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Australia needs big fast bowler to retain Ashes, says Gavaskar

India's cricketing legend Sunil Gavaskar feels that Australia need a big fast bowler and a leg spinner if they are to regain the Ashes this summer.

cricket Updated: Oct 20, 2010 21:28 IST

India's cricketing legend Sunil Gavaskar feels that Australia need a big fast bowler and a leg spinner if they are to regain the Ashes this summer.

"They have got to get the attack right. If Peter Siddle is fit then he brings something to the team. I got the impression in the two Tests we just saw that Mitchell Johnson was just too inconsistent but he just got the wickets. They will need consistency in the team," Gavaskar was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald.

"I think maybe a leg spinner in the team would make a difference to the team. I thought a leg spinner in the Australian team would have made a huge difference in Bangalore," said Gavaskar on the sidelines of the programme where he was honoured by the Bradman Foundation at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) along with Adam Gilchrist.

An emotional Gavaskar said: "I grew up hearing about cricketing exploits of Sir Donald and to be honoured by Bradman Museum is huge."

Gilchrist said: "Anyone in any cricketing nation can relate to the name Bradman so to be honoured by a foundation that is in his honour is something I cherish very dearly."

Gilchrist feels that bowling will decide the Ashes but thinks England have an edge with their settled line-up from the past couple of years.

"They have a much more settled group but I agree with Sunny, I think it is going to come down to the bowling. Whichever team keeps its bowling unit on the field for the longest - fit, healthy and tearing in, will be the team that comes out on top. Our guys have a few injury concerns but I think they are going to be right for the first Test. If we have our first-choice unit on the field we will be very hard to beat," he said.