Clarke out as Australia opt to bat; Rahane set for debut

Source : IANS
Last Updated: Fri, Mar 22, 2013 04:00 hrs

New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) Australia's stand-in captain Shane Watson won the toss and opted to bat against India in the inconsequential fourth Test at the Feroze Shah Kotla here Friday.

Watson became the 44th Australian Test captain after skipper Michael Clarke failed to recover from chonic back pain.

Australia also made four other changes - Matthew Wade comes in for Brad Haddin; Mitchell Johnson and James Pattinson for Mitchell Starc and Xavier Doherty and Glenn Maxwell for Moises Henriques.

India made one change - Ajinkya Rahane will be making his debut, replacing local boy Shikhar Dhawan, who fractured his left hand during the Mohali Test.

India are leading 3-0 in the series and are looking at a historic 4-0 whitewash against Australia.

India: Ajinkya Rahane, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Sachin Tendulkar,

Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain/wicketkeeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma

Australia: David Warner, Ed Cowan, Phil Hughes, Shane Watson (captain), Steve Smith, Matthew Wade (wicketkeeper), Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Johnson, Peter Siddle, James Pattinson, Nathan Lyon.




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