Can Harris, Bollinger rejuvenate Aus?

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Published: Monday, November 29, 2010, 15:11 [IST]
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Can Harris, Bollinger rejuvenate Aus?

After the Australian bowling attack was all but destroyed by the English batsmen in the second innings of the first Test at the Gabba, the beleaguered side will no doubt be looking for a change to their bowling line-up. With selectors adding New South Whales' paceman Doug Bollinger and South Australia's fast-bowling allrounder Ryan Harris, to the team for the second Test at Adelaide, captain Ricky Ponting observed that none of places for the bowlers from the Brisbane Test are assured.

Mitchell Johnson put up his most disappointing performance yet, going wicketless in both innings. It's a first for Johnson and marks an all-time low in his career while also placing him under extreme pressure to keep his place in the side. Meanwhile Ben Hilfenhaus and debutant Xavier Doherty also struggled to make anm impact. Peter Siddle couldn't repeat the heroics surrounding his 6-wicket haul in the first innings and went without a wicket in the second.

Bollinger and Harris had initially been chosen in the 17-man squad for the first Test, but din't make the trimmed down list due to niggling injuries. Harris is currently battling a seeminly chronic knee injury, while Bollinger suffered from a lack of bowling practice following his picking up of a stomach strain during Australia's tour of India last month. Peter Siddle edged out Bollinger for a seamer's spot in the Brisbane Test.

The second Ashes Test begins in Adelaide on Dec 3.

Australia squad: Simon Katich, Shane Watson, Ricky Ponting (capt), Michael Clarke, Michael Hussey, Marcus North, Brad Haddin (wk), Mitchell Johnson, Xavier Doherty, Ryan Harris, Peter Siddle, Ben Hilfenhaus, Doug Bollinger.


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