Aussie quicks out to impress

Cave Hill, Barbados – Australia’s fast bowling brigade in the Caribbean is setting itself for a selection battle ahead of the first Digicel Test against the West Indies at Kensington Oval.

Test squad members Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle have arrived in Bridgetown and will join Mitchell Starc, James Pattinson and Ben Hilfenhaus - with the quintet battling for three likely spots in the Test line-up with spinner Nathan Lyon expected to play.

Before leaving Australia, Harris claimed he was behind Pattinson, Siddle and Hilfenhaus in the race for the starting spots.

Nothing is certain, however, and the line-up for a three-day tour match against a WICB President’s XI starting on Monday will be the best guide of selectors’' intentions.

Pattinson, Hilfenhaus and Starc have the advantage of being in the Caribbean throughout the Digicel One-Day and Twenty20 campaigns, but their match opportunities have been limited.

Hilfenhaus only played the final two ODIs while Pattinson had to wait for the T20s to play. Starc was in the squad in a development role and is yet to play.

Mon, 04/02/2012 - 04:49