Australia has left pace bowler James Pattinson out of its 12-man squad for the second Ashes Test against England, with Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood both pushing for a recall*.
Pattinson was part of the team that defeated the Poms* by 251 runs at Edgbaston, taking two wickets in his first Test match in three years, but the 29-year-old will sit out the Lord’s Test, which starts tonight (Wednesday).
“It’s nothing new,” Australia captain Tim Paine said at Lord’s yesterday.
“We’re really happy with the group of fast bowlers we’ve got. We think all of them can play a really important role in this series. We’ve spoken to them about making sure we have that core* group of bowlers for the next two or three years.”
Paine explains decision to rest Pattinson for Lord's Test
Pattinson has a history of fitness problems and with the next two Tests being played close together, the decision to leave him out appears to be a case of managing his workload to avoid injury.
“James has come back off a really long lay-off*, a really serious operation. We want to make sure he’s cherry-ripe* for the next three or four years,” said Paine. “In the past we’ve got him back, keep using him and keep bowling him and eventually he’s broken again.
“We’re really lucky we’ve got two bowlers on the sidelines who are world-class*.”
Left-arm quick* Starc was the top wicket-taker at the recent World Cup, with 27 scalps*, while right-arm Hazlewood was left out of the tournament to get him fit and ready for the Ashes.
“Whichever one of those two we unleash* tomorrow, they are certainly ready to go,” said Paine.
Australia squad for second Ashes Test: Tim Paine (capt/wkt), David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Matthew Wade, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.
- recall: being added back into a team or group
- Poms: nickname for the English cricket side
- core: main or most important
- lay-off: rest period to recover
- cherry-ripe: fit and ready to go
- world-class: among the best in the world
- left-arm quick: fast bowler who uses left arm
- scalps: wickets
- unleash: allow to play
- Which bowler has been dropped from the Aussie Ashes squad?
- Where will the second Test be played?
- Who is the Australian captain?
- Name the two bowlers hoping for a recall.
- What is the nickname for the English cricket side?
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1. Tough choices
Cricket team selectors have a difficult decision to make when selecting a squad or team to play. Write down a list of things you believe the selectors would have to consider each time they choose players.
It could include: fitness, batting skills, type of opposition team they are playing etc.
See if you can come up with at least 10 things.
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Whenever someone is dropped from a team or squad, there will be disappointed players and teammates. Imagine you are captain Tim Paine. Write a speech explaining to your teammates why the right team has been picked and what you expect of them to win the next Test match.
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Curriculum links: English
After reading the article, with a partner, highlight as many wow words or ambitious pieces of vocabulary that you can find in yellow. Discuss the meanings of these words and see if you can use them orally in another sentence.
HAVE YOUR SAY: Would you select Mitchell Starc or Josh Hazlewood for the second Test? Why?
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