Australia pick youngsters for The Gabba

November 28, 2011

Photo by Richard Fisher

Australia have picked some unfamiliar names in their 12 man squad to face New Zealand at The Gabba in the first Test match of the series starting on Thursday.

New Chairman of selectors John Inverarity had his work cut out in his first assignment, with unavailability because of injuries to Mitchell Johnson, Shane Watson, Patrick Cummins, Ryan Harris and Shaun Marsh.

Mitchell Starc, James Pattinson, Peter Siddle and Ben Cutting are the four fast-bowlers to be named in the squad. Out of these four players, only Peter Siddle has pulled on the baggy green cap for Australia in Tests.

Nathan Lyon holds onto his place as the only spinner in the squad as he fought off left-arm spinner Michael Beer for selection.

One noticeable inclusion was the destructive David Warner. The Sydney based left-hander will come into the team to open the batting and replace the injured Shane Watson. We have seen Warner stamp his mark on white ball cricket, but it will be interesting to see how his technique copes in the longer version of the game.

Ricky Ponting has retained his place within the side, despite calls from certain parts of the media for Australia to move forward without their former captain. Ponting will know that after two years without a Test match century, it is now or never to save his Test match career.

Squad in full:  Michael Clarke (capt), David Warner, Phillip Hughes, Usman Khawaja, Ricky Ponting, Michael Hussey, Brad Haddin (vice-capt, wk), Peter Siddle, Ben Cutting, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc, James Pattinson.

Chris Murtagh 28/11/2011

One Comment to “Australia pick youngsters for The Gabba”

  1. Peter Tharp
    November 29th, 2011 @ 7:14 pm

    Have any international fast bowlers got through 12 months without being injured? 5 Aussies injured at present whilst Anderson, Broad, Finn, Onions have all had time on the physio’s table.
    Has the game changed that much? – Trueman, Statham, Bedser even Willis with his dodgy knees were rarely not available. One would have thought that modern medical practice would have improved availability – why hasn’t it?

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