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Where to now for Aussie Test team?

AAP logoAAP 27/11/2016

FOUR KEY QUESTIONS THAT NATIONAL SELECTORS WILL CONSIDER AFTER AUSTRALIA'S VICTORY AT ADELAIDE OVAL

1) Where does Shaun Marsh fit in? Marsh is yet to overcome the broken finger he suffered in the first Test at the WACA. That moment may come prior to the day-night Test against Pakistan in Brisbane that starts on December 15, but is more likely to fall between that game and the Boxing Day Test. The 33-year-old is far from an automatic selection but equally would be right to feel aggrieved if overlooked. Nic Maddinson is the batsman most likely to make way but Maddinson can make it a more complex issue if he scores runs in Brisbane.

2) Matthew Wade or Peter Nevill? Nevill could hardly have responded any better to his Test axing. The keeper scored 179 not out for NSW in their ongoing Sheffield Shield clash with Tasmania. Nevill was dropped because selectors rated Wade a better batsman and more vocal keeper. Wade lived up to the second part of that bargain in Adelaide but not the first, scoring four. He had six catches and a stumping but was criticised by Ian Healy for not trying to snaffle a catch in South Africa's second innings.

3) What to do with Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood before the next Test? The new-ball pairing have been included in Australia's ODI squad for an upcoming three-match series against New Zealand. It is unclear how many of those games they will play. Selectors were criticised for resting Starc and Hazlewood from a one-day tour of South Africa last month, with Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis even suggesting it gave his side a mental edge ahead of the Test series. There is no such risk ahead of a three-Test series against Pakistan but it will be interesting to see how the star pacmen are managed over the next fortnight.

4) Who deserves to make the trip to India? Selectors are primarily worried about the upcoming ODI series against New Zealand and ensuing Test series against Pakistan, but in the back of their minds will be a four-Test tour of India that starts in February. David Warner, Steve Smith and Usman Khawaja are likely to be the only batsmen to have sealed their spots in that squad. Peter Handscomb's ability to handle spin bowling is highly regarded, while Glenn Maxwell, Cameron Bancroft and Travis Head are among the contenders not currently in the squad.

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