SYDNEY: With the top-flight tour of India fast approaching, former Australian skipper Mark Taylor wants the team led by Pat Cummins to explore the possibility of playing with five bowlers in the third and final test against Africa from the South from here on Wednesday.
The tour of India, consisting of four rounds for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, will take place in February-March.
Heading into the final test in Sydney, the hosts hold an unassailable 2-0 series lead, giving them the opportunity to explore a few other options.
“They have the opportunity in Sydney to try a few things. I know people say don’t try things in the Test matches, but with Cameron Green not playing I would really like to see Alex Carey beat at six and Australia pick five bowlers.
“They can go all out with the ball and rely on their front five and Carey to get enough points to win the test match,” Taylor said as quoted by Wide World of Sports.
Due to injuries to Mitchell Starc and Cameron Green in their massive win in Melbourne, Australia have called up Matthew Renshaw and Ashton Agar.
“I think with the bowling they have there, with whoever those rapids, you have enough guys there to take all 20 wickets. South Africa just made 200 in the final innings in Melbourne for the first time in four Test games, their hitter is very accessible right now.
“So I would look to attack with the ball and back you up to make enough runs with just five specialty hitters,” Taylor added.
Australia, who currently top the World Test Championships (WTC) table, will travel to India at the end of assignments against South Africa.

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