Lyon replaces Starc in Oz team

2012-01-23 08:03

Adelaide - Australia will play spinner Nathan Lyon instead of paceman Mitchell Starc in this week's fourth and final Adelaide Test against India, captain Michael Clarke said on Monday.

Clarke said Lyon's inclusion will give Australia an improved chance of sweeping the series 4-0 against India, who have suffered heavy losses in the opening three Tests.

"We think that is the best XI to give us every chance to win this Test match," Clarke told reporters ahead of Tuesday's Test.

"I think the experience of the other three quicks will play a big part in these conditions.

"The wicket looks really good and I think reverse swing is going to play a huge part in this Test match."

Starc will be 12th man, but he is expected to be released to play in the Big Bash Twenty20 final on Saturday in Perth.

India have yet to announce their team but they will be without captain M.S. Dhoni, who is suspended for one Test match because of his side's slow over-rate in the third Perth Test.

Opening batsman Virender Sehwag is expected to captain India in the Adelaide Test.

Australia - Michael Clarke (captain), Ed Cowan, David Warner, Shaun Marsh, Ricky Ponting, Mike Hussey, Brad Haddin, Peter Siddle, Ryan Harris, Ben Hilfenhaus, Nathan Lyon. Mitchell Starc (12th man).