Selectors stick with Hughes
AUSTRALIAN opener Phillip Hughes has stayed a date with the executioner after selectors withstood the desire to make changes to the squad for the second test in Hobart.
Uncapped all-rounder Daniel Christian was spoken about as a chance to make the Australian squad in the build-up to the second test, but selectors decided to stick with a winning side.
Australian captain Michael Clarke also hinted pitch conditions and the weekend weather forecast forbode against stacking the bowling options over cutting a specialist batsman.
Squads for the second test:
AUSTRALIA: Michael Clarke (c), David Warner, Phillip Hughes, Usman Khawaja, Ricky Ponting, Mike Hussey, Brad Haddin, Peter Siddle, James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon. 12th: Daniel Christian.
NEW ZEALAND: Ross Taylor (c), Brent Arnel, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Dean Brownlie, Martin Guptill, Chris Martin, Brendon McCullum, Jesse Ryder, Tim Southee, Daniel Vettori, Kane Williamson, B.J. Watling, Reece Young.