Cricket

Warner set for Oz Test debut

2011-11-26 07:46
David Warner (File)

Brisbane - Big-hitting opener David Warner is set to be among at least three debutants in Australia's team for the first cricket Test against New Zealand, having been named on Saturday in a 12-man squad.

The 25-year-old New South Wales opener replaces all-rounder Shane Watson, one of five players ruled out due to injury. Mitchell Johnson, Pat Cummins, Ryan Harris and Shaun Marsh are also sidelined for the Test starting on Thursday at the Gabba here.

The uncapped pace trio of James Pattinson, Ben Cutting and Mitchell Starc have also been named in the 12-man squad.

Victoria's Pattinson took four wickets in the first innings of Australia A's tour match against New Zealand in Brisbane earlier this week, while New South Wales left-armer Starc took three wickets.

Peter Siddle, who took a hat-trick in the Gabba Test against England last year, is likely to lead the attack with two of Pattinson, Starc or local Queensland paceman Cutting to join him and off-spinner Nathan Lyon in the starting XI.

Opener Watson (hamstring), Marsh (back), Johnson (foot), Harris (hip) and Cummins (heel) were all confirmed as nonstarters on Friday by Cricket Australia after sustaining injuries during the recent drawn two-Test tour of South Africa.

"The absence of these players obviously provides a great chance for David Warner, James Pattinson, Ben Cutting and Mitchell Starc to come into the squad and perform on the international stage," national selector John Inverarity said in a statement.

Australia team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said the injured players will undergo further monitoring to determine their chances of returning in time for the second Test against New Zealand beginning on December 9 at Hobart.

The 18-year-old Cummins experienced left heel pain during his man-of-the-match performance during the second innings against South Africa, where he took six wickets and then hit the winning runs in a dramatic comeback victory, and Kountouris said he will be reviewed early next week to determine his workload plan for the season.

With all the new faces, New Zealand will have a good chance of ending their winless streak in Tests against Australia since 1985. Australia have dropped to No 4 in the Test rankings since the retirements of players like Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne, Justin Langer, Damien Martyn, Matthew Hayden and Adam Gilchrist.

Australia: Michael Clarke (captain), Phillip Hughes, David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Ricky Ponting, Michael Hussey, Brad Haddin, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, James Pattinson, Ben Cutting. (12th man to be named).

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