Aus to play 3 pacers and a spinner in B'lore

Updated: 29 September 2008 16:31 IST

Australian coach Tim Nielsen has indicated that the visitors will go with three seamers and a spinner in the opening Test starting in Bangalore.

Aus to play 3 pacers and a spinner in B'lore

Melbourne:

Australian coach Tim Nielsen has indicated that the visitors will go with three seamers and a spinner in the opening cricket Test starting in Bangalore from October 9.

"I think we did a pretty reasonable job in the West Indies playing on low, flat, pretty slow wickets that spun late in the game, especially the first two Tests with three quicks and a spinner, so I'd expect that's what the mix will be, I think that suits the way we play best," Nielsen said.

The coach, however, said there were still a couple of spots undecided but those would be filled depending on the Indians' team combination.

"There's still two or three spots people are still trying to force their way into, it depends a little bit on what the Indian team is as well, whether they pick a lot of right hand batsmen or left-hand batsmen and that might make a little bit of a difference to our spinning options," Nielsen said.

"We've got a couple of spinners who haven't played a Test match yet so it's about getting them a run in the next week and seeing how they front up.

"We'll just have to sort out what that mix is and who our spinner is, basically," he was quoted as saying by the 'Sydney Morning Herald'.

On 36-year-old Bryce McGain, Nielsen said the wrist spinner's "just finishing off (his rehab), it would've been nice to get him going in the two-day game but the physio just felt if we tried to do everything in the competitive game he might be going a little too hard.

"We're trying to keep it controlled, now he should be fit and right to play in the four-day game," he said.

Meanwhile, Jason Krejza has managed to make a fast start, looking an ideal fit for Indian conditions against Rajasthan Cricket Academy.

Topics : Cricket Australia
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