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Starc dropped by Australia for fourth Test

Offspinner Nathan Lyon has been included at the expense of fast bowler Mitchell Starc.

January 23, 2012, 8:54 AM IST
Starc dropped by Australia for fourth Test

Adelaide: Offspinner Nathan Lyon has been included at the expense of fast bowler Mitchell Starc in Australia's line-up for the fourth Test against India starting on Tuesday.

Starc was one of a quartet of quicks selected for the third Test in Perth, where the Australians won by an innings and 37 runs in two-and-a-half days to take a 3-0 lead in the four-match series. Peter Siddle, Ben Hilfenhaus and Ryan Harris, all more experienced quick bowlers than 21-year-old Starc, have kept their places in an otherwise unchanged side for the match.

Starc has been named Australia's 12th man and will likely be released to play for the Sydney Sixers against the Perth Scorchers in Saturday's final of the Twenty20 Big Bash League.

Captain Michael Clarke said Australia had chosen what they considered their best XI for usually batsman-friendly conditions at the Adelaide Oval and were determined to complete a 4-0 sweep of the Test series.

"We think that is the best XI to give us every chance to win this Test match," Clarke said. "Winning the last two Test matches in less than five days has helped everyone recover."

"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."

Lyon has so far taken two wickets in the series so far.

"I definitely have a lot of confidence in Lyno (Nathan Lyon). I would hate to put that sort of expectation (to take a bag of wickets) on him. I'd like to see him go out there and perform, like he has done for Australia since making his debut."

"Because it spins doesn't guarantee you're going to take wickets."

Conditions at the Adelaide Oval are expected to be more conducive to batting than the lively wicket at the WACA, with spin coming into play later in the test.

Unlike the three previous encounters in the series, Clarke expects the final Test to go the distance.

"Generally the Test match at Adelaide Oval does go five days," he said. "It's about having the discipline to hang in there until you get the opportunity to grab hold of some momentum."

India have yet to name their line-up but will be without captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who was suspended after the third Test at Perth because of his team's slow over rate. Reserve wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha will fill in for Dhoni, playing in only his second Test after making his debut against South Africa in 2010 at Nagpur.

Opening batsman Virender Sehwag is expected to captain India in the Adelaide Test, which will start in forecast temperatures of around 36 degrees Celsius.

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

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