Bracken replaces Hodge in Aussie team

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:53 IST

Left-arm fast bowler Nathan Bracken has replaced Brad Hodge as the only change in a 12-man Australian team.

Bracken replaces Hodge in Aussie team

Brisbane:

Left-arm fast bowler Nathan Bracken has replaced Brad Hodge as the only change in a 12-man Australian team to play the West Indies in the first Test at the Gabba beginning November 3.Leg-spinner Stuart MacGill, who played for Australia in the Super Test against a World XI, has retained his spot in the side, giving the home side the option of having MacGill work in tandem with Shane Warne.Bracken, 28, has played three Tests, the last against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground in January 2004.Extra batsmanSelectors chairman Trevor Hohns said the selectors felt that in Brisbane it was best to introduce another paceman to the squad in place of an extra batsman."That's no reflection on Brad Hodge, but in this instance we felt for the purposes of flexibility in the attack, Nathan Bracken would provide us with another bowling option depending on the conditions that might prevail at the Gabba,'' said Hohns."Obviously since the end of the Super Test in Sydney, there has been a lot of speculation about the option of playing the two spinners in this match against the West Indies," he said."With both Shane Warne and Stuart MacGill in the squad we still have that option, and will assess it closer to time, once we can study the conditions in greater detail,'' Hohns added.Team: Ricky Ponting (Captain), Adam Gilchrist, Nathan Bracken, Michael Clarke, Matthew Hayden, Simon Katich, Justin Langer, Brett Lee, Stuart MacGill, Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne, Shane Watson. (AP)



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