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‘Spin will again play a big role’

Australian skipper Michael Clarke on Friday reckoned that spin will ‘again play a big role” in the second Test against India but was non-committal on whether he would go with an extra spinner or a fast bowler.

He felt the 22-yard strip at the Uppal Stadium was pretty ‘similar” to the one at Chepauk, where they were thrashed by eight wickets.

‘There are a lot of similarities to the Chennai pitch in regards to the wicket. It looks as if it (pitch) was prepared quite early. It’s going to be quite a dry and obviously spin will again play a big part. There will also be up and down bounce. I would be very surprised if India don’t play with three spinners,” Clarke told reporters on the eve of the second Test.

Clarke’s decision to play to his team’s strength backfired in Chennai and probably that’s the reason why the New South Wales man preferred to keep the cards close to his chest.

‘Let me have a look at the wicket and then I will sit with the selectors and decide. I will have to check whether playing an extra spinner will be a better option than playing an extra fast bowler. We want to assess the conditions well.
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