Australian selectors have made two changes in Australia XI for Gabba test against India in Commonwealth Bank Series 2014-15. Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc are included in the playing 11 Australian squad for second test match in Brisbane. Shaun Marsh is also be a part of Australia team as he is replacing injured Michael Clarke.
Injured Ryan Harris is out from the Australian squad whereas Peter Siddle has been dropped. Starc and Hazlewood will have the responsibility to destroy Indian batting line-up with some serious fast bowling. Shaun Marsh will be providing strength to Aussies batting line up. Steven smith to lead Australia test team after Michael Clarke’s injury.
The Australia XI for Brisbane test
- Steven Smith (Captain)
- David Warner
- Chris Rogers
- Shane Watson
- Shaun Marsh
- Mitchell Marsh
- Brad Haddin
- Mitchel Johnson
- Mitchel Starc
- Josh Hazlewoon
- Nathan Lyon
Captain Smith said, “Ryan Harris pulled up a little stiff and sore from Adelaide, he’s got a slight quad-strain. Darren Lehmann has always said if our bowlers aren’t 100 per cent going into a match, then we don’t be playing them. It’s very unfortunate for Ryan but hopefully he gets his body right soon.”
“I think he’ll be OK in a couple of days. It’s just that going into a Test match if you’re not 100 per cent, that’s the way it goes with this team. He’ll get a bit of work done with the physios the next couple of days and he can start running and hopefully be OK for Melbourne.
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Inclusion of Mitchel Starc and Josh Hazlewood in the squad strengthens the Australian pace attack in sights of Mitchel Johnson and all-rounder Mitch Marsh. On Starc’s selection Smith said, “In regards to the inclusion of Mitchel Starc, we just wanted to play a bowler with a bit of extra pace and bounce. Mitchel obviously went back and bowled really well in the last couple of Shield games and deserve his spot.”
“It’s obviously very disappointing for Peter Siddle whose been a terrific bowler over a period of time. He’s certainly not out of the loop, he’s still around the team and hopefully he’ll get another game soon.”