Mitchell Johnson Left Out of the Australia Team
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Australia have dropped Mitchell Johnson for the first test against Sri Lanka and selected just three seamers for the match on what is expected to be a lively wicket at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart. Spinner Nathan Lyon was retained in the side announced by skipper Michael Clarke on Thursday (December 13), with Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc and Ben Hilfenhaus making up the pace bowling unit for the match.

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SHOWS: HOBART, AUSTRALIA (DECEMBER 13, 2012) (NINE NETWORK - NO ACCESS AUSTRALIA / NEW ZEALAND / PAPUA NEW GUINEA / AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, PAPUA NEW GUINEA-BASED INTERNET SITES, MOBILE PLATFORMS OR SITES OF MEDIA ORGANIZATIONS BASED IN THOSE COUNTRIES, NVO CLIENTS/ SMH.COM.AU/NEWS.COM.AU) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AUSTRALIAN SKIPPER, MICHAEL CLARKE, SAYING: "Look, at the end of the day you've got to do what's best for the Australian team. You've got to pick the best eleven players to help win a test match, and for this test it's eleven we're going for. "You know, like I said, it was a tough selection to leave Mitchell Johnson out, as it would have been whoever we left out, but I've been saying for a while that it's a nice problem to have when you've got twelve blokes that really want to play and have performed well, but unfortunately someone has to miss out. So yeah look, Mitchell will be fine. He'll continue to work his backside off, and I guess, wait for another opportunity and try to grab it with both hands once again." 2. CLARKE AT PRACTICE SESSION STORY: Australia have dropped Mitchell Johnson for the first test against Sri Lanka and selected just three seamers for the match on what is expected to be a lively wicket at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart. Spinner Nathan Lyon was retained in the side announced by skipper Michael Clarke on Thursday (December 13), with Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc and Ben Hilfenhaus making up the pace bowling unit for the match. Left-armer Johnson, the 2009 ICC Cricketer of the Year, played his first test in a year in the 309-run defeat to South Africa in Perth last week and has been named 12th man for the Hobart test, which begins on Friday. "At the end of the day you've got to do what's best for the Australian team. You've got to pick the best eleven players to help win a test match, and for this test it's eleven we're going for," said Clarke. "It was a tough selection to leave Mitchell Johnson out, as it would have been whoever we left out, but I've been saying for a while that it's a nice problem to have when you've got twelve blokes that really want to play and have performed well, but unfortunately someone has to miss out."