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The major problem area is the spin department. The injury to leggie Bryce McGain is a major blow because he was to be the frontline weapon. The four-man selection panel was pinning its hopes on Tasmanian finger spinner Jason Krejza, but he bowled himself out of the calculations by taking a hammering at the hands of Board XI batters.
Leg-spinning all-rounder Cameron White will add depth to the batting if he makes his Test debut, but he barely spins the ball.
Michael Clarke may be the best spinning option but Australia must be careful not to overload him.
The attack will be built around pace but even Gilchrist, the man who guided Australia to their breakthrough win here four years ago, has questioned whether their lack of Test experience in unforgiving Indian conditions will hurt.
Please explain the emboldened parts to me.
"Pinning its hopes on..." means "relying on..." It basically means the four man selection panel were hoping he would do well.
"Out of the calculations..." refers to the calculation of the final score. The player has bowled himself out of the calculations, so in other words, he hasn't done well enough to have any impact on the final score. It's not a common phrase to use.
"taking a hammering..." is a stronger way of saying "taking a beating." It is generally only used in sports and other competitions. If a team wins convincingly, you can say they "hammered" the opposition.
"Unforgiving" is often used to refer to environments or weather conditions, and means conditions that don't forgive mistakes. It is often used to refer to harsh landscapes, where risk of death is quite high. In the context of a cricket match, this would probably refer to pitch conditions that would punish any mistakes from Australia's bowling. But it could also refer to weather or light conditions that would make it more difficult.
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