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Another selection conundrum for Australia
John Salvado
07:13 AEST Sat Dec 29 2012

As problems go, it hardly compares with the one facing hapless Sri Lanka, who need to come up with 11 fit and willing players to take the fight up to the opposition.

But Australia still have a recurring selection conundrum heading into the third Test in Sydney.

What do you do when you have four in-form fast bowlers and only three vacancies in the team?

Mitchell Starc has to come back after being rested or rotated - take your pick on the correct terminology - after bowling Australia to victory in the first Test in Hobart.

Peter Siddle is the leader of the attack.

And as he doesn't play either of the shorter forms of the game, making him sit out the January 3-7 SCG Test would effectively condemn him to a month on the sidelines before the resumption of the Sheffield Shield,

Surely that's not going to happen.

And how can you overlook Mitchell Johnson, who claimed man of the match honours in Melbourne for an unbeaten 92, six wickets and a brutal bowling display that broke the fingers of two Sri Lankan batsmen?

So assuming spinner Nathan Lyon holds his spot on the tweaker-friendly SCG track and allrounder Glenn Maxwell comes in as a more-or-less direct swap for the injured Shane Watson, the unlucky man in Sydney is likely to be Jackson Bird.

It's a very tough call as the tall Tasmanian could hardly have been more impressive on his Test debut.

He even drew comparisons with Glenn McGrath.

But something has to give.


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