Australia opt for a four-man pace battery

By Ben Horne, AAP, Yahoo!7 January 2, 2013, 11:30 am

Australian skipper Michael Clarke is confident his side has enough batting after picking four fast bowlers alongside spinner Nathan Lyon for the third Test against Sri Lanka in Sydney starting on Thursday.

Second Test debutant Jackson Bird retained his place and will form a fast bowling quartet with Peter Siddle, Mitchell Johnson and the recalled Mitchell Starc.

With the SCG wicket containing more than a tinge of green, spinning allrounder Glenn Maxwell was denied a Test debut when named 12th man, leaving the Australians with just five specialist batsmen.

Clarke said Johnson's form with the bat, coming off an unbeaten 92 in the second Test, combined with the state of the pitch had dictated selection.

"A fair bit of grass on the wicket, the boys bowled really well in the last Test match," Clarke said.

"And bringing Mitchell Starc back into the team obviously helps our attack, especially with the form he's in.

"Mitchell Johnson's batting, he's batting as well as an allrounder now anyway.

"I'm confident we've got enough batting still with Matthew Wade at six and Mitchell Johnson at seven and we've got extra bowling which is a real positive for us."

Clarke will bat at No.4 in the absence of Watson, with Mike Hussey to push up to No.5 for his farewell to Test cricket.

Usman Khawaja is on standby for Clarke but the skipper is expected to overcome a hamstring problem and play.

"I think my hamstring's better than it was in Melbourne. If I didn't think I could perform at my best I wouldn't take the field," Clarke said.

"It certainly won't be because of my hamstring that I don't make a big score."

Maxwell, who combines his off-spin with aggressive batting, was expected to get a run in Sydney to give him some experience before his likely selection for the tour of India.

David Warner, Ed Cowan, Phillip Hughes, Michael Clarke (c), Mike Hussey, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon, Jackson Bird

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  1. underarm_bowler07:15pm Wednesday 02nd January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    The poms are wankers in life and sport. What are the poms good at? Losing wars and being World Wankers. They nearly lost the war to the Germans but thanks to the Aussies and the Yanks prevailed. They have had to rely on the tough bronzed Aussies to bale them out of losing all wars and rely on us to show you how to play sports and be champions. They can only win on their own dirty soil and as history has shown they are reduced to a pathetic squandering country outside of their own confines. The only war they could win is the Falklands and even then it was close. Great Brittan are useless at sport and have shown that even they invented the game cricket have been smashed by every country from pillar to post. It took them a quarter of a decade to beat Australia in Australia. It takes four countries, England Scotland Wales and Ireland to which they can draw sports people from and even then they fail. Great Brittan, what’s great about it, has been kicked out of every country it invaded. They sent the convicts to Australia and now they are kicking down the doors to immigrate there. Their queen (not ours) is a taxrapist who rips of her own people so she can live a life of luxury. England, or as it’s known, little Pakistan, is now ruled by Muslims. We all sit back and laugh at you as you sing rule Britannia as you rule no one now. We laugh even more how you “keep a stiff upper lip” and drink your cups of tea and have cucumber sandwiches with your little pinky extended. We continue to laugh how you still don’t know how to shower, hence the name smelly pom. Your country is no longer a financial leader as you still haven’t recovered from the pounding the Germans gave you. Not only are you wankers in sport but you are wankers in life or as you pommy bustards say “tossers”. No wonder your country is run by a queen. We shall always be your masters in life and you will always be humble to us. Your miserable country with your miserable weather has produced many a lilly white pom. No wonder Australia has had to control the large influx of lilly white poms running away from not great Brittan. Even America kicked your backsides in a war. From rule the world you can’t even rule your own streets. And when you do get to Australia we all laugh how you welt like rotten fruit under our summer. Still Australia needs poms as we need someone to the menial and shite jobs. Even your beer is krap as its always hot. And you women much prefer the superiority of the Aussie male against the lily white pommy male. Even your cricket team is full of imports and soon the real Englishman will be a head wobbler and wear a turban.

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  2. Glib03:04pm Wednesday 02nd January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    How exciting.

  3. Hidden Fortress02:43pm Wednesday 02nd January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Its no different to usual, there has been a 4 man pace attack for years, and a spinner. Watson is a pace bowler, hes just 3-4kms slower than Siddle.

  4. Hidden Fortress02:40pm Wednesday 02nd January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Great selection....3 quicks, an allrounder and a spinner. Keep to the formula lads. Who needs Watson when Mitchell Johnson can do the job? Maxwell is an offie, looks to me like they are thinking to dump Lyon for the new kid on the block.

  5. allen12:09pm Wednesday 02nd January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Tony Grieg died from a heart attack, not lung cancer.




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