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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Australia vs India Third Test: Australian Squad

Australian is now leading the series with two victories in the first two test matches. However, Australia had to go though a tough time following the second test of the series. So, even two victories did give them any relief. Now, ahead of the third test in Perth, Australia will need to be motivated to play well with the right spirit. Aussie opener Mathew Hayden has been out of the third test with hamstring injury and Chris Rogers is going to play his debut test against India today.

So, it is a big day for the Western Australia opener. The 30-year-old has already played 104 first class matches with 22 centuries and more than eight thousand runs to his credit. Pacer Shaun Tait will come back in test arena after more than two year with this match replacing spinner Brad Hogg.

Reuters reported:

Hayden scored centuries in each of the first two tests but had to bat with a runner in the second innings in Sydney after straining a hamstring.

"It was just too much of a risk of him going into this game with that sort of niggle just in case it did blow up again in the first innings," Ponting told a news conference on Tuesday.

"Obviously he probably wouldn't have been able to get a runner from there on and it was too great a risk coming into this game."

These two changes will be seen in the Perth test. Perth wicket always helps the pacers. Batsmen found it difficult to score on Perth many times in the past. So, Tait’s inclusion would make their bowling line up stronger. Lee, Johnson, Stuart Clark along with Tait are enough to pose threat to the India’s star batsmen. Michael Clarke and Andrew Symonds are two effective bowlers who can bring breakthrough in crucial stages. So, Australian might not face the absence of a specialist spinner in the match.

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