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Australia are set to rest James Faulkner from their Group Two clash against Pakistan in their match of the ICC Twwenty20 World Cup.
Doug Bollinger is set to get the call-up to the starting XI with Aussie skipper George Bailey saying they did not want to rush him back into the side.
“He’ll be available for the second game, and if really pushed, he could’ve probably come up for this one,” said Bailey after Faulkner trained with the rest of the squad on Saturday morning.
“We’re making the call that we’re going to need him in the back end (of the tournament) – that’s where he’ll add the most value to us.”
Bollinger was only a late inclusion into the squad as cover for Mitchell Johnson after he was ruled out for the entire tournament with an infected toe/leg.
However, the veteran left-hand fast bowler ha got down to the task of preparing for a Pakistan side looking to bounce back from its first-up loss to arch-rivals India.
“Doug was really impressive today, (he bowled with) good pace, which is exactly the reason we got him over here,” Bailey said.
“He’s never fun to face in the nets because he’s so competitive … he rushes up, he’s a big fella, he’s busy at the crease.
“He swings the ball at really good pace, not quite the pace of Mitch, who he replaced, but anything over 140kph is pretty quick, so Dougy will certainly come into the mix and we’ll sort out which spinner we’ll go with as well.”
Bailey also ruled out the possible use of two spinner in the side against Pakistan, saying Brad Hogg should get the start, but did tip that he might hand the cap to leg-spinner James Muirhead, citing the number of right-hand batsmen in the Pakistan top-order.
Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez said their batting was simply not good enough against India, with their run-rate at times crawling along for a T20 game.
“You have to set the tone right from the start,” Hafeez said. “But unfortunately one run out at the start of the innings and the pitch – the ball was not coming on to the bat and there was some spongy bounce in it. That’s the reason we couldn’t get that total in the first 10 overs.
“But still I believe that partnership between Umar Akmal and Shoaib Malik gave us some hope that we can score 150 on this track. But those three overs after the 15th, we couldn’t get the momentum right and we couldn’t get that total.”
Australia (probable XI): Finch, Warner, Watson, Maxwell, Bailey (c), Hodge, Haddin (wk), Coulter-Nile, Starc, Hogg, Bollinger.