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Bollinger hopeful of making it to playing XI

Australian pacer Doug Bollinger hopes his familiarity with the SCG will ensure that he makes his debut in the third Test against South Africa there though the home side have already lost the three match series.

cricket Updated: Dec 31, 2008 15:09 IST

Australian pacer Doug Bollinger hopes his familiarity with the SCG will ensure that he makes his debut in the third Test against South Africa there though the home side have already lost the three match series.

Bollinger, who was drafted into the 12 man Australian squad replacing injured Brett Lee, said his recent record at the SCG would give him an edge over Tasmanian rival Ben Hilfenhaus as the third pacer in the side.

He took six for 47 in Sydney for NSW against South Australia in a Sheffield Shield match recently.

"I hope I will be ... Get the opportunity at the SCG. I think I have bowled well there the last couple of years. I think I am bowling well now and the six-for was the icing on the cake," the 27 year old said.

Bollinger, who had travelled the West Indies and India without having to play a Test yet, said he was salivating at the prospect of getting among the South African tailenders, who turned the second Test at the MCG with their determined batting.

"I can't wait to get among the guys. I am just going to play my own natural game and go from there. I find the SCG is a good place to bowl. I try to bowl as straight as I can and it goes Irish there a bit.

"As long as I am bowling, I think I will be trying to bowl a little bit shorter and getting into them. We have to win the last Test," he was quoted as saying by 'The Australian'.