Australia still deciding Adelaide Test team

Both Australia and New Zealand are still mulling over their teams ahead of the historic day-night cricket Test at Adelaide Oval which starts today.

The Australians, holding a one-nil series lead, are deciding between Josh Hazlewood, Peter Siddle and James Pattinson to fill two fast bowling spots.

Hazlewood may ultimately be preferred ahead of Siddle or Pattinson for the day-night fixture at Adelaide Oval; especially considering Pattinson has suffered a series of injuries over the past two years.


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However, team management has been worried about Hazlewood’s workload prior to the second Test. Skipper Steve Smith suggested the selection call wouldn’t come down to whether Pattinson was underdone or Hazlewood was overworked.

“I wouldn’t say that’s the decision,” Smith said. “The guys have had a good bowl over the past couple of days.

“(Chairman of selectors) Rodney (Marsh) was going to come down and have a look at this wicket again today. We’re going to decide from there.”

Steve O’Keefe was released from the 13-man squad yesterday, with the grassy pitch quelling talk of Australia unleashing dual spinners.

“He’s done incredibly well with the pink ball and we thought he might have played a part but it’s not going to end up that way,” Smith added.

Meanwhile, New Zealanders are sweating on the fitness of left-arm quick Trent Boult, who has been battling a back injury.

 

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