Perth: Opening batsman Matthew Hayden was ruled out of the third Test against India with a hamstring strain, meaning he will miss Australia's bid for a record 17th straight Test win.
The veteran, who has played in each of Australia's 16 previous victories, including the explosive second Test in Sydney, will be replaced by uncapped West Australian Chris Rogers.
Spinner Brad Hogg, whose abusive language charge from Sydney was dropped by India late on Monday, was also replaced by fast bowler Shaun Tait.
The match will be closely watched after the now infamous Sydney Test, which ended in a damaging row over alleged racism, poor sportsmanship and faulty umpiring.
Hayden, who has played 86 consecutive Tests, said he could not guarantee his fitness to captain Ricky Ponting.
"I am really disappointed about missing the Test match which is going to be a really special one," he said.
"I couldn't look the skipper in the eye and say that I was going to be fully fit."
Ponting said he simply couldn't risk the 36-year-old.
"He was close," Ponting said. "He felt today that he had gone from 50 per cent running yesterday to 70-80 per cent running today.
"It was just too much of a risk of him going into this game with that sort of niggle."
Ponting also backed Tait to have a big impact as Australia plump for four fast bowlers on the hard and bouncy WACA pitch.
"Taity will be used in short spells to really unsettle the batsmen," he said.
"As we have seen through his career, he is a wicket-taking machine. It's very rare that he goes a game or an innings without taking two or three wickets."