The Ashes 2013-14 November 10, 2013

Clarke, Harris and Siddle put on ice

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Australia's selectors have decided to take no chances with key members of the side for the first Ashes Test, with Michael Clarke, Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle all set to rest from this week's Sheffield Shield matches. While England's cricketers will be warming up for the Gabba Test with a four-day match in Sydney this week, several of Australia's Test players will also be enjoying some match practice with a full round of Shield games scheduled.

But Clarke, Harris and Siddle will not be among them, and instead will head to Cricket Australia's new high-performance facility at Allan Border Field in Brisbane to work with the Test team's coaching staff. Clarke has scored 88, 7 and 43 in his two Shield appearances so far this summer but given his ongoing back problem, the selectors and team management are loath to take any risks with his fitness, given the number of times his injury has flared up this year.

"We're very pleased with Michael's preparation ahead of the first Test," the coach Darren Lehmann said. "The plan for his Ashes build-up was to play two Sheffield Shield matches, which he has done successfully. He has spent valuable time in the middle batting and fielding. Importantly his back has coped well in both matches, but we will continue to take a sensible and cautious approach to managing him."

Harris and Siddle will be the spearheads of the Test attack and will be especially important given the long list of injured fast bowlers already this season, including James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Jackson Bird, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood. Harris and Siddle have each collected five wickets in two Shield matches so far this summer and will be rested from this week's games.

"On the fast bowling front, Ryan and Peter are both in great condition," Lehmann said. "As part of their management plan they will continue their preparation under the guidance national coaching staff in Brisbane over the coming days."

Harris and Siddle are likely to be joined by Mitchell Johnson in the pace attack for the Gabba Test, while the allrounder James Faulkner could also come into consideration if Shane Watson's hamstring injury prevents him from bowling. Australia's squad for the first Test will be announced on Tuesday, before the Shield matches begin.

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  • on November 12, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    I think it is a great idea to rest Pup, Ryno and Sid so that they are well rested and in full form for the first test at the Gabba.

  • Little_Aussie_Battler on November 12, 2013, 8:06 GMT

    The should rest Warner from the first test and bring in a batsman in his place. Save him for the 20/20 stuff in January

  • landl47 on November 12, 2013, 4:57 GMT

    I think Aus had no choice but to rest Clarke and Harris, both with chronic injury problems hanging over their heads. They'll have to be nursed through the series if they are to play all 5 tests. Not so sure about Siddle- his best quality is his durability and he might have needed more FC practice under his belt.

    Congratulations, ShutTheGate- your first 12 were the 12 chosen and likely Doolan would have been 13th if they'd chosen 13. It was really fairly obvious- they've chosen 10 of the 11 that played the final test in England (Starc was the other and he's injured) and have brought in Johnson (for Starc) and Bailey. With Watson struggling with a hamstring injury I think they might play the same 10 in the first test and leave out Bailey, with Haddin batting #6. Faulkner does give another bowling option and he batted very well in India, plus he's a pain in the backside to the opposition. Always good to have a stirrer in the side, if you can stop him poking the W/K in the eye!

  • jimbond on November 12, 2013, 3:49 GMT

    It would make sense to rest Watson and Johnson as well.

  • Little_Aussie_Battler on November 12, 2013, 2:38 GMT

    Good they have not selected Fawad. He came in with a lot of fanfare and is a reasonable leggie. Problem is his stock ball just does not concern batsmen at first class level.

    Maybe over the course of the summer he will pick up his game being in the system. At the moment, he is not in line.

  • browners76 on November 11, 2013, 23:03 GMT

    Wow that looks a really dodgy top 6 to me. Smith and Bailey at 5 and 6 really look a place to high. I know Smith had some success in England I still don't really rate him as a batsman. Warner is a caught behind candidate and we all know Watsons fallibility to straight bowling. Haddin is past it and the replacements such as Hughes and Khawaja are iffy. Australia still have the same problems they've had for the last couple of years of not being able to post big scores. All the pressure will once again be on Harris's broad shoulders.

  • ScottStevo on November 11, 2013, 22:11 GMT

    @ShutTheGate, completely agree. I'd be extremely surprised if that's not exactly who they'll name tomorrow. Finally someone talking some sense here!

    @thiruven, yep, that's the team I think will line up in Brisbane too.

    @Ducky610, as I've written before, 3 Tassie seamers right at the top of the stats last season. Best deck to play half your matches on as a seamer. He's played one test, and took a few wickets, but didn't really impress me much.

  • dunger.bob on November 11, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    Rest them if you must, but if you keep fiddling with it, eventually you'll break it.

  • kensohatter on November 11, 2013, 5:48 GMT

    Seen a few interesting test XI here. Heres mine. 1. Rogers - A rock we need guys that can dull the new ball 2. Warner - In form. Our future 3. Clarke - Best bat hes gotta come in high up and show intent 4. Ferguson - This guy deserves a chance 5. Smith - In form 6. Haddin - You have 2 tests hads. No runs and Paine gets in 7. Faulkner - We need additional bowling against the poms and Watson doesnt give it. 8. O'Keefe - best spinner in the country by a country mile + he can hold a bat 9. Johnson - You can afford a wild loose cannon like mitch if you have steady bowlers and options around him 10. Harris - Solid and on fire 11. Siddle

    In my opinion this team bats down to Johnson at 9 (Harris and Sids are no slouches either) and has 5 decent bowling options (which we need). Johnson can come on for short bursts in this set up. Clarke must bat higher than he does and steer the ship

  • rambler960 on November 11, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    dylan good side you are the only one to suggest hartley in the side.always pick the best keeper.half the aussie players need to be reassured about their futures and dropped and dropped for good. no captains mates or look like tarzan bat like jane's in my side 1.rogers 2.cowan 3.doolan 4.clarke 5.smith 6.khajawa 7.faulkner 8.hartley 9.siddle 10.harris 11.hilfenhaus 12th man any gun fielder who can come on anytime remember the last ashes series. remember first test is at the gabba hilfenhaus swings the ball.

  • on November 12, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    I think it is a great idea to rest Pup, Ryno and Sid so that they are well rested and in full form for the first test at the Gabba.

  • Little_Aussie_Battler on November 12, 2013, 8:06 GMT

    The should rest Warner from the first test and bring in a batsman in his place. Save him for the 20/20 stuff in January

  • landl47 on November 12, 2013, 4:57 GMT

    I think Aus had no choice but to rest Clarke and Harris, both with chronic injury problems hanging over their heads. They'll have to be nursed through the series if they are to play all 5 tests. Not so sure about Siddle- his best quality is his durability and he might have needed more FC practice under his belt.

    Congratulations, ShutTheGate- your first 12 were the 12 chosen and likely Doolan would have been 13th if they'd chosen 13. It was really fairly obvious- they've chosen 10 of the 11 that played the final test in England (Starc was the other and he's injured) and have brought in Johnson (for Starc) and Bailey. With Watson struggling with a hamstring injury I think they might play the same 10 in the first test and leave out Bailey, with Haddin batting #6. Faulkner does give another bowling option and he batted very well in India, plus he's a pain in the backside to the opposition. Always good to have a stirrer in the side, if you can stop him poking the W/K in the eye!

  • jimbond on November 12, 2013, 3:49 GMT

    It would make sense to rest Watson and Johnson as well.

  • Little_Aussie_Battler on November 12, 2013, 2:38 GMT

    Good they have not selected Fawad. He came in with a lot of fanfare and is a reasonable leggie. Problem is his stock ball just does not concern batsmen at first class level.

    Maybe over the course of the summer he will pick up his game being in the system. At the moment, he is not in line.

  • browners76 on November 11, 2013, 23:03 GMT

    Wow that looks a really dodgy top 6 to me. Smith and Bailey at 5 and 6 really look a place to high. I know Smith had some success in England I still don't really rate him as a batsman. Warner is a caught behind candidate and we all know Watsons fallibility to straight bowling. Haddin is past it and the replacements such as Hughes and Khawaja are iffy. Australia still have the same problems they've had for the last couple of years of not being able to post big scores. All the pressure will once again be on Harris's broad shoulders.

  • ScottStevo on November 11, 2013, 22:11 GMT

    @ShutTheGate, completely agree. I'd be extremely surprised if that's not exactly who they'll name tomorrow. Finally someone talking some sense here!

    @thiruven, yep, that's the team I think will line up in Brisbane too.

    @Ducky610, as I've written before, 3 Tassie seamers right at the top of the stats last season. Best deck to play half your matches on as a seamer. He's played one test, and took a few wickets, but didn't really impress me much.

  • dunger.bob on November 11, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    Rest them if you must, but if you keep fiddling with it, eventually you'll break it.

  • kensohatter on November 11, 2013, 5:48 GMT

    Seen a few interesting test XI here. Heres mine. 1. Rogers - A rock we need guys that can dull the new ball 2. Warner - In form. Our future 3. Clarke - Best bat hes gotta come in high up and show intent 4. Ferguson - This guy deserves a chance 5. Smith - In form 6. Haddin - You have 2 tests hads. No runs and Paine gets in 7. Faulkner - We need additional bowling against the poms and Watson doesnt give it. 8. O'Keefe - best spinner in the country by a country mile + he can hold a bat 9. Johnson - You can afford a wild loose cannon like mitch if you have steady bowlers and options around him 10. Harris - Solid and on fire 11. Siddle

    In my opinion this team bats down to Johnson at 9 (Harris and Sids are no slouches either) and has 5 decent bowling options (which we need). Johnson can come on for short bursts in this set up. Clarke must bat higher than he does and steer the ship

  • rambler960 on November 11, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    dylan good side you are the only one to suggest hartley in the side.always pick the best keeper.half the aussie players need to be reassured about their futures and dropped and dropped for good. no captains mates or look like tarzan bat like jane's in my side 1.rogers 2.cowan 3.doolan 4.clarke 5.smith 6.khajawa 7.faulkner 8.hartley 9.siddle 10.harris 11.hilfenhaus 12th man any gun fielder who can come on anytime remember the last ashes series. remember first test is at the gabba hilfenhaus swings the ball.

  • James_Murphy on November 11, 2013, 3:38 GMT

    Do not dismiss James Faulkner too easily. He can comfortably hold his own at 7 I believe. He is 23, has a FC average of 30 with the bat and 22 with the ball. He also took 6 in his first test and was impressive. He offers balance and energy and everybody loves him in the team. His FC average of 30 with the bat living in Tasmania means maybe he could be improved to higher towards 40 in another state, and a bowling average of 22 would likely be closer to 30 in other states as well. At 23 he can improve both elements of his game and could be an all time great. Bold statement but if he averages 30 with the ball and 40 with the bat at number 7 for the next 10 years Australia could be a very good team.

  • James_Murphy on November 11, 2013, 3:15 GMT

    Smart by Australia. Can't understand all this talk about Cutting? He is clearly miles off it if picked in the Aus A side. Of the current fit bowlers Hilfenhaus MJ Faulkner Sayers and Coulter-Nile are all ahead of him. To me the only spot worth talking about is Lyon or Ahmed or Faulkner. The other 10 are picked with Doolan cover for Watson. 1. Warner 2. Rogers 3. Watson/Doolan 4. Clarke 5.Smith 6. Bailey 7. Haddin 8. MJ 9. Sidds 10. Harris and 11th spot likely Lyon but i'd prefer Ahmed. Faulkner may play if they go with four seamers and leave a spinner out. Smith can step up his role.

  • wellrounded87 on November 11, 2013, 1:40 GMT

    @Dylan Young

    A few things. 1. The best young bat in the country would be one of Alex Doolan, Chris Lynn or Jordan Silk (but his form has been very good and there's no reason to drop him at this stage given the lack of experience of Doolan, Lynn and Silk) 2. Bailey is hardly low risk considering his extremely underwhelming first class record and susceptibility to swing, he will be fodder for Anderson. 3. There's an argument to make for Hartley taking the gloves, he's easily the best gloveman in the country and his form with the willow has been solid. 4. 2 all rounders in the team? Faulkner might have a gritty attitude but he lacks pace and penetration to trouble the top order which puts an extremely large amount of responsibility on the fragile harris and Siddle who seems to have lost a lot of sting in his bowling

    I couldn't agree more on O'Keefe though, poor guy is the one NSWelshman that truly deserves selection yet can't get a look in.

  • Ducky610 on November 11, 2013, 1:28 GMT

    @ScottStevo You realize Faulkner has a first class bowling average of 22 and took 6 wickets in his first test right? His selection wouldn't be on India alone unlike all those asking for Bailey who is lucky his leadership skills let him hold his place in the Tassie shield side... He's a better whites bowler than OD bowler... He can't bat at 6 though you are right about that... He's not an 'allrounder' like Watson hes a bowler who knows how to bat...

  • Ducky610 on November 11, 2013, 1:22 GMT

    To be honest if they are concerned for injuries it is the best, although none of the three have hit form yet they have a way of getting themselves up for the tests...

    1. Rogers (easily the second best bat in Australia) 2. Warner (century gets him in) 3. Watson (his last two tests are all we can go on)/ North (if Watson isnt up, North has the experience and is in form) 4. Clarke 5. Smith 6. White (in his best ever form, good age, good leadership, now is his time) 7. Haddin 8. O'Keefe (out bowling Lyon for NSW, logical) 9. Faulkner (no other quicks have made an impact in the shield yet enough to unseat him) 10. Harris 11. Siddle

  • on November 11, 2013, 0:58 GMT

    Mitch Johnson- coaching made enigma, he has been over-primped and preened along the years 'you have to push it away' 'you have to bowl tight line and length' ' you must conserve runs'. I believe he is a bowler 40 years too late. Could anyone imagine them asking Jeffrey Robert Thomson to do any of that ? Not saying he is Thommo, but what i am saying is perhaps Boof has found the key, just bowl fast and nasty. In his career he has made a habit of "badging" batsmen and breaking fingers.You don't do that bowling 1/2 volleys outside off.He only needs 3 directions when sent out to bowl. Short, fast and at 'em. No batsman world wide is comfortable facing him during these type of spells. Get them on the back foot then the inswinger. The English (like all other modern batsmen) have a real problem with the lifting short ball.We have a weapon lets use it. Short leg, 2 men out and into them, Ashes come home.

  • on November 11, 2013, 0:41 GMT

    1. Chrish rogers 2. Aaron finch 3. Shane watson/ Phillip Hughes 4. Micheal Clarke 5. Steve Smith 6. Matthew Wade 7. Glenn Maxwell 8. James faulkner/ Mitchell Starc 9. Peter Siddle 10. Ryan harris 11. Fawad Ahmed/ Nathan Lyon

  • Wefinishthis on November 10, 2013, 23:29 GMT

    Dylan Young - best lineup I've seen posted here. I'd only consider changing Siddle for Sayers or Sandu (Bird or Pattinson to come back in when fit) and I too would like to drop Watson (he's not going to score big again for a long time), play Cosgrove/Bailey at 3 and Silk at 6. On another note, Where on earth do the media and the selectors get the impression that Faulkner is an all-rounder? He's a bowler that can play a handy innings on the rare occasion like Starc or Johnson. None of them are proper all-rounders though. The only all-rounder we have is Watson, but he's just not very good at test cricket (in limited overs though he's a gun).

  • ShutTheGate on November 10, 2013, 23:01 GMT

    Why are so many people suggesting dropping players who are in form when one of our major complaints is consistent test selection?

    Like them or not Warner, Rogers, Watson and Lyon have nothing to deserve being dropped even if there are other "more promising" young stars on the fringe.

    I think the squad of 13 will be.

    1. Rogers, 2. Warner, 3. Watson, 4. Clarke, 5. Smith, 6. Bailey, 7. Haddin, 8. MJ, 9.Siddle, 10. Harris, 11. Lyon, 12. Faulkner, 13. Doolan.

    I think that Cutting and Paine will get a chance if there is an injury or severe lack of form and although MJ is risky I think he's worth a risk for Brisbane. If he doesn't perform quickly then Cutting is in or Pattinson if he's ready rehabilitated by the Perth test.

  • Chris_P on November 10, 2013, 23:01 GMT

    @azzaman333. Actually not too far from my preferred, although I really think the selectors won't consider Hartley, they'll go for Haddin but I believe Paine is the next man in line. White certainly deserves serious thought, agree with Doolan although I have a feeling both will miss out to Watson & Bailey (even allowing for their poor first class form, the pitches won't be the Indian roads they have trampled on recently). Cutting has improved a lot these past 2 seasons, I would have him ahead of MJ, but I think the selectors will go with MJ (& that makes me very, very concerned). We'll see when the test team is announced how close we are.

  • thiruven on November 10, 2013, 22:47 GMT

    Given current form and potential to perform, the following maybe the line-up Chris Rogers, David Warner, Shane Watson, Michael Clarke, Steve Smith, George Bailey, Brad Haddin, Mitchel Johnson, Peter Siddle, Ryan Harris and Peter Lyon.

    Chris Lynn, Cameron White, Faulkner and Mathew Wade cannot be ignored.

    Hope Warner sticks to his instincts with a quick fire and demoralizes English attack.

  • on November 10, 2013, 22:42 GMT

    Whatever happened to Watson being the opener and Warner batting at 6? Then Watson was back to being a 6 wasn't he? All these decisions now we got Warner and Watson at 2 and 3. I kinda like the idea of one of them at 6 myself. In which case we're either looking for an opener or a number 3 bat, I like Warner at 3 myself.

    Rogers Hughes Warner Clarke Smith Watson Haddin O'Keefe Harris Siddle Sayers

  • OneEyedAussie on November 10, 2013, 22:26 GMT

    This is the XI I think will be picked for 1st test: 1) Rogers 2) Warner 3) Watson (batsman only) 4) Clarke 5) Smith 6) Bailey 7) Haddin 8) Johnson 9) Siddle 10) Harris 11) Lyon

    This the XI I would like to see: 1) Rogers 2) Warner 3) Clarke 4) Hughes 5) Smith 6) Watson (as an allrounder, if not fit to bowl then Bailey) 7) Paine 8) O'Keefe 9) Siddle 10) Harris 11) Hilfenhaus

  • Shaggy076 on November 10, 2013, 22:05 GMT

    Pretty obvious move, they have all played back to back shield games and don't want them playing 3 shield games in a row followed by 3 tests in 4 weeks or 5tests in 7 weeks. I'm sure everyone could agree in a 10 week period to play 3 shield matches and 5 tests is asking for trouble.

  • Dave1970 on November 10, 2013, 22:02 GMT

    Watson did make a huge score in his last test however a flash in the pan score can't erase the inconsistencies he has shown over and extended period of time. He is 30 plus and time to give another person a chance. So with that in mind here is my eleven.

    1. Rogers - solid first tour 2. Doolan - In form and should be given a go - not foreign to opening 3. Lynn - In form and shown to make solid scores 4. Clarke 5. Smith - future captain ? 6. Warner - can open (Lynn moved to here/Doolan to three) 7. Haddin - looking at last test series unless improves with bat 8. Johnson - Experience and fingers crossed (still concerns me) 9. Siddle 10. Harris 11. Lyon - give him a break - has been consistent and deserves support

    12. Faulkner - great competitori 13. Hilfenhaus 14. White - in form and could be could replacement for Warner

    Bowling stocks have been thinned by injury. Hopefully Johnson can get it right but if not then time to cut him loose like Watson and get experience in to others

  • azzaman333 on November 10, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    1. Rogers 2. Warner 3. Doolan/Watson (Doolan unless Watson can bowl) 4/5 Smith/Clarke (wherever Clarke wants to bat) 6. White (if not the form batsman in the country at the moment, in the top 3) 7. Wade/Hartley (big fan of Wade but Hartley's in good enough form with the bat to take the risk. Haddin shouldn't even be considered) 8. Cutting 9. Siddle 10. Harris 11. Lyon 12. Faulkner (unlucky to miss out but Cutting is the better bowler) 13. Bailey (not convinced by his Shield form, needs a big one this week)

  • on November 10, 2013, 17:07 GMT

    Australia have taken a good decision by resting their key 3 players for the 1st test .My ideal XI for the 1st test is:-

    1.Warner 2.Rogers 3.Hughes/Marsh 4.Clarke 5.Smith 6.Bailey/Henriques 7.Haddin/Wade 8.Faulkner 9.Johnson 10.Siddle 11.Harris 11

  • on November 10, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    The ideal team without injuries but CA has no foresight unfortunately and will stick with the tried and true failures.

    1.Warner (with his last chance) 2.Doolen (Maddinson will be in soon) 3.Clarke 4.Smith 5.Bailey 6. Maxwell 7. Wade (all our keepers are crap but Wade bats best) 8 Pattinson (Gannon or Hogan whilst he and Starc are injured) 9. Starc 10, Harris 11. Siddle (until Cummins is fit-if ever)

    Watson has failed for far too long and is time to move on. There is no point picking a spinner. We dont allow throwing and as a result there is no point picking one. Our only decent spinner is O'Keefe.

  • izzidole on November 10, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    The aussie cricket team is often dogged by injuries to their players when compared to other cricket nations around the world especially the fast bowlers and cannot afford to take any more risks whatsoever. This has been the sad story where aussie cricket is concerned in the last four years or so. It's now so common that the players have to avoid much needed practice than suffer an injury before the ashes starting less than a fortnight away.So it's no surprise that Clarke, Siddle and Harris will not be playing in the next round of Sheffield Shield matches to be injury free for the Gabba test. Already Cummins, Pattinson, Starc, Bird, Bollinger, Hazelwood and Watson are injured and their availability for the ashes test series is still uncertain. Mysteriously both our young and older cricketers always seem to be prone to injury than their counterparts in other parts of the world.

  • on November 10, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    1. Rogers - A given

    2. Warner - Talented, in great form, and is a big part of our future.

    3. Watson - Prefer he wasn't, but there is no point debating - he is a lock in for the Gabba Test.

    4. Clarke - A given

    5. Smith - Best young bat in the country, proved himself in the recent Ashes series, in great form. Big part of our future.

    6. Bailey - Proven international cricketer - low risk, high reward.

    7. Paine - Best replacement for has been Haddin. If not for his injuries he would have played 100 international matches by now. He's done a lot of hard work - no better time to bring him back.

    8. Faulkner - Left armer, proven wicket-taker - no disputing that. He's also a gritty batsmen who will fight hard and give it his all. Great guy to have in the team - big part of our future.

    9. O'Keefe - About time this bloke was given a chance - best performed spinner for years.

    10. Harris - A given - best bowler of the recent Ashes series.

    11. Siddle - Our reliable work-horse

  • on November 10, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    Clarke has looked good, without being exceptional. Let's hope he saves his best for the Ashes.

  • ScottStevo on November 10, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    @TheParraboy, Faulkner at #6? LOL! A few swipes in India doesn't make him a batsman. If he bats at 6, we lose - miserably. In fact, if he plays as a bowler, we will lose, miserably. I can't believe we're talking about Cutting after a half decent display in a practice match. If getting smashed all day 1 for 0 wickets isn't enough evidence that he's not up to it, then I don't know what is. Worse still, by Carberry, who is a moderately decent batsman (being nice). If he's getting smoked by him, he's in trouble. HUGE troubles. Barring a little spell early doors with the new ball, and on the last day when conditions were perfect for bowling, he looked average at best. Faulkner won't be too dissimilar. Neither of which are good enough with the bat to excuse taking a #6 bat out of our side when we can't score enough runs in the first place. Completely infuriating listening to idiotic ideas of how to ruin our side even more so than we did in India bringing in these useless "allrounders"

  • BradmanBestEver on November 10, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    God help us - MJ is back in contention. While we are at it lets recall Marcus North

  • BradmanBestEver on November 10, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    Bailey makes runs on Indian roads against India and all of a sudden he is the best choice for fair pitches in Australia against England?

    They should go for someone with (1) youth on his side and (2) a better long form game record - Chris Lynn is one example of a better choice

  • Shazza143 on November 10, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    George Bailey will most definitely take the number 6 spot. His ability to play spin and pace reminds us of M.Hussey. The actual debate is if Australia are going to play a spinner. If Australia do play a spinner, with recent form Ahmed will take that place. If Australia go with 4 pace bowlers, Jimmy Faulker will be at number 8. The next big debate is if Australia take a spinner it will be Faulker vs Johnson. With both Jimmy and Johnson in top form it will all depend on the pitch inspection. My 11 for the first test :

    1. Chris Rogers

    2. David Warner

    3. Shane Watson

    4. Micheal Clarke

    5. Steve Smith

    6. George Bailey

    7. Brad Haddin

    8. James Faulker/Mitchel Johnson

    9. Peter Siddle

    10. Ryan Harris

    11.Fawad Ahmed

  • Beertjie on November 10, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    @TheParraboy on (November 10, 2013, 10:20 GMT) This might well be the line-up for Adelaide after Mitch flops and Watto breaks down again. Nevertheless, it might be worth the gamble for the Gabba. Good decision to rest those 3.

  • Mary_786 on November 10, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    Agree with the move, well done

  • Ms.Cricket on November 10, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    The current crop of Australian cricketers, Clarke included, are the softest ever - they need to be rested and protected all the time.

  • TheParraboy on November 10, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    Mitch Johnson has had his time in the test side. We cant keep picking the bloke based on a good spell of bowling every 2nd series. Siddle Harris, Faulkner (at no6) and Cutting to be the pace bowlers for the GABBA please

  • Tedtheo on November 10, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    @milepost..You say Pietersen struggles against pace ?? I think you will find he excels against pace. Think back to when he treated Dale Steyn with such Disdain during Proteas last visit to England. Dale Steyn is real pace isnt he?

  • on November 10, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    Oh of course. CA in its usual wisdom decide to keep on ice (translation means create another break down) two bowlers who had poor displays in their last game. Yep, makes real sense. Keep them out of form for the tests.

  • milepost on November 10, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    @Mitty2, let's hope Johnson comes in and roughs them up. He has troubled the best batsman in the game so on form he can be a real handful. I understand your concerns but I think he is a risk worth taking. I don't think Trott or Pietersen will score a run against him as both struggle against real pace. Who knows, he might not get picked.

  • on November 10, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    Good move. As much as I hate to see players rested, there's five tests in about six or so weeks. Harris must rest as much as possible. He was by far the best bowler in England - way better than Anderson. Clarke doesn't need to do any more and we need a fresh Siddle with the injuries to so many other bowlers.

  • on November 10, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    Good call .... but I am going to miss you Clarkie!!

  • on November 10, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    Why are we naming our squad 9 days before the test? It seems quite ludicrous to me.

  • Mitty2 on November 10, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    We may as well not be playing if MJ plays the first test. We all know that he's not up for it and is mentally weak - especially against Eng. All the hard work of Harris, Siddle, Lyon and co of last Ashes in making Trott, Cook, Prior, Bairstow and maybe Root have poor series with the bat will be undone with the (fast) pies being served to them. People are saying that he has an improved action but he has always done well in ODI's (independent of test results) and when he demolished in Perth and when he was demolished in Brisbane there was an obvious higher arm action in Perth as he was more confident. His action is all to do with confidence and his mind, and when Cook and Trott inevitably grind him down that arm will get lower, and lower. I do wish him well but I would just love to not have a repeat of '10/'11 (shivers) and would prefer steadier bowlers - Sayers or Cutting would be fine.

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  • Mitty2 on November 10, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    We may as well not be playing if MJ plays the first test. We all know that he's not up for it and is mentally weak - especially against Eng. All the hard work of Harris, Siddle, Lyon and co of last Ashes in making Trott, Cook, Prior, Bairstow and maybe Root have poor series with the bat will be undone with the (fast) pies being served to them. People are saying that he has an improved action but he has always done well in ODI's (independent of test results) and when he demolished in Perth and when he was demolished in Brisbane there was an obvious higher arm action in Perth as he was more confident. His action is all to do with confidence and his mind, and when Cook and Trott inevitably grind him down that arm will get lower, and lower. I do wish him well but I would just love to not have a repeat of '10/'11 (shivers) and would prefer steadier bowlers - Sayers or Cutting would be fine.

  • on November 10, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    Why are we naming our squad 9 days before the test? It seems quite ludicrous to me.

  • on November 10, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    Good call .... but I am going to miss you Clarkie!!

  • on November 10, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    Good move. As much as I hate to see players rested, there's five tests in about six or so weeks. Harris must rest as much as possible. He was by far the best bowler in England - way better than Anderson. Clarke doesn't need to do any more and we need a fresh Siddle with the injuries to so many other bowlers.

  • milepost on November 10, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    @Mitty2, let's hope Johnson comes in and roughs them up. He has troubled the best batsman in the game so on form he can be a real handful. I understand your concerns but I think he is a risk worth taking. I don't think Trott or Pietersen will score a run against him as both struggle against real pace. Who knows, he might not get picked.

  • on November 10, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    Oh of course. CA in its usual wisdom decide to keep on ice (translation means create another break down) two bowlers who had poor displays in their last game. Yep, makes real sense. Keep them out of form for the tests.

  • Tedtheo on November 10, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    @milepost..You say Pietersen struggles against pace ?? I think you will find he excels against pace. Think back to when he treated Dale Steyn with such Disdain during Proteas last visit to England. Dale Steyn is real pace isnt he?

  • TheParraboy on November 10, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    Mitch Johnson has had his time in the test side. We cant keep picking the bloke based on a good spell of bowling every 2nd series. Siddle Harris, Faulkner (at no6) and Cutting to be the pace bowlers for the GABBA please

  • Ms.Cricket on November 10, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    The current crop of Australian cricketers, Clarke included, are the softest ever - they need to be rested and protected all the time.

  • Mary_786 on November 10, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    Agree with the move, well done