Monday, July 22, 2013

Australia mull changes; Lyon, Wade expected for tour game

Jul 22, 2013 (7STARNEWS)Two back-to-back defeats, including the humiliating one at Lord\'s on Sunday, against their old rivals England have forced Australia to look for more changes as they prepare for their last effort to get the urn back.

Their coach Darren Lehmann has said on Monday they are ready to try out new players for the three-day match against Sussex at Hove, starting on Friday, as some of the current ones are not performing up to the potential. \"I say all the time the whole 18 have a chance to play,\" said Lehmann. \"I\'m not ruling anything out. That is what happens when you have two losses, every option is open. As selectors Rod [Marsh], John [Inverarity] and I will have to speak about it and see where we come to,\" he added.

Australia have already used 13 of the 18 members of the squad in the first two Tests. With young left-arm spinner Ashton Agar not completely fit, offspinner Nathan Lyon is expected to play in the tour game.

Darren Lehmann has said they are ready to try out new players for the three-day match against Sussex at Hove, starting on Friday.

\"Ashton (Agar) is a bit sore and I don\'t think he will play in Sussex so Nathan Lyon will play obviously. Then we just have to look at the wicket (at Old Trafford) because history shows it spins a bit. If it\'s going to spin we will certainly have a look at two spinners. Wade will play in the tour match too,\" Lehmann added.

With every batsman of the team struggling to get form, reserve wicketkeeper batsman Matthew Wade is also expected to get a game on Friday. While England have scored three centuries in the two Tests, Australia are yet to score one. The closest they came when Agar made 98 batting at No. 11 in the Trent Bridge Test. \"We have certainly got to bat better, we know that,\" admitted Lehmann.

\"It\'s probably more of a mental thing. We need to make sure we\'re ready to go...have a good time down in Sussex, play some decent cricket and bat a lot longer than 90 overs. \"We had two guys get to 50 at Lord\'s but 50 isn\'t going to get us to where we need to go. [Michael] Clarke and [Usman) Khawaja batted really well but they need to make hundreds when they get to that position, just like young Root did.

\"We have certainly had poor shot selection for a start, but [England] have bowled quite well, give them credit. We have to get better at facing reverse swing, off spin, all those sorts of things that make you bat for long periods of time.\"
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