Selection blues for Aussies’ Test

THE Aussies have selection headaches going into the Third Test at Old Trafford tonight with all-rounder Steve Smith missing training on Tuesday with a back complaint.

Smith made 102 not out against Sussex, but was unable to bowl.

With spinners Nathan Lyon and Ashton Agar picking up just one wicket each against Sussex, Smith's leg breaks would be a

valuable addition.

The good news was that Michael Clarke, who sat out the warm-up match to rest his troublesome back, was able to train on Tuesday, coach Darren Lehmann saying the skipper would be able to bowl in the third Test if required.

The other selection dilemmas revolve around batsman David Warner and paceman Jackson Bird.

Warner put his hand up for a recall by making 193 for Australia A against South Africa A while Bird was the pick of the bowlers against Sussex, but may miss out if Lehmann opts for two spinners and retains fast men Peter Siddle and Ryan Harris.