Australia to ponder best batting lineup

Age won’t be a factor for selectors regarding the playing future of Test opener Chris Rogers, Australia’s coach and selector Darren Lehmann says.


As always, the currency is runs.

Rogers has struggled against pace and spin on the low, slow pitches of the United Arab Emirates.

The 37-year-old opener has scored 88 runs at an average of 22 against Pakistan.

With a career average of 36.06 in 16 matches, the Victoria batsman is a realist.

Rogers has previously stated he’s only ever a couple of low scores away from having his head on the chopping block.

“You’d have to speak to the whole selection panel there,” Lehmann said on Sunday when asked about Rogers’ Test spot.

“From my point of view he’s had a good 12 months.

“You’re talking about age, but at the end of the day we want performances from all our batsmen regardless of age.

“He’d be disappointed with his output in the two Test matches.

“So again it’s going back to Shield cricket and getting some runs and then see whether he’s in Brisbane or not.”

Australia host India for a four-Test series starting in Brisbane on December 4.

Mitchell Marsh in his debut series has put himself in the frame for the Brisbane Test after hitting 87 in Australia’s first innings of 261 in Abu Dhabi and reaching 26 not out at stumps on Sunday’s fourth day of play.

The likely return of fit-again Shane Watson in Brisbane gives Australia several options.

Lehmann says there’s no reason why Marsh and potential No.3 Watson can’t play in the same Test team.

Dumped No.3 Alex Doolan has been told by chairman of selectors Rod Marsh that his “clear route” to a Test recall is making big Shield scores for Tasmania.

Australia made the left-field move to put spin-bowling allrounder Glenn Maxwell into the No.3 role in Abu Dhabi in Doolan’s place.

Maxwell has scored 37 and four in his third Test, getting out to a wild attempted slog in the first innings.

“He played really well in the first innings until probably not a great shot,” Lehmann said.

“He didn’t achieve the runs we would have liked.

“We’ve just got to get back to Australia and work out what our best six is.”