Australia make three changes for second Test


BRISBANE, Australia (AP) – 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 narrowly won the series-opener in the last session at 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. Shaun Marsh will bat at No. 5, just above his younger brother Mitchell Marsh.

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 organisers to reschedule the Tests to allow the players to mourn a teammate who died during a Sheffield Shield match in Sydney.

A deadly siege in Sydney yesterday overshadowed the hours leading into the second Test.

“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.”

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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