Sachin may open bowling in final Test

PTI | ByKuldip Lal (AFP), Mumbai
Nov 03, 2004 10:15 AM IST

Tendulkar may be asked to open bowling as Indians attempt a face-saving win over Aussies.

India will consider playing three spinners and ask star batsman Sachin Tendulkar to open the bowling as they attempt a face-saving victory over Australia in the fourth and final Test in Mumbai beginning on Wednesday.

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With the series already lost, the Indians are determined to avoid a 0-3 drubbing by playing bold cricket on a Wankhede stadium wicket expected to provide turn and bounce to the bowlers.

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Coach John Wright said playing three spinners - Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh and Murali Kartik - was an option, but stressed the final composition will not be decided till just before the toss.

Asked who will share the new ball with Zaheer Khan in case three spinners were included, Wright deadpanned: "Sachin. He is bowling quick at the nets."

Tendulkar, struggling to regain top batting form following a tennis elbow injury, has claimed 35 Test wickets in 115 matches, most of them bowling leg-spin.

India have not lost three Tests in a home series since 1983 when Clive Lloyd's world-beating West Indies avenged the stunning defeat in the World Cup final in England a few months earlier.

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