Post by Mr. Promise on Aug 13, 2019 5:35:57 GMT -5
Pattinson rested for second Test with Hazlewood tipped to play
By Chris Barrett August 13, 2019 — 7.56pm
London: Australian selectors have followed through with their horses-for-courses approach with fast bowlers in the Ashes, leaving James Pattinson out of the side for the second Test against England at Lord's.
Australia announced a 12-man squad on match eve that included Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc as well as Pat Cummins and Peter Siddle, who formed the pace trio alongside Pattinson in the 251-run win over England at Edgbaston.
The forecast of overcast conditions had Hazlewood strongly tipped to come into the XI.
Australia coach Justin Langer told reporters ahead of the resumption of the series on Wednesday that selectors had finalised their team but he wanted "to keep England guessing as long as we can."
Despite taking a 1-0 lead in the series, Langer and captain Tim Paine have been adamant that the XI would be selected in England with conditions and the overall campaign in mind, with Australia approaching their bid to win the Ashes in England for the first time since 2001 with a squad mentality when it comes to fast bowlers.
That policy has seen Pattinson subbed out for the second Test after making a first appearance in more than three years in Birmingham, with Hazlewood having pressed his case to bowl in north London with an impressive display at last week’s tour game in Worcester.
There had been a school of thought that Mitchell Starc, who like Hazlewood was also overlooked at Edgbaston, was being held back for Lord’s because the slope would suit him. The left-armer has made the final 12 for the second Test but Hazlewood, who missed the World Cup squad, was thought to have the edge, with selectors considered likely to stick with veteran Siddle alongside world No.1 Test bowler Cummins.
Pattinson said in the days before the second Test that he would be happy to play one of the next two matches, accepting the Australian hierarchy’s squad mentality outlook on the pacemen in England and knowing workloads are also a major consideration.
There are only three days between the Lord’s Test and the third match of the series at Headingly and Langer said the short turnaround would have a "big impact" on selection.
"We know that back-to-back Tests are always hard," he said. "We were lucky in the first Test that our fast bowlers didn’t have to bowl much in the second innings.
"It's certainly something that's on our mind. It will be on England's mind as well. You've got to get through back-to-back Test matches, that's why Test series are hard, Ashes series are hard.
"Where we're fortunate at the moment is we've got six fit and healthy fast bowlers. I've been coaching for about 10 years now and I can't ever remember having that luxury but it could change like that so we're not getting carried away with it.
"The fact that we had Josh and Mitch Starc on the bench last Test match, it doesn't happen very often so we won't get complacent with it we'll just be happy we're in that spot."
Rain is forecast for day one of the Lord’s Test and for later in the match as well.
"It looks like a good wicket," Langer said. "It looks like there's going to be a lot of rain around as well, there's going to be overhead conditions. There's a little bit of grass on it, it looks like a pretty good wicket.
"I think it's pretty dry underneath, which we're probably going to expect for the rest of the summer."