It's almost time for cricket to re-emerge from ten months of the absurd. The Australian team for next Thursday's First Test against Sri Lanka at the Gabba has been announced. No huge surprises. Good to see Phil Jaques selected to partner Matty Hayden at the top of the order. No room for Katich following his 306 on the Paddington Highway on the weekend. The first pace attack of the post-Pigeon era is about as expected.
The only matter of conjecture is over those two investments for the future, Brad Hogg and Stuart MacGill. Which of the two will be 12th man, and which one the 13th?
(UPDATE 3/11/07: Shaun Tait is out injured, Ben Hilfenhaus comes into the squad in his place.)
The team: Hayden, Jaques, Ponting, Hussey, Clarke, Symonds, Gilchrist, Lee, Clark, Johnson,
Tait Hilfenhaus, Hogg, MacGill (two to be omitted).