Australia dogged by injuries and selection queries

Australia’s second Test thrashing of an injury-ravaged Sri Lanka provided some consolation after a stinging 1-0 loss in the home series to South Africa, but has left the team with much to ponder ahead of the dead rubber Test in Sydney next week.

Australia head into the final match of the series with an unassailable 2-0 lead, but the innings victory in Melbourne was soured with ongoing injury clouds over skipper Michael Clarke and vice-captain Shane Watson.

The fitness concerns have added further ammunition to critics of the team’s player management, with selectors and fitness staff already under fire for a controversial rotation policy that saw injury-free seamer Mitchell Starc rested for Melbourne for fear he might break down.

Both Watson and Clarke played despite bringing injuries into the Melbourne Test, leaving selectors open to accusations of double standards. While Clarke scored a glittering 106 and Watson a solid 83 to help set up victory, the wash-out from Melbourne will do little to quell the grumbling. Read more
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