Storm swirls around Australian Cricket selections

Selection issues and storms swirl around the Australian Cricket team ahead of their second Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong.

The Aussies start their second match of the two-test series today at 2pm and will be desperate to square the ledger.

After copping a battering, and losing, the first Test in Dhaka speculation is rife around the make up of the Australian side.


Fast bowler Josh Hazlewood will miss this week’s match after suffering a side strain in the first Test, Stephen O’Keefe is expected to be the man to replace him, and will leave Pat Cummins as the only quick bowler in the team.

O’Keefe’s recall comes out of left-field as he was told before the tour he would be overlooked by selectors as they’re looking to blood young spin bowlers.

The New South Welshman’s inclusion into a three man spin bowling attack, which includes Nathan Lyon and Ashton Agar, opens the door for a return to Test cricket for all rounder Hilton Cartwright.

If included, Cartwright would give skipper Steve Smith a secondary pace bowling option but would likely come at the expense of Usman Khawaja.

Khawaja’s scores of one and one in the first Test make him the most likely batsmen to be dropped.

The final piece of the puzzle is the position of wicketkeeper, with some reports saying Matthew Wade could make way for part-time keeper Peter Handscombe.

While Handscombe’s been primarily used as a batsman throughout his Test career, he’s also kept for Victoria at state-level, and gives Smith and Australian selectors an option if they want to shake things up.

However, these changes could be made in vain with a high chance of thunderstorms and rain for the duration of the Test.

More than a third of Bangladesh is under water after strong, consistent rains in the monsoon season and the location of the second Test, Chittagong on the southeast coast, is expected to be battered by heavy rain and thunderstorms.

A washout would prevent the Aussies’ chance to square the ledger, and a loss would send them down to No.6 in the ICC’s Test rankings.