Hobart: Daniel Christian has been dreaming of a baggy green since he was a child, but he didn't think it would happen this summer. It still might not. But as the Australians make their way to Hobart for the second Test against New Zealand, which starts on Friday, the selectors will ponder the team's balance, and Christian's name is sure to spark some interesting discussions.
Without Shane Watson in the side, Australia were a bowler short at the Gabba. It didn't really matter, as they accounted for New Zealand within four days, but consideration will be given to the workload required in back-to-back Tests for a youthful attack featuring James Pattinson and Mitchell Starc.
There are only so many overs of gentle outswing that Michael Clarke can ask of Michael Hussey. It is in this role that Christian could play a part. For now, he is in the 12-man squad; if the selectors want an extra bowler, he will become Australia's 427th Test cricketer, and the second indigenous man to play Test cricket for Australia behind Jason Gillespie.