11 December 2010

Beer's surprise selection for Perth Test

After Adelaide debacle in which Australia suffered their heaviest defeat against the English side there has been a lot thinking of revamping their side. The selection committee had to think hard about their options, in that thought process the think-tank came upto some changes.Marcus North, Doug Bollinger and Xavier Doherty have been axed in this revamping.But the utter surprise came into place when Micheal Beer, the 26 year old has taken into consideration. This was in place of Xavier Doherty who was seriously punished with figures of 0-120 in the second test.This has found him the chance of being the 418th test cricketer for Australia.

Being a complete ghost in figure in Australian test has taken just 16 first class wickets in five matches at an average  just niggling around 40 since making his debut two months ago.Beer is the biggest bolter Australia's selectors have chosen since Peter Taylor, the off spinner, who bowled Australia to victory in Sydney in 1986-87 having played six previous first-class matches.

"I was a little bit surprised and I don't think it really sank in until I rang my parents and actually blurted it out myself and thought hang on, what's going on here?'" Beer said. 

Beer will be in line for his maiden Cricket Australia contract, featuring a base salary of $210,000.He will receive $13,500 alone for being part of the Australian set up in Perth. If he sees out the remainder of the Ashes series, then he will be paid $40,500 for the final three Tests against England.

The challenge for Beer is to ensure that in a year's time - or in a month's time - he has not become yet another in Australia's long list of discarded spinners. If he debuts at the WACA, he will be the tenth slow bowler Australia has used in Tests since the retirement of Shane Warne. 

In other changes made it would be  Hughes,Steven Smith who would be making into the side. Johnson and Hilfenhaus who were a part of second test would be strong contenders for the third test.They would be in line with Siddle and Harris who had impressed in the Adelaide would make up for the Perth clash.

After North not being in side means Brad Haddin  will move up to No. 6 with Smith at No. 7. Smith has played two Tests, against Pakistan in England in July, when he was chosen as a legspinner in the absence of the injured Hauritz, and if Beer doesn't play he will be the lead slow bowler in Perth.


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