Aussies axe Forrest; call up Lyon

Kingstown, St Vincent -- Batsman Peter Forrest has been dropped as Australia turns to a two-man spin attack for the third Digicel One-Day International against the West Indies.

Forrest, who made a duck in the five-wicket defeat to the Windies in the second ODI, has been axed in favour of spinner Nathan Lyon as the tourists seek their best options to reclaim the series lead on the slow Arnos Vale Cricket Ground pitch.

Lyon, who made his one-day international debut in the third final of the tri-series against Sri Lanka in Adelaide earlier this month, joins Xavier Doherty for a dual spin assault.

Since making his maiden ODI century against Sri Lanka in Hobart last month, Forrest has struggled for form, only passing 20 once in his past five innings for Australia.

His axing means a reshuffle of Australia’s batting order for the game is likely, with Matthew Wade likely to move back to open alongside David Warner, while captain Shane Watson slots in at Number 3 in the batting order.

Veteran batsman Michael Hussey says the match will be a vital one in the five-game series, with Australia desperate to take a 2-1 series lead going into the fourth and fifth games on the nearby island of St Lucia.

“Just to not think too much about it and get back out there is a good thing,” Hussey said of the quick turnaround following their defeat in the second Digicel ODI.
“Obviously we'd prefer to be two to the good but it’s one-all and it’s really a pivotal match in the series.”

TEAM: Shane Watson (capt), David Warner, Matthew Wade, David Hussey, Michael Hussey, Dan Christian, Brett Lee, Clint McKay, Nathan Lyon, Xavier Doherty.

Mon, 03/19/2012 - 15:58