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Australia Recalls Haddin, Lyon as Rain Prevents Play in 3rd Test

Australia recalled Brad Haddin and Nathan Lyon among four changes for the third cricket Test against India in Mohali, where rain prevented any play on the opening day.

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. 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 paceman Mitchell Starc came in for 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.

With day one lost to the weather, the match will start half an hour early for the next four days to make up time.

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