Australia on Tuesday named an unchanged 12-member squad for the fourth and final Test against India, beginning in Adelaide on Tuesday 24 January.
Off-spinner Nathan Lyon, who was named 12th man in Perth, is expected to play at the Adelaide Oval meaning one of Peter Siddle, Ben Hilfenhaus, Ryan Harris or Mitchell Starc will be left out of the final XI.
“A spin bowler has always been a priority in Test matches at Adelaide Oval and it is very likely that Nathan Lyon will replace one of the other bowlers in the final XI for the fourth Test,” chairman of selectors John Inverarity said.
“The fact the Australians were able to dismiss India in only 60 and 63 overs in Perth and the extra two rest days because the Test finished early has meant that there is reduced concern about excessive workloads for the fast bowlers.
“Michael Clarke’s team will be striving to maintain the momentum with a win in Adelaide.”
Wicketkeeper Brad Haddin and top-order batsman Shaun Marsh have both been retained despite continued poor form.
Australia 4th Test squad
Michael Clarke (c), Brad Haddin (v-c), Ed Cowan, Ryan Harris, Ben Hilfenhaus, Mike Hussey, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Ricky Ponting, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, David Warner.