Doug Bollinger and Ryan Harris have been named in the 13-man squad for second Ashes Test that begins this Friday at Adelaide and in all possibility might find themselves in the playing eleven. Bollinger and Harris, who were in the original squad for the first Test, were rested owing to fitness issues.
The fact that the Australians could pick only one wicket in 152 overs in England’s second innings in the first Ashes test speaks the lack of teeth in the attack. Also, that wicket went to a part-timer Marcus North would have rubbed salt into Australia’s wounds.
After being dismissed for just 260 runs in the first innings, England went on to score 517/1, with all the top three batsmen registering big hundreds.
Mitchell Johnson and Ben Hilfenhaus might be the ones that could sit out of the second match. The duo, together bowled 93 overs in the Brisbane match but could pick up just one wicket. Johnson, especially was disappointing and for the first time in his career, went wicketless in a Test match and looked under immense pressure.
His last five matches have yielded just 10 wickets and that includes a five-wicket haul he took against India at Mohali.