Australia Picks Haddin, Lyon as Rain Delays Cricket Test Start

Australia recalled Brad Haddin and Nathan Lyon among four changes for the third cricket Test against India as rain delayed the start of play in Mohali.

Australia, trailing 2-0 in the four-match series, only had 12 players available for selection after Shane Watson, James Pattinson, Usman Khawaja and Mitchell Johnson were suspended for failing to submit feedback on how they and the team could improve and wicketkeeper Matthew Wade was ruled out because of an ankle injury.

Haddin will play his first Test since January 2012 after taking Wade’s spot, while Lyon was recalled in place of Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Starc came in for fellow paceman Pattinson. Allrounder Steve Smith was picked at No. 5 in a rejigged batting order that puts captain Michael Clarke at No. 3.

India, which would regain the Border-Gavaskar trophy by avoiding defeat in either of the remaining two matches, is set to give opening batsmen Shikhar Dhawan his Test debut in place of the dropped Virender Sehwag.

Australia: David Warner, Ed Cowan, Michael Clarke (captain), Phil Hughes, Steve Smith, Brad Haddin, Moises Henriques, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Xavier Doherty.

handed a debut to openign batsman Shikar Dhawan

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