England v Australia, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 1st day July 18, 2013

Cowan, Starc dropped for Lord's

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Ed Cowan and Mitchell Starc have been dropped for Usman Khawaja and Ryan Harris in Australia's XI for the second Investec Ashes Test at Lord's.

The changes were not unexpected, after Cowan struggled through arguably the poorest of his 18 Tests at Trent Bridge in the unfamiliar No. 3 position and Starc's form oscillated throughout.

Khawaja's inclusion provided him with the first chance to show his improvement as a batsman since he was left out of the Test team in late 2011, serving consistently as a reserve since.

Harris was always a likely call-up for Lord's, as his consistent line, swing and skiddy pace appear ideally suited to the ground and its idiosyncratic slope. Importantly, Harris has played twice at the venue before, and as a senior bowler his temperament will be useful for the tourists as they seek to reverse a 1-0 series deficit.

While Starc can be expected to come back into the team at a later date, Cowan may have played his last Test. He had taken part in 18 consecutive matches since his debut on Boxing Day 2011, but a record of only one century and an average of 31.28 always left him vulnerable to omission.

Australia: 1 Shane Watson, 2 Chris Rogers, 3 Usman Khawaja, 4 Michael Clarke (capt), 5 Steve Smith, 6 Phillip Hughes, 7 Brad Haddin (wk), 8 Ashton Agar, 9 Peter Siddle, 10 James Pattinson, 11 Ryan Harris

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • POSTED BY Mandini on | July 19, 2013, 3:33 GMT

    Following up my previous. I wonder what criteria are used when selecting Australian batters. In 32 innings Cowan has averaged over 31.2 and at times looked like he could bat, while Hughes in his last 32 innings has averaged just under 29.2 has been shifted down the order and rarely if ever looks like he can bat. In his last 10 innings Hughes has had 6 scores of 6 or less while Cowan has had 6 scores of 24 or more. I am not saying Cowan is good enough but surely he must get a place before Hughes.

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | July 18, 2013, 21:22 GMT

    Good selections, I'd say we have our strongest team out there.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    Honours about even so far, I'd say - AUS needs to make around 450 in their first innings to off-set the disadvantage of batting fourth on a probably wearing track ...let's hope for an interesting match like the first !

  • POSTED BY sportofpain on | July 18, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    England will win this 5-0. Australia overachieved in the first test to get so close but man for man there is no comparison. The Aussies are outclassed in every department. If you had Punter and Hussey in the side I'd say the series would be tight but Usman is not Punter and Steve Smith is not Hussey so there is really no chance for this Aussie side. @brotherswaugh - your point about Watson is well made. No specialist bat would survive with a track record of that kind. England are missing a trick by not playing Monty - with Monty and Swann plus Anderson and Finn you have 4 matchwinning bowlers but formulaic thinking prevents an outstanding left arm spinner from getting a game. Still 5-0 England unless weather intervenes.

  • POSTED BY thebrotherswaugh on | July 18, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    @David_Boon - interesting point, but isn't that why we select batsmen - to score the runs. @offkey - yep, Finn was definitely unlucky not to be picked - Trent Bridge didn't suit his style of bowling - it'll be interesting to see how he goes in OZ later this year - he should be a handful providing he bowls smart.

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | July 18, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    @Chris_P, no problem, Aus also show that they can dig in and put up a fight when the chips are down.

    I've had the series marked as a 1 game win to england possibly 2 if that had some luck.

    In the way series Aus are going to be even stronger, so I expect Aus to win by a similar margin down under.

  • POSTED BY johnnycash on | July 18, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    @Tony Sadgrove-if Matthew Wade was keeper at Trent Bridge, the 'missed chances' would have been at least double that number. Did you count Broads edge as one? I hope not.

  • POSTED BY Mitty2 on | July 18, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    @dr, thirsty, Patto was very unlucky - he bowled very well without getting the rewards, whereas with Starc, every other balls other than the wicket balls were innocuous and/or pressure releasing. Regardless, Patto averages under 25 in both tests and FC; whereas Starc averages above 30 in both FC and tests at an average economy rate and strike rate. Compare their Indian series on those terrible, negating wickets, Starc averaged over 100, whereas Patto 27. Although right now, Patto's pace is considerably down from his previous tests

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | July 18, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    @Gareth_Bain. Sure, as long as you offer a retraction when he doesn't. The only time he has broken down in a match was a small matter of a broken foot! What chances of that happening again? HUGE odds. He should leave his mark in this match, although not sure if he'll play again in the series, perhaps one more.

  • POSTED BY AltafPatel on | July 18, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    they were too late to include experienced like Siddle, Harris. It already cost them 4-0 in India.

  • POSTED BY Mandini on | July 19, 2013, 3:33 GMT

    Following up my previous. I wonder what criteria are used when selecting Australian batters. In 32 innings Cowan has averaged over 31.2 and at times looked like he could bat, while Hughes in his last 32 innings has averaged just under 29.2 has been shifted down the order and rarely if ever looks like he can bat. In his last 10 innings Hughes has had 6 scores of 6 or less while Cowan has had 6 scores of 24 or more. I am not saying Cowan is good enough but surely he must get a place before Hughes.

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | July 18, 2013, 21:22 GMT

    Good selections, I'd say we have our strongest team out there.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    Honours about even so far, I'd say - AUS needs to make around 450 in their first innings to off-set the disadvantage of batting fourth on a probably wearing track ...let's hope for an interesting match like the first !

  • POSTED BY sportofpain on | July 18, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    England will win this 5-0. Australia overachieved in the first test to get so close but man for man there is no comparison. The Aussies are outclassed in every department. If you had Punter and Hussey in the side I'd say the series would be tight but Usman is not Punter and Steve Smith is not Hussey so there is really no chance for this Aussie side. @brotherswaugh - your point about Watson is well made. No specialist bat would survive with a track record of that kind. England are missing a trick by not playing Monty - with Monty and Swann plus Anderson and Finn you have 4 matchwinning bowlers but formulaic thinking prevents an outstanding left arm spinner from getting a game. Still 5-0 England unless weather intervenes.

  • POSTED BY thebrotherswaugh on | July 18, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    @David_Boon - interesting point, but isn't that why we select batsmen - to score the runs. @offkey - yep, Finn was definitely unlucky not to be picked - Trent Bridge didn't suit his style of bowling - it'll be interesting to see how he goes in OZ later this year - he should be a handful providing he bowls smart.

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | July 18, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    @Chris_P, no problem, Aus also show that they can dig in and put up a fight when the chips are down.

    I've had the series marked as a 1 game win to england possibly 2 if that had some luck.

    In the way series Aus are going to be even stronger, so I expect Aus to win by a similar margin down under.

  • POSTED BY johnnycash on | July 18, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    @Tony Sadgrove-if Matthew Wade was keeper at Trent Bridge, the 'missed chances' would have been at least double that number. Did you count Broads edge as one? I hope not.

  • POSTED BY Mitty2 on | July 18, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    @dr, thirsty, Patto was very unlucky - he bowled very well without getting the rewards, whereas with Starc, every other balls other than the wicket balls were innocuous and/or pressure releasing. Regardless, Patto averages under 25 in both tests and FC; whereas Starc averages above 30 in both FC and tests at an average economy rate and strike rate. Compare their Indian series on those terrible, negating wickets, Starc averaged over 100, whereas Patto 27. Although right now, Patto's pace is considerably down from his previous tests

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | July 18, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    @Gareth_Bain. Sure, as long as you offer a retraction when he doesn't. The only time he has broken down in a match was a small matter of a broken foot! What chances of that happening again? HUGE odds. He should leave his mark in this match, although not sure if he'll play again in the series, perhaps one more.

  • POSTED BY AltafPatel on | July 18, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    they were too late to include experienced like Siddle, Harris. It already cost them 4-0 in India.

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | July 18, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    @YorkshirePudding. Cheers to you. But your lot show they are always up for a fight, so the game is well & truly afoot! There is a lot of this test match to be played out yet.

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | July 18, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    @Chris_P, Completely agree lets wait till the games over, I think Aus might just win this game.

  • POSTED BY thebrotherswaugh on | July 18, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    @dr.thirsty - very interesting figures and I fully agree with your sentiment. Starc has been consistently shuffld around by the selectors, including being 'rested' after taking a 5-for in the 2nd innings of a home test against SL - yeah, work that one out. Patto does have a better record overall, but he's also been given far more support and direction by the selectors & co. You're fellas have won a good toss to win, sunny conditions and a good batting track. I'll be happy if we can knock ENG over for 350-400. Regardless, OZ must score at least 400+ in the 1st innings, and the top order must stamp some authority on the game - at least one 100 and two 50's from the top 5! I just hope it proves as enthralling and dramatic as the 1st test (but with a victory to OZ this time).

  • POSTED BY thebrotherswaugh on | July 18, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    Typical response from the OZ selectors - the bowlers get the job done at Trent Bridge, the batsmen are VERY ordinary, so we have one change to each! Harris will not let us down, but his propensity for injury must be a concern. I feel for Starc. Great to see Khawaja given another chance, but he'd best make full use of this opportunity or he'll be given the axe, like so many before him filling the #3 spot recently. It always amazes me how Watson seems to fly under the radar - 42 tests, 77 innings, 35.18 average, 2 x 100's and 19 x 50's. Apparently, Lehmann wants the batsmen to score more hundreds - then why select this perennial 'choker' with regards to scoring hundreds. The most overhyped and over-rated player to play for OZ in recent memory. Remember, he's picked to score runs, not bowl, and his record is mediocre at best. Figures don't always tell the whole story, but in Watson's case they do. It's a sad reflection of the strength of our batting stocks.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 18, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    good luck usman all the best real replacement for punter

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | July 18, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    @Mike G W Barker. Let's revisit your comments at the end of the test, shall we? FYI, Rhino bowled the most number of overs in the shield final (5 day match) & was consistently the quickest bowler throughout. I have found it is far better making statements after the event, no one wins games at the half time whistle.

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | July 18, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    Like Meety, I expected Rhino for this test. A good choice. I wish Usman the best of luck as well & hope he delivers on his talent.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 18, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    Mitchell Johnson would had been a better choice...

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | July 18, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    @Shaggy076, I think you are incorrect in regards to Harris, becasue he broke down mid match, during the 4th test at Melbourne 2010, 2nd day, when he broke his foot.

  • POSTED BY Gareth_Bain on | July 18, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    Anyone for a pool? How many sessions will it take for Harris to get injured again?

  • POSTED BY offkey on | July 18, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    Sorry for me the wrong call by England this morning - if Finn had to go at least replace him with someone like Tremlett who might worry the Aussies at Lords. Bresnan has not impressed me for several months now. He was easy meat in the Champions Trophy and I'd hate to think his supposed batting ability was a factor in this decision. Happy to swallow my words if he performs but I rather suspect the Aussies will be quietly smiling at this decision.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 18, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    that's a great move to bring khawaja in Australia need a hungry player in its batting line up.

  • POSTED BY Mitty2 on | July 18, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    @R_U_4_REAL, the comment wasn't aggressive, it was only because I was out of room ;)

    @Rowan, that is the exact attitude that is the reason for our downfall over the last few years. Limited overs cricket should always be on the back burner!

    @runout49, that mentality - considering recent results of MJ and Starc - has really worked well for Australia hash;t it?

  • POSTED BY Mandini on | July 18, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    So how does Hughes do it, his record in his last 18 tests is no better than Cowan's and all that happens to him is he moves down the batting order. At least Cowan looks like he might be able to bat.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    Best of luck Khawaja and Australia

  • POSTED BY wozza245 on | July 18, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    Being a Yorkshire fan I would have loved to see Bressie in the 1st test but I must agree I don't see him being as effective at Lords. He will add something with the bat but it isn't the job of 8, 9, 10 and Jack to score the runs, that should be done sooner.

    Big selection of Ryan Harris, he will be much more challenging than Starc, but I think dropping Cowan after moving him from his preferred spot at the top of the order after just one test is unjust!

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    Best of luck Khawaja and Australia

  • POSTED BY vsroc on | July 18, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    Posted by Venkat Sraman on (July 18,2013) Considering the two changes,let us all bless Australia team members to come out with success.

  • POSTED BY dr.thirsty on | July 18, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    Fully understand Harris coming in, but interesting that Starc misses out. I know stats rarely tell the whole story and I certainly wouldn't presume to know more about the Ozzie bowlers than the Ozzie fans do - but check this out from the 1st Test. Pattinson; 5 for 170 @ 34; SR 61.1; 2 top6 wkts & 3 tailenders Starc; 5 for 135 @ 27; SR 58.8; 4 top6 wkts & 1 tailender. Perhaps its a matter of perception? Patto leads the attack and shouts a lot, therefore undroppable. Starc can struggle with rythym/line and smiles a lot, therefore a luxury. Thoughts anyone?

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 18, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    I think as a make or break test for Australia you have to go with your best Harris has proved his worth before and will keep things tight . Starc is the aust version of Finn who has also been dropped

  • POSTED BY cricket_fan_boy on | July 18, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    I am happy that AUS have picked the best team available to them. Khawaja is lucky, he hasnt really done enough to force selection but Cowen looked out of his depth and i agree with the decision to drop him. Harris deserves his chance. The bowling unit will need to be more accurate and build more pressure than in the first test if they are to restrict England to a target which is acheivable with this batting lineup.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    Khawaja is little known in International cricket which may go in his favour. Let's keep our fingers crossed. What irritates me that Aussies are 0-1 down in the crucial series and they are not fielding their best playing XI! I hope leaving Warner out of the most crucial match doesn't cost them too dearly. Harris of course is an experienced campaigner and his inclusion will certainly bolster the Aussie attack. Good Luck to Australia. Remain united as a team and kill the Poms.

  • POSTED BY SirViv1973 on | July 18, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    Dissapointed with Finn not being selected. His record here is great and the harder nature of the surface should have suited him. Bresnan has shown at times this season that he may be back to somewhere near his best but not consitently and his record at Lords is poor.

  • POSTED BY Shaggy076 on | July 18, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    Harris has never brodken down mid match. He is lion hearted and can bowl through pain if need be. Good choice as I reckon when playing he is the best of our bowlers.

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | July 18, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    Bresnan in for Finn :-( Wrong decision I think. On any other ground, yes; at Lords... nope. Oh well; guile vs. feisty pace it is them for game 2.

  • POSTED BY runout49 on | July 18, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    Australia had no choice to but to drop Cowan, but they should have stuck with Starc. Siddle and Harris are very similar bowlers and a leftarm pace bowler adds variety.

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | July 18, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    @Mitty2: If Clarke is best at 5, I still don't understand why he just doesn't stay at 5! Totally agree with you. He is listening too much to detractors like FFL who claim he is 'hiding' too much at 5.

    P.S. digs at Hughes and fast bowlers usually just tongue-in-cheek...

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    lets hope Starc doesn't come back until he matures at First Class level, but you know, from his perspective, why not focus on ODI/List A and twenty 20?

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    I don't think Starc worried anyone in the England team. Harris even with a limited prep is a better selection for Lords, hope he doesn't break down! Cowan is no number 3 at this level - Boof's only mistake so far.

  • POSTED BY handyandy on | July 18, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    Rhino is our best bowler ... when fit. He should have been in the first test.

    I would have went with Faulkner over Cowan. Lets face it the top order are useless anyway. I don't think Australia's batting will lose much at all by dropping a specialist batsman ... plus they get an extra bowler.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    Well, we still bat to 11!

  • POSTED BY David_Boon on | July 18, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    Starc's pathetic 'batting' was surely half the reason he got canned. We know he can bat, he almost made a ton against India. The lackadaisical way he went about it in the last Test though shows that perhaps he wasn't taking it seriously enough.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    Usman Khwaza duly needed a chance to prove himself with his talent he should grab this chance and cement his place in the team.

    For Ryan Harris he is a willy customer and with his experiencehe will be strengthening the austrailian pace attack

    Good Luck Australia

  • POSTED BY DragonCricketer on | July 18, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    Dont worry Dr Vindaloo, Aussies have Cooks left arm weakness covered by Clarke. Also, I think Harris can bowl with both arms

  • POSTED BY hris on | July 18, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    Unfair on Starc. He was more consistent than Pattinson or Siddle. He gives more variety to the attack. Poor decision. Wont help his confidence.

  • POSTED BY PutMarshyOn on | July 18, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    On the plus side without Starc's left-arm over there's less rough for Swann to work with against the right-handers. On the down side we have Harris adding to the rough for the left handers. Oh well. Decent call though, Harris is ideal for Lords. Good luck to Khawaja. The ability is there, not sure about the technique against the moving ball. Cowan has had a go and done some good things but he just isn't up to Test Cricket. Starc will be back.

  • POSTED BY DragonCricketer on | July 18, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    I also agree Khawaja is lucky to be there. His record isnt overly impressive. But he does seem to have that style and time with sots that a class batsman has. Agar had that look as well. I hope he goes well. What about Katich - 200 last innings Get rid of the babies

  • POSTED BY deathstar01 on | July 18, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    Dropping Cowan for Khwaja was exactly what I wanted. But making Starc out, i am a bit confused whether it is a good decision. He was better than Pattinson in the first test. Anyways, Siddle and Harris hopefully will crush the English batting with all their experiences.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    So, Cowan (average 31.28) is dropped in favour of Khawaja (average 29.22); this is reminiscent of England's continual reselecting of unsuccessful batsmen in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s; one reason England are so much better now is they don't do this any more. If Australia are going to recall someone they would do better to ask Katich to come out of retirement.

  • POSTED BY niazbhi on | July 18, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    Harris, Pattinson and Siddle all three have almost 4 wickets per test averaging less than 30 per wicket. Aussie bowling line is better than England's. England has to pick Tremlett or Onions..

  • POSTED BY Mitty2 on | July 18, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    @RagTagTeam, Starc was the most innocuous of all the bowlers in both innings - until he took wickets. That's his problem. He never looked like taking a wicket after his two wickets in the second innings and he never looked like taking a wicket in the first until Bairstow missed a straight one. Patto got more reverse than anyone, and was continuously threatening. His figures do not reflect how he bowled and he was generally very unlucky.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    as long as haddin has the gloves the aussies are playing with a handicap - was it 3 or 4 dropped or missed at trent bridge? his incompetence takes away any hope the spinner turning away from right handers, or left handers, Agar or Lyon or even ahmed, has to bowl an attacking leg side line - haddin just cannot read spin.

  • POSTED BY sshailesh on | July 18, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    this line up look more positive... 1 Shane Watson, 2 Chris Rogers, 3 Phillip Hughes, 4 Michael Clarke (capt), 5 Usman Khawaja, 6 Steve Smith, 7 Brad Haddin (wk), 8 Ashton Agar, 9 Peter Siddle, 10 James Pattinson, 11 Ryan Harris

  • POSTED BY Mitty2 on | July 18, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    Also, Clarke HAS to bat at 5. What position did Clakre score those three double centuries and that triple century? What position has Clarke saved our behinds on numerous occasions? What position does he have an average of above 100 for over a year in? 5. Conversely, at 4, he averages almost 20. Ridiculous that he feels pressured to bat at 4.

    Usman wouldn't prosper at 6/5 I think, and he has to come in at 4 at the worst. His playing of spin isn't great and he is a notoriously slow starter, so he needs to bat at 3 if Clarke is to bat at 5. He bats there for the Bulls. Hopefully Usman doesn't do what he has so far in his test career and waste starts, we all know the domino effect of not converting starts from Watson and Cowan over the years. Smith should't bat in the top 4, so Hughes to come in to 4.

    @R_U_4_REAL_NICK, Harris bowled mammoth spells in the Shield final on a sluggish pitch; likewise Patto bowled many long spells in India for good return. They are not short spell bowlers.

  • POSTED BY brusselslion on | July 18, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    Cowan's omission is no surprise but Starc can feel a little hard done by. To my mind, bit surprising as well. Left armers give that bit more variety.

    @jonesy2 (July 18, 2013, 8:18 GMT): Hold you enjoy your holiday, mate? And yet despite all that "..ridiculous depth.." and English envy, the scoreboard still reads England 1 Australia 0. Strange game this cricket!

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    Apropos of nothing - July 18th is the birthday of two greats. Dennis Lillee is 64 today and WG Grace exactly 101 years older. How apt that the test should begin today.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    Hooray! Cowan is gone. Was there ever a batsman more confused about how to use his bat? However, I have a feeling that Khawaja will prove an equal disappointment. Harris is a good choice. Tough on Starc but he'll be back for sure. Selectors just didn't want a repeat of 2009 with an erratic left armer not knowing how to bowl at Lords. Harris is much more like McGrath or Aldermann, who were Lords masters (pun intended.)

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    Warner out for 6 in the Australia A first class game. :)

  • POSTED BY Dr.Vindaloo on | July 18, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    What happened to that Aussie masterplan of targeting Cook's alleged weakness against left arm pace?

  • POSTED BY Tom_Bowler on | July 18, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    Harris is a good bowler, certainly better than Mitchell "Johnson" Starc, shame he's so splintery. Khawaja? We'll see, been resolutely unimpressed on the numerous previous occasions he's been hailed as the saviour of Australian cricket. It's all about as relevant as the Titanic's radical new deck chair plan though.

  • POSTED BY Batmanian on | July 18, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    Khawaja at three will be the making or breaking of him once and for all - it's really forcing that issue. Would be much smarter to bat him behind Clarke, but I wouldn't mess with Hughes's form down the order. Really hope Khawaja can put it together. Not sure about Harris's preparation.

  • POSTED BY milepost on | July 18, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    Good changes. Players need time to bed in for sure and we shouldn't drop anyone after one poor showing but positions should be awarded based on performance. Harris is excellent and Khawaja deserves a go. Starc will definitely play again in this series but Cowan may well not. No nonsense from Lehmann which was what concerned me about the Arthur/Clarke pairing. Pick your best team to win the game of cricket in front of you. Theses are professional guys that train continually so they are ready to play.

  • POSTED BY gm47 on | July 18, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    what excuses will the aussies come up with this time when they lose again. Should have kept Starc/umpires fault/DRS was wrong...... take your pick !

    whinging aussies :)

  • POSTED BY Mitty2 on | July 18, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    Great news, I remember a few Aussies here posting once the squad was selected that we should just play Harris at Lords for the whole 5 match series, his style does seem perfect for the slope. And above all, my known distaste for Starc (augmented when he's in front of Sayers/Bird/Copeland) makes me even happier. I do think, however, that bird is the best bowler in the country from the few days of the shield i've watched in the last two years and think that he needs a better run. An average of under 20 in both FC and tests and a MoM in just his second test is testament for that. But as landl47 said in another thread, him being the bowler that he is, he might struggle to readjust on the slope.

    For all my support of Cowan, logical decision. He was disgracefully bad. Khawaja, on the other hand, has been disgracefully treated and has barely batted due to selectors' incompetence, and we all hope he does well. He has the ability, his mindset is the question. Good luck Usman!

  • POSTED BY Faisal_Nazir on | July 18, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    Khwaja hasnt been given a chance to prove himself right from 2011!In the meantime Cowan has been given 18 tests on the trot..Ridiculous selection policy from Australia .This clearly shows 'behind the scenes' bias towards khwaja.That is why he wasnt even awarded a central contract by C.A.

  • POSTED BY Jayzuz on | July 18, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    Harris is a good move. Khawaja is lucky to be there. And to be honest he's on a hiding to nothing. Hasn't played much cricket and no runs for ages. Good luck to him though. Let's see how many overs Harris can bowl.

  • POSTED BY SamWintson92 on | July 18, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    a) Starc didn't bowl badly in the 1st test, was good & took wickets. Surprised that he's omitted. b) Ryan Harris had a captivating start to his test career. Let's see how he goes after the injury lay offs. c) Usman Khawaja's technique & temprement will be tested by Eng bowlers. d) I agree, to soon to seal test career of Cowan. There's always a chance if you score heavily in FC cricket.

  • POSTED BY Ozcricketwriter on | July 18, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    For me, I would have had Ed Cowan out and James Faulkner in.

    Usman Khawaja is badly out of form while James Faulkner is in great form with both bat and ball, and, importantly, offers a different kind of bowling style. With Ashton Agar batting well but not bowling quite as well at the moment, Agar could potentially bat top 6 with Faulkner at 8.

    It just seems unfair on Mitchell Starc, who took 5 vital wickets in the test, and conceded just 135 runs - the 3rd best match figures of the match behind only Anderson and Siddle. While I do like Ryan Harris, he offers a similar kind of bowling to Siddle and it seems to be overly risky to have both in the same team. Unless the team thinks that Siddle did so well in the first test that having a second similar bowler is going to help?

    I don't like it. Cowan going is an obvious decision but I don't like who he was replaced with, nor do I like Mitchell Starc going. There was no need for Starc to be dropped.

  • POSTED BY RagTagTeam on | July 18, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    Interesting that they dropped Starc. From what I heard (TMS commenatary) and watched, Starc was bowling more consistently and causing the batsmen more trouble than Patto and Sid in the 2nd innngs. He could have easily had 5 wickets rather than 3. Although he did have a few nightmare balls... Regardless, Rhino at his best is better than Starcs recent form, so I just hope he brings it.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2013, 8:38 GMT

    Chances of Harris getting through 5 days of demanding test cricket without breaking down?...somewhere around zero. Hell of a risk by Oz

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    Now, team is good.. but it is my opinion to put warner ahead of hughes...

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    Ah Jonesy2... thanks for the delusion mate! It;s the funniest thing I've read for some time! Even by your standards which are lower than Australias chances of winning here ar Lords. Now their chances of whining (or wingeing) remain HIGH! COME ON ENGLAND!!!

  • POSTED BY Mr.Cr1cket on | July 18, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    I think that this is a good decision by the selectors but I would have picked Jackson Bird instead of Ryan Harris. At Lords Australia's most successful bowler ever was Glenn McGrath and Bird is the closest that Australia have to him. People are saying that Cowan has played his last Test but this is not true because Watson is due to be injured soon!!

    I think this series will end up a 5-0 whitewash although I think that England will enjoy only marginal victory rather than huge innings defeats.

  • POSTED BY ozwriter on | July 18, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    obvious changes. had to be made. good luck uzzie. he should now be given a half decent in run in what is a difficult position. 9 people have been tried in no.3 since 2011, its now uzzie's turn....again.......finally!

  • POSTED BY gyaniboyz on | July 18, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    Has Aleem Dar also been dropped? He is not listed in the panel for this match.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    Great Move, It wouldn't hurt to swap Pattinson with Bird, too. But I'm happy with these changes. Can't wait to watch!

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    Idiosyncrasy - New word to learn. thanks Cricinfo

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    Interesting changes. If Harris is at his best it could potentially be a big improvement for our bowling attack. Leaves us short on bouncy fast bowlers though.

    Good luck to Ussie, I wish he was going in with some more runs under his belt in terms of recent form. Lehmann, Invers and co. were probably left with little option but to give him a run. I really hope he does well here and into the future and whatever the result here he probably should get the rest of this series in the team now, just to see if he can cut it or not. It would be disappointing if he gets shunted for Warner for the 3rd test, even though I think Davey is more likely to give us better results we need to give blokes like Khawaja the chance to succeed or fail when we do pick them. It is also only a matter of time before Watto gets a grade 26 tear of his lower left calf and is ruled out for 6 months and thats when we'll see Warner again.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    great move by Australian camp

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | July 18, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    Harris and Pattinson in the same team eh? Risky stuff from Aus. Either going to work well and England will be skittled out, or the short spells that they bowl will be negated safely and that's that - 2 tired, worn out fielders left and only Agar/Siddle/Watson/Smith there to bowl the rest.

    Fare thee well Usman Khawaja...

  • POSTED BY Manu_reddy on | July 18, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    Looks like a good team n i hope watson n clarke ll step up in this match...all d best australia

  • POSTED BY ercdanbu on | July 18, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    Very good decision to include Usman and Ryan. Ryan's experience will be really helpful for the Aussies...

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    The list shows 12 players since Michael clarke's name apperas twice

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    It's perhaps too soon to call an end to Ed's test career, but the side does look more balanced with Khawaja in there. But I have to ask this question, what about Bailey? He's good enough to captain the one day and t20 side, but can't even get a look at test cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    Two Michael Clarkes in the 12 would definitely be a boost for the Aussies!

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    It is a good decision and it will provide a Australia a better a chance to fight back in a strong position.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    Good enough changes for me...Australia should bowl first if they win the toss

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | July 18, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    starc hasn't been dropped. just left out due to the ridiculous depth in fast bowling. funny isn't it, England would trade broad, finn and bresnan for one starc

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  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | July 18, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    starc hasn't been dropped. just left out due to the ridiculous depth in fast bowling. funny isn't it, England would trade broad, finn and bresnan for one starc

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    Good enough changes for me...Australia should bowl first if they win the toss

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    It is a good decision and it will provide a Australia a better a chance to fight back in a strong position.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    Two Michael Clarkes in the 12 would definitely be a boost for the Aussies!

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    It's perhaps too soon to call an end to Ed's test career, but the side does look more balanced with Khawaja in there. But I have to ask this question, what about Bailey? He's good enough to captain the one day and t20 side, but can't even get a look at test cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    The list shows 12 players since Michael clarke's name apperas twice

  • POSTED BY ercdanbu on | July 18, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    Very good decision to include Usman and Ryan. Ryan's experience will be really helpful for the Aussies...

  • POSTED BY Manu_reddy on | July 18, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    Looks like a good team n i hope watson n clarke ll step up in this match...all d best australia

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | July 18, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    Harris and Pattinson in the same team eh? Risky stuff from Aus. Either going to work well and England will be skittled out, or the short spells that they bowl will be negated safely and that's that - 2 tired, worn out fielders left and only Agar/Siddle/Watson/Smith there to bowl the rest.

    Fare thee well Usman Khawaja...

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    great move by Australian camp