Selectors stick with same 13

The Australian selectors have kept the faith with the same 13 players selected for the first Test in Brisbane being named for Adelaide.

With Stuart Clark performing so well and taking figures of 3-21 and 4-72 in the first Test, it appears unlikely that Shaun Tait or Mitchell Johnson will force their way into the starting eleven.

The pitch at the Adelaide Oval is expected to be batsman-friendly with many seeing the extra variety that Stuart MacGill would bring as a key ingredient to taking 20 wickets.

MacGill’s Test record at the Adelaide Oval is a poor one however with the leg-spinner having taken 17 wickets in five Tests at an average of 44.76 which would have weighted heavy in the selectors minds.

Shane Watson was not considered due to his hamstring injury.

The second Test starts this coming Friday.

Australia Squad
Ricky Ponting (captain), Adam Gilchrist (wicket-keeper), Stuart Clark, Matthew Hayden, Mike Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Justin Langer, Brett Lee, Damien Martyn, Glenn McGrath, Shaun Tait, Shane Warne, Shane Watson

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