Australian changes in store for Gabba Test against India

CRICKET: Shaun Marsh is set to be the beneficiary of Michael Clarke's injury woes, with the Western Australian called into Australia's squad for the second Test against India at the Gabba, starting on Wednesday.

Left-arm paceman Mitchell Starc has also been called in, with Peter Siddle's spot in doubt after a modest return in Adelaide and a poor tour of the UAE.

The Australian selectors would no doubt be tempted by the extra bounce Starc could generate from what should be a juicy Gabba wicket, after recent rain in Brisbane.

Starc and fellow New South Wales paceman Josh Hazlewood, who was 12th man in the first Test, loom as possible replacements for Siddle. Veteran Queensland paceman Ryan Harris could also be be rested, with the 35-year-old only recently back from knee surgery and bowling 40 overs in the first Test in Adelaide.

Marsh has scored two centuries in this season's Sheffield Shield competition and will likely assume a middle-order role alongside his brother Mitch while Clarke is sidelined with another hamstring issue.

That would mean the pair would become the first siblings in the Australian Test team since the Waugh twins last played together in October 2002.

Shaun, 31, has played nine Tests and posted two hundreds, including one in South Africa earlier this year.

He has been batting at No.5 for WA this summer, but batted at No.4 in the series against the Proteas. He followed his century with a pair in the next Test - the last he played before sidelined with a an elbow injury.

Apart from Siddle, opener Chris Rogers is also in need of a strong performance after averaging just 22.75 in the past eight innings.

Squad for second Test: Brad Haddin (c), Chris Rogers, David Warner, Shane Watson, Shaun Marsh, Steve Smith, Mitch Marsh, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle, Ryan Harris, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood.


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