Australia draft in Bollinger and Harris
Australia are considering changes to their pace attack for the second Ashes Test in Adelaide, which starts on Friday.
Their selectors reacted to today's draw against England at the Gabba by adding fast bowlers Ryan Harris and Doug Bollinger to the XI who played in Brisbane.
Both are part of Australia’s original 17-man squad for the series, but Harris' chronic knee injury meant he was not available for selection at Brisbane where Bollinger lost out to Peter Siddle in the final XI.
Siddle took a career-best 6-54, including a hat-trick, in England's first innings although he went wicketless in 24 second-innings overs.
Australia’s strike bowler Mitchell Johnson did not do himself justice, finishing with match figures of 0-170 from 42 overs - as well as dropping a catch and making a duck, in a high-scoring stalemate.
Ricky Ponting conceded Australia's bowlers had not been good enough at Brisbane and that no-one was safe for the next Test.
"We're taking 11 players from here to Adelaide, with Doug Bollinger and Ryan Harris to be added to the squad," said Ponting.
"It was a very flat pitch to bowl on over the last few days, but no doubt that we've got a lot of improvement to do with our bowling group.
"I don't think any of our bowlers were at their best.
"With the inclusion of those guys in the squad, we have to work out which is the best make-up to take 20 wickets in Adelaide – regardless of workload up here.
"I don't think anyone's certain. We'll have to see how everyone pulls up and decide on our best attack after that."
Ponting refused to disclose his preference for the Adelaide bowling line-up, but Harris certainly appears to be in the good books of the Australia captain.
"We understand that (Harris) is getting through the Shield game very well. The understanding is that he's fine to be considered," he said.
"We like that he came into international cricket and had immediate success. He's a great competitor, he runs in all day for you.
"He's the kind of guy that's going to bowl the right length in Adelaide's conditions – he bangs the ball in which you have to do down there to have success. And if it happens to reverse swing, he's very good at that.
"There's lots of things to like about Ryan Harris. The fact that he's had great success at international cricket means that he's one of those guys that's just meant to be playing."
Ponting admitted his side had let the chance of victory at Brisbane slip away on day four and added: "We probably haven't played our best the last couple of days of the game.
"The wicket did change dramatically and the last three days of the game have been dominated by the bat."
Ponting ended the day unbeaten on 51 and said: "I obviously wanted to get some time in the middle. It finished the game on a good note.
"We should know a lot about their top three batsmen. We've got some work to do, Adelaide is a very good batting wicket.
"We just weren't able to mount any pressure on them. They played very well and you have got to give them credit."
Australia squad for second Ashes Test: Ricky Ponting (captain), Michael Clarke (vice-captain), Doug Bollinger, Xavier Doherty, Brad Haddin (wicketkeeper), Ryan Harris, Mike Hussey, Ben Hilfenhaus, Mitchell Johnson, Simon Katich, Marcus North, Peter Siddle, Shane Watson.