Australia have resisted the temptation to go with four
seamers for this week's first test against Sri Lanka on what
is expected to be a lively wicket at the Bellerive Oval.
Spinner Nathan Lyon was retained in the side announced by
skipper Michael Clarke, with Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc and
Ben Hilfenhaus making up the pace bowling unit for the match,
which begins on Friday.
Left-armer Mitchell Johnson, who played his first test in a
year in the 309-run defeat to South Africa in Perth last
week, was the quick to miss out and named 12th man.
"Obviously a tough selection getting 12 down to 11,
especially with the way that Mitchell bowled in Perth, but
this is the team we've selected for this test match," captain
Michael Clarke to a news conference.
"He is unlucky to miss out. It's a nice problem to have when
you have 12 blokes ready to perform. Whoever we left out for
this test match was going to be a talking point."
Tasmanian Hilfenhaus and Siddle were recalled after being
rested for the third test against the Proteas, while
left-armer Starc gets his reward for his performance in
Perth, where he took 6-154.
Sri Lanka have never won a test in Australia but the hosts
lost on their last visit to Hobart, falling victim to New
Zealand on home soil for the first time in a quarter of a
century last year.
The Australians face the tourists in two further tests, in
Melbourne from Dec. 26 and Sydney from Jan. 3.
Team: Michael Clarke (captain), David Warner, Ed Cowan, Phil
Hughes, Shane Watson, Mike Hussey, Matthew Wade, Peter
Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Ben Hilfenhaus, Nathan Lyon.