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Eng to go into 3rd Test with five bowlers

England coach made it clear that five bowlers would be included in the eleven considering the extra load stand-in captain was carrying on his shoulders.

india Updated: Mar 17, 2006 17:54 IST

England coach Duncan Fletcher on Friday said his team would go into the third and final Test against India here tomorrow with a five-pronged bowling attack but refused to divulge its composition.

"Playing two spinners is an option we have but we will decide on the final team only tomorrow," Fletcher told reporters ahead of the tie which his team has to win to square the three-Test series which India currently lead 1-0.

"We have sort of made up our mind where we are going. But we just need to make sure we don't miss anything out during our final discussion," he said.

Fletcher, however, made it clear that five bowlers would be included in the eleven especially considering the extra burden stand-in captain Andrew Flintoff was carrying on his shoulders.

Asked about the wicket, the former Zimbabwe player said, "we will have to wait and see how it plays. We have played on it before. There was a little bit of bounce on it," he said.

While conceding that the team had been handicapped by the loss of five key members who played big roles in their Ashes triumph last summer, including the latest casualty Steve Harmison, Fletcher said the team needed to get on with the task which lay ahead rather than rue their absence.