Australia v England, 3rd Test, Perth December 10, 2010

North dropped, Michael Beer in Test squad


Marcus North, Doug Bollinger and Xavier Doherty have been axed, and Australia's selectors have sprung a major surprise by naming the little-known spinner Michael Beer in their 12-man squad for the Perth Test. Phillip Hughes has been picked to replace the injured Simon Katich, while Steven Smith is a strong chance to play after no other specialist batsman was named to replace North.

Mitchell Johnson and Ben Hilfenhaus are also likely to come back in to the side in what could be a four-man pace attack with Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle, who the selectors considered the best of the bowlers in the Adelaide loss. But it's the inclusion of Beer that will raise eyebrows, especially with Nathan Hauritz fresh from a first-class century and five-wicket haul for New South Wales.

"Michael Beer replaces Xavier Doherty in the squad," Australia's chairman of selectors, Andrew Hilditch, said. "Michael is a left-arm orthodox spinner who has been very impressive at domestic level this year. He took wickets against England in the tour match earlier this summer and we expect he will bowl very well against the English on his home ground."

But Hilditch's comments seemingly ignore the fact that the WACA has been Beer's home ground for only a few months, after he moved from Victoria during the off-season. He has played only three first-class matches at the ground and in his five first-class appearances, all of which have taken place this summer, he has 16 wickets at 39.93 with a best of 3 for 39.

Beer, 26, is a left-arm orthodox bowler who plied his trade in Melbourne club cricket until the end of last season, when he moved to Western Australia in an attempt to launch his domestic career. Against the touring England side last month he 3 for 108 and 2 for 99, and the chances of him winning a place in the starting XI for the third Test must be slim.

One man who will definitely play at the WACA is Hughes, who is not in his best form but was still considered the most likely replacement for Katich, who will miss the rest of the series with an Achilles tendon injury. The pressure on Hughes will be increased after Australia altered the balance of their squad by leaving out the specialist batsman North.

North has had a disappointing start to the Ashes campaign and the strong batting form of Brad Haddin makes it likely that the wicketkeeper will move up to No. 6 with Smith at No. 7. Smith has played two Tests, against Pakistan in England in July, when he was chosen as a legspinner in the absence of the injured Hauritz, and if Beer doesn't play he will be the lead slow bowler in Perth.

"Steve Smith replaces Marcus North in the 12-man squad," Hilditch said. "This is obviously disappointing for Marcus who has played some outstanding Test innings for Australia but it was felt to be the right time to bring the exciting prospect Steve Smith into the Test team. Steve has already had success at international level and will also add to the bowling depth with his leg-spin bowling and dynamic fielding.

"Doug Bollinger has been omitted from the squad. Both Mitchell Johnson and Ben Hilfenhaus did not play in Adelaide but will be strongly considered for selection in the Perth Test match where conditions will suit them. Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle were the pick of our quicks at Adelaide Oval and these four make up the pace attack for the Perth Test match.

Squad Shane Watson, Phillip Hughes, Ricky Ponting (capt), Michael Clarke, Michael Hussey, Brad Haddin (wk), Steven Smith, Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris, Peter Siddle, Michael Beer, Ben Hilfenhaus.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • on December 13, 2010, 12:45 GMT

    It's very clear from squad selection that Ausies r panicking............ they left out doherty..........n now Beer is in the Squad but m sure ........he ll also b dropped after this test................bring in Cameroon White...........he is the in form batsmen.........................

  • jessjess on December 13, 2010, 12:30 GMT

    Aussies havent batted well with only Hussey looking any good and watson and haddin looking ok England has bowled very well Swann and finn especially.Aussies havent bowled well either and England has batted very well... Aussies need a batsman( usman Khawaja) and they must play 4 seamers 5 if u include watson use clarke as a part time spinner as ther is no spin talent in aus except Haurits and they've scrapped him. England is looking a great side they must put ajmal shazhad in for broad because of injury otherwise same side. I am frm SA so i dont support aus or england but i definately think England are firm favourites and aus wont win a test. My aus side: S.Watson, P.Hughes ,R.Ponting, M.Clarke, M.Hussey , U.Khawaja , B.Haddin , R.Harris, C.Mckay, P.Siddle, B.Hilfenhaus. I could be wrong as i no quite a bit about aus cricket but not enough to select their side.

  • HostileJ on December 13, 2010, 10:19 GMT

    all I can say at Aus is clearly our (SA) past selection cockups has somehow stayed behind in our last tour down under.If anyone should be sacked its this hilditch fellow.Its clear he is desperate to get the right combo.The best spinner in Aus is Nathan Hauritz.he just made a 1st class ton which means there will be a much needed boost in the batting line-up.In my opinion they should back Mitch.a class bowler and if they select him it will boost his confidence.Quit stuffing around with newbies like doherty,beer and smith in an ashes the guys that has done it before for aus.Mitch and Hauritz each gives a boost to batting as team would look lik this:Watson,Hughes,Ponting,Clarke,Huss,Haddin,Mitch, Haury, Sids, Harro and Hilf.U need to take 20 wickets.Batting is strong enough...Watson must convert 50s to tons and punter must play his natural game.Only then will aus compete.I do however still back eng to take it.Cook,Trott and Pietersen will make biggies again.

  • mhsabir on December 12, 2010, 17:21 GMT

    This is actually a planned masterstroke - the Sheffield Shield matches start on Dec 17 & they want to play 4 Seamers & Smith in the Test & they did not want to unnecessarily drag in a good spinner to do the 12th man's duty leaving aside a crucial Sheffield Shield match - so they decided to pick him - his absense in the Sheffield Shield match is anyway not going to be felt

  • on December 12, 2010, 13:45 GMT

    Not a tear shed for North... Lol poor guy

  • OnlyKaps on December 12, 2010, 9:47 GMT

    This is the best news ever - Hilditch and Co are due for the axe!

  • LALITHKURUWITA on December 12, 2010, 8:05 GMT

    I just started practicing spin bowling: slow left arm, right arm googly and under arm straight. I also got secret weapon rather a new invented ball (not the carrom ball, doosra or slinger). I got a club match in 2 days and trying to get into NSW against QLD sheffield match starting on 18th. I hope I can play in the 5th TEST in Sydney because I live in Sydney and very much familiar with SCG pitch. I pray Mr Hildrith. I am not BEER, WHISKEY, RUM, or VODKA.

  • sri1ram on December 12, 2010, 6:45 GMT

    Come on Poms, smash the heck out of this 'newly concocted joke" and show those ozzies why they worthily deserve the Number 5 ranking for a long time to come! The "never say die" spirit, hehh, my foot. I would love to see Ponting's face when the ashes is lost by a margin of 2 wins!

  • Naren on December 12, 2010, 5:22 GMT

    I am thinking Australia had added Beer to the squad to take the pressure off of Steven Smith. Otherwise everybody will be talking about Smith instead. If this is the case, then they have succeeded in what they wanted. Great ploy maybe.

  • Naren on December 12, 2010, 5:19 GMT

    Pick McKay instead of Siddle and play 4 faster men and Smith at Perth. McKay played well in Perth in the other match with Starc.

  • on December 13, 2010, 12:45 GMT

    It's very clear from squad selection that Ausies r panicking............ they left out doherty..........n now Beer is in the Squad but m sure ........he ll also b dropped after this test................bring in Cameroon White...........he is the in form batsmen.........................

  • jessjess on December 13, 2010, 12:30 GMT

    Aussies havent batted well with only Hussey looking any good and watson and haddin looking ok England has bowled very well Swann and finn especially.Aussies havent bowled well either and England has batted very well... Aussies need a batsman( usman Khawaja) and they must play 4 seamers 5 if u include watson use clarke as a part time spinner as ther is no spin talent in aus except Haurits and they've scrapped him. England is looking a great side they must put ajmal shazhad in for broad because of injury otherwise same side. I am frm SA so i dont support aus or england but i definately think England are firm favourites and aus wont win a test. My aus side: S.Watson, P.Hughes ,R.Ponting, M.Clarke, M.Hussey , U.Khawaja , B.Haddin , R.Harris, C.Mckay, P.Siddle, B.Hilfenhaus. I could be wrong as i no quite a bit about aus cricket but not enough to select their side.

  • HostileJ on December 13, 2010, 10:19 GMT

    all I can say at Aus is clearly our (SA) past selection cockups has somehow stayed behind in our last tour down under.If anyone should be sacked its this hilditch fellow.Its clear he is desperate to get the right combo.The best spinner in Aus is Nathan Hauritz.he just made a 1st class ton which means there will be a much needed boost in the batting line-up.In my opinion they should back Mitch.a class bowler and if they select him it will boost his confidence.Quit stuffing around with newbies like doherty,beer and smith in an ashes the guys that has done it before for aus.Mitch and Hauritz each gives a boost to batting as team would look lik this:Watson,Hughes,Ponting,Clarke,Huss,Haddin,Mitch, Haury, Sids, Harro and Hilf.U need to take 20 wickets.Batting is strong enough...Watson must convert 50s to tons and punter must play his natural game.Only then will aus compete.I do however still back eng to take it.Cook,Trott and Pietersen will make biggies again.

  • mhsabir on December 12, 2010, 17:21 GMT

    This is actually a planned masterstroke - the Sheffield Shield matches start on Dec 17 & they want to play 4 Seamers & Smith in the Test & they did not want to unnecessarily drag in a good spinner to do the 12th man's duty leaving aside a crucial Sheffield Shield match - so they decided to pick him - his absense in the Sheffield Shield match is anyway not going to be felt

  • on December 12, 2010, 13:45 GMT

    Not a tear shed for North... Lol poor guy

  • OnlyKaps on December 12, 2010, 9:47 GMT

    This is the best news ever - Hilditch and Co are due for the axe!

  • LALITHKURUWITA on December 12, 2010, 8:05 GMT

    I just started practicing spin bowling: slow left arm, right arm googly and under arm straight. I also got secret weapon rather a new invented ball (not the carrom ball, doosra or slinger). I got a club match in 2 days and trying to get into NSW against QLD sheffield match starting on 18th. I hope I can play in the 5th TEST in Sydney because I live in Sydney and very much familiar with SCG pitch. I pray Mr Hildrith. I am not BEER, WHISKEY, RUM, or VODKA.

  • sri1ram on December 12, 2010, 6:45 GMT

    Come on Poms, smash the heck out of this 'newly concocted joke" and show those ozzies why they worthily deserve the Number 5 ranking for a long time to come! The "never say die" spirit, hehh, my foot. I would love to see Ponting's face when the ashes is lost by a margin of 2 wins!

  • Naren on December 12, 2010, 5:22 GMT

    I am thinking Australia had added Beer to the squad to take the pressure off of Steven Smith. Otherwise everybody will be talking about Smith instead. If this is the case, then they have succeeded in what they wanted. Great ploy maybe.

  • Naren on December 12, 2010, 5:19 GMT

    Pick McKay instead of Siddle and play 4 faster men and Smith at Perth. McKay played well in Perth in the other match with Starc.

  • Degeneral on December 12, 2010, 2:40 GMT

    Id like to see Hauritz in the team.............come on selectors Micheal Beer hasn't got the experience, he will panic, its not a normal test match ..........its the ashes

  • 5wombats on December 11, 2010, 23:09 GMT

    Some sensible comments cropping up here; @allblue - you are quite right; this is a team to try and stem Englands momentum, and get to Boxing Day without further damage. I suspect that this is Australias best possible line up. It can't do worse. @popcorn; "Steve Smith bamboozling the English batsmen and will finish them off". Ha ha ha! If there is going to be anyone finishing anyone off it will be Swann finishing off Aussies... just like at Adelaide. Sure, taking 20 wickets is essential to win a game - and Aus are in freefall about their bowlers, rightly in my view. But has anyone looked at the dire Australian batting? The desperate way Hussey got out on the last day @ Adelaide? You can't blame it all on North. I never expected the Aus batting to be so gutless and flakey at home. As for Ponting!? Never mind his comments about "plenty of talking" - he talks a good game but that's all he's good for these days. As for the inclusion of Michael Beer - whoever you are; I'll drink to that!

  • tulaks on December 11, 2010, 21:04 GMT

    Its happening: turmoil in Australia cricket team. looks like, playing cards, if one card is not good, go to the deck and pick up one, see if it gives luck... no solid planning done for Ashes...dynamic changes in the middle of great world series leading to instability.....not sure, how Beer gets a call as he has hardly played first class cricket....I would go with Nathan Hauritz with the current situation since, Warne has retired.....sounds like they are totally confused as to what to do... good luck Aussies...anyway!...

  • AKS286 on December 11, 2010, 18:11 GMT

    beer hits great decision, flops foolish decision. above squad looks weak just replace smith with A.voges or p.jaques team becomes rock solid. smith already flops as bowler & batsman & flops in all formats of game.

  • on December 11, 2010, 18:06 GMT

    A captain is as good as his team. It's clear that bad team performance has affected punter's batting. I wish to watch him batting more freely than captaining this weak side. Watto or Hussey may replace him. Less burden on Ricky may be the blessing in disguise for the team.

  • AKS286 on December 11, 2010, 17:49 GMT

    Adam Voges is the best option who will take place of m.north.p.jaques can also be a good option. A.voges is very technical & strategic type of player and a part time bowler too. S.clark will definately deserve position in squad. speed did't matter alot examples are there S.Akhtar,Md. Sami, S.TAIT. I Believe speed between 132-138 is more effective; bcoz on this speed a bowler can maintain good line & length. A bowler like s.clark is definately strengthen the team.

  • pathaksandeep on December 11, 2010, 16:46 GMT

    Marcus North is a better spinner than Michael Beer, even I am :D

  • S.N.Singh on December 11, 2010, 14:31 GMT


  • allblue on December 11, 2010, 13:03 GMT

    A lot of over-reaction here, but I think I can see their strategy. Beer won't play, Haddin to 6 then Smith, Johnson, Harris, Hilfenhaus, Siddle is a pretty strong lower order (at least on paper). Their plan here is to try and avoid defeat, and addressing the '5 out all out' of the last three innings is the place to start. Perhaps an outside hope that bat first and get a big score to try and use scoreboard pressure to force an unlikely win, but to stop England's Adelaide momentum and keep the Ashes alive for the financially important Boxing Day Test is the main objective here. There is no magic bowler out there just waiting to be picked, so batting long and trying to get to Melbourne at only 1-0 down does make sense.

  • OnlyKaps on December 11, 2010, 12:14 GMT

    Australia need just one change in its cricket establishment - give Andrew Hilditch and team the boot, and get some sane and experienced cricketers in. Then give them some time as they allow the team to settle ( even a child on the street would not chop and change like this .. they have made themselves and Australia a laughing stock)

  • popcorn on December 11, 2010, 11:56 GMT

    Wonderful to see that Victoria's batsmen ran the English opening bowlers ragged. Just ONE wicket between the three so -called replacement bowlers!!?? And one of them will play at Perth.Yippeee!

  • popcorn on December 11, 2010, 11:51 GMT

    I am very excited about the new Australian opening pair. Simon Katich may retire in a year or couple of years, so Shane watson and Phil Hughes have at least three Test matches to see how well they combine. Both are electric, both are breezy, both are strokemakers.Let's hope this pair becomes the Gordon Greenidge+ Desmond Haynes of Australia.

  • hyclass on December 11, 2010, 10:41 GMT

    My grandmother bowls left arm down at the lawn bowls club and when she has her teeth in, shes not too bad. As new national selector Greg Chappell once ordered his brother to test out his lawn bowls in an international match and we all know that Andrew Hilditch has either lost all his faculties, or is in the process of doing so, i thought the old dear might be some chance of getting a game. Ps...Sherry is her tipple-not BEER...;-)

  • hyclass on December 11, 2010, 10:04 GMT

    For two years, this staggeringly inept combination of coaches and selectors have been at the helm while the australian team has plummeted to fifth in the world rankings. Players records and averages have tumbled. Fielding standards have dropped away. Noone has benefited other than opposition teams. This team failed to defeat Pakistan in a series, even though it is clear that many members of that team were involved in spot fixing, and trying to lose. The mantra from Ricky and the hopeless Tim Nielsen was always that they would be ready for the ashes. Well they arent. Worse, Cricket Australia CEO,James Sutherland reappointed Nielsen for three years and commended him on a good job. Really? Hilditch described M. Beer as having a very impressive season. By that standard, Copeland and O'Keefe must be superstars. This pack of self serving imbeciles has turned our national team into a laughing stock. It isnt England that stands between us and respect. Its Sutherland, Nielsen and Hilditch.

  • Meety on December 11, 2010, 6:55 GMT

    Without a doubt the selection of Beer is odd. It only becomes a bad decision if he actually plays! I think that his selection must mean that Oz will go with 4 pacers. I think Smith will bat @ 6 or 7. Despite a lot of criticism on this sight - I think Smith has a lot going for him with the ball. I know he will add to the fielding & his batting will probably be better than North. So I am not worried about Smith, I am worried that the 2 best spinners in the country are not getting a go in Shield Cricket - Krezja & O'Keefe. I rate Hauritz - but only for his ability to plug an end - if he can't do that he is useless as he doesn't turn the ball. MJ's return is good given he has been overworked of late, he returns to a ground where he has personally done well at. All in all a better job by the selectors - but Beers. I am backing Ponting to get a century here & at the MCG. I think Clarke will get centuries @ MCG & SCG. At the WACA - I think Watto & Hughes, with Smith smacking a quik 50.

  • topspeed55 on December 11, 2010, 6:39 GMT

    Ricky Ponting should go he is neither performing as a captain nor as a player.The only player performing, M Hussey, should be the captain and they should also consider bringing Cameron White. One more test defeat and Ponting's career in jeopardy

  • on December 11, 2010, 4:38 GMT

    Bizzare reactionary selection policy from Australia. Mitch & Ben weren't good enough for test 2 but are back in favour for no.3? At least they have realised that North is a failure at test cricket & at least his career is over finally. As for rushing Doherty into the side & then ditching him, well he will now be a one test blunder, never to play again either. Selection is rapidly becoming another weakness of this aussie team. At least Katichs injury allows Hughes to be given a go & if he succeeds even reasonably well, it should be bye-bye to the 35 year old Katich regardless - Time to bring some youth in.

  • Chapel on December 11, 2010, 4:12 GMT

    I think the australian selectors must turn to stuart clark who in my opinion is next to mcgrath in line and lenghth.

  • boooonnie on December 11, 2010, 4:05 GMT

    Why do I get the impression that the selectors are playing musical chairs on the titanic. Why do the selectors show unwavering support for some one like North and yet Bollinger and Hauritz are shown the door without hesittion for 3rd grade Perth cricketer. I am totally convinced that the most talented Aust XI fit, confident and settled can beat this English team. BUT they are they are carrying injuries, seriously lack confidence and are as unsettled as they come. The selectors must take some responsibilites for the latter two!

  • righthandbat on December 11, 2010, 2:43 GMT

    The selectors should pick a team that can field well, is not injured and has good form. However, more importantly I believe is the ability to take 20 wickets. A very radical change that would depart from the norm in Australian cricket would be to drop all non-performers/injury worries, and replace them with in-form players.

    For example: Marsh, M. Hussey, D. Hussey, Watson, Haddin (wk), White (c), O'Keefe, Harris, Cameron, Swan, Copeland.

    5 quality bowlers with Watson down to 4 so he can be used more. The failing Ponting and injured Clarke out. The in-form David Hussey in the side after a monumental career. M. Hussey opening with Marsh to provide some more stability at the top- take a leaf out of A. Cook's book. White brought in at 6 ti provide quality leadership, handy batting and importantly excellent fielding. Haddin up to 5 as his batting improves he deserves to bat higher - he, Watson and White can provide some quick runs in the middle-order.

  • on December 11, 2010, 2:03 GMT

    Some of you guys are saying that Khawaja should be in the side! I must neglect to tell you that he'll never play 1 game for this country.. David Hussey, Phil Jaques, Callum Ferguson are your best bets that should have replaced Marcus North as a specialist batsman.

  • tfjones1978 on December 11, 2010, 1:13 GMT

    Khawaja(24) 500 runs off 5 matches, with 700 runs last season & 550 previous season. He is a "Top order batsmen". This sounds like a decent opener. Cameron White(28) has been a decent player for years, not sure how well he is performing now days, but he scored 111 against England less then a month ago. Chris Rogers(33) is an opener that has been performing well the last few seasons. Unable to see his current performance, but why is he not being mentioned as a possible opener? MY XI: Watson, Rogers, Khawaja, M Clarke, M Hussey (c), C White (vc), Haddin, Smith, Johnson, [2 of] Swan, Harris, Siddle or Hilfenhaus.

  • amit.80s on December 11, 2010, 0:59 GMT

    Australia team is desperate and Aussie fans are frustrated. Fans want Warne to come back may be they even beg Gilli and Haydo to come back from retirement and play but everyone forget about the guy who is not retire, the guy who can be an allrounder and provide solidity in the midle order, he's a match winner, he's an attacking batsmen and like to dictae terms in his way any guesses, C'mon guys I am talking about the big and almighty "Andrew Symonds"

  • on December 11, 2010, 0:55 GMT

    o'keefe is the best spinner in australia. and how long will it take for the selectors to realise how good from ferguson is in. surely he could get a game at 4-5-6 in the test team. and khawaja is so consisent with his performances. and what about swann and cameron to play. both TAKE WICKETS. :o something new for australia.

  • on December 11, 2010, 0:53 GMT

    OZs will win this test. It is just a matter of one quick wicket fall from England and they are out..don't expect another great innings from Cook/Strauss/Trott/Pieterson in perth

  • on December 11, 2010, 0:49 GMT

    That is not a squad to induce fear into England. Australia seem to need both stronger batting and bowling.

    I would have looked at Watson Jacques Ponting M Hussey Clarke White Haddin Smith Johnson Harris Siddle

    Cameron White has shown he can destroy international attacks and has enough experience to really do some damage.

  • on December 11, 2010, 0:23 GMT

    All the people lauding the downfall of Australia/ laughing at England already having won the Ashes all I can say is... just wait. Australia will be back stronger than ever and will dominate and crush you guys under our heels for the next two three decades. Once the selectors have settled on a team and got their act together you lot have had it. As for the poms already having the Ashes won, don't count on it yet. Go Australia, go us!

  • kardon on December 10, 2010, 23:47 GMT

    Imagine if you had David Hussey at 6, Haddin at 7, O'Keefe at 8, Johnson at 9, Harris at 10. You effectively bat all the way down to 10 lol. Even though harris didnt show anything with the bat in his king pair display in SA. But in saying that I doubt Johnson, Harris, O'Keefe and one other say Hilfenhaus will be able to take 20 wickets. Just seems like out bowlers are out of form. Their batters are in great form. And we are playing on dead flat tracks.

  • on December 10, 2010, 23:46 GMT

    Australian cricket has some serious problems!!! why would you put in hughes when shaun marsh is in good form in one day and test cricket!! What ever happened to Cam White?? did you forget that he scored 111 against england for Australia A!! Why would you not put in Hauritz?? he did make a century and got a five wicket haul?? Steve Smith is a good batter and fielder but he cant even spin the ball :/!!! isnt that good enough? Michael Clarke should also go with David Hussey replacing him!! What happened to Clint Mckay, he is the type of bowler australia need right now!! My 3rd test team: Shaun Marsh, Shane Watson, Ricky Ponting, David Hussey, Michael Hussey, Cameron White, Brad Haddin, Nathan Hauritz, Ryan Harris, Ben Hilfenhouse, Clint Mckay

  • gogoldengreens on December 10, 2010, 22:48 GMT

    Who selects the selectors - Beer has a first class bowl ave of 39 - O'keefe is 25 and he can bat (maybe major sponsors V.B. want him in the team) - Meanwhile read what cricinfo has to say about Hilditch as a player on player profile page and any old goose can get a gong!!

  • ihaq1 on December 10, 2010, 22:18 GMT

    almost everyone feels that the selectors have made a bad mistake.playing a fifth bowler and selecting two spinners seems definitely odd if not a mistake.selecting beer who would theoretically be 12th man leaves the captain with no options at al..the selectors backed out from trying new men when everybody felt that they needed new bowlers to break the mould.they also did not give the captain an extra batting option.meaning that the batting depends on two middle order players who are inconsistent.if there is bounce and pace at perth ricky will be in trouble.the selectors obviously have thought that hughes is going to give a good fast start.however they were probably divided on teh spinner and thus selected two on warnes advice.if u go by current form than watson,hussey,haddin will have to bat well...depending on smith to bat in a test when most of his experience is in one dayers also goes against the bowling johnston would have to bowl all out rather than bowl a careful line

  • on December 10, 2010, 22:11 GMT

    the australian selectors should heng there head in shame if this the best team we can put on the pitch then good help australian cricket, if thay think that johnson is our saviour then think again, haurtiz is the inform spinner and he should be playing i hope the selectors prove me wrong but i don't think so 2 nil england then the selectors should hang there head in shame.

  • on December 10, 2010, 21:45 GMT

    For all those people considering Brad Hodge as an option, FYI he retired from first class cricket last season. I am in the David Hussey supporters club, he has a very good record as a batsman in all forms of the game. @cabinet96 Kallis's FC batting average is better by 2.94 and you have to put into perspective the fact that O'Keefe has only played a mere 10 FC games to Kallis's 232 (of which 142 are tests and he will have faced great bowlers like Murali, Warne, McGrath, Walsh, Ambrose, Kumble etc in this period)

  • on December 10, 2010, 21:45 GMT

    The Ashes are indeed at peril, not so much from England as our own selectors. Trouble is they seem to pick favourites instead of performers. If they want to add starch to the batting line up, David Hussey is averaging 51 with the bat this year and a career average of 55. Instead they add Hughes who is averaging 21 with the bat. If they want new players with enough experience to step up the whats wrong with Chris Swan from Qld who averages 23.65 with the ball for his career and under 20 so far this season.

  • chunk1324 on December 10, 2010, 21:28 GMT

    I think too much is being made of aus not being good enough. i am sure that thay could at least compete with bangladesh an maybe even beat zimbabwe so chin up you aussies it could be worse.i mean you can not honestly expect to come even close to beating england surely!

  • the_J_man on December 10, 2010, 21:19 GMT

    i'll put money on hughes to get a pair.ball short at leg stump and watch him fall over himself

    sack hilditch now

  • cabinet96 on December 10, 2010, 20:59 GMT

    Australia are in absolute disarray they just seem to be picking some one up because they were the first person to come in to their head. What's wrong with Steve O'keffe his al-round first class record is better than Kallis's. This would be my Australia 1X 1. Shane Watson 2. Philip Hughes 3. Ricky Ponting 4. Michael Clarke 5. Michael Hussey 6. Usman Khawaja 7. Brad Haddin 8. Mitchell Johnson 9. Nathan Hauritz 10, Ryan Harris 11. Doug Bollinger. This is the same structure that did so well last summer (although against weak opposition) with Ryan Harris instead of Peter Siddle and Usman Khawaja instead of Marcus North.

  • David47 on December 10, 2010, 20:52 GMT

    The team NEEDED for Perth: S Marsh, B Hodge, S Watson, R Ponting, M Hussey, U Khawaja, B Haddin, S O'Keefe, R Harris, D Bollinger, T Copeland.

  • on December 10, 2010, 20:10 GMT

    Just thought I would say..Michael Beer won't play and Steven Smith is an all rounder who showed his full potential with the bat against Pakistan, it must be said that Pakistan are rubbish but he still got runs..he will probably get more runs than North anyway,, and he is a better bowling option..Australia are better with Smith ! BTW where is Kawhaja ??

  • Madih on December 10, 2010, 19:57 GMT

    Great comments Pee-Dub. Australia just needs to show some patience. We all know that Johnson is world class bowler(got an icc award) then siddle(emerging player of 2009) and harris(devastating spells against Pakistan in 3odis). These three should be in the team at all costs. i fail to understand the need to include beer, steven or even doherty. Hauritz is way ahead of these three. He is experienced. He should be relied upon. Instead of North, Cameron white should be tried.

    Good luck to Australia. and i really wish that PUNTER and Watson get a delightful century. AUSSIES GO CLAIM BACK THE ASHES.


  • on December 10, 2010, 19:33 GMT

    I can only assume Steve O'Keefe is injured at the moment, if Aust were going to pick yet another new spinner I would have thought he was the obvious choice. So, assuming O'keefe is not available, my 12 for Perth would be: Shaun Marsh, Shane Watson, Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke, Mike Hussey, Steve Smith, Brad Haddin, Nathan Hautitz, Ryan Harris, Peter Siddle, Ben Hilfenhaus, Mitchell Johnson.

  • on December 10, 2010, 19:31 GMT

    aussies are desperate..........

  • TheMeanMachine on December 10, 2010, 18:52 GMT

    After dropping North and no other specialist batsman in the side, they would have to play both Smith and Johnson to bat at 7 and 8 respectively. This might be a good move actually because Haddin is in the form of his life and Johnson would have hopefully learnt his lesson after being dropped. Hughes should fill in his role perfectly and should make use of this golden chance to play in 3 Ashes tests.

  • on December 10, 2010, 18:49 GMT

    Why can't the management bring David hussey instead of Michael Beer, Dhussey is an all rounder who is doing well in the warmup match against england and scored 67, he is also a good spinner. he would be the right choice to replace Marcus north which would add weightage to both Bowling and batting dept.

  • Hooves on December 10, 2010, 18:16 GMT

    I think it looks like a better potential 11 going into this test. Haddin at 6, Smith and Johnson with abit if all round talent. I think the Aussies will play abit better. Hussey batting with Haddin earlier in the innings won't hurt their cause. Who is Beer? Be suprised if he does play but if he's picked it suggests to me the Aussie brain is thinking to much about KP, notwithstanding the double top.

  • on December 10, 2010, 18:08 GMT

    nothing really matters, anyone can see, england win the ashes, good enough for me! Pick who you want. Now you know how it feels!

  • avis1001 on December 10, 2010, 18:07 GMT

    Is Aus planning for an English white wash?

  • RMur on December 10, 2010, 17:42 GMT

    Thank You selectors I see u have kept faith in some of the players, I like the inclusion of Smith the leg spinner, while a left arm orthodox is economical, but the leggie is attaching and gives u a better chance of a wicket, in his early spell he will need protection from the skipper, because he is likely to be expensive (Pointing Please give the Guy a Confidence). Smith don't try too many things just keep it simple. One more thing GIVE JOHNSON THE NEW BALL PLEASE and do not forget is has to bowl when the ball is old. Looking at Johnson over the years, he needs plenty of bowling to get him in form. Johnson one bit of advice, some times just have to patient and keep it tight, the wickets will come. Best of Luck too the Aussies, I need a contest not a one sided match.

  • landl47 on December 10, 2010, 17:33 GMT

    Thinking it over, if the one to be left out is Beer, it's probably as good a bowlinjg squad as the Australians have right now. I've both thought and said that I think Harris and Hilf are Australia's best seamers at the moment. Siddle is steady and I guess they play Johnson in case he suddenly discovers his speed, accuracy and movement again. Smith isn't a great bowler, especially at this level, but the Perth pitch isn't known for favoring spinners anyway. Without Katich the batting looks less solid, but Hughes is the type of player who can spring a quick hundred out of nowhere. Smith has a great temperament and I don't think he weakens the batting, given what North has done. However, both Hussey and Haddin have scored less in each successive innings- Australia better hope that trend is reversed. As always, the Aussies will fight hard. Should be a good game.

  • SwilliamsCCC on December 10, 2010, 16:41 GMT

    Michael Beer, who is he? Played 5 first class games and suddenly he's in Australia's test squad? The Aussies must be very desperate, but it's strange not to have Hauritz in the squad, as he actually has a decent test record. Dropping North will probably strengthen the bowling, but the batting might be quite weak now, as most of them aren't in great form and are going to be under pressure. All good for England :)

  • Pee-Dub on December 10, 2010, 16:23 GMT

    continued...Why was Bollinger dropped for this test when he was physically underdone for the last test (and bowled poorly), wouldn't he be more likely to be match fit now? Truth is, all of these 5 fast bowlers are good enough. They just need to know their roles and execute simple, traditional bowling plans (because they work!) It seems the bowling & fielding plans that the coach, captain and players have come up with in the first 2 tests have been all over the shop. What has happened to the theory of bowling at the top of of stump, with the appropriate field and build pressure on the batsmen to either a) curb the run rate, b) take a wicket, or preferably both? If they get this sorted there is no reason they cannot take 20 wickets this test. Harris & Hilfenhaus to take the new ball, Johnson & Siddle first change, Watson & Smith after that. So i look forward to a much improved performance by the Australian team in this test, with contributions across the board + a classic ton from Punter

  • on December 10, 2010, 16:16 GMT

    it makes no sense at all.if Australia had to win a test match then need to have a good spinner and Nathan Hauritz is the best option for it because he not only can bowl but also hng out with bat for sometime.

  • Micgyver on December 10, 2010, 16:01 GMT

    Despite the result of this test,i think its high time CA demand that Steve O'Keefe be picked for NSW in the 11.NSW selectors are doing Australia as a whole no justice by selecting him 12th man.He might not spin the ball a mile or bat cavelier but this young man is as tough as nails.The guy is a deadset international player.Anyone that knows much about state and 1st class cricket will agree.

  • Pee-Dub on December 10, 2010, 15:53 GMT

    continued...& Watson, Smith will do a job with the ball. His brilliant fielding will definitely help. Now onto the selection policy when it comes to fast bowlers. Whether it be a rotation system, horses for courses system or form system for fast bowling selection, it needs to be consistent. Hilfenhaus, Bollinger, Johnson, Harris & Siddle are the best group of fast bowlers we have for now. Trent Copeland or Mark Cameron would be the next in line. Stuart Clark and Chris Swan are excellent bowlers but would be deemed to old. The next generation of fast bowlers will be Josh Hazelwood, Mitchell Starc & Peter George, but they are either injured or not ready yet. Questions remain over the make-up of the fast bowling unit. Roles need to be defined. Bollinger, Harris, Hilfenhaus are new ball bowlers, Johnson & Siddle are first change bowlers. Who is the leader of the attack? If it is Johnson, why was he dropped for one test and then selected for the next? Was he that impressive in the nets? ...

  • Pee-Dub on December 10, 2010, 15:23 GMT

    continued...all-round cricketer with huge future, but is he a test number 6 now? i have my doubts. Who then is the best option for number 6? David Hussey is the best credentialled (11800 runs @ 55 with 40 tons & a strike rate of 70!) but he is 33yo. Forget Ferguson (52 games, 3200 runs @ 36, 6 centuries), he is yet to prove himself and score consistent runs for an extended period of time. McDonald would be an excellent option. He is in career best batting form, and his bowling is exactly what Australia need at the moment, but he is injured. That leaves Khawaja & White. Khawaja (24yo, 24 games, 1970 runs @ 50, 6 centuries) would probably get the nod over Cameron White (27yo, 111 games, 6850 runs @ 42, 16 centuries, excellent slips fielder). It is a shame White has quit bowling (172 wkts @ 40), because that would guarantee his selection. I hope Smith can dispell my doubts & show that he can bat well at 6 or 7, and with the support of 4 fast bowlers (presuming Beer will not play)..continu

  • on December 10, 2010, 15:17 GMT

    dirk nannes is the only solution

  • The_Lethal_1 on December 10, 2010, 15:12 GMT

    Is there any chance anyone involved in the selection process can be dropped? I mean seriously, who is Michael Beer?!? When the poms heard that Hughes was the front runner for Katich's spot, you should've seen how happy they were. I honestly think I would be a better selector than any of the Australian selectors at the moment. Here's my squad...1) Shaun Marsh, 2) Shane Watson, 3) Michael Hussey, 4) Ricky Ponting, 5) Michael Clarke, 6) Cameron White, 7) Brad Haddin, 8) Steve Smith, 9) Mitchell Johnson, 10) Nathan Hauritz, 11) Ryan Harris, 12) Peter Siddle...(one to be omitted)

  • on December 10, 2010, 15:12 GMT

    i honestly do not understand this decision... :s

  • addiemanav on December 10, 2010, 15:01 GMT

    pick me!!!wont mind playing for aus!!i hav a better chance than beer for sure!!

  • joking44 on December 10, 2010, 14:52 GMT

    Just a note of caution, fellow England fans. We don't do well in Perth. Our record over the last 8 tests there is LLLLLDDW. That win was back in 1978/9 when we won a 6 match series 5-1 under Mike Brearley. Boycott, Gooch, Gower, Botham and Willis all played in that game.Let's hope Strauss & Co can emulate them

  • Pee-Dub on December 10, 2010, 14:44 GMT

    continued...Then for Hauritz to put aside his test dumping, and post career best bowling figures (at Perth), and career best score (146), shows that he is a tough character. His confidence has just taken another beating with this latest selection blunder. The selectors got it right with Hughes replacing Katich. He is the best credentialled young opener in the country with a test & first class average in excess of 50. Chris Rogers is the best option, but is 33yo & injured. Shaun Marsh is yet to prove himself and score runs consistently. Another correct decision (but overdue) was to drop Marcus North. You can not have a test number 6 who has such a high percentage of low scores. To have a test record of 1170 runs in 21 tests @ 35, with 5 centuries & 4 half centuries, shows he barely scored a run other than his nine 50+ scores. His replacement at number 6 however, is debatable. Don't get me wrong, there is alot to like about Steven Smith. He is 21yo, talented, confident...continued

  • XloverXsooriX on December 10, 2010, 14:44 GMT

    hope aussies will be back in form for third test at melbourne

  • siszack on December 10, 2010, 14:20 GMT

    Beau Casson,Jason Krejza, Nathan Hauritz, Bryce Macgain, Steve Smith, Xavier Doherty.. Now Beer...Who after Beer....Wine?

  • pk_cric_rox on December 10, 2010, 14:18 GMT

    if beer is not in playing 11 then i think its a good is an unseen element so all this time england squad will b spending a lot of time searching stuff about this guy to figure him out before the match.but australia is gonna include steve smith in the playing 11 who still is quite unseen for england batsmen and will b much more useful as a legspinner on a bouncy n pacy track.and england will definitely spend much more time on beer before the start of match becoz lately english batsmen have been very vulnerable against left arm spinners and they know if doherty was a failure it doesnt mean beer will b a failure as in my opinion including beer in 12 is just a bluff to keep england squad busy and then sidelining him before match to puzzle england squad even more ...

  • FcukUXI on December 10, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    Aussies should keep their shoulders down and start play to their standards. It only takes a session to come back in a test match and team Australia certainly can do it. I don't feel making 3 changes in a side would benefit. M. North is a shame to Australian Cricket, I wonder how come selectors did'nt see this coming. Besides their are players like D. Hussey, S. Marsh, C. Ferguson, C. White, etc.. Making a track suitable for fast bowler could turn things around for Australia, as Englishmen are on the top and can explore the condition specially Anderson. Maybe attacking Anderson right from the beginning will make Englishmen change their bowling plans repeatedly and also hurt them. Steve Finn is just an ordinary bowler and can be taken care of. As far as Swann is concern, player like R. Pointing, Clarke, Hussey Haddin must show more maturity and play cool cricket. Besides making so many changes within the team will hurt the balance of the team and players. Dont be OVERAMBITIOUS.....

  • Clive_Dunn on December 10, 2010, 14:12 GMT

    England have historically had a weakness against good leg spin, the emphasis being on good. Less so against bowlers who happily dish up 1 or 2 four balls an over.

  • chunk1324 on December 10, 2010, 14:11 GMT

    im very happy to see mitch johnson back in the team, as an england fan that is he is useless. For england i would like to see tremlett play at perth for you ausies who dont know him he is like mitch johnson but good.

  • DEDKIK on December 10, 2010, 14:09 GMT

    This is not the first time Australia have had a Test player named after beer. Remember Peter Toohey?

  • on December 10, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    can ne1 tell me where are the likes of brett lee, dirk nannes, stuart clark?????? y dont the selectors play them? they are an experienced lot and will definitely perform in a pressure situation like this.

  • Pee-Dub on December 10, 2010, 13:57 GMT

    What is going on? Michael Beer? Is this a joke? What is with the new-found fascination with left arm spinners? Fair enough Pietersen has had a high number of dismissals to lefties, but most of these occurred during his recent form slump where anyone could get him out. Xavier Doherty was a ridiculous does a 28 year old experienced bowler with a first class bowling average of 50 get a test cap? it is beyond me. Even if there is a new selection rule that a left arm spinner HAS to be selected, how does Michael Beer (26yo, 5 games, 16 wkts @ 40, can't bat) get a gig ahead of Stephen O'Keefe? (26yo, 10 games, 37 wkts @ 25, 460 runs @ 50) It just doesn't make sense! I don't understand why the selectors and the Australian team have invested the time, patience & effort to develop Nathan Hauritz into a good test cricketer (17 games, 63 wkts @ 35, 425 runs @ 25), only to dump him after 2 poor tests in India (bowling to Sehwag, Tendulkar, Laxman etc) , it seems unfair...continued

  • TamilTN on December 10, 2010, 13:54 GMT

    CA & Ponting, bring back Warnie & Glenn back to the test squad if you want to win atleast a match in this ongoing series and perhaps they would boost even Oz's ashes win - Not doing this, I am sure this will be Ricky's last series as test captain and his career is also on blink.

  • joelrondel on December 10, 2010, 13:53 GMT

    rumyfala ricky p. is not the problem every player must play his part in the field. Australia once had a experience team like a warne , glen etc now that these players are gone it will be hard for the younger players in the team

  • jazzfreak on December 10, 2010, 13:53 GMT

    North should have been replaced by a batsman Australia need to put up a big score to be in a position to put pressure on England 4 bowlers plus Watson and 7 batsman should have been the format And neglecting Hauritz over Beer looks a desperate attempt to 'discover new blood' while ignoring the basics

  • Nampally on December 10, 2010, 13:51 GMT

    Can Beer Steer Aussies to victory? This squad is better balanced in bowling than the one in the previous test. 3 pacemen + 2 spinners+ Watson an optional medium pacer. But the batting has to show up. Ponting,Clarke,Hussey in the middle order+ the openers must get at least 2 centuries between them.Haddin, Smith & Johnson must contribute in the lower order to ensure at least 550 on the board in order to have any chance of putting up a show.England batsmen are very determined lot in the 3 SA born Players - Strauss, Trott & KP.England bowling relies on Swann. If these 4 can be countered then Australia has a chance to win.I personally feel that Ponting has lost a bit during the past 2 years and must bat lower down in the batting order. He is vulnerable to a rising ball on or outside the off stump. This is a "open secret". Going lower in the order gives him a chance to get his eye in and then tackle this ball successfully.Ponting being a sacrificial lamb at #3 is not helping the team.

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  • ubl2729 on December 10, 2010, 13:47 GMT

    Ricky comes to form man otherwise aus will not won the match.selected white to test squad

  • on December 10, 2010, 13:42 GMT

    wy announce a new squad after every match....? better have a squad of 50 or 60 ppl who are doing good in 1st class cricket, and write their names in bits of paper, shuffle them n pick 5 and announce the "bowling unit for the next test"...? this can save a lot of work for the selectors.. they neednot scratch their heads everytime.. doing so doesnt make any difference in the outcome compared to my suggestion.. think, big fellas.. :-) :-)

  • on December 10, 2010, 13:42 GMT

    Oooh.... i think they selected Beer over Hauritz coz Beer would make for funnier headlines on the sports page. Lets hope for Australia's sake the headlines read "England can't handle their Beer. Michael takes 6-35" and not "England have Beer for breakfast, lunch and tea. 30-0-180-0"

  • ste13 on December 10, 2010, 13:34 GMT

    I can't believe it. There are some Victorian players involved in the current tour game, proving their value. It is beyond my understanding, why they are constantly ingnored?

  • trepuR on December 10, 2010, 13:22 GMT

    Team should be: Watson, Marsh, Ponting, Clarke, Hussey, ?, Haddin, Hauritz, Harris, Hilfenhouse, Bollinger. I would be reluctant to put in Kawaja at 6, too young, Smith not a good enough batsmen to bat 6 or 7, not a good enough bowler to bat 8, Hodge would be a good performerand I would rely on him to not just make runs, but shine, the problem is that he is a short term solution, will get too old. One other possibility could be to move Watson to 6, and have Marsh and Hughes opening the batting. Why do the selectors hate Hauritz? On the subject of Mitchel Johnson, I think that dropping him for the second test was a mistake, but having dropped him, I would not have brought him back so soon, he needs to get cricket under his belt, build up confidence, not bowl in laboratory-esque conditions in the nets, but out in the middle, coping with real problems, and if he doesn't perform, doesn't take wickets, then he was never going to do it at test level, and it should be goodbye Mitch.

  • on December 10, 2010, 13:06 GMT

    where is david hussey avg 56 domestic

  • on December 10, 2010, 13:05 GMT

    How in the world can Beer be impressive this season if he's only played in 6 matches in his ENTIRE career. Despite taking a few wickets against the Poms in a touring match, he didn't go cheaply. Meanwhile, Nathan Hauritz goes and scores 146 in a Sheffield Shield match and has taken a couple of sticks this season and is left out? Goodness me, the Aussie selectors have become clueless.

  • WhiteKnuckles on December 10, 2010, 13:05 GMT

    So who put the bet on Beer coming out with the drinks for the 3rd Test? It is the only rational explaination for that selection. Looks like the Bring Back Warnie campaign must have failed. Will need to turn to plan B now - Bring Back Richie Benaud! (to play, that is, not commentate)

  • on December 10, 2010, 12:58 GMT

    Guys, Ricky Ponting wants to be remembered as the only Aussie Captain to have lost the Ashes thrice and Andrew Hilditch is doing his best,as chairman of selectors, to let him cherish his dream. So why bother? Don't expect a Kim Hughes like teary farewell after the end of the Ashes.

  • kartyk on December 10, 2010, 12:47 GMT

    Why is there NO mention of a guy called Brad Hodge with all this Aussie batting woes?He is easily the best available bet for NO.6 and for the sheer weight of his domestic performance he should be given a 2nd chance. I think the selectors ego is getting the better of them.

  • on December 10, 2010, 12:46 GMT

    Hey Hilditch and the rest of you selectors. Had a bit of backyard cricket today. Tried some spin bowling. You shoulda seen that tennis ball turn. I may be over forty a bit of a gut, but call me up for test number 4 this lab rat Beers doesn't work. How could I be any worse if I take no wickets. Neither will you lab rat.

  • on December 10, 2010, 12:46 GMT

    Best team, in my opinion: (excluding injury to Katich)

    Watson Shaun Marsh Ponting/Phil Hughes after retirement Hussey Clarke Haddin Ferguson S Smith Hilfy Siddle Bollinger/harris/dan christian

  • gzawilliam on December 10, 2010, 12:37 GMT

    Ohhh warnie look what youve done now.

  • rumyfala on December 10, 2010, 12:19 GMT

    I must tell you that being an American i have been supporting the Aussies at cricket and Rugby for the last 40 years. Here is what needs to be done. If a team fails the leaders are responsible. There fore the best thing for the Aussies team at this time is for Ricky Ponting to step down. He should play as a batsman and I am sure he will perform better. Look at how Mahela Jayawardena of Sri Lanka is performing ever since he stepped down from the captaincy. I hope Ricky reads this comments. Thanks much for reading.

  • Puffin on December 10, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    This sort of shuffing around of players is never going to inspire confidence. I suppose by about this time next week we will have some idea if this permutation works or not, although I would not be relying on that new spinner too much. Really, the Aussies should have got their team building under way a long time ago, doing it halfway through the ashes is ridiculous.

  • dizmeister on December 10, 2010, 12:06 GMT

    Why is David Hussey unable to break into the Australian side. He would have a far better batting average than north and most of the other batsmen in the side; he is a great fielder and a handy spin bowler. I guess he plays for Victoria and that is reason enough for his non selectiom.

  • on December 10, 2010, 12:03 GMT

    In 2009, the Aussies might still have had the Ashes if they picked Hauritz for the fifth test! With these sort of selections, usually you can assume the selectors have seen a side of the player that will take to test cricket and do well. This has been the case for plenty of players. For example, Dan Vettori had nearly no experience when he debuted for NZ, and no numbers to back him up either. Previous experience with the Aus selectors however suggests this is not the case. Look, Hauritz deserves much better than this. If you guys don't want him, us Kiwis will have him! Come across the ditch Nathan!

  • ssm2407 on December 10, 2010, 11:57 GMT

    Whats that I hear ? Is it a bird ? Is it a plane ? the poms laughing their socks off!

  • LALITHKURUWITA on December 10, 2010, 11:54 GMT

    It is nice to CA selectors help POMS to retain ASHES. I am sure CA will get the right combination after the Ashes.

  • sacricketlegend on December 10, 2010, 11:53 GMT

    Hahaha! It's good to see the Aussie selectors are just like all other cricket administrators worldwide - stupid! They haven't picked Hauritz, despite the fact that in Asutralia he will be a handful (though of course I agree that he is not a long-term solution, but neither is any of the others - not Beer, Doherty, O'Keefe). We might be witnessing The Might Australia unravel before our very own eyes. Having said that, however, the Perth Test is their best chance of winning a game in this Ashes series. They'll go into the game with 4 quicks and a spinning legspinner (well, you would think), without losing anything in the batting department - perfect for the WACA. On the other hand, England's best quick is going to be jet-lagged, and the replacement for Broad, whether it's Bresnan, Tremlett or Shahzad, won't have a great impact on the game. Whatever happens, the 3rd game will be mighty important with regards to the outcome of the series, and absolutely fascinating!

  • jeyendrasiva on December 10, 2010, 11:52 GMT

    Why is that everyone is agitated - when Australia has just lost only one test (still the last 3 can be won by Australia) !!!.

    We in India, perceive Australians to be tough - whatever the position they may be (while in cricket). But, with just one test loss everyone - right from the common man to the selectors - is just ranting that "this is wrong, that is wrong", etc.

    Constantly all the players are compared with their older ones (shane, gilly, mcgrath etc). Look at other countries - like India, we dont have a tear-away pacers, dont-have top class spinners (leaving harbhajan), top-class fielders. We are never complaining now about these - but have given the captaincy to a person who does manages the existing resource (which is available now / at the present moment) to the maximum.

    the best to keep winning - is to stop comparing the available resources to the ones which was there previously, and to keep managing them properly.

    May be I am wrong !!!!

  • havocsat on December 10, 2010, 11:47 GMT

    selectors trying to drown their sorrows in beer... cos they are going to be out of a job soon... have never seen such lopsided thinking and selection by an Australian selection committee in my lifetime. Dont they need to replace North with a proper batsman? Either bite the bullet admit they were wrong n play hauritz or just play 4 pacers... Whats happ???

  • on December 10, 2010, 11:44 GMT

    I really have no idea why Cameron White and/or David Hussey is/are not in the team. You've been playing Marcus North instead of these guys? I mean, have you looked at the three guys? The first two look calm, confident and at times brutal. North looks like a bunny. I would be so excited to bowl to North. And why pick Steven Smith/Beer over Hauritz? Hauritz didn't succeed in India, but even Warne and Murali have a hard time in India against India. Hauritz is your number one spinner, which admittedly is not saying much, but Beer will be just like Doherty, a one-time experiment.

  • Sweno on December 10, 2010, 11:43 GMT

    The AUstralian Selectors have lost their minds! Warne coming back would have been more understandable than Beer! Maybe its a marketing ploy to attract a new sponsor - VB or XXXX. Surely O'Keefe, Hauritz or Cameron White were a better option to Beer!

  • Raj_pandian on December 10, 2010, 11:37 GMT

    Aussies have dominated the world of cricket for the past 15 years and now they are struggling to find a quality spinner. what a shame... Beer who is he?? Phil Hughes is not in good form… he is struggling a lot (0&9 in the last match he played ). Usman Khawaja is a tremendous player and he is the right back up for North. Smith he is still a kid , need more maturity to play at this level. This guy hiditch and chappel is gonna destroy aussie cricket for sure,.,,,,

  • the_J_man on December 10, 2010, 11:35 GMT

    khawaja should have played in 3 series now .ponting should have had the tap on shoulder and "it's number 5 for you son" george took 9 wickets and won sa the game against tassie ,but dispite playing in india couldn't get picked at home

    your a joke hilditch.

  • on December 10, 2010, 11:32 GMT

    Contd .. The selectors will do well with persisting with a combination and see how they grow rather than chopping and changing at least this squad for the remaining test matches. Jeez .. one innings defeat and calls for heads and end of the world decisions ... for a moment I thought these were subcontinent cricketers ... amazing what one test match can do to the psyche .. This is after all a test series and we are going to get another ashes in 2 years from now .. Build a team for now and prepare for India at home; then with that confidence go to England and play for a win ...

  • on December 10, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    Wow .. Interesting decisions ... the problem for selectors is that the cup board really is bare .. All the so called future prospects (like Usman, Shaun Marsh Fergusson, White et al) are not exactly knocking anyones doors with performances in 5 day domestic cricket to show enough temperament to get picked for test cricket. Steve Smith ahead of a proper batsman to replace North suggests one of two things; 1 - he is a future prospect and likely to play and 2 - a slap on the face for North cos Smith is definitely a better bowler than North. Guess they are going to go with 5 bowlers and Smith will be sitting out if they play all quicks which is more likely in Perth than anywhere else in Australia. It will be interesting to see if they persist with Steve Smith for the rest of the series and not drop him after this test match. Remember that all the "legends" had not so flattering domestic scores when they were picked to play for Australia and not all of them stole headlines on day one Contd.

  • Shaunnn on December 10, 2010, 11:28 GMT

    AAAAARRRRRRRGGGGGGHHHHHHHH, Why not pick the whole NSW squad. Why are they ALL automatic selections ????

  • on December 10, 2010, 11:26 GMT

    a miracle waiting to happen?!

  • on December 10, 2010, 11:20 GMT

    I agree with Darren Gough ! Aussies are not going to win a single Test even. Ponting ! man time to say Good Bye now and Clarke shouldn't be a captain of any side. Aussies should go for Watson as your new leader and may be he become a next Steave Waugh in near future.

  • on December 10, 2010, 11:19 GMT is Haddin to bat at 6 then....Smith, Johnson then... Harris/ Siddle/Beer...that tail just gets longer and longer...stronger bowling attack with 2 spinners will make things interesting...let's not forget England will still need to bat/bowl/field well to win..

  • on December 10, 2010, 11:14 GMT

    as Homer Simpson said: mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, beer.

  • TheMissingAllrounder on December 10, 2010, 11:13 GMT

    Hughes isn't in form at the moment. I would have liked to see them move Hussey to the top of the order. He is originally an opener and he's found form recently. That would have opened a spot for Khawaja or Ferguson in the middle order. I don't mind Smith at six but I would have been tempted to give O'Keefe a run there for this game with four quicks then bring in Krejza in for one of the quicks for Melbourne and Sydney. Krejza is the only spinner in the past couple of years who has bowled opposition batsmen out rather than waiting for a mishit.

  • StarveTheLizard on December 10, 2010, 11:02 GMT

    2012 is the year the world is supposed to end, apparently. If this prediction proves incorrect then we will also have another reason to celebrate. Time Nielsen's contract will run out!

  • Aristocratt on December 10, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    Sometimes a nation needs to recall its retired cricketers. The game is greater than the individual, after all. McGrath was the best bowler in economy terms in the first IPL, but because of his fielding made way for others in IPL 2, and did not show up for IPL 3. He still has it in him to deliver, and once he's in his baggy green, he'll be inspirational. Try him out, there's nothing to lose really. And everything to gain.

    And give a call to the rest---Warne, Hayden, Gilchrist----to return. They are all active cricketers, and they all score plenty of runs in the IPL. With them back, Ponting, Hussey and Clarke can then find the wherewithal to get back seriously at England. They could even win the series. With the Ashes back, all retired cricketers can return peacefully to their homes.

    The nation needs to give out a clarion call to these men, instead of juggling with a pack of cricketers who are not quite there at the moment. Come on, show some spunk. Go for them.

    And yes, one mor

  • on December 10, 2010, 10:49 GMT

    This is laughable, an average of 39?? what abt Chris Swan who recently took 13 wickets in a match, where's Trent Copeland who's averging 18 in the shield?? nope they'll probably recall Johnson and Hilfenhaus-yeah, they'll save the day 4 sure pfft, as if.

  • Doncric on December 10, 2010, 10:46 GMT

    The selectors are bringing shame to the country by being arrogant. Hodge is the best now and it looks there are some personal issues. Like wise Symon was kicked out and the fall started. He could have fined and kept in the team because he was a terror to all bowlers when in the crease. We need attacking batsman in front to confuse bowlers like Shewag, Peiterson, Yusuf pathan, Gayle, Dilshan,Sangakaral. Warner could be a future candidate in this type . Mitchell Johnson has be coached to bring back his rhythm and advised not to slow or stop when reaching the bowling crease.With his present style he may be better off to bowl square arm like Malinga. In vain Tait was originally bowling like Malinga and may be some coach changed him to normal action and has gone down in effectiveness.So this means that our country can be always on top in all forms cricket as before if we have better selectors and coaches who should resign immediately when the team brings shame to the people and the country

  • squidhead on December 10, 2010, 10:45 GMT

    Well fine, Beer (who?) won't actually make the 11 but I haven't seen any evidence yet that Smith is a test quality spinner, and he'll surprise me if he scores heavily against this English attack. His time is later. Johnson has hardly bowled at all apart from a week's "remedial action", whatever that means. What will that change? Getting Dougie on a treadmill for a week would be a better bet. Hughes as well, already found out by the English and in shocking form to boot. I...I just don't get it. There are far better and far more obvious choices. Nothing about Australian cricket makes sense right now, not a damn thing. 4-0 now for sure, the only thing that'll make a difference is rain.

  • Rickaby on December 10, 2010, 10:45 GMT

    Jon Holland got a wicket today vs England - looks like he'll be next in line for the spinner's position...........

  • dscoll on December 10, 2010, 10:40 GMT

    Aus are making the same mistake as Eng made before Monty arrived. They don't have a spinner, so they are trying any old plonker. Smith, Doherty and Beer have done nothing in the shield and should never be considered. Hauritz is the best of a very bad bunch, but he's been tried and he failed. The WACA is a fast track, Aus should pick 4 pace bowlers + Watson.

  • Aristocratt on December 10, 2010, 10:40 GMT

    Australia is the new BJP of world cricket. Nothing is shining at the moment!

  • on December 10, 2010, 10:37 GMT

    My line-up for the Test would be: Watson, Hughes, Ponting, Hussey, Clarke, Haddin, Smith, Johnson, Hilfenhaus, Siddle, Harris. No point playing Beer when you also have Clarke who can turn his arm over. Smith and Clarke should come into play only to give rest to the main four bowlers once in a while. No point in using it as a weapon in Perth.

  • on December 10, 2010, 10:28 GMT

    I think it was not a great decision by the australian selectors not picking up a specialist batsmen in place of marcus north. They must pick a specialist batsman i think there bowling is not a problem they are struggling mainly with the batting department only so they need to consider a specialist batsman. Player like steven smith is not suit for the test level, if he score some runs means then ok otherwise it will be a great mistake commited bythe selectors... vamsi Chowdary

  • CBJ. on December 10, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    Hilditch & Co are jokers. We make 245 batting first at Adelaide and we're going in with even fewer recognised batsmen and yet another unknown & untested 'spinner'. I'm not a Hauritz fan, but he's the best choice by far and the only way we're going to get out of this rut quickest is to put someone like DHussey in who can contribute straight away..... hang your head in shame selectors.......

  • sixandoutfan on December 10, 2010, 10:24 GMT

    So......Warnie is a selector now?

  • on December 10, 2010, 10:24 GMT

    I think it unlikely that Hauritz will play again as long as Ponting is captain, given their well known mutual antipathy and Punter's stubborn streak.

  • zippydingdong on December 10, 2010, 9:57 GMT

    Hauritz not in is GOOD,the selectors have grown some balls and not crumbled with that decision.Whether or not Beer is the answer i dont know I like many havent seen enough of him.Johnson back in baffles me a bit,i thought he needed a couple of shield games personally.yeah its on the WACA but thats not the answer.Smith in is good for the future hes a very handy bat and would be comfortable at 6 and his bowling needs time,but his fielding and energy might just spark the rest into action.Ive always been a fan of Phil Hughes and thought the selectore were premature when the cut him from the last ashes hes the sort of bloke that can hit big tonnes and i just hope they havent screwed him up with his earlier axing.If he can cut it,Katich and Hughes can open drop Watson down order and he can bowl a lot more overs.The aussies need to pull something out of the bag here and need a result at the waca or the poms have the ashes.

  • thetank5 on December 10, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    what an absolute disgrace! The selectors should be ashamed of themselves. Why would they select such an inexperienced, unaccomplished bowler (Beer) to try to save the ashes! Hauritz has just come of a 5 wicket haul and a 3 wicket haul, not too mention an excellent economy rate unlike doherty and steve smith. He also scored a hundred and we need depth in our tail end batting, I mean why lengthen the tail. Also whats the point of having an allrounder who bowls as well as watson if he wont be used? I say this is a poor squad and i would be pleasently surprised if they win however I will be hoping smith can turn his terrible form into something great.

  • on December 10, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    Australian Beer? Chilled but bland and insipid.

  • on December 10, 2010, 9:49 GMT

    well,steven smith is gud one,handy with bat as well.....fearless stroke maker at no.7...i think australianz hv made better decision....

  • Kryten_Lister on December 10, 2010, 9:47 GMT

    Hauritz is dropped after a substandard performance in India where Warne got smashed and every other spinner known to man who after visiting the shores of India have wished they took up knitting.. The selectors forget his great record in Australia especially against Pakistain and the West Indies (where he almost topped the batting averages). He has a bad series, Marcus North could not remember how to score a run, half the batsmen are on a lean trott but are still persisted with. So what do the selectors do well drop him (warne picked him to get the most wickets in the ashes) great so who do we get Doherty who gets 3 for 400. Hauritz goes back to state cricket and in his last two matches gets two man of the match awards including scoring a 146 (hmm do we need guys who can also score runs). The selectors then drop Doherty now this is where things go wrong, common sense says pick Hauritz but that would be admitting a mistake.. so we get Beer, prediction England 5 Aus 0, sack the selectors

  • StarveTheLizard on December 10, 2010, 9:45 GMT

    Poor Dougie! Done in by the Australian "brains trust"! He'll make NSW proud and take lots of wickets. He'll be back. North is gone! Finally! I feel sorry for Beer, though. Here is another young spinner about to get messed up by Tim and Ricky.

  • pvwadekar on December 10, 2010, 9:44 GMT

    If Aussies have to go with Steve Smith as the replacement batsman for Marcus North, then Brad Haddin should play at number 6, Steve Smith at 7 and Johnson at 8. That will give the batting order some depth. Haddin is in very good form and can contribute. The bowling will still suffer .. don't see a natural match wining bowler in the attack. Johnson is low on form and confidence .. pressure on Hinfenhaus, Siddle and Harris to perform or they will be dropped for the next match. Aussies just need to forget the previous results and focus on playing positive cricket. Ponting needs to quit after Ashes .. has no idea of how to take care of a spin bowler. Aussies should go back to Jason Kreiza as their#1 spin bowler.. look at the you tube video ( how Jason got Laxman out .. perfect off spinner.. he needs to be persisted with even if he gives runs, he will get u wickets.. is necessary to win matches..

  • chad_reid on December 10, 2010, 9:43 GMT

    my team: Shaun Marsh/jaques , Watson, ponting, david hussey, m. Hussey, cameron White, haddin, Steve O'Keefe, hilfi, siddle, harris

    with this team aus will win the ashes great batting line up and d. hussey and white can bowl Steve O'Keefe is the best spinner in aus avg 24 n batting avg 50+ why he isnt in squad is beyond me 7 of the players in the squad can bowl including the bowlers lot of option for ricky iif the main bowlers fail

  • popcorn on December 10, 2010, 9:39 GMT

    Pommies, you must be quaking in your boots! A five man pace attack and a leggie who will give you and Mike Gatting the jitters!If Mitch doesn't get you, Hilfy will! If Hilfy doesn't get you, SidVicious will! If SidVicious doesn't get you,Rhino Harris will! If Rhino Harris doesn't get you,Watto will! If Watto doesn't get you SPD Smith will! Oh, and tell your South African born Kevin Pietersen, - speeding in a Lamborghini organized by your "mate" Shane Warne, who dropped a sitter from you in the Oval Test of 2005,thereby gifting you a century and making us lose The Ashes, will only get you a night's free stay in the cell,or worse,God forbid, what happened to an English cricketer Ben Hollioake,who was unfortunate to be killed when he crashed his Porsche into a wall.

  • Webba84 on December 10, 2010, 9:38 GMT

    Think this choice is best summed up as North out good, Beer in bad.

  • Salim_123 on December 10, 2010, 9:35 GMT

    WOW what a selection. I think Hilditch has lost direction. we are giving the POMs the ashes on a silver platter. Beer who??? O"Keefe or Haritz would have been selected it could have been understood. Smith a replacement for a specialist batsman?, that's the last straw. He is nether a specialist bowler nor a specialist batsman. I think Khawaja would have been better, though he would be full of nerves.

    My judgement fire HIlditch, Tim Nielsen please and let us start afresh. It is ok we may lose initially but we should start with fresh blood, otherwise we will not reach anywhere

  • on December 10, 2010, 9:34 GMT

    Usman Khawaja ???? Where is he now ????

  • sandy_bangalore on December 10, 2010, 9:32 GMT


  • bkraks21 on December 10, 2010, 9:32 GMT

    why is everyone so supportive of Khwaja? He averages 50 against smiths 43 which is hardly nethng if u consider smith can bowl.

  • DaddyDickFingers on December 10, 2010, 9:30 GMT

    wow... As an England fan who has seen his fair share of horse for courses picks, even this one stuns me.... How can you play let alone pick a player who only has 5 first class domestic games under his belt??????? If i was in Michael Beer"s shoes I would decline the call up out of sheer embarrassment at my lack of experience.... I can't understand how Cameron White and David Hussey can't get a game for you guys??? yet Marcus North has had a prolonged run??? and two mediocre spinners (Doherty and Beer) get a look in???? North played one season for my beloved Lancashire in England and he never had one innings of note.

  • anver777 on December 10, 2010, 9:27 GMT

    I have a feeling that Phil Hughes might do something special in the next match.......... all the best !!!!!!!!!!

  • Hodra99 on December 10, 2010, 9:26 GMT

    Where is David Hussey?? I have been calling for him to be in the team since the start of the summer. He is a hardened professional who averages over 55 in 1st class cricket over a long period of time, and the WACA is where he 'cut his teeth'. He made another fine 67 not out against the POms today, and he bowls off spinners as well that I have no doubt would be more effective than Beer. C'mon selectors pick us a team that stands a decent chance to win back the ashes! My team for Perth would be: Hughes, Watson, Ponting, Clarke, M Hussey, D Hussey, Haddin, Hauritz, Johnson, Harris, Siddle 12th Smith

  • Etgloria on December 10, 2010, 9:17 GMT

    As previously played out in England over the years the selectors overreact - North was not the only batsman I feel to labour - Clark & Ponting failed as captain & vice captain - bowling - we've been there - the struggle to create test bowlers and batsman - not so sure the nets prove anything - Hughes may do well - Beer never heard of - is this Ponting trying to cover up the cracks in the whole team - I'm sadly at the conclusion that he should walk away and let the team be rebuilt - but not with Clark as captain - not a strong admired of Haddin but there is your future captain, competent and I feel disciplined - this Austrailian team is not good enought I feel to turn the game around and beat England.

  • the_J_man on December 10, 2010, 9:14 GMT

    hilditch should be sacked at once and a new team selected with the inclusion of ferguson 131, khawaja 53 & 35no .instead of a duck and 4 hughes.

    time to go hilditch

  • taidan on December 10, 2010, 9:05 GMT

    Well look who is selecting the team! Boony needs to toughen up and get True test cricketers selecting the teams. Andrew Hilditch 18 Tests Batting Average 31.55/ Jamie Cox 0 Tests(Mmmm) must be a good bloke -Boonys drinking partner> Greg Chappell was a great Test player but his administrative abilities are questionable. We need the side selected by recently retired players such as Gilchrist.Warne.Langer.Mcgrath etc players who were involved in Australias greatest era. Get Real! Get champions of recent times to identify future talent now!!

  • Calvin_Oppy on December 10, 2010, 9:00 GMT

    how many test will beer play? 1

  • on December 10, 2010, 8:59 GMT

    Picking Johnson again after One Test Match is really funny. How do you think a dropper player would have gained all the Confidence and form the in World within a span of 10 days? Indeed he is going to spray around and just add to the ever-running English scorecards from Brisbane. 2000/8 after Perth. At least they should try to make the Wickets a bit more greenish and back their Batsmen. Nowadays when it is a Green Top, it just becomes a Lottery no matter how good the Batting team is. So Aussies have just got to do Exactly that. Win a Lottery to Win the Ashes.

  • Samar_Singh on December 10, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    Phillip Hughes should be a regular opener instead of Watto .... put watson in number 6 or 7 as a all-rounder and find another long term opener inplace of simon katich ...easy as that... 1.Phillip Huges 2. find it 3.punter 4. clarke 5 . hussey 6. Watto 7. haddin 8. to 11 four bowlers with at-least one all rounder ...

  • Coles8 on December 10, 2010, 8:57 GMT

    Oz are going to lose the Ashes with poor selection like this. They need to start build a team for the next Ashes. They were spoilt for too long with the likes of McGrath, Lee and Gillespie in the pace attack and Warne and McGill in the spin. They should look domesticly for new players. And not this Beer guy either. Wheres Kawhaja, Copeland, Swan and there are many more young players in good form to pick from. Give away a few caps now, and in the long run it will bring huge success.

  • fastlane on December 10, 2010, 8:51 GMT

    Desparate Aussies do a boozing selection, Cheers. Where to get runs, scratch ... scratch, M Johnsone ofcourse. We (selectors) feel that M Johnson will score more runs than Clarke, North and Ponting combined ;-) Where to get wickets, scratch ... scratch, Oh Brad Haddin, can he bowl...uh No. Lets pick 6 bowlers...Smith & Beer Co are in.

  • on December 10, 2010, 8:51 GMT

    Why are they ignoring Usman Khawaja?

  • takenaback on December 10, 2010, 8:41 GMT

    It doesn't really matter who they pick at the moment, Australia simply have to be patient and wait for the talent to come along. Chopping and changing the team at the moment doesn't really help, we need a hard nosed captain and begin the long slow process of rebuilding to once again be a force to be reckoned with. Be patient!

  • on December 10, 2010, 8:36 GMT

    The Australians are demoralizing their team further by changing the combination in every game. Where has the self assurance gone?

  • tucklad on December 10, 2010, 8:34 GMT

    I don't think the Aussies have a choice...they have to play Beer. Sure, he's pretty much guaranteed to deliver powder puffs 4 out of 6 balls or so, but the board needs to think of the spectators. If the crowd goes nuts over someone like Merv Hughes or David Boon, surely they will run out of lager at the ground as soon as Beer hits the feild. I think this will be a good way for the Australian crowd to put an end to the incessant and pointless chanting slogan of the bary army. Instead all we will hear is BEER! BEER! BEER! So maybe when Cricket Australia collects all the funds from the overpriced lager, they can invest more into Australian Cricket so we dont have to rely on such inexperienced cricketers that still havent even cemented themselves in state colours.

  • on December 10, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    so confusing no north in a team and be on high on confidence to be in a losing team and be in the (euphoria) to the call the selectors being the {forge} the selectors take huge call & dejected on team the host as a host u must make or create pitches favors for host team but the team must exploit

  • letchford on December 10, 2010, 8:27 GMT

    That loud noise you hear coming from the MCG is Eng laughing. Hilditch has got no idea and must go, It is intesting that they have chosen an opener who has an average in shield cricket of 12. this year, that'll will have anderson shaking in his boots & Ponting padded up at the toss to save time. We have not made enough runs we drop North who has a better average ( ov the last 10 test innings)than Clarke & is fully fit. Oops how silly of me we are playing on North's home pitch, must be that he does not wear a blue cap. Good to see mitch bowling in the nets, gives new meaning to having an umbrella field. After Hiditch the coach can go as well. I have seen no sign of a plan to get the different Eng Batsmen out. Or is it that our guys can't bowl to a plan. If Smith is the best batsman come/ bowler in the country then Aust cricket is stuffed. has take 8 wkkts in one game (hasn't taken another wicket this year) has an ave. of 30 this year. Any danger that a bat that has 100 this year playing

  • jd4ever on December 10, 2010, 8:25 GMT

    including beer is mistake.Nathan Hauritz deserved place..he should get one more chance.and he is also handy with bat.

  • on December 10, 2010, 8:21 GMT

    do whtever u want to .. but at the end ENGLAND is gonna win the Ashes!!

  • on December 10, 2010, 8:18 GMT

    Give the chaps a break. Lets get some basics right. Oz still have a lot of class. They're just not firing. It can happen to any team. Oz are not used to it because the team of the last decade was spectacular, so its hard to come to terms with a team that's out of form. What do you expect from the selectors? The media and public are rooting for action, and whatever action they take wont go down well with someone or the other. Leave them alone. They will bounce back. Bollinger, Siddle, Johnson are very good bowlers, and Punter is amongst the best of the best, though I hate his guts. Lets also not forget that England are a much better and far more consistent side than what we have seen in a long time. So dont take anything away from them. And lets not forget, there are 3 tests to go.

  • kang-a-roo on December 10, 2010, 8:18 GMT

    Great squad. At least Hilditch showed the guts to flood in some young blood into the squad. Beer is a bit of gamble and Punter would be hoping that he shows some kind of integrity and form. North's and Doherty's exclusions were inevitable but Johnson is the odd one out in the team. He's been out of form for over a year now and a one match drop wouldn't have done anything miraculous for him. CA is definitely suffering from lack of quality test match bowlers. Steven Smith's inclusion is a very positive sign for him. He would be looking forward to make an impact on the game with his wrist spin. I hope the Aussies come hard at Eng at Perth and show them their mettle. Best of luck Punter and guys. I wish you make Eng pray for mercy at Perth. Let them have the taste of their own recipe. Well done Hilditch. I must appreciate the squad you chose was the best available to you. Keep up the good work.

  • on December 10, 2010, 8:17 GMT

    Selectors are totally confused now. I'm damn sure, again there will be a new squad for 4th ashes test. I back Johnson to fire this test , Smith is better option only with bat and don't think he'll be effective on bowling dept.

    Aussies need a big morale boost from their bowlers, be'z of bowlers their batting slided in the previous test....

    Go bowlers !!!!

  • awi_resham on December 10, 2010, 8:14 GMT

    Aussies, want to win ashes, forget beer bring in Superman.

  • on December 10, 2010, 8:14 GMT

    I feel this is only a hopeful selection done rather than a one with any serious thought process. Hughes is an obvious replacement. Rest, well, lets try this out and see if it works. If they take this bowler lightly we may get a few wickets. common guys, do you know of something called a plan?

    Anyways, I am an Indian and am supporting England. So good news for me at least!

  • on December 10, 2010, 8:12 GMT

    i do not know anything about Michael Beer guy but that would teach some lesson to the aussies - after the test. let's see how things go as the third test takes place in 6 days.

  • Spin-to-win on December 10, 2010, 8:11 GMT

    mmm interesting... I don't agree with Johnson coming back or at least so soon. Beer, yeah well maybe, if Warnie gives him the thumbs up - that is good enough for me. He is always spot on. North had to go.... Haddin at 6 and Smith at 7.... yeah, Haddin is more than capable for the 6 spot for the odd occasion - we did this sometimes with Gilly too - Haddin is in his class as a bat. Smith, I just hope Perth is not a disaster zone for his bowling - my main concern. Obviously the selectors are not able to eat humble pie, Hauritz needs to come back - maybe for MCG and SCG. Glad the X factor Doherty experiment has finished... he never flighted the ball and was really no threat. Good luck Hughes - you will need it mate! Just hope his shot selection is at its best and while on that - Ponting's captaincy needs to loosen up including using a 3rd SLIP when you need wickets.

  • tvradke on December 10, 2010, 8:11 GMT

    Fascinating that Nathan Hauritz has one bad tour to India of all places where Sachin Tendulkar was in good form and all of a sudden, he is considered inadequate. People need to have a little perspective. It is not easy to pressurize the likes of Tendulkar, Laxman and Sehwag no matter what the conditions. Ask Greame Swann how he felt at Chennai when India chased down 387 on day 5 with a fair amount of turn available on the pitch. Finishing second best to Tendulkar does not mean you are not worthy. It is lamentable how Hauritz has been discarded despite in my opinion not doing all that badly. And now Michael Beer gets a nod ahead of Hauritz after he just bagged a fifer?? Sometimes selectors just decide someone's time is up without really analyzing anything.

  • on December 10, 2010, 8:10 GMT

    At last the aussie selectors have grown some balls. The Poms are better than us at the moment but if we back in our up and coming we are half a chance, Steve Smith is an excitement machine and will be a superstar, Ricky will need to retire if the series is lost and the selectors will need to consider Vic players as batsmen not only bowlers. Go Aussie Oi Oi Oi

  • 2929paul on December 10, 2010, 8:08 GMT

    This is hilarious. Hilditch is doing a perfect impression of an English Chairman of Selectors in the 80s and 90s.

  • on December 10, 2010, 8:08 GMT

    Outstanding work from the Aussie selectors. We'll take the little Urn back home now. Cheers!

  • carlosnz on December 10, 2010, 8:08 GMT

    Maybe the aussies will play better with beer on the field? They certainly can't play worse than when they were sober in the last test.

  • Eyal on December 10, 2010, 8:08 GMT

    Australia has to make a drastic major change and not just replace players. For a country which rulled the cricket world for some years and has a good competitive leage there must be lots of talented players available. how is it the they can't get a team together since Mcgrath, Warne, Wough and the rest of the last generation retired ? Something is wrong with the selectors who are not consistent. Something is very wrong with the continuation of Riky Ponting as acaptain. he is a failore as a captain and someone has to realize it already ! So, till Australia will not change their captain ( Clark ) and their selection cometee they will continue to go down...

  • suthakarselvan on December 10, 2010, 8:07 GMT

    Ricky ponting should be axed from the squad then only Australia win a single game.........

  • Rabb59 on December 10, 2010, 8:07 GMT

    What a joke. How must Brad Hodge be feeling when he sees what is being selected at the moment. Make a comeback for Vic...or maybe shift to Sydney for a year, bound to be selected then.... and what about Camo White as a batsman? and he could captain the team also. Let him have a chance to consolidate his batting seeing as everyone else has and then captain. Its obvious that Clarke can't captain, if what we have seen in the two test so far is anything to be judged on. And don't say that he wasn't offering advice to Ponting.

  • on December 10, 2010, 8:02 GMT

    North Dropped.....He deserves it.. But What about Ponting and Michael Clark.. Both of them are big failures for the last several months. may be worse than North...

  • on December 10, 2010, 8:00 GMT

    australia wont win a test match with andrew hilditch in charge. These selectors have no idea, they are clueless. The english batsman are watering at the mouth wondering who is next for a double ton. Beer is almost as bad a doherty. Hauritz should be filthy at hilditch. Fancy dropping johnson and saying look mate go work in the nets over there, dont worry about playing shield cricket. I like smith coming in, i would pay money to go watch him, he is great in the field, attacking batter and handy bowler. I hope hughes finds form, if johnson doesnt do well then australia are up sh1tango creek without a paddle. If the selectors are hell bent on finding a left arm spinner then pick the best in the country in steve o'keefe oh and they need trent copeland very very soon.

  • Fareen on December 10, 2010, 7:58 GMT

    What a joke! S.Smith replacing North! Smith? Now he became a batsmen,ha? What were the selectors thinking? Beer? Johnson back? What the heck? There must be some problem...Where's White?Khawaja?Hauritz?Krejza?...I'm pretty sure they won't win the 3rd test...Australia has gone crazy..

  • on December 10, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    Australian selectors - no clue at all. And they're pandering to the WA crowd by including Beer.

  • Biggus on December 10, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    The selection of Michael Beer has a little of the "Peter who?" Peter Taylor selection of some years back. My sense of pun requires that he carry the drinks though.

  • faakir on December 10, 2010, 7:56 GMT

    PANIC PANIC PANIC..............what are they trying to achieve?? I don't think any of the aussie players has got confidence in his abilities because of the way they are treated by the selectors.Agreed they are going thr a lean patch but you have to show belief in them. None of the bowlers is confident and the way things are going will never be. If you think beer or smith will make a difference then forget it. They will be dropped from the nxt test match and may be siddle and harris too...This is mayhem and credit goes to only one person.... Greg Chappel. He wrecked havoc with indian cricket and is doing the same with aussies. It will be years before we see a confident aussie side again if they get rid of Chappel today.

  • hyclass on December 10, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    Once upon a time, cricket was simple. Those selected were batsmen who made runs and bowlers who took wickets. It seems that Australias best players must languish in first class cricket while"types of players" are experimented with. Doherty and Beer chosen as left arm spin types. North selected for being a class type.Have you seen his average?. Watson selected as an opener?. He only plays little cameo innings. Johnston selected because he makes the team feel good. Starting to see a pattern?. Do the selectors or coaches even go to the games. Steve OKeefe is the best spinner in the country by miles. Averages 24 with the ball and 50 with the bat. Is he in the squad? Uh uh. Trent Copeland has the best record of any paceman by miles. Is he in the squad? uh uh. Apparently theyre not "types". Look at Phillip Hughes treatment.Dropped after 5 tests with 2 hundreds and an average of 58 and told to learn to bat. He hasnt been the same since then. For Gods sake, axe the selectors and coaches.

  • Something_Witty on December 10, 2010, 7:52 GMT

    And to those who say that Dougy should be playing, well I would agree with that IF he was actually fit. Anyone who saw him bowling in Adelaide should have been able to tell that he was FAR from being match fit. You can't and shouldn't play injured bowlers or batsmen.

  • 111WLS on December 10, 2010, 7:50 GMT

    Nothing against Beer but why pick him and Smith? I like Smith in close to field to cut off singles and let him bowl only when the wicket is really turning until he really develops. Not sure about Hughes. His technique bothers me, but I like the guys approach. Please put Punter down the order. Love the guy but he is too old to be at No.3. Look at Tendulkar batting at No.5. Ponting will be much better down the order. Not sure about Johnson still - a week in the nets? what is that about? Dan Christain and Cam White ought to be considered too. We also need a new approach - more measured and not so gun-ho all the time. We no longer have the players to play like that. Also think about bowling first if the wicket looks good. Adelaide would have been a draw had we bowled first.

    Marsh / Hughes Watson Clarke Ponting Hussey Haddin Smith/White/Christain Harris Hilfenhaus Cameron Copeland

    12th - Ferguson / Khawaja

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  • PureTom on December 10, 2010, 7:48 GMT

    I sure hope Beer doesn't play for his sake. Talk about ruining potential talent by throwing them into the deep end in a losing Ashes series. Of course he might take 10 wickets, but I am reminded of two occasions. Newlands, South Africa, Bryce McGain. England, last ashes (?), no-name pacer who never played again (can't even remember his name). Also quite funny that Aus can't find a good number 6 when they have one opening the batting, Watson at 6, find a new opener!

  • Inaamhaq on December 10, 2010, 7:47 GMT

    oh my god - minimal changes in batting which is also struggling - Hauritz might have been a better option

  • on December 10, 2010, 7:47 GMT

    Australia are making England's job easier by selecting such squads. As Ian Chappell had said the Aussies lacked a bowling leader at Adelaide and Brisbane and still they do. His brother Greg Chappell spoilt the Indian team with his policies and his role in the Australian team selection seems to be no different. Hope England capitalize and wrap up the series quickly before it turns into a drama like 2005 Ashes.

  • phoenixsteve on December 10, 2010, 7:46 GMT

    As an England supporter I read of the Aussie team changes with with much amusement and increduality ! Are they kidding? Is superfast Bollinger ( the man with no fizz) in or out? Where are is Johnson/spin King Doherty? Where are the quicks/spinners/batsmen/keepers/cricketers? C'mon Aussies find some Kiwi deserters - coz you're running out of excuses against a much superior English TEAM! It's beggining to look like something Brian Rix would write...... COME ON ENGLAND!

  • CricFanKrish on December 10, 2010, 7:44 GMT

    Well, I have mixed thoughts on this. Though Beer has not really done much of note, the intent is to include a surprise element for England. England has already played Hauritz and knows what to expect. They won't, in the case of Beer. Let's see if this ploy works. It could very well backfire and I hope that's not the case.

    I see picking Steve Smith is a positive move as he is a utility cricketer. He is kind of a genuine allrounder who can contribute almost equally with both bat and ball. Though I haven't seen him field, I can see that he is a live wire on the field. He will certainly be worth a try. If North was getting 20's and 30's, surely Smith can do that too. He could perhaps get a couple of wickets as well, which North was unlikely to.

    Let's see what happened in the 4th ODI between India and NZ. People had almost written off NZ when they hit back with a very strong performance. Though they didn't win, they had a lot of positives. Oz is very well capable of doing that to Eng.

  • on December 10, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    I agree with Johnson's return. Should never have been dropped on his Gabba performance. He was in form leading in to the first test with a 100 & a 5 for a few days prior. He wasn't the only bowler to struggle on the batting paradise in Brisbane. Michael Beer. Why? Atrocious selection & probably won't play anyway. If the selectors didn't want to admit they were wrong by recalling Hauritz (100 & a 5 for at state level too) they should have gone for O'Keefe. O'Keefe has 10 first mathces, averages 51 with the bat & 37 wickets at 24 with the ball. I would have him ahead of Smith as well who has 33 wickets from 19 first class matches at an average of 50. I'd leave out either Siddle or Hilfenhaus as well for Trent Copeland. Wow! What a start to his career! 9 matches 57 wickets at 18. We have to rebuild with youth. How is this squad going to take 20 wickets at least twice in 3 tests? My 11 would be. Watson Hughes Ponting Clarke Hussey Haddin O'Keefe Johnson Harris Siddle Copeland.

  • Street_Hawk on December 10, 2010, 7:42 GMT

    I think calling back MJ was a good idea...he is their strike bowler despite going wicket-less in the first game....I am pretty sure beer is just a stand by...Aussies will go w/ 4 seamers (BH, MJ, RH, PS) with Smith fulfilling the role of spinner cum alrounder (which I think Steve O'Kefee can do better...also mind you he is a leftie)....and Hilditch n co. should bring back Hauritz for last 2 games.

  • joeythekangaroo2 on December 10, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    I'm sorry the selection of Beer is laughable - it's choices like this that have got us in the situation we are currently in!

  • on December 10, 2010, 7:38 GMT

    5 first class games does not warrant good enough form to play a test match! think of Hauritz who's is in decent form of late, Kreyza as well.. dear ohh dear! I think Beer got picked because of his name!!

  • on December 10, 2010, 7:35 GMT

    Australia is following the Windies downfall

  • Hoppy55 on December 10, 2010, 7:34 GMT

    The best that can be said about this selection is "BEER for drinks". Hilditch has overseen Australia's demise as a Test cricketing power. England's secret weapon. I remember Robbie Kerr. Should have played for Aust much earlier but only got a guernsey when he was out of form, and failed. Phil Hughes, take note.

    This is not the series to rebuild or experiment, that opportunity is lost. In batting order my team for this test. Watson, Jaques, Hussey, Ponting, Clarke, Khawaja, Haddin, Hauritz, Harris, Hilfenhaus, Cameron. 12th man, Mark Taylor or Warnie to give advice.

    Johnson should prove in a real match that he has overcome his difficulties. Bolinger the same re fitness. The non selection of Hauritz is Pontings doing and as such shows that he is no longer flexible or inventive enough to be in charge.

    I look forward to the next iteration of Australian cricketers without Ponting. Great batsman, below par leader.

  • on December 10, 2010, 7:34 GMT

    despite commens that this is a bad team, I have to disagree. I think this is new look team is the best so far. They've got plenty of batting and also have Smith, Johnson to fall back on. They are likely to have 4 fast bowlers and one spinner or 3 quicks and 2 spinners. A very strong attack on paper although no left arm pace bowler, but including Beer will help vary things.Johnson will no doubt have sorted himself out now and wont want to be sidelined again. I'm an England fan(i am English) and I hope we don't go in complacent because we will loose otherwise.

  • on December 10, 2010, 7:32 GMT

    Yep the selectors again have made another terrible choice. Why include bee, Hauritz just took a 5 for and made a century. I only half agree with Smith coming into the side but I'd much rather of seen Cameron White in the squad. Cameron White has been our best one day cricketer for the past 2 years and deserves an opportunity now. If I were the selectors I would have picked Hauritz Smith and White. Clarke has an injury and it is affecting his game. When are the selectors ever going to get it right...

  • on December 10, 2010, 7:30 GMT

    how many runs does fergo hav 2 make? 2 100s in a week

  • sameersky on December 10, 2010, 7:28 GMT

    north had to go for sure. he is not consistent. he does not give any confidence to the team. smith is a great character and he cannot do any worse than north. atleast he can get wickets with his leg spin. hauritz could have not done any better with 3 wickets in second innings and five earlier with a century to go with it. he is in bad books of ponting after indian tour where he was not able to follow pontings order completely. rest of the squad looks ok. also hughes , he scored 4 and a duck this week. why is is taken as heir apparent to opening job.

  • satanswish on December 10, 2010, 7:27 GMT

    Though Ponting lifted two WC trophies, it was more of strong team which made him win the titles. Without Hayden, Gilchrist, Warne & McGrath; Australian team is pretty ordinary.

    Mark Taylor was pioneer who built strong Australian team & Steve Waugh took it to the next level making them invincibles. Ponting enjoyed fruits of past captains' efforts & nothing else.

    Don't think Australia will do well in 2011 WC.

  • Something_Witty on December 10, 2010, 7:26 GMT

    A much better squad, however, playing Beer would be a huge mistake. Smith should bat at 6 or 7 and we should play four quicks.

  • Webba84 on December 10, 2010, 7:25 GMT

    Amazing, isn't it, that not old matches and series but things such as players legacies and the long term future of so many talented cricketers can be decided not by their own abilities and hard work but by a small panel of people who are increasingly proving that they haven't the slightest idea what their doing. If Australia loose this series, if Ponting is remembered as a bad captain, if the Australian team is mediocre or terrible for the next x number of years the blame should like with the selectors and the system, nobody else.

  • on December 10, 2010, 7:23 GMT

    Aussie selectors are making blunders after blunders. What a joke Beer has only played five games at WACA and you call it, his home ground. I guess dropping of North was the right thing but replacing him with an alrounder will expose their already brittle middle order, Usman Khawaja should have been in the squad. He has to be in the side if not in 3rd then they will call him in 4th.

  • jlw74 on December 10, 2010, 7:18 GMT

    The decision to pick Hughes is the right one. If he comes off you know how destructive he can be and who doesnt want an opener who could be 190-220 at stumps if he bats all day. The problem is if he does not as Punter doesnt need the pressure to be in again at 1-1. Steve Smith yep the kids a gun do not stress he is not Michael Clarkes' doppelganger he is tough smart and remember that dude Steve Waugh? There is a lot of Waugh in Smith his cricket will come along in leaps and bounds in the test team as opposed to state cricket but it may take a few tests which increases the pressure on the top order. I can see Smith scoring some good 50s this series I cant see him scoring 150....... yet. Finally I wish as a slow left arm orthodox I had not retired I too may have been plucked from obscurity to play test cricket so good luck Michael Beer there was a bloke named Peter Taylor who's selection reminds me of this (plucked by GSC). If your as valuable as him I will drink to ya any day. GO OZ!

  • mukesh_fca on December 10, 2010, 7:18 GMT

    Can Australian selectors explain why Cameroon White is not in the squad ?????????????

  • on December 10, 2010, 7:17 GMT

    Why didn't they select the David Hussey?

  • Nuxxy on December 10, 2010, 7:15 GMT

    Warnie, you big jokester! They thought you were being serious!

  • on December 10, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    selectors has now turned to beer for the much needed courage and energy. Can try for curry and chappathy if this also doesnt work.

  • on December 10, 2010, 7:08 GMT

    I think this squad is a step in the right direction (of youth), but I'd prefer to see Hauritz than Beer. I think Smith will be a fine No 6/7, his first class batting record of late is outstanding.

  • on December 10, 2010, 7:07 GMT

    Nathan Hauritz should feel robbed!

  • popcorn on December 10, 2010, 7:02 GMT

    This is a superb selection! Aggressive, thoughtful,a side that means business. The 4 man pace attack - FIVE, including Shane Watson, with Steve Smith bamboozling the English batsmen and will finish them off.No quarter given, no quarter asked. So now Australia have two all-rounders! Shane Watson and Steve Smith.Young Smith took 8 wickets against South Australia and guided NSW to victory with an unbeaten 46! Michael Beer is the red herring for the Poms! Shane Warne will cry hoarse if Beer is not selected, but will be pleased that Steve Smith who plies his own trade, leg spin, and to whom he gave some advice has been chosen. Dougie has finished himself off by opting for money in the IPL. He was not fit even in India, and would have helped us win on the last day, but fell ill at a crucial time. And he hit the wall at Adelaide, so it's good he's been left out. The Selectors have taken good tough decisions. Congrats! Go Aussies,go!

  • on December 10, 2010, 7:01 GMT

    A very predictable squad from a group of selectors who have managed to hypnotise themselves into believing that the Ashes can still be won. As they chose not to take the steps dictated by the state of Australian cricket, they have insureud an even greater turmoil at the end of the series when 90% of the squad, the coach and his staff plus the selectors themselves will go.

  • on December 10, 2010, 7:00 GMT

    Selectors still wanted to try with Steven Smith ahead of Hauritz.. Smith has never been as effective as Hauritz was with the ball but I feel this could be a poor selection. Why are they still sticking Clarke as he is not in good nick, he just scored one 50+ score to ensure a spot but that doesn't prove him to be consistent these days. He should be replaced with some other solid batsman... Why not White, Phil Jacques, Klinger or a allrounder like AB Mc Donald..

  • Rohan0309 on December 10, 2010, 6:59 GMT

    Good choice to get in MJ. I believe Bollinger deserved another chance and should've been considered over Hilfenhaus for one more game. Still surprised to see Hauritz not getting a call-up! :-o Bad choice this!

  • on December 10, 2010, 6:59 GMT

    Again a sign that the selectors are confused. Against England I would always keep a leg spinner. On that note, Smith should be in the side. Johnson, no matter how much he's out of form, has the ability to produce one or two deadly spells. Apart from that, I don't think it's a good idea to keep juggling after every test. With the batting order, they should switch Hussey up the order and bring Clarke down.

  • enob74 on December 10, 2010, 6:57 GMT

    So now we bring in Hughes, another duck, and Johnson who still hasn't worked out he needs to stop leaning over. But then when one thinks that some of the youngsters should get a go they either get no runs or no wickets. Sounds familiar! My ins would be S O'Keefe her is at least showing some form and why not give Khawaja. He hasn't scored a load of runs but Ferguson, Warner and S Smith haven't been consistent. Pity about S Marsh. Should probably been worth a go to replace Katich. As for the bowlers I propose a lottery take place. Not sure where the runs will come from except Hussey and Haddin.

  • on December 10, 2010, 6:56 GMT

    To be very honest Australian downfall has started they have touched the highest point of the peak now………..they have to wait for another 10 years to come again. So bye bye

  • CaliCricket on December 10, 2010, 6:55 GMT

    Get ride of Greg Chappel, Australia will win. That is what happened to India. He is a destbiliser. He makes too many changes, he is out of his time

  • Srydryn on December 10, 2010, 6:55 GMT

    I am a neutral fan of Ashes. Before you flay the Aus selection, pls consider this. Everyone knows Perth favours the fast bowlers. Johnson, Harris & Siddle are the best 140K+ bowlers for Aus. The bounce also helps the leg spinners. Another little known fact is that, historically, left arm spinners have done well in Perth. When Shane Warne recommends M Beer, you take it seriously. 3 pacers+ Smith+Beer+Watson is good attack for the Aussies. Horses for courses. Smith is no alternative for North in batting,but if bowlers can win you the test, Aus can take the chance with Smith and expect the Top 6 to come good with their batting.

  • on December 10, 2010, 6:54 GMT

    To be very honest Australian downfall has started they have touched the highest point of the peak now………..they have to wait for another 10 years to come again. So bye bye

  • Zakdterror on December 10, 2010, 6:51 GMT

    He is new to International cricket

  • on December 10, 2010, 6:49 GMT

    Having beer in the squad, Now they wont mind losing another test. At least they can enjoy with "BEER"

  • on December 10, 2010, 6:44 GMT

    the aussie squad for d 3rd test should b.... Shane Watson,Mathew Haydon,Ricky Ponting,Micheal Clarke,Mike Hussey,Andrew Symonds,Brad Haddin,Steve Smith,Shane Warne,Brett Lee,Glenn McGrath.......

  • on December 10, 2010, 6:41 GMT

    The Aussies are clearly is disarray after just one test defeat and are sending out desperation signals with their selections,looking for youth and an element of surprise.Allan Border once said he would always want the best 4 bowlers in his side and too much is made of variety in the pace attack nowadays.Why does one have to pick a left arm quick if none are in top form? The selectors want to be proven right by not selecting Hauritz and are sticking by their decision.Fine if there was a better spinner than Hauritz or an exciting young talent cleaning up in first class cricket which is not the case.

  • ROLAYH on December 10, 2010, 6:39 GMT

    Its Australia's reply to the selection of Darren Pattinson by England.... :-D

  • cricket_ftw on December 10, 2010, 6:39 GMT

    england should come with plans for hussey ... he si the only danger guy with solid technique ... they should stop giving him singles and rotating the strike... he is a master in that ..

  • We_Win_All on December 10, 2010, 6:39 GMT

    To all those who want D.Hussey in the squad: He is a good player in good form and a Victorian. Hence he doesn't qualify to be picked for Australian cricket team...

  • Mulligrubber on December 10, 2010, 6:38 GMT

    We need bowlers who can keep the pressure on. Hauritz is probably the only choice as a spinner as he is the best of a bad lot. Siddle & Johnson try hard but I'm afraid they're not the answer. Consider Copeland & Cameron. Tight bowlers who will be better at keeping the pressure on. Why not Clark even, who has been so successful against the Poms & SAfikans? At least he bowls a good line & length. If only Ponting knew how to use him. Ponting? Now there's a captaincy problem if I've ever seen one. We didn't notice his shortcomings when he had Gilchrist, Hayden, Langer, McGrath & Warne to guide and direct him (& tell himwhat to do!), but he is completely lost without them to advise him. Keep him at No. 3 but please relieve him of the captain's job. Clarke is not the answer here, but perhaps Clark is. Look at his record leading NSW.

  • rbabbar on December 10, 2010, 6:37 GMT

    i think selectors just made the biggest mistake of their lives. they taking smith as a batsman and nathan hauritz should be in this line up considering his form with the ball and the bat. and whose this lad michael beer never heard of him. callum ferguson should be this squad. we are goin with one batsman short in this test. austrlia just not only need to work on their bowling but batting as well. if we loss the ashes its selectors who should be axed not the players because their awful changes to the squad.

  • itssudeep on December 10, 2010, 6:37 GMT

    Mr.Hilditch, I can suggest a friend of mine who used to bowl leg spin while in school. Don't know if he bowls these days, but what should tilt the scales firmly in his favour is the fact that he lives near the MCG and should know the ground very well - might even have watched a few matches there. But hang on, what was his name again - actually don't remember. But doesn't matter though. There can't be too many who match the description of a leg spin bowler and living near MCG. Look forward to see him bowl in the coming test.

  • AustraliaInventedCricket on December 10, 2010, 6:33 GMT

    Its not the Australian players who are loosing the Ashes, but the Australian selectors, they are totally missing 3 quality players...Being a west oz, (not all of us are one eyed!) it is disappointing to see North dropped, but he wasn't performing well and needed to go. Also Beer (another WA player) doesn't deserve a spot in the team, Hauritz should be the first choice spinner. As for the fast bowlers, Tait, perhaps the fastest bowler in the world at the moment, should be encouraged to return to Test cricket, he would scare the crap out of the English batsmen. Lastly, White from Victoria would be an asset to the team and also would make a great future Australian captain.

  • acnc on December 10, 2010, 6:32 GMT

    After the third test, the aussie selectors would probably have a 'Free Beer' campaign...

  • ksmani on December 10, 2010, 6:30 GMT

    some one said, "make him captain, warne will come". What will it take to bring back "bradman"? because aussies now desparately need a bradman too.

  • on December 10, 2010, 6:30 GMT

    Johnson in and Bollinger out!!! I don't think that's a wise move by Australian selectors.

  • Donut_Davey on December 10, 2010, 6:29 GMT

    Land of Hope and Glory. Sorry going all Pommie with this squad Aussie will probably give up the chase for the Ashes. 1. Hughes good as long as England don't have any Tall paceman or swing bowlers (Finn/Tremlett and Anderson) 2. Watson best opener in world) 3. Ponting Fading but still a threatning batter 4. Clarke (Struggle with Injury) 5. Hussey Aus needs him to score a 100 to get England to bat twice 6. Smith 2012 best alrounder in the world now quality batter and bowler for club level 7. Haddin why a batter keeping, useless gloveman and an 80 will not make up for demoralising drop catches 8.Johnson Aus devon malcolm wining 1 series isn't enuff even for an inconsistent genius 9. Siddle Only Aus bowler to bowl a danger spell @ all pity just 1. 10. Hilf Steady back up 11. Harris Steady back up 12 Beer new, brave and Poms target. White and Hussey can't score consistent against good teams NO WAY. A bowler who preforms in losses or tight wins not when they thrash teams Luke Butterworth.

  • We_Win_All on December 10, 2010, 6:29 GMT

    How about changing the whole bunch of selectors and replacing them with Warne, S.Waugh, McGrath, Gilchrist and G Chappell for experience. The bunch which is at helm now appears a bit ancient and cannot take Oz cricket forward. Replacing them with the above guys who have retired recently would bring in imagination required in selecting a squad. No use in keeping the old bunch of selectors ad hoping for radical changes in selection policy.

  • asraruwant on December 10, 2010, 6:28 GMT

    This will be Australia's playing XI in perth mark my words 1) Phil Hughes 2) Shane Watson 3) Ricky Ponting 4) Michael Clarke 5) Michael Hussey 6) Brad Haddin 7) Steve Smith 8) Mitchell Johnson 9) Ryan Harris 10) Peter Siddle 11) Ben Hilfenhaus. Australia will play their countries top 4 paceman out of 5 in perth only because this deck permits to play 4 pacemans plus they have Watson as the fifth pacer and Steve Smith with his leggies. All the top 4 will play this test on a bouncy wicket, by the end of this test match we will know who are the better bowlers out of this 4 and they will be in the future test team as well.Whoever out of these 4 paceman dont perform on this wicket might have to say good bye to test cricket.

  • on December 10, 2010, 6:26 GMT

    i think they should play hauritz and johnson should be kept out.... bt in any condition Australia should have to bat well in remaining series to stop England bcz currently England batting is in full flow....

  • frank87 on December 10, 2010, 6:25 GMT

    Beer is not the answer. why did they pick him? cos he picked up 5/207 at the WACA? and not replacing north with a specialist batsman is a dumb move as well. ferguson has been in terrific form this summer. we need batsman, not all rounders. we also need a specialist spinner - hauritz, even tho he isnt the best in the world, he's the best we have. no point having smith in the team yet, he's not up to standard for test batting or bowling... Our tail was so exposed at Adelaide. I think having johnson and haurtiz lengthens our tail, and we need them as bowlers. hauritz just came off 146 for NSW. i think team should be. Watson, Hughes, Ponting, Clarke, Hussey, Ferguson, Haddin, Johnson, Hauritz, Harris, Hilfenhaus

  • mamahajan89 on December 10, 2010, 6:25 GMT

    australian selectors are showing signs of panic.....bringing back johnson would not solve any purpose....10 days of nets wont make him the johnson of old...(not so old)....hilfenhaus is least effective against left handed openers of POMS.... they should have gone for bad series and they axed him..(cmon guys vvs laxman,sachin tendulkar rahul dravid sehwag are he best against spin...even murali has not been untouched by their butcherness...)...they gotta get hauritz back n see POMS dancing to his tunes... and IF ANYBODY HAS TO COME BACK FROM has to be BRETT LEE.... COME BACK BINGA,....:( cannot see kings of cricket dying an untimely death....

  • on December 10, 2010, 6:24 GMT

    My god - have the selectors learnt NOTHING from their Xavier Doherty experiment. Picking Beer is only going to end in tears again. Spinners need proven first-class experience and the selectors are just giving anyone a go. Stupid stupid stupid.

    I agree with Hughes and Smith though, Smith in particular showed amazing form in the Shield match: 8 wickets and 50 odd runs. Epic from him.

    But i would put smith as the spinner in the Aus squad and then include either Ferguson or Cam White in for North's position. Beer's "horses for courses" selection is stupidity and really just wishful thinking by the selectors.

  • Nadeem1976 on December 10, 2010, 6:22 GMT

    Young blood needed australia. Build the team with young blood and get rid of oldies.

  • ksmani on December 10, 2010, 6:20 GMT

    I am fired up !! To see the aussies ending up in soup like they are now !! Zimbabwe, where are you ? Come on, great chance to beat aussies, now !! new zealand, come on, bangladesh comeon, west indies come on !!

  • coolguy_sing on December 10, 2010, 6:18 GMT

    The team selection has become a joke. The announced team cannot even win against Ban.. Lets all get ready to see the English batsmen make more centuries.. Probably another double or triple century is on the offering for Cook and Pieterson. Get ready guys.. If ponting doesn't score much, then we can expect an innings defeat for sure.

  • coolxi on December 10, 2010, 6:18 GMT

    whatever happened to other aussie batsman like david hussey, brad hodge, shaun marsh, adam voges and callum ferrgusson. where are phil jacques and david warner the specialist openers? where have these guys disappeared? besides looking at brad haddin's form one can play him as a specialist batsman with tim paine as the 'keeper.

  • Cricket_Man on December 10, 2010, 6:14 GMT

    Good to see Hughes back and North dropped. From what Australia have right now, they should go for watson, hughes , ponting, clarke, hussey, haddin, smith, johnson, siddle, harris and hilffey. I guess Aussie batting can and will click in the coming test, they just have to apply themselves. Their main problem is their bowling. I guess their bowling is inexperienced and is still quite young. They haven't been able to take 10 wickets twice in a row now. Playing with 4 proper quickies would b a nice option. Smith should also be bowling and if needed clarke should too. Don't play the new guy BEER, now. Batsmen should apply themselves and bowlers should bowl with a balance between aggression and defense whle complementing each other. Hopefully Australia will make a comeback in the 3rd test :)

  • Cam_PT on December 10, 2010, 6:14 GMT

    Beer is 12th man. Has to be, otherwise it's another ridiculous selection decision on a spinner. O'Keefe is the only spinner in the country with a good average and NSW won't even play him ahead of Hauritz.

    Four quicks, Smith and Watson seems like one too many bowlers but I believe they can't put Smith any lower than 7 in the order. He's more a batting all-rounder. Is this the right team? Probably not, but I like it better than the Adelaide and Brisbane teams.

  • Micgyver on December 10, 2010, 6:14 GMT

    I like the squad except for Beer who im sure was selected cause Australia and Beer is just a snug fit,they go together like pea's in a pod. However i think you will find he will be 12th man,Haddin will bat 6 and Smith at 7.

    GO THE AUSSIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Alexk400 on December 10, 2010, 6:14 GMT

    Panic is middle name for greg chappell. His cut and slice everything is not a good way to build a team. he was disaster in india because he made everyone uncomfortable. he is doing same thing in australia now. Aussie selectors are worse than Indian selectiors. Indian selectors select BCCI relatives circles as basic guideline. Dhoni is the only one exception to the case.

    Anyway aussie lose again. England is prepared well what ever aussie can throw this time. The problem for aussie is dislodging cook. Until then it is going nowhere. bring on Brett lee. You have to be furiously fast against cook to get him out. He is a dravid mode player.

  • tpjpower on December 10, 2010, 6:13 GMT

    There is one logical response to this selection: sack Hilditch.

  • Advance-Australia-Fair on December 10, 2010, 6:11 GMT

    Hmmm, interesting. That is, if 'interesting' meant 'ridiculous'. I was all for Doherty getting a game (and I'm the first to admit he failed), but Beer is ordinary at best. Mitch and Hilfy back is good. I love Hughes, but would've picked Shaun March on current form. Smith is in form with the ball, which will be important as there's no way known Beer's going to take Test wickets. Beer has been picked for one reason, and one reason only: he bowls left-arm-spin. Pietersen doesn't like left-arm-spin. Tried that already boys, he made 226.

  • on December 10, 2010, 6:10 GMT

    don't know what the selectors are thinking. What is wrong with picking players who are in form instead of players no one has heard, and were not even in the Australia A side in Hobart (what happened to O'Keefe?) . Beer with be 12th man as Smith can bat a bit. Australia's top order needs to perform (unlike the past 2) and we need 20 wickets for the first time in the series.

    Was day three of the first test that long ago?

  • PlayingItStraight on December 10, 2010, 6:05 GMT

    After Adelaide, pretty much everyone agreed that changes had to happen. Have the selectors have got it right with this squad? Hughes for Katich was a given, and both North & Doherty were likely to be dropped, so no big surprises there. Michael Beer is a selection from left field, but in reality he probably won't make the starting 11, given the past record of spinners on the fast and bouncy Perth deck. The selectors look like they intend to use Steve Smith as an allrounder - he surely will make at least as many runs as Marcus North did in the first 2 tests and provides some handy overs with the ball. If Australia do play all 4 quicks, then with Watson and Smith both in the team you have a 6 man attack. The big questions will be: 1) Which Mitchell Johnson will turn up? 2) Can Australia take 20 wickets with this team? 3) Can Australia score enough runs to win with this team? Time will tell, but if England win again in Perth there might be just as many changes before the Melbourne test.

  • sammysam on December 10, 2010, 6:03 GMT

    This selection is all FROTH and NO BEER

  • anver777 on December 10, 2010, 6:03 GMT

    Unknown Beer is a surprise inclusion.....why not Hauritz!!!! yet another experiment for Ausises.....try u'r luck Aussies !!!!!!!!

  • nitinjagtap on December 10, 2010, 6:02 GMT

    why Nathan bracken is not playing????

  • justsometurkey on December 10, 2010, 6:02 GMT

    I say bring back "Bodyline". Put Micheal Clarke in the nets and give every bowler who hits him a beer (not the spinner). Spinners are included to develop a new mystery full-toss wide head hunter! You don't need to spin it if it don't hit the ground. If he is injured selection problem solved and it should toughen up our bowlers. Also give Johnson the new ball please! He needs the bounce and seem.

  • Meety on December 10, 2010, 6:01 GMT

    @ titan_uranus - you & all the knockers have got it wrong! Hilditch took advice not from Warne but from Homer Simpson when he said "Beer is the Answer". In all seriousness I am beyond whinging. I would of liked to see O'Keefe in the side as he has good form - but he can't even get a run with NSW. I was hoping they were going to unleash him fresh on the Poms. Not so. I think he would of been handy because he would of been more likely to get a wicket than Doherty, & more likely to score runs than North! Hauritz must be crying in his pretzels, a century & a few wickets & can't get a look in. In regards to Smith, he is a bowler who is improving. I would prefer to see him staking a claim as a batsmen first, but he statistically superior to White as a batsmen & as a bowler. He has a better strike rate than Hauritz & Doherty. I think bring MJ back was a good move - we need to take wickets - he is a proven wicket taker (forgetting the Gabba). C'mon boys!

  • backfoot_punch on December 10, 2010, 5:56 GMT

    This is the Greg Chapel effect...The same flip flops he induced in Indian cricket team...

  • mysay on December 10, 2010, 5:56 GMT

    This is the best Christmas present for the English. No way are the Aussies going to be able to pull out a win with a side that is being shuffled for every match. Seeing the Aussie selectors not having a clue on whom to play, is a first for me. So desperate that they bring in Mr. Beer above Huaritz. I like to see who they go for the fourth.

  • frommoonman on December 10, 2010, 5:56 GMT

    This is the best squad Australia can take to 3rd test - Their problem in first 2 tests is they could not take 20 wickets and this squad gives them 6 differnt bowlers - Watto, Siddle, Harris, Hilfy, Smith, Beer/MJ. I would play Beer instead of MJ. 4 fast and 2 spin. Kudos to Hilditch & Co. Let the battle begin...! (BTW, I still think there isn't much fire power in Australian cricket to win this Ashes series against THIS eng team).

  • SUNDOS on December 10, 2010, 5:55 GMT

    Two things emerge from this selection,one,a knee jerk reaction form Messers Hilditch and co,and two,a tacit admission that the bowling cupboard in Australia is bare.Should Beer play and get tonked, that;s one more player who will become a one test wonder.Rushing Steve Smith into the fray against what is arguably Englands best batting line up in ages, is fraught with danger.If they don't blood the likes of Ferguson now,it may be too late.

  • Australia17594 on December 10, 2010, 5:55 GMT

    Can i just say, yes even though beer plays less games then most spinners

    Hauritz averages 42 in First Class, doherty as well and krezja averages 47. So clearly Beer is better than all of them in First Class.

    Although O'Keefe does averages in the 20s so it is a good question why not choose O'Keefe... Smith averages 61 with the bat for First Class

  • Psyc_s on December 10, 2010, 5:54 GMT

    All the best for team Australia. I can't beleive someone with just 5 matches as expirience in First class cricket can get his baggy green so soon...God, Please save cricket in Australia from the current selectors and Guru Greg who will be next...

  • on December 10, 2010, 5:54 GMT

    @titan_uranus and @ Viper2.0 fantastic analysis blokes . Chopping and changing the squad is not gonna favor Australia.This has definitely given England a chance to lay their hands on the trophy for the second consecutive occasion as their squad looks far more settled .Their top order is in terrific form so are their bowlers especially Anderson and Swann .Unless Mitch turns it around for Australia they are not gonna win a test match let alone the ashes which I don't see that happening at this juncture,given the form and the confidence level of every single player in the squad barring Michael Hussey.

  • hkurup on December 10, 2010, 5:54 GMT

    The biggest liabilities for this Aus team are Ricky Ponting and his captaincy. Why don't the selectors realize it? How many matches he lost in recent past? I am happy if it is the last chance given to him.

  • on December 10, 2010, 5:54 GMT

    Horrible team selected again, welldone to the selectors again just to prove they have no clue in what they're doing. Marcus North is finally dropped which is one good thing they have done, but bringing in Johnson is deadset ridiculous. North should of been replaced by either Cameron White or Callum Ferguson. Both are proven world class batsmen and White is also a handy leg spinner. I also tip White as the next Aussie Captain. Ferguson has notched up 2 centries in the last 2 weeks and is finding that form he once had before his knee injury. White is not far from form again and once he has it he will be back to the way he always is. Johnson should not be there, hes been bad for a long time and finally got dropped, done one game for WA where he did nothing and now is back in the team again? laughable. Peter George would of been a good selection , Beer has been phrased by Warney who he said he would pick Beer for this game, warney knows what hes talking about so im all for it.

  • on December 10, 2010, 5:52 GMT

    at last north dropped....thank GOD but they shuld have picked a batsman in place of him.....instead they chose to strengthen their bowling....thus disturbing the team combination...... one good deed and one bad one....... they are back to square one.......usman khawaja shud have been picked

  • Aussieslover on December 10, 2010, 5:49 GMT

    Aussie jokes are really classic like this one. They could have bought so many specialist batsmen like U.Khawaja, C.Ferguson and Shaun Marsh instead of M.North. You could have S.Smith as your spinner. I think he and S.O'Keefe is your only spinning hope. You put Beer (cheers!) into your squad and you name him as your 'specialist' spinner. The Aussie selectors have gone out of their mind. If they would bring either Smith or Keefe into their side, they would have good spin bowling as well as a little bit of depth (upto No.8) in their batting (which would be a bonus). I think Bollinger should have been retained instead of Hilfenhaus. Johnson maybe was a wrong decision( considering the fact that he has not played any Shield matches) but he is the only strike bowler you have. Good luck Aussies.... :)

  • catsa on December 10, 2010, 5:49 GMT

    this squad will not win Match 3. Beer isn't ready for international level.

    my Squad

    This is the line up Ponting (c) Hussey Clarke (v/c) (i'd give him another chance, since he scored 80 in the 2nd/i last game. that form might continue in Game 3) Haddin (w/k) Watson David Hussey (doing well in s.shield game, always plays well. He is due to have a go) Usman Khawaja/Callum Ferguson (i would choose either one, But both are in great form, Ferguson might get the heads on to play 1st due to being more experienced) Ryan Harris Nathan Hauritz Mitchell Johnson Copeland/Cameron/Siddle (copeland/cameron are in excellent for Shield Games)

    13th man: Andrew McDonald - i think he is still injured but this guy has been in great form in 1st class this season with scoring 3 100's in 5 Ininngs, along with an additional handy extra bowler, to rotate watson and him. so they don't tire them out too much

    worth Mentioning Steve Magoffin O'keefe Butterworth

  • on December 10, 2010, 5:45 GMT

    have u gone mad u aussies? u r influenced by warne's remarks about beer. smith at 7, 3 quickies Harris, Siddle and Johnson at 8,9,10 and Hauritz at 11 would have made your batting line up (battling line up?) much more stronger. if u happen to hear warne that much, then why not you make him a selector or a coach...? your plight is in sorry state of affairs. also, if you can promote katich or watson from middle order to the opening slot, what prevented you from promoting marcus north to open the innings. this will also give you a leeway to play with 4 quicks, 1 leggie and 1 offie. oh come are advocating horses for courses....

  • JogeshPanda on December 10, 2010, 5:44 GMT

    I do not want to crazy but, Is it Greg Chapell effect as a Selector, because every step of him lead India to disaster few years ago. That was my crazy Talk, returning to realistic view point, it is very much Unaustralian to see guys with very less first class credentials are portrayed as next big hope. Beer, with 30 odd FC wickets in 12 member side, it was more of subcontinent selection of last decade. Next what happen to Batsman Musical chair. Hughes replacing Katich and Guess what is likely Smith Replacing North ?????? Shocker .... Bring Back Warnie is making news but I will say bring Back symmo ... He was the Go to man 2 years back

  • Faizan-Ul-Haq-Fareedi on December 10, 2010, 5:44 GMT

    I dont think So its a Right Diecision.... !

  • c5nv2838a47i on December 10, 2010, 5:43 GMT

    Amazing. The only spinner who has been taking wickets in Shield cricket in the past couple of seasons is O'Keefe. They even got him to play against England for Australia A and he was the only bowler to trouble the Poms. To pick Beer over O'Keefe is a complete travesty and an indication, yet again, that selection to the top team is not based upon performance. Steve O'Keefe is the best spinning prospect since Warne and the selectors have completely ignored this fact. I am gobsmacked.

  • on December 10, 2010, 5:43 GMT

    i think Aus should think about other captain. they can give some rest to ponting...

  • landl47 on December 10, 2010, 5:42 GMT

    They've now got two choices. They either go into the test with 4 quicks, ALL of whom have already played in this series (note to Aussie selectors: you didn't win the games these guys played in) plus Watson, or they play Beer and Smith, neither of whom has much first-class experience, let alone test experience. The only relevant experience Beer has is that he played against England in their first tour game.... and they chased down a total of 243 at over 5 runs an over to win that one. Johnson has remedied his disastrous form of the last 6 months by a bit of net practice. It's not all bad, Hilf is a lot better than Bollinger and Smith has always looked a decent bat and a good fielder, though Ian Bell loved his bowling in the Australia A game. Hughes, though, is really hit or miss and this week it's been miss- 4 and 0 in his latest game. Katich is a bad loss for Australia. Never mind, the deed is done and now they play the game.

  • on December 10, 2010, 5:42 GMT

    Good choices. Hauritz instead of Beer would have been my selection, but I understand the reasoning- Beer is familiar with the conditions, and has already seen the English lineup once.

  • srikanthvaradan on December 10, 2010, 5:40 GMT

    This could have been a reasonable squad if they are playing at Sydney.... not at Perth.... Ozzie's going downwards..... The captain and the selectors completely lost it..... Australian domination in Cricket RIP...

  • bharath74 on December 10, 2010, 5:39 GMT

    Micheal Beer's middle name is Foster: Australian for Beer. Aus selectors pressing the panic button.

  • coldcoffee123 on December 10, 2010, 5:39 GMT

    For the remaining 3 tests, I would select Gilly, Hydos, Symo, Stuart Clark and Warnie. Together with punter, pup and Hussey, they will win all tests in 4 days. Punter especially will be his usual fluent self with his mates around him. The current Aussies around him makes him puke, I bet.

  • brendan on December 10, 2010, 5:39 GMT

    Hughes is out of form, Beer is ridiculous choice. Usman Khawaja is the logical pick, he is in form and has been for 2 seasons straight, pick the kid while he is consistantly making runs. Hussey should open with Watto, Khawaja at 3, Punter down to 4, Clarke at 5 when the quicks should be tired, Haddin 6, Smith 7, Hauritz 8. Johson 9, Siddle 10, Harris 11. Steve O`keefe 12th man. The quick bowlers missed Horry`s, ability too tie up an end in first 2 tests, if he is injured then play O`Keefe he is a really good accurate bowler and can bat too. Come on Hilditch and Co`, its not Rocket Science!, pick the best team available on form and fitness, and Khawaja is definately the most in form batter in the country, followed by Dave Hussey who has been in form for 8 years, Ferguson needs to find consistancy, and Hughes is a wood-chopping dud.

  • dananiki on December 10, 2010, 5:37 GMT

    What planet is Andrew Hilditch from?! In the squad of 17 for the First test, Philip Hughes was left out because his form did not warrant selection. He has just made 4 & 0 in a Shiled game and been picked! Callum Ferguson makes 100 and is ignored!! Does Hilditch realise how hypocritical he sounds??!! Cricket Australia, PLEASE do something about this so called "selector"!!!!!!

  • xylo on December 10, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    whats with the knee-jerk selection? seriously, no bollinger?

  • SRT_GENIUS on December 10, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    Chappel is running from pillar to post. He can as well buy some lottery tickets while he is at it.

  • raveen_ds on December 10, 2010, 5:34 GMT

    michael beer? goodness me, what more does hauritz have to do? playing four quicks is not smart when you already have watson as a fourth seam option, johnson hasn't done anything to deserve a recall - let him play a game for wa and see how he goes. and steve smith doesn't yet have the control to be the only spinner in the side, he should be used as a second spinner, to break partnerships. however haddin 6 smith 7 does strengthen the batting, since north's hopeless. phil hughes ... there arent really any other options - shaun marsh perhaps? should be watson hughes/marsh ponting clarke hussey haddin smith hauritz harris siddle hilfenhaus (bollinger must have a niggle of some sort, his pace was way down in adelaide)

  • Cricket_4_Blood on December 10, 2010, 5:33 GMT

    Good Selection though since I'm sure the Aussies would go with 4 pace men & Beer is just a surprise call to make the poms ponder but will not play for the team. The great news is finally we've witnessed north being axed from the squad. A long wait decision. Punter is sensing for a hundred at perth........... Lets wait and see......

  • swervin on December 10, 2010, 5:33 GMT

    ridiculous - so much focus on the bowling that the selectors don't realise they really need to strengthen the batting - but they have done nothing about...clearly hauritz would have been the better selection - at least he would have been a lot tighter than doherty and he can bat a bit - the selectors are australia's real problem - it's all hope rather than logic

  • Swami1996 on December 10, 2010, 5:32 GMT

    Guys, What about David Hussey and Shaun Marsh? Why do the selectors think that they will not perform and sticking on to same guys despite repeated failures?

  • on December 10, 2010, 5:30 GMT

    Nice squad selection... Aussies gonna rock at Perth...!!!

  • on December 10, 2010, 5:29 GMT

    Hughes was always going to be picked despite a 4 & 0 in shield match- Ponting got his man. Johnson was always going to play- and Bollinger was poor in Adelaide. 4 man pace attack, Harris and Hilfenhaus to take new ball. Beer to carry drinks, cannot see them playing Smith and Beer on a fast and bouncy deck. Horses for courses indeed!

  • hansandersen on December 10, 2010, 5:28 GMT

    The poms have a swan. We have ugly ducklings who never become swans.

  • on December 10, 2010, 5:28 GMT

    After poor bowling performances in first two tests, I believe dropping a batsman for an extra bowler does make sense although Beer is a surprise inclusion

  • Serious_Awesomeness on December 10, 2010, 5:26 GMT

    seriously, do the people dissing steve smith's batting realise he averages 43 in FC cricket? people assume because he can bowl, he is automatically a bits and pieces players. Interesting fact, go and check Marcus North's FC batting average, and then tell me whether it weakens out middle order bringing smith in

  • on December 10, 2010, 5:26 GMT

    Picking Smith is a joke! Is he there as a bowler or a batsman? Which ever it is, hes definitely not the guy to play in Perth. If I was pickign a T20, Smith would be one of the first I'd pick.. Definitely not a test.. Maybe against Bangladesh.. Not for the Ashes.. Dont think he has the fitness to last a test match either.. I think Johnson and Siddle will do ok in Perth. Over all the selectors are trying a bit too hard I think.. Its like making a field change when just one four or six was scored..

  • Mad_Hamish on December 10, 2010, 5:24 GMT

    Utterly bizarre selections. Beer has 5 matches, 16 wickets @ 39.9 as a career. Hauritz took 7/104 at the WACA about a week ago. Hughes has 1 50 in 9 innings this summer and averages 22 for the summer (it might be less now) and he was found out by the English quicks in England, not sure that the WACA is the ideal place for him even if he was in form. Smith is also averaging under 30 with the bat this summer in first class cricket and 35 with the ball.

    Hilfenhouse coming back in makes some sense as you need somebody who can run into the wind and swing the ball in Perth. Johnson is a risk but it might be a risk you need to take, but if his problems were so quick to fix you've got to ask why they weren't fixed before Brisbane.

    They don't have a spare batsman so Smith will have to play at 6 or 7 and it's hard to see them actually playing Beer (anybody know if he can field? Maybe he's Australia's Roger Harper). Looks like Perth will be ugly.

  • on December 10, 2010, 5:23 GMT

    Ferguson is also in the Q. Hauritz is also a good choice... But still bowling dept is pulling the team back... They could promote Hussey to No.4, keep Clarke in #5.

  • on December 10, 2010, 5:23 GMT

    Nathan Hauritz won't get another chance till Ponting we know how ponting sorry Australia runs the team...Sorry Nathan Your century and 5 wicket haul didn't work in your favour...looks like pakistan selectors are picking up the team for consistency in selection process...sorry to say Aussies screwed up this ashes already...

  • Jon_Fung on December 10, 2010, 5:23 GMT

    A few names that haven't been mentioned for axing.

    Andrew Hilditch Greg Chappell David Boon Jamie Cox

    What have they done for the team recently other than put it into complete dissarray?

  • highscore147 on December 10, 2010, 5:21 GMT

    not the right decision to bring in micheal beer ... hauritz should hav been the replacement .. jus dat he's been dropped b4 a short while ..doesnt mean dat u cant pick him up so soon ... i think the selectors r trying to prove themselves right of having not picked hauritz at the 1st case ...they wanna persist with it ! i dont see any improvement in the side unless they make man to man replacements ! the replacements shud hav been ,chuck north bring david hussey in his place ,replace doherty with hauritz !!!!

  • azzaman333 on December 10, 2010, 5:20 GMT

    Why did they have to decide on the squad now? At the very least, I would've waited til after the Vics vs England and the Queensland vs WA first class matches. If Beer gets smashed around by the worst batting lineup in the country, the selectors are going to look even more foolish. Similarly, if Marsh hits a big century, he'd have the form to warrant selection over Hughes. Meanwhile, down in Victoria, if D Hussey ad C White make big scores, and McKay and Hastings rip through the English batting, it'll all be for nothing. What a stupid idea selecting the squad before these matches are completed...

  • on December 10, 2010, 5:20 GMT

    lol! Aussie selection policy is really really funny! where and how do they select these random spinners? bow how many did they try in the last 2 years?? Poor Hauritz was dropped just because he failed in INDIA!! (even the greats Murali and Warne didnt do their best there!!) do they expect to give a rooki with 5 shield games a baggy green? the baggy greens are going really cheap these days!! about Johnson, after all the hype he was dropped and now surprise , surprise he is back again just after 1 match! only good decision is the inclusion of Smith!he might score some quick runs and might even grab a couple of wickets!

  • StatLover on December 10, 2010, 5:20 GMT

    Australia need more than just Beer to win the Ashes - they need the whole Bar Cabinet.

  • ThePieChucker on December 10, 2010, 5:20 GMT

    It's England vs. Australia, a contest of eleven against millions!

  • landl47 on December 10, 2010, 5:20 GMT

    So the Australian cricket selectors were sitting in a bar and the barman asked: "What'll you have, fellers?" Greg Chappell said "Beer." Jamie Cox said:"Beer.' David Boon said: "Beer." Andrew Hilditch wrote down on the team sheet: Beer. And a legend was born.

  • smudgeon on December 10, 2010, 5:19 GMT

    Michael Beer? Crikey, why not bring Peter Taylor? Having said that, Peter Taylor was plucked from obscurity & played his part very well. As the article says, Michael Beer (cheers!) is doubtful to get a start. Good idea to bring in Smith as a lower-order slogger who can bowl a bit, I just get the feeling he's going to get pasted all over the WACA. I guess when you lose Katich & drop North (AKA the New Greg Matthews), there's the temptation to bring in someone who can bat & do a bit of part-time spin, especially if they go for a 4 man pace attack. Not a bad side, but I feel that a specialist batsman - Khawaja, of course! - would have been a better choice - I'm not sure spin is going to play a huge role in Perth. However, I heartily agree with a four man pace attack, probably our best chance to take the 20 wickets needed...

  • on December 10, 2010, 5:18 GMT

    please shane warne must B included in TEAM

  • patibandlakoshal on December 10, 2010, 5:17 GMT

    I think Ian Chappell would be happy with inclusion of Michael Beer and by dropping Doug/North. Still he would crib about inclusion of Harris.

  • VincentSunder on December 10, 2010, 5:17 GMT

    Aussies now offer BEER to the already "drunk on success" English!!!! Cheers!

  • on December 10, 2010, 5:15 GMT

    They should have dropped Michael Clarke and bring in some other batsmen in like david hussey or some one who is performing well in the local matches. Steven Smith is best replacement for North. Even Hauritz can claim that place too. But my choice is steven smith. As perth wont suit much for spinners, they can even think of getting Mitchelle Johnson. For that matter they could have kept Douggy as he hasn't given enough chance to prove him. I think he will defnly perform in perth as the conditions suits him well.

  • TheLoneStranger on December 10, 2010, 5:14 GMT

    Nothing like picking on form, is there? Hughes is our new opener, coming off 4 and a duck against S.A. Brilliant! Admittedly, Jaques didn't do much better, but he's still a better choice than Hughes, whose technique and form are both severely lacking. Good luck, Australia!

  • on December 10, 2010, 5:12 GMT

    Australia seems to be stepping in the footsteps of Pakistan. Keep rotating the same players who under perform. Michael Beer ahead of Hauritz? This series seems more to be a panic attack for australian selectors rather than looking for a strong unit.

  • djfw666 on December 10, 2010, 5:11 GMT

    Well, haven't the selectors and Ponting lost the plot now. What use is naming Michael Beer in the test squad when he obviously is not an outstanding talent, nor a test-level one? Hauritz has shown he can be world class, Smith has shown he can be, why do they keep chucking slow bowlers at the team willy-nilly thinking it will make a difference?! Good on them for keeping Ryan Harris though, and for finally dropping North.

  • PaddyRasta on December 10, 2010, 5:11 GMT

    Has Hauritz rubbed someone the wrong way? I can't see anything even in Beer's stats (which can lie) to suggest he is better than Hauritz who coincidentally took 3 for 62 in SA's 2nd innings. And he could strengthen the batting. Good to see Smith was in the wickets as well match figures 8 for 169 - Not bad at all.

  • CSpiers on December 10, 2010, 5:09 GMT

    great to see smith in and north out, smith averages 43 with the bat in first class, bowls descent legspin and is a fantastic fielder/catcher.

  • on December 10, 2010, 5:07 GMT

    Selectors missed a trick. Hughes is not in form they should have brought Shaun Marsh in and also Hauritz has had better returns at the WACA than Beer this year. They could also have lokoed at David Hussey for Norths spot. Smith is good but we need a bit more depth in our specialist batting - hope smith is up for it!

    Ponting must really hate Hauritz as he can't have done much more in last couple weeks...

  • on December 10, 2010, 5:07 GMT

    Warne called for Beer's selection earlier in the week and now it's happened it's just ridiculous. Khawaja overlooked again and an additional bowler to replace a batter (who could take the odd wicket)? This is as ridiculous as anytime Cameron White has represented Australia.

  • on December 10, 2010, 5:07 GMT

    With Broad going home & Anderson has to feel some jetlag from flying to England & Back in less than a week, it might bring the pace attack back in line with Australia's (But not quite). Hughes & Smith will keep their spots for the series now so they have 3 pressure tests to prove their metal. Its the bad times like this where they can step up & be a hero for years to come.

  • on December 10, 2010, 5:07 GMT

    Beer maybe good b ut to just chop and change like this is madness. what is wrong with hilditch. Also pick brad hodge. He is the best domestic batsman and he bowls off spin

  • on December 10, 2010, 5:06 GMT

    Just bring back Shane Warne. Event at his 1/4 he will be better than the rookies, besides he will give confidence to others. Aussie captain and selectors should put their egos aside and seriously consider wooing Warne.

  • Dockaman on December 10, 2010, 5:03 GMT

    1. Hughes in - agreed a good move. 2. North out - great and overdue. Why replace him with Smith who has yet to prove himself consistently at State level with either bat or ball. They should have picked a specialist batsman i.e. Khawaja. 3. Doherty out - was an obvious move. He is a Grade bowler at best. Beer - another "press the panic button" decision. Throw him to the wolves and guess what/ He'll end up on the scrap heap of Australian finger spinners tried and failed over the past few years. 4. Bolingerout - agreed. Dougie was underdone for Adelaide and needs to get back to peak fitness to be given another go. No point running in and bowling 130kph pies to the Poms. He needs to be bowling at 140kph+ It will be an interesting choice for the 12th man position. Surely the WACA Groundsman will produce a "result" pitch, and if this is the case then all 4 quicks will place.

  • on December 10, 2010, 5:03 GMT

    Not in my living memory have seen that Oz selectors making so many team changes in a Test series. The selectors are surely confused in their team selection and putting Punter under lot of pressure..North should have definitely been replaced by a batsman, David Hussey for sure because they lost the Adelaide test for not scoring enough runs and not occupying the crease for enough minutes. Poms would definitely go 2-0 up at WACA..neither Steven Smith nor Mitch Johnson can save them at Perth...Already wondering what would the selectors do after the Perth game..Drop Ponting..huh?

  • Dinaa on December 10, 2010, 5:03 GMT

    Why r they not considering Camerone white?

  • havocsat on December 10, 2010, 5:02 GMT

    Australia is strewing the baggy greens like confetti... every one stands a chance now of getting selected ... what a joke !!!

  • themagpie on December 10, 2010, 5:00 GMT

    Australia's two problems are not being able to take 20 wickets, and not being able to score enough runs.

    How did the selectors think they could solve it - by bringing in two batsmen, one averaging less than 25 this seasn (Smith) and the other averaging less than 15 (Hughes), and bring in two bowlers averaging over 40.

    Hilditch et al have seriously lost the plot!

  • guesswhat555 on December 10, 2010, 5:00 GMT

    Beer!!?? hey i thought if aussie win only then everybody will get a beer

  • ryan2007 on December 10, 2010, 4:59 GMT

    But then it says he will bowl well.. blah blah blah... Makes an Aussie fan a little nervous he states that!

  • kort on December 10, 2010, 4:57 GMT

    Michael Beer? Why?! Perhaps when the selectors were picking the team, one of them suggested "Beer?" and the others said "yes" because they were thirsty. The Poms batting lineup would hardly be shaking in their boots if Beer is selected.

  • ryan2007 on December 10, 2010, 4:57 GMT

    I was thinking for a second if Michael Beer was a joke name, before reading it all and seeing his name maybe once from memory!

    He would have been picked just for 12th man purposes; usually a local who plays when others have left in the past for domestic purposes when not selected.

    O'Keefe must be injured? As he's not in the NSW domestic game.

  • on December 10, 2010, 4:55 GMT

    These ridiculous selections in last few years set Aussies this much down. Just like they kicked away Nathan Bracken from ODIs, for tests there are no chances for David Hussey, Callum Ferguson, Cameron White, Usman Kawajha, Stuart Clerk. Australia just cant beat this England side without going for new formula.Get rid of these damn selection board.

  • PaleVieira on December 10, 2010, 4:55 GMT

    midway through series against touring england side, home team picks inexeperienced spinner who took wickets in an england warm up match. reminds me of paul adams 15 years ago.

  • on December 10, 2010, 4:53 GMT

    this is the only australian side if aussie wanna make a difference for the rest of this series

    1. Watson 2. Hughes 3. Ponting 4. Furguson 5. D . Hussey 6. M. Hussey 7. Haddin 8. WARNE - bring him back 9. Johnson 10. Siddle 11. Hilfenhaus

  • Iceborn999 on December 10, 2010, 4:52 GMT

    Interesting selection. When in doubt, throw a leg spinner in. Smith is no Warne, but knowing how the English feel about leggies.. I'd back Smith all the way. I think at this stage of the series, Australia has got to gamble with Johnson if he has bowled well in the nets. As well as the poms are going, Perth is not their cup of tea. If Johnson can bowl fast and make the batsman play, wickets could fall. I must say I do not know much of Beer, his name sounds cool though....... what was wrong with Hauritz??... Johnson, Hilfenhous (because of the fremantle doctor), Harris, Beer, Watson, Smith.... that's a decent attack (?????? with the beer man though)

  • on December 10, 2010, 4:52 GMT

    This is a joke. Are they really serious. Is this true? Whats wrong with Hauritz now.

    At-least this will make the English happy. Look at the bowling attack.THIS IS SHOCKING

  • on December 10, 2010, 4:51 GMT

    This side looks good on paper with 4 Men pace attack which is the best for Australian team to go out on full attack...Hope the pace men stuck at the right occasion and Open the series for them in Perth..


  • longdonkey on December 10, 2010, 4:51 GMT

    I am astounded by these selections and I've pretty much agreed with the selectors until now. These selectors are travelling around the country watching players to gauge their form - How can they choose Hughes he's averaging 19 before the duck he's picked up this afternoon to celebrate his Test recall. Dropping North and not replacing him with a batsman means Smith will play as a batsman unless they play 5 bowlers which never works. Smith's batting in Shield cricket 135 runs at 27.00 and you think that's better than North. INCREDIBLE! If we play 5 bowlers its a joke its only since England have starting playing 6 bats + keeper and 4 bowlers that they've become good again. A HUGE NEGATIVE STEP BY US! Don't know much about Beer - the player anyway but he won't play.

  • googletalk on December 10, 2010, 4:49 GMT

    Beer and Smith are there. Johnson, Harris, Siddle, Hilfy and Watson are in too. It is 12-man squad. One should be omitted from them. Are they gonna field 2 spiiner and 4 fast bowler? OR, 1 spinner with 5 fast bowlers will be remained to be seen. Yes, Smith and Watson can bat too; but I would pick them both in ODI or T20; not in a test match. Why not another specialist batsman [Ferguson/Khwaja] instead of either for a spinner or pacer is beyond me. This is a joke.

  • on December 10, 2010, 4:47 GMT

    Ha! Michael Beer, what a joke.

  • Marcio on December 10, 2010, 4:45 GMT

    Finally, an Australian test player named Beer. It had to happen. When will the Poms blood someone named "Fisn 'n Chips"? Or maybe they should just cut the false modesty and find someone called "Master of the Universe", if we can believe the hype in the Eng. press over recent performances. Good luck to Beer (cheers!), but it has to be acknowledged that it is a risk, just like Doherty was. I do feel for North. He is a great guy, but he had plenty of chances, and his time was up. Good on the selectors for realising it, albeit a little late. The bad news is that Phil Hughes got out for a duck in the 2nd innings of the shield game. Sometimes it seems that everything that can go wrong, is going wrong this year for Aussies.

  • titan_uranus on December 10, 2010, 4:44 GMT

    Terrible squad. Hilditch has no clue. Beer is pedestrian. The WACA is as much his home ground as it is Hauritz's. He's not dominating the Shield. Doherty had to go, but Beer's not he answer. No specialist batsman to replace North. Smith's not good enough. Middle order gets worse. Johnson and Hilfenhaus come back after one Test out. How does that fix anything?

  • Viper2.0 on December 10, 2010, 4:43 GMT

    Leaving out Doug Bollinger is a bad choice.What if Mitchell Johnson doesn't perform in the 3rd test,then will they again drop him and call for Dougie.That's a very harsh call and the problem is if they keep changing the players around they aren't going to play as a closely knit unit.They are just playing into England's hands at the moment and am not sure why a Smith is preferred ahead of a genuine batsman.Am sure there are plenty of quality batters around Cameroon White,Callum Ferguson,Usman Khawaja who can perform better than Smith.Don't know whether smith is preferred so that he can also play the role of a leg spinner,but he is still evolving as a spinner and he has no control whatsoever.He will not be much of a problem for the English to handle,but again he might surprise them if they take him too lightly.But all i can say is rotating players around in every test match is not going to help the team nor will it give confidence to players who are under pressure to perform!

  • on December 10, 2010, 4:43 GMT

    I want Steven Smith to play. I liked what I saw when he played against Pak in summers..

  • on December 10, 2010, 4:42 GMT

    LOL...this is ridiculous...How do you expect to win a test match with this squad?

  • on December 10, 2010, 4:41 GMT

    I think tgey will go with 4 fast bowlers and smith as an all rounder, that will give strength to bating line up as johnson can bat too. beer has been in the team just to suprise england but still think hauritz should have been selected and siddle should be axed then i will go with hugges, watson, ponting, clarke, hussey, usman khawaja,Brad Haddin, johnson, hauritz, ryan harris & BEN HILFENHAUS

  • on December 10, 2010, 4:40 GMT

    its amazing decision to take beer in team and he is certain to play as aus will not risk playing 4 pacers......hope he does well and prove me wrong .. prayin for Australia to win this test england they still are too far from the main target...

  • on December 10, 2010, 4:40 GMT

    good changes.. aussies should drop clarke also.. though he fought well in the 2nd innings in last test,he needs to be dropped also hussey should be one place up in the batting order..

  • morethan20-20 on December 10, 2010, 4:39 GMT

    Once again the selectors fail to make the tough choices... what has johnson done to show any form, Bollinger managed to take a wicket, more than midge could you get rewarded for net bowling..???? let him go for a while, play shield and work things out himself rather than cooley confusing the poor lad.

  • KAIRAVA on December 10, 2010, 4:39 GMT

    Aus has to go with 4 pacers (Johnson, Harris, Siddle, Hilfenhaus) and Steven Smith for the next test at WACA to harbour any desire to win and level the series.

  • mrcool on December 10, 2010, 4:38 GMT

    hughes is not in good form...this is bad selection...and whos beer never heard this name....just playing 5 first class games how can he get into australian team where likes of hussey have to wait for 10 years despite consistent performance..and new players getting game so early...hauritz would have been better selection so is peter george

  • on December 10, 2010, 4:38 GMT

    Shocking!!!!!! Johnson dropped and comes back next match. North, not dropped for a year and now dropped after katich's injury, btw Beer included as spinner because Warne advocated him on twitter, what a slap on the face of Hauritz just one bad series against India (good players of spin). Bollinger the most attacking bowler dropped and what is Hilfenhaus doing in there? Smith just a jack of all trades.

  • on December 10, 2010, 4:38 GMT

    It's up to Punter to lead the way. Now his country needs him more than ever, it's time to perform and for the others to follow.

  • on December 10, 2010, 4:38 GMT

    Why Cameron White Replace M North.

  • Matt.J13 on December 10, 2010, 4:37 GMT

    Beer.... wow. I thought for sure Hauritz would be back, if not him, then O'Keefe.

  • on December 10, 2010, 4:37 GMT

    I hope beer does well, I am sure the headline writers have a million ideas ready to go eithr way... but his inclusion is pretty far from imposing. I bet Steve Smith is the impact player. I predict runs, wickets and at least one scorching catch from him.

  • Dismayed on December 10, 2010, 4:35 GMT

    How on earth does Beer get selected ahead of Steve O'Keefe? Just another reason why Hilditch and co should go.

  • on December 10, 2010, 4:34 GMT

    Michael Beer?? but thankfully Hughes is back

  • kardon on December 10, 2010, 4:32 GMT

    O'Keefe has atleast played double the games of Beer lol. Unbelievable. Make me think they will carry 4 quicks into the team and smith who is neither a great batsmen or bowler at the moment will fill the number6/7 spot. Thing is you would like a good batmen at that position. Someone who can score fast and make big hundreds like David Hussey. You wouldn't expect your 6 to average 55 in test cricket but if required you would like them to be able to make a big hundred and in the current team they will be required more times then not. Also cant believe siddle has been retained. He bowled one great spell in between probably 10 absolute rubbish spells yet he is entering the 3rd match. Only bowler not to be dropped yet. Even though he hasn't gotten a wicket since day 1 in Brisbane.

  • srtedulkar on December 10, 2010, 4:31 GMT

    Aussie selectors are as confused as a baby in a topless bar!

  • MinusZero on December 10, 2010, 4:30 GMT

    Chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch said Beer's experience at the WACA was a factor in his selection. He's played 5 games! What has he been smokin'? Such pressure on a young player. His Australian career could be over by the end of game 4 at this rate. Hauritz deserved to get back in.

  • stunningseshu on December 10, 2010, 4:30 GMT

    australia selectors should have start experimenting players from last year, not during big series like ashes... now australia selectors have become fool selectors...

  • joking44 on December 10, 2010, 4:30 GMT

    No, you've got it wrong. Real squad announced is Bill Lawrie, Mark Taylor,Mark Waugh, Greg Chappell,Ian Chappell (captain for morning sessions),Steve Waugh (captain for after lunch sessions),Adam Gilchrist,Richie Benaud (captain for after tea sessions),Shane Warne,Jeff Thomson, Dennis Lillie and Glen McGrath

  • nishant022 on December 10, 2010, 4:29 GMT

    Why can't Aussie pick Cameron White or David Hussey as a replacement for North? White is solid batsman with his useful spin bowling. And Hussy junior could also strengthen batting as well as provide spin bowling option. I am totally amazed and disappointed at player selection. How come Hussey and White are considered only as ODI players when they are not tested in Test matches.

  • Lovetesh on December 10, 2010, 4:29 GMT

    Aus selectors are now taking tips from Shane Warne who talked about Beer during his London interview recently in his now famous "horses for courses" remark regarding Michael Beer inclusion for Perth test.

  • ravi_hari on December 10, 2010, 4:28 GMT

    Panic, Panic, Panic! Aussies are finally cornered. I think this was the last nail in the coffin. Forcing them to make so many changes in the side. It shows how people do not plan for a failure. After all human beings are bound to fail. But you need to anticipate it and plan for the same. Poor show Aussies. A Darren Gough said, now anyone coming into the side, even Warne, will not stop England from winning this series. The only interest will be what is the lead? Congrats England and all the best battered Aussies. Hari Ravi

  • anshu.sunny on December 10, 2010, 4:27 GMT

    missed a point playing beer..marsh n hauritz...shuld hv been selected..

  • Webba84 on December 10, 2010, 4:27 GMT

    About sodding time, if not too little too late. Don't know much about Beer but he can't do much worse than the last guy they tried and it's almost certain that Smith will bat better than North.

  • kardon on December 10, 2010, 4:25 GMT

    Hughes comes in with good form. 2 innings for under 10 runs including a 9 ball duck. I am sure Shaun Marsh would have adapted well to the opening spot. And if Watson can do it so can Marsh who is in great form this year.

    Beer??? If you are going to pick randoms might aswell gone for O'Keefe. Just because he looks like shane warne doesnt mean he can bowl like him.

  • on December 10, 2010, 4:24 GMT

    Michael Beer?? Have we got the English selectors circa 1993 picking the Aussie team now? Hauritz has been the best finger spinner the last 12 months at least and doesn't even get a look in. Preposterous!!! I feel sorry for Doherty as he shouldn't have been picked in the first place.

  • on December 10, 2010, 4:24 GMT

    Its sad Usman Khawaja didnt get a chance to play.. Better batsman than North and Hughes..

  • on December 10, 2010, 4:24 GMT

    Aussie selectors hit another low by selecting Michael Beer... They just obeyed Shane Warne!! I cant believe it.. Horses for Courses!! another big gamble like they selected X-man!!

  • Australia17594 on December 10, 2010, 4:23 GMT

    Oh dear, here comes the jokes and puns...

  • MinusZero on December 10, 2010, 4:23 GMT

    Beer was picked because of his great domestic season apparently. In 5 games, his bowling average is 39, is this the best we have?

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on December 10, 2010, 4:23 GMT

    Sounds like the Aussies are trying any and everything. They wreak of panic don't they, very unusual.

  • on December 10, 2010, 4:22 GMT

    Wow never heard of the guy.

  • on December 10, 2010, 4:21 GMT

    Two words... SHAUN MARSH???

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  • on December 10, 2010, 4:21 GMT

    Two words... SHAUN MARSH???

  • on December 10, 2010, 4:22 GMT

    Wow never heard of the guy.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on December 10, 2010, 4:23 GMT

    Sounds like the Aussies are trying any and everything. They wreak of panic don't they, very unusual.

  • MinusZero on December 10, 2010, 4:23 GMT

    Beer was picked because of his great domestic season apparently. In 5 games, his bowling average is 39, is this the best we have?

  • Australia17594 on December 10, 2010, 4:23 GMT

    Oh dear, here comes the jokes and puns...

  • on December 10, 2010, 4:24 GMT

    Aussie selectors hit another low by selecting Michael Beer... They just obeyed Shane Warne!! I cant believe it.. Horses for Courses!! another big gamble like they selected X-man!!

  • on December 10, 2010, 4:24 GMT

    Its sad Usman Khawaja didnt get a chance to play.. Better batsman than North and Hughes..

  • on December 10, 2010, 4:24 GMT

    Michael Beer?? Have we got the English selectors circa 1993 picking the Aussie team now? Hauritz has been the best finger spinner the last 12 months at least and doesn't even get a look in. Preposterous!!! I feel sorry for Doherty as he shouldn't have been picked in the first place.

  • kardon on December 10, 2010, 4:25 GMT

    Hughes comes in with good form. 2 innings for under 10 runs including a 9 ball duck. I am sure Shaun Marsh would have adapted well to the opening spot. And if Watson can do it so can Marsh who is in great form this year.

    Beer??? If you are going to pick randoms might aswell gone for O'Keefe. Just because he looks like shane warne doesnt mean he can bowl like him.

  • Webba84 on December 10, 2010, 4:27 GMT

    About sodding time, if not too little too late. Don't know much about Beer but he can't do much worse than the last guy they tried and it's almost certain that Smith will bat better than North.