Posted: 2 March, 2017
by Josh Barnes
Australia set to select 10 batsmen and Steve O'Keefe for 2nd Test
Australia is set to make a shock purge to the successful first test team for the second match against India, with all the bowlers apart from Steve O’Keefe to be dropped.
Holding a one nil series lead, the Australian team is set to attempt to block out the remaining 15 days of cricket in the series and walk away series victors.
Speaking to the media before Saturday’s match in Bangalore, coach Darren Lehmann dropped the bombshell news.
“Look mate, we’ve broken it down and looked at all the variables and we can’t see a scenario where we repeat that effort in Pune so it is time to shut up shop,” Lehmann said.
“So at this stage we’ll bring in Glenn Maxwell to bat at eight, just below Matty Wade and Uzzy Khawaja will come in at nine.
“There are no other batsmen in the squad so I’ll put the pads on and bat at ten, we thought about keeping Starcy in the team to bat there but his stroke play was too risky in the first test.”
Lehmann performed poorly in his last tour to India, making 132 runs at 26.4 on the tour 13 years ago but he was confident he could stand in front of the stumps and nullify Ravi Ashwin.
The Australian camp wasn’t too deterred about the pressure the lack of support would put on O’Keefe, with only Mitch Marsh and Maxwell able to hold up an end with the ball.
“SOK is in the bloody form of his life, he’s bowling like a dead set legend and when we talked about it we realised he was going to be bowling all the overs from one end anyway,” Lehmann said.
“We are considering bringing him on from the other end to bowl right arm offies, he literally cannot do anything wrong right now.”
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