Assistant Australia coach Ricky Ponting has suggested that India may go in with three fast bowlers in their World Cup match against Australia at the Oval on Sunday.
India went with two pacers and two spinners in their first match against South Africa in Southampton, the attack was supplemented by Hardik Pandya.
Ponting words come in the wake of Australia top-order batsman struggling against West Indies’ pacers at Trent Bridge. The West Indies trio of Oshane Thomas, Sheldon Cottrell and Andre Russell took wickets at the start of the innings with short-pitch bowling.
This is what Ponting had to say ahead of the match,
"(Jasprit) Bumrah we know is a very good new ball bowler and I'm sure he'll mix it up and bowl some short stuff and some full stuff," Ponting was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
"Bhuvneshwar will probably not worry you too much with his pace or his bouncers. Hardik can maybe rush you a little bit, so maybe they have a decision to make on the overall make up of their side.
"Do they maybe go with only the one spinner and use (off-spinning allrounder) Kedhav Jadav as a second spinner and play another fast bowler? We'll worry about that in the next couple of days and make sure all the boys are prepared."
The former skipper felt the team's early wobble in their 15-run win over West Indies was a necessary "wake-up call" ahead of the India clash.
"It could very well be … a wake-up call. Just understanding that if you are under pressure in big games like World Cup games, finding a mechanism or a way to get through (is important)," said Ponting.
"It could be just a good learning curve for those guys at the top and hopefully they'll bounce back strong."
With Agency Inputs