Clarke: I don’t know what the eleven is


Australia captain Michael Clarke has refused to say if allrounder Shane Watson has been dropped from the starting team for Thursday's second Ashes Test against England at Lord's.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Clarke said he did not as yet know the team will that will take the field at the Home of Cricket.

It has been reported in the Australian press that Mitch Marsh will take the place of Watson, who failed twice with the bat in Australia's 169-run defeat to England in the first Test.

Clarke said: "I don't know what the eleven is, so I don't know how anybody else does unless the selectors have spoken to the media before they've spoken to the captain and the team.

"There's always speculation when individual players don't perform as well as we would like. But whatever eleven the selectors go with, I'm really confident in this squad that we can find a way to win this Test match.

"Decisions are made and if things have been leaked then they've been leaked, but I can honestly tell you right now I don't know the eleven that's playing in this Test match and I'm hopeful that I'll find out in the next couple of hours."

One change that is definitely happening is that wicketkeeper Peter Nevill will come into the Aussie team to make his Test debut after Brad Haddin withdrew from the game due to personal reasons.

Clarke is confident that Nevill, who scored 78 in a tour match against Essex before the first Test, will do well on the international stage.

The skipper said: "That's the reason you pick a second wicket-keeper. I'm really confident we bring someone in who is in really good form. I think Nev will handle it really well."