Cricket: Starc dropped for fourth test

Mitchell Starc. Photo / Getty Images
Mitchell Starc. Photo / Getty Images

Paceman Mitchell Starc has been left out of Australia's team for the fourth cricket Test against India starting on Tuesday in Adelaide.

Starc will be 12th man, his spot in the side taken by offspinner Nathan Lyon as Australia chase a 4-0 series sweep against the Indians.

He's expected to be released to play for the Sydney Sixers in the Big Bash final against the Scorchers on Saturday in Perth.

"We think that is the best XI to give us every chance to win this Test match,'' Australian captain Michael Clarke told reporters in Adelaide on Monday.

"I think the experience of the other three quicks will play a big part in these conditions.

"The wicket looks really good and I think reverse swing is going to play a huge part in this Test match.''

The Indians have yet to announce their team but will be without captain MS Dhoni, suspended for one Test match because of his side's slow over rates.

Opening batsman Virender Sehwag is expected to captain India in the Adelaide Test, which will start in forecast temperatures of around 36 degrees.

Australia: Michael Clarke (capt), Ed Cowan, David Warner, Shaun Marsh, Ricky Ponting, Mike Hussey, Brad Haddin, Peter Siddle, Ryan Harris, Ben Hilfenhaus, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc (12th man).

- AAP

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