Australia names unchanged team for 2nd test

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 21 November, 2012, 11:40am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 21 November, 2012, 11:51am

Australia has overlooked injured vice-captain Shane Watson in an unchanged lineup for the second cricket test against South Africa starting on Thursday.

Watson missed the drawn series opener in Brisbane with a calf injury and attempted to prove his fitness at training in Adelaide this week. But captain Michael Clarke said Wednesday that lingering doubts remained about the allrounder’s injury.

Clarke said Watson had “improved a lot over the last few days ... but is probably a few days short of being 100 per cent.”

Left-arm paceman Mitchell Starc will again be 12th man, Clarke said.

The Australia team are: Michael Clarke (captain), David Warner, Ed Cowan, Rob Quiney, Ricky Ponting, Mike Hussey Matthew Wade, Peter Siddle, James Pattinson, Nathan Lyon, Ben Hilfenhaus, Mitchell Starc (12th man).