Off-spinner Nathan Lyon made his way back into the Australian squad at the expense of pacer Mitchell Starc for the fourth and final cricket Test against India starting tomorrow.
Lyon was expected to be back in the squad as Adelaide Oval has a reputation of assisting spin.
Lyon’s inclusion was the only change made to the squad that beat India inside three days in the Perth Test. Australia lead the four-match series 3-0 and Lyon has so far taken two wickets.
The Australian pace attack would comprise Ryan Harris, Ben Hilfenhaus, who already has 23 wickets this series, and Peter Siddle.
“We think that’s the best 11 to give us every chance to win this Test match,” said skipper Michael Clarke said.
“Winning the last two Test matches in less than five days has helped everyone recover. The experience of the other three quicks (Ben Hilfenhaus, Peter Siddle and Ryan Harris) will play a part in these conditions,” he added.
“I definitely have a lot of confidence in Lyno (Nathan Lyon). I would hate to put that sort of expectation (to take a bag of wickets) on him. I’d like to see him go out there and perform like he has done for Australia since making his debut.
“Because it spins doesn’t guarantee you’re going to take wickets.”
Unlike the three previous encounters this season, Clarke expects the final Test to go the distance.
“Generally the Test match at Adelaide Oval does go five days,” he said.
“It’s about having the discipline to hang in there until you get the opportunity to grab hold of some momentum.”
Australia: Michael Clarke (c), Ed Cowan, David Warner, Shaun Marsh, Ricky Ponting, Michael Hussey, Brad Haddin, Peter Siddle, Ryan Harris, Ben Hilfenhaus and Nathan Lyon.
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