Aus must use spinner in next Test: Warne

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Published: Thursday, December 23, 2010, 17:46 [IST]
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Aus must use spinner in next Test: Warne

Sydney, Dec 23: Former Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne reckons that a spinner must be included in the team for the Boxing Day Test of the Ashes series against England to be played in Melbourne.

"I am sure the Australian selectors will want to stick with the same winning team. Historically, Melbourne Test match has always needed a spinner, as you don't always pick a team for the first innings," Warne wrote in an article for the Daily Telegraph.

"It's hard to change a winning team, but I think a spinner will play," he added.

Warne also thinks that consideration should be given to a recall for off spinner Nathan Hauritz, who has responded to being dropped from the Ashes series with a string of strong performances for New South Wales.

"I think (Michael) Beer was a horses for courses selection. What has impressed me about Hauritz, he's gone back and taken wickets and made runs," Warne wrote.

"As I said before the Test series, I think Hauritz deserves first chance and if he didn't work out, try the next in line. So, I think it still stands that Hauritz deserves a chance for Melbourne and Sydney," he added.

Australia had won last week's third Test in Perth by 267 runs to level the five-match series at 1-1.


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