not Maxwell.

  • ihaq1 on March 14, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    australia do odd things...first they brought five spinners and than did not play them...than the coach got ittitated at players backtalk and dropped four of his best players including teh only fast bolwer expected to take wickets...than they appoint a wicketkeeper as a spin bolwing coach...suddenly they realize that steve smith is on tour as a spare batsman while maxwell who has some batting heroics to his name was dropped...i think they should look for a spin coach from teh subcontinent and bring a proper panel of batsmen on tour...hard hitting batsmen are going to be bamboozled by spinners

  • Moppa on March 14, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    @disco_bob, I agree - basically Arthur has admitted that the selectors got it wrong last match.

  • on March 14, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    rain is the only thing that can save the aussies!!!

  • on March 14, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    Whatever happened to Nathan Hauritz? He was a pretty decent spinner IMHO

  • satishchandar on March 14, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    As per my view, if u drop one player on performance of one or two games, you are questioning your own cricketing knowledge.. You have a prime spinner in the team who plays in home as well as won a game in SL for you and he got pasting in one game against Dhoni.. You bring in a guy replacing other because you feel that the later should perform former better than the former.. And suddenly you opt back for the other one also now. Where does this go in terms of cricketing knowledge. My honest opinion is, they shouldn't have dropped Lyon itself for the second game. He is your prime spinner for last year or so. Drop him for one performance which was not that bad if you discount Dhoni blasting. Not that easy to control a hitter when they got nothing to lose and everything they score is a bonus for the team without any pressure.. Common sense prevails in bringing back Lyon.. Maxwell would go same as White or Smith if continued as spinner in the team..

  • brusselslion on March 14, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    Australia's best day of the series so far! OK, I'll admit that it's a cheap shot but it's impossible to resist.

  • gptnitesh on March 14, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    @HawK89 do agree with you .. Haddin should get chance in place of Wade. He is just horrible behind and front of the wicket :) whereas Haddin has good record against india specially in subcontinent.

  • on March 14, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    @Charlie... Lyon has taken 61 wickets at 32.16. That's better that most of the other mugs who have played Test Cricket for Australia as a spin bowler since Warnie left. It's also a better average than Harbhajan Singh, Tim May, and a number of other TEST standard off spin bowlers. Maxwell should still be in the side, he is a better bowler than Docherty, specialist or not.

  • on March 14, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    I think the Aussies need to take a leaf out of the Poms book for preparation to get better results. Cook and co. also had the prospect of a long Indian tour followed by the tour to New Zealand and yet I think England has done great in India and are not sweating out too much in New Zealand as well. They prepared very well for both these tours. I somehow feel that Clarke and Arthur are a bit too much into the Ashes preparation which is to follow. Hence they have not given the Indian tour a proper thought. Its very evident in the way the players especially the batsmen have approached Indian spinners, particularly in the 2nd innings of the Hyderabad test, where they just fell like a pack of cards. Its has to be credited to their laxity that their chief front line bowler was made to sit out in a crucial test like this as I cannot see the same disciplinary action being taken, had this been in England or the return Ashes series. If so the whole management and the captain needs to be penalized

  • boehj on March 14, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    We have now entered an era of post-modern selection in Australia.

  • CoverDrive888 on March 14, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    It's beyond me why Lyon was dropped for Maxwell in the first place. He's clearly the better bowler, even if he's not yet world class. And everyone is forgetting that Maxwell got his wickets when India were chasing runs. When the pressure was on I heard Gavaskar comment that the batsmen wouldn't want to take too many runs off him in case Clarke took him off!! Arthur just sees what he wants to see. He and Inverarity seem to think that a bit of extra batting makes up for ordinary bowling. First team I've seen relying on a series of mediocre all-rounders instead of specialists.

  • heathrf1974 on March 14, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    I would have went for Lyon and Maxwell. Although Maxwell was expensive he got wickets.

  • HawK89 on March 14, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    How about dropping Wade for a specialist batsmen and wicketkeeper?

  • gptnitesh on March 14, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    I think, Australia should go with full batting attack because bowling department is anyways pathetic currently. It does not matter weahter Maxwell playing as bowler or Lyon playing because both are inexperience and almost same quality. If australia would have gone with Maxwell in place of doherthy or lyon, then atleast they strengthen their batting. Because Lyon,siddle or doherthy are genuine talenders. So I feel Maxwell, henriquesh should be in the team to strengthen their batting.

  • pankenstein on March 14, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    He will disrupt Aussie cricket the same way Greg Chappell did for India...remember the drama we always had with Greg and Ganguly. Thank God that is behind us! Feel bad for the Aussie fans and genuine cricket lovers. These ppl are not players - they are administrators and managers - hurry up, wait...stand-up, sit down!!!!

  • charlie_1234 on March 14, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    What are the selectors doing? Lyon obviously isn't a test quality spinner, so why play him? I feel for Maxwell, his debut was not the worst ever but he is not given a second chance. The sooner Fawad Ahmed is playing for Australia the better. Its about time Australian Cricket had a quality spinner.

  • disco_bob on March 14, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    "need to take 20 wickets to win this Test match so we wanted our specialists out on the park". Didn't we need to take 20 wickets in the last match too, or am I missing something.

  • bobagorof on March 14, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    So... Maxwell has the same result as the others who were penalised for not doing their homework? I'm not a fan of his, but I do feel a bit sorry for him under the circumstances.

  • bobagorof on March 14, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    "That's not my style but we had given the guys a year really to set culture and do what they wanted to do"

    The management had a year really to set the culture and start communicating the consequences of not performing to expectations. I've heard nothing to suggest that the players were given any forewarning of a 'line in the sand' moment prior to players being dropped. I support the need for discipline, but where was the warning that this particular task would carry penalties where none of the tasks over the last year have?

    Anyway, it does give an opportunity to some players who have been sitting on the sidelines, namely Smith and.... that's about it. The other batsman who has been identified as being the best of the current young ones in Australia is still sitting out. Hopefully Smith will be able to grab his chance - because with the first day rained out, I don't expect Australia will get many other positive results out of this match.

  • Sir_Francis on March 14, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    Don't forget Arthur's great success as coach of WA. Wonder what Rixon did wrong to miss out? Made NZ a tough team and won Shields for NSW.

    And why, knowing the 3rd Test pitch, did they not send another quick when the brought Haddin over?

    I'm afraid it's not just some players who lack professionalism.

  • t20ipl2013 on March 14, 2013, 8:13 GMT

    we are waiting for this match to start soon as the India are very good at the mohali cricket ground but the rain disappointed me

  • Mervo on March 14, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    One never ceases to be amazed at the bizarre insights of the Australian selectors. There is no logic based on performance. Which C Graders will we select next?

    However the rain is a worry - some grass may grow on the wicket!!! That would be a disaster.

  • Pablo23 on March 14, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    I dont think Shane Warne had a good debut either but you have to give players a chance. Henriques is not taking wickets and neither will Smith

  • on March 14, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    Ozcricketwriter: not only a great idea to go in with 2 specialist spinners but 2 of the worst specialist spinners in the modern era.

  • DanTas on March 14, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    End of day one. Honours even. Yeah!!

  • DylanBrah on March 14, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    @guptahitesh4u, no mate, it's not strange. Maxwell and Henriques are competing against eachother because of their allround ability. If Smith is to be considered for Tests it will be because of his batting ability, not allround ability. It would be stupid to put Smith is in the same category as Maxwell and Henriques.

  • on March 14, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    So why did Maxwell play the last test then?? Selectors need to be more consistent

  • Mitty2 on March 14, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    Arthur? Your style? Is this the style that made SA unable to become number one despite their superior talent? The Micky Arthur SA side had pretty much the same side as the Gary Kirsten one, barring philander and Peterson. Is it just a coincidence that SA became formidable in the same time frame that Kirsten took over? I doubt it. With micky having the same 8 out of 11 (the spin position is redundant for SA) to play, it can only be a reflection of the poor coaching that was regressing and not utilizing the player's talent, or that all the players just magically went into form once Mickey left.

    Ignoring my rant, I can only wonder how this series had of fared with a 15 man squad of Cowan, Warner, Hughes, Clarke, khawaja, Rogers, doolan/burns, henriques, wade, paine, Lyon, o'keefe, pattinson, siddle and Johnson, And if we actually selected two spinners!

    (I exclude Watson based on the fact that he doesn't know how to bat and kept Hughes because no one would have the foresight omit him

  • Ozcricketwriter on March 14, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    Great idea to go in with 2 specialist spinners on a pitch expected to take pace. Well done, Cricket Australia!

  • guptahitesh4u on March 14, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    Isn't it strange that Maxwell was competing with Henriques? That means Smith, in all probability, is considered to be better option than Maxwell.

  • guptahitesh4u on March 14, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    Isn't it strange that Maxwell was competing with Henriques? That means Smith, in all probability, is considered to be better option than Maxwell.

  • Ozcricketwriter on March 14, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    Great idea to go in with 2 specialist spinners on a pitch expected to take pace. Well done, Cricket Australia!

  • Mitty2 on March 14, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    Arthur? Your style? Is this the style that made SA unable to become number one despite their superior talent? The Micky Arthur SA side had pretty much the same side as the Gary Kirsten one, barring philander and Peterson. Is it just a coincidence that SA became formidable in the same time frame that Kirsten took over? I doubt it. With micky having the same 8 out of 11 (the spin position is redundant for SA) to play, it can only be a reflection of the poor coaching that was regressing and not utilizing the player's talent, or that all the players just magically went into form once Mickey left.

    Ignoring my rant, I can only wonder how this series had of fared with a 15 man squad of Cowan, Warner, Hughes, Clarke, khawaja, Rogers, doolan/burns, henriques, wade, paine, Lyon, o'keefe, pattinson, siddle and Johnson, And if we actually selected two spinners!

    (I exclude Watson based on the fact that he doesn't know how to bat and kept Hughes because no one would have the foresight omit him

  • on March 14, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    So why did Maxwell play the last test then?? Selectors need to be more consistent

  • DylanBrah on March 14, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    @guptahitesh4u, no mate, it's not strange. Maxwell and Henriques are competing against eachother because of their allround ability. If Smith is to be considered for Tests it will be because of his batting ability, not allround ability. It would be stupid to put Smith is in the same category as Maxwell and Henriques.

  • DanTas on March 14, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    End of day one. Honours even. Yeah!!

  • on March 14, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    Ozcricketwriter: not only a great idea to go in with 2 specialist spinners but 2 of the worst specialist spinners in the modern era.

  • Pablo23 on March 14, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    I dont think Shane Warne had a good debut either but you have to give players a chance. Henriques is not taking wickets and neither will Smith

  • Mervo on March 14, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    One never ceases to be amazed at the bizarre insights of the Australian selectors. There is no logic based on performance. Which C Graders will we select next?

    However the rain is a worry - some grass may grow on the wicket!!! That would be a disaster.

  • t20ipl2013 on March 14, 2013, 8:13 GMT

    we are waiting for this match to start soon as the India are very good at the mohali cricket ground but the rain disappointed me