The Australian cricket team is expected to go into the third Ashes test match with an unchanged playing XI. The Kangaroos have been leading the series by 2-0 at the moment. They have won the first two test matches by big margins and they are full of confidence.
There have been a few talks that Australia might think of including an extra specialist bowler into the playing XI for the third test match because of the hot Perth weather, but, it doesn’t seem that they would do so. They have already got a couple of all round players in the form of Steven Smith and Shane Watson who can roll their arms over if required. So, the Aussie captain Michael Clarke should not be too bothered about bringing in that extra bowler into the playing XI.
However, in case, Australia decides to go with 5 bowlers, Doug Bollinger is the one who can get a playing opportunity. The left arm fast bowler has shown good form in the Sheffield Shield games this season and he was with the Aussie team at Adelaide too as a standby.
James Faulkner was perhaps ahead of Bollinger in the pecking order, but, he injured his thump while taking part in the practice session yesterday and he has now been ruled out for a few weeks. So, Bollinger is clearly the strongest contender now for that 5th bowler’s spot.
If Bollinger comes into the playing XI, either Steven Smith or George Bailey would have to sit out. Bailey had got a fifty in the last game, but, Smith is more experienced than him as far as the test cricket is concerned, so, he might end up getting the nod.
If Australia wins the Perth test match, they will be able to regain the Ashes.