3 Dec 2010

Uncertain Australia hedge on pace option

7:20 am on 3 December 2010

Certainty is in short supply in Australian cricket after captain Ricky Ponting was unable to name his team for the second Ashes Test starting the afternoon in Adelaide.

Instead, Ponting and the national selectors have chosen to wait until later this morning to decide on the composition of their bowling attack, having made the early call to drop remove the misfiring Mitchell Johnson.

Doug Bollinger and Ryan Harris appear likely to be chosen in place of Johnson and Ben Hilfenhaus, though Harris did little to ease suspicions about the soundness of his knee by not bowling yesterday.

By contrast Bollinger charged in once again, and will bring welcome aggression and direction to an attack sorely lacking in both on the final two days at Brisbane.