Hazlewood, Starc replace Harris, Siddle

Josh Hazlewood will make his Test debut in Brisbane after being included in Australia’s XI for the second Test starting Wednesday.

Peter Siddle has been dumped while Ryan Harris has been ruled out with an injured quadriceps muscle, replaced by left-armer Mitchell Starc.

Steve Smith has lifted himself up the batting order to No.4 in his debut Test as captain. It will be a vastly different looking pace attack to the one which found the going tough on an unfriendly wicket in Adelaide.

Harris could not be considered after pulling up sore from the first Test. He left training early on Tuesday.

Siddle has paid the price for an ordinary performance last week, when he was down in pace and battling an illness which resulted in him being off the field for extended periods on day three. Starc, who played in the second Test in the UAE, returns after missing last week’s series-opener against India.

Smith said the pitch would suit Hazlewood. “I’m looking forward to seeing him zing a few though on a fast and bouncy wicket.”

“Ryan Harris pulled up a little stiff and sore from Adelaide, he’s got a slight quad-strain,” Smith said. “With Starc, we wanted to play a bowler with a bit of pace and bounce.

“Mitchell deserves his spot, he’s bowled well with NSW in the Sheffield Shield. It’s obviously very disappointing for Peter Siddle who’s been a terrific bowler for a long period of time. He’s not out of the loop, he’s still around the team and hopefully he’ll play another game soon.”

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Chris Rogers, David Warner, Shane Watson, Steve Smith (c), Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, Brad Haddin, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood

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Josh Hazlewood will make his Test debut in Brisbane after being included in Australia’s XI for the second Test starting Wednesday.

Peter Siddle has been dumped while Ryan Harris has been ruled out with an injured quadriceps muscle, replaced by left-armer Mitchell Starc.

Steve Smith has lifted himself up the batting order to No.4 in his debut Test as captain. It will be a vastly different looking pace attack to the one which found the going tough on an unfriendly wicket in Adelaide.

Harris could not be considered after pulling up sore from the first Test. He left training early on Tuesday.

Siddle has paid the price for an ordinary performance last week, when he was down in pace and battling an illness which resulted in him being off the field for extended periods on day three. Starc, who played in the second Test in the UAE, returns after missing last week’s series-opener against India.

Smith said the pitch would suit Hazlewood. “I’m looking forward to seeing him zing a few though on a fast and bouncy wicket.”

“Ryan Harris pulled up a little stiff and sore from Adelaide, he’s got a slight quad-strain,” Smith said. “With Starc, we wanted to play a bowler with a bit of pace and bounce.

“Mitchell deserves his spot, he’s bowled well with NSW in the Sheffield Shield. It’s obviously very disappointing for Peter Siddle who’s been a terrific bowler for a long period of time. He’s not out of the loop, he’s still around the team and hopefully he’ll play another game soon.”

Australian team: Chris Rogers, David Warner, Shane Watson, Steve Smith (c), Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, Brad Haddin, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood

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Cape Town – Josh Hazlewood will make his test debut and Mitchell Starc has been recalled to a new-look attack as Australia bids to exploit the pace and bounce at the Gabba to rattle the India batsmen in the second test.

Australia made three changes to the lineup which took eight wickets in the last session to win the series-opener by 48 runs in Adelaide, with Shaun Marsh coming in to replace injured skipper Michael Clarke, and Hazlewood and Starc replacing fast bowlers Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle.

Steve Smith, who was promoted to captain the squad for the remainder of the four-test series, will move up a spot in the batting order to replace Clarke at No. 4.

Clarke needed surgery on the right hamstring he injured in the victory at Adelaide, and veteran swing bowler Harris was sidelined with a quadriceps strain.

The buildup to the series was overshadowed by the death of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes, forcing organizers to reschedule the tests to allow the players to mourn a teammate who died during a Sheffield Shield match in Sydney.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved in the tragic event in Sydney last night. It was shocking, and we’re all thinking of everyone involved,” Smith said at the pre-match news conference in Brisbane. “It had obviously been quite a tough couple of weeks for us all heading into Adelaide, but the boys stood very tall there and got up for the occasion and managed to win that test match.

“We’re all in a pretty good place at the moment. It’s obviously disappointing with what happened overnight, but I’m sure the boys are going to be ready to go tomorrow.”

An Iranian-born gunman burst into a downtown cafe in Australia’s largest city on Monday morning, took 17 people hostage, and forced some to hold a flag with an Islamic declaration of faith above the shop window’s festive inscription of “Merry Christmas.”

The siege ended after midnight with a barrage of gunfire that left two hostages and the gunman dead, four others wounded, and a nation shocked to its core.

Smith was confident the Australian lineup wouldn’t be adversely affected by the turmoil of recent weeks.

“We’re all excited about coming into the second test and trying to go 2-nil up in the series,” he said.

The 23-year-old Hazlewood has taken 10 wickets in six limited-overs internationals for Australia, and seven wickets in four Twenty20 internationals. He’ll add support for pace spearhead Mitchell Johnson and left-arm swing bowler Starc. Nathan Lyon, who took seven second-innings wickets and 12 for the match in Adelaide, will again be the sole specialist spinner in the squad.

“This pitch out here is going to suit him perfectly. He’s very skillful for his age,” Smith said of Hazlewood. “I’m looking forward to seeing him zing a few through and bowl with that extra bit of pace, and get that extra bit of bounce as well.

“After the wickets we’ve played on recently in test cricket — the Adelaide Oval and the two in the UAE — it’s exciting for our fast bowlers to finally have something that’s going to have a bit of liveliness to it.”

While Australia will have to make do without its experienced captain, India appears set to get its leader back from injury after Mahendra Singh Dhoni attended a news conference on the eve of the second test and spoke confidently about the game.

India has lost four and drawn one of its five previous tests at the Gabba ground in Brisbane, where Australia is unbeaten in test matches since 1988.

But Dhoni commended the character of India’s pursuit of victory in Adelaide, where stand-in captain Virat Kohli scored 141 to get the tourists within reach of an upset, and said he didn’t have any major concerns about the green-tinged wicket at the Gabba.

“We have won at some of the fastest test wickets — Johannesburg and Perth,” he said. “It will be a nice challenge for the youngsters … they’ll learn a lot. Hopefully they’ll stand up and perform.”

Australia team: Chris Rogers, David Warner, Shane Watson, Steve Smith (captain), Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, Brad Haddin, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.

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Shaun Marsh of Australia fields during an Australian nets session at The Gabba in Brisbane on Tuesday. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

A ustralia have made three changes to their team for the second cricket Test against India starting in Brisbane on Wednesday.

ustralia have made three changes to their team for the second cricket Test against India starting in Brisbane on Wednesday.

Shaun Marsh replaced Australia’s injured captain Michael Clarke in the batting lineup, while Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc came in for fast bowlers Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle.

Harris was ruled out with a slight strain to his quadriceps while Siddle was dropped from the team that won the first Test in Adelaide by 48 runs on Saturday.

Marsh rejoined the Test team for the first time since February and will bat at five, with new captain Steve Smith moving up the order to take Clarke’s spot at four.

“I just thought taking over the captaincy and a bit of extra responsibility that I’d step up to No.4 and get the job done there,” Smith said.

“I don’t think there’s a big difference between batting four and five so that’s just the way I’ve gone with it.”

Josh Hazlewood bowls during an Australian training session at The Gabba on Tuesday. Photograph: Matt Roberts/Getty Images

T he left-arm paceman Starc was recalled after playing in the loss to Pakistan in Abu Dhabi last month.

he left-arm paceman Starc was recalled after playing in the loss to Pakistan in Abu Dhabi last month.

“In regards to the inclusion of Mitchell Starc, we just wanted to play a bowler with a bit of extra pace and bounce,” said Smith.

“Mitchell obviously went back and bowled really well in the last couple of Shield games and deserves 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.”

Hazelwood, 23, will make his long-awaited Test debut, four years after he first represented Australia in One-Day Internationals as a teenager.

“I think he’s only getting better and better. This pitch out here is going to suit him perfectly,” Smith said about Hazelwood.

“He’s very skilful for his age and I’m just looking forward to seeing him zing a few through and bowl with that extra bit of pace and get that extra bit of bounce as well so it’s very exciting for Josh to make his debut.”

Australia team: David Warner, Chris Rogers, Shane Watson, Steve Smith (captain), Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, Brad Haddin, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.

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With Steven Smith now helming the Australian affairs, and Mahendra Singh Dhoni returning from injury, the 2nd Test at Gabba, starting Tuesday, will shed light on the mindset of the two leaders.

Coach Darren Lehmann and Steve Smith talk during an Australian nets session at The Gabba on Tuesday. Photograph: by Chris Hyde/Getty Images

A ustralia’s willingness to confront a brave new world without captain Michael Clarke will see Steven Smith debut as skipper in the second Test in Brisbane, but Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s recall to lead India has fanned fears of a return to the past.

ustralia’s willingness to confront a brave new world without captain Michael Clarke will see Steven Smith debut as skipper in the second Test in Brisbane, but Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s recall to lead India has fanned fears of a return to the past.

Dhoni takes back the reins from Virat Kohli after recovering from a thumb injury but has a hard act to follow after his stand-in’s performance in Adelaide.

Batsman Kohli lost his first Test in charge but emerged with reputation enhanced after back-to-back centuries and an aggressive push for victory on day five that fell short by 48 runs.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni of India speaks with coach Duncan Fletcher during a nets session. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

I ndian media have long put the team’s appalling record away from home at Dhoni’s door, blaming the 33-year-old wicketkeeper’s conservative captaincy for squandering victory chances and hastening epic defeats.

ndian media have long put the team’s appalling record away from home at Dhoni’s door, blaming the 33-year-old wicketkeeper’s conservative captaincy for squandering victory chances and hastening epic defeats.

His return has raised fears the team might go back into its shell at the Gabba after the chirpy defiance at Adelaide Oval.

“With Mahendra Singh Dhoni likely to be back at the helm, India must not shed the positive approach that they showed in the wonderful Test in Adelaide,” Times of India columnist G. Rajaraman wrote.

“With Mahendra Singh Dhoni likely to be back at the helm, India must not shed the positive approach that they showed in the wonderful Test in Adelaide,”

Australia’s Mitch March and Shaun Marsh pose during a portrait session at The Gabba on Tuesday. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

S mith, Australia’s third-youngest captain, was preferred to 37-year-old wicketkeeper and vice-captain Brad Haddin as Clarke’s replacement in a vote of confidence from selectors.

mith, Australia’s third-youngest captain, was preferred to 37-year-old wicketkeeper and vice-captain Brad Haddin as Clarke’s replacement in a vote of confidence from selectors.

Smith has already made his position clear by promoting himself to the injured Clarke’s fourth place in the batting order.

He has pledged to maintain the regular skipper’s proactive approach to captaincy but will have to do so with a very different side in Brisbane.

Barring strike bowler Mitchell Johnson, Australia will bring a new pace attack, with left-armer Mitchell Starc and debutant Josh Hazlewood coming in for the injured Ryan Harris and the dropped Peter Siddle.

Shaun Marsh has also been called in to replace Clarke in the batting order and joins his all-rounder brother Mitchell, the first siblings to make the side since the Waugh twins.

Gabba curator Kevin Mitchell Jr and Australia coach, Darren Lehmann speak on Tuesday. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

I ndia have not won a Test in five attempts at the Gabba, the last a draw in 2003, and can expect a more lively wicket than the batsman-friendly road served up in Adelaide.

ndia have not won a Test in five attempts at the Gabba, the last a draw in 2003, and can expect a more lively wicket than the batsman-friendly road served up in Adelaide.

The Gabba was supposed to be the venue for the opening Test of the four-match series but it was switched to Adelaide and delayed to allow players to mourn the death of Australia batsman Phillip Hughes.

With the Test put back nearly two weeks, the pitch is expected to be greener than intended with muggy conditions likely to add swing to the bounce.

Dhoni kept silent on the makeup of his team but off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is expected to be recalled after being a surprise omission at Adelaide, where leg-spinner Karn Sharma struggled on debut.