'There are few dips in Australian bowling'
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'There are few dips in Australian bowling'

Australian bowling coach Troy Cooley says the team may not show consistency with the younger players replacing experienced Warne and McGrath.

india Updated: Dec 30, 2006 16:53 IST

Australian bowling coach Troy Cooley said the team may not have consistent bowling performances with the younger players replacing experienced Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath.

"There might be a few little dips when you play younger players without much experience, but I am confident that we can ride it out," Cooley said.

"You're never going to get that experience and consistency with new players coming in, compared with a Glenn McGrath. But you can support the younger blokes coming through with good programs. There will obviously be quite a bit of tactical changes with Pidge (McGrath) and the king (Warne) leaving," he was quoted as saying by The Age.

McGrath and Warne, who have played a combined 267 Tests and taken 1263 wickets, will retire from Test cricket after the Sydney Test, leaving a void that many have feared could never be filled.

But Cooley was confident that the back-up talent and the coaching programs, in place would allow Australia to maintain its supremacy in world cricket.

"Australia are well placed placed even after Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne exit. I'm very comfortable that when the players come through, they will dictate the strategy that we take. That is how Australian cricket has always worked: find the players first, then come up with the plan that best suits them," he said.

"I sit here confident that we are going to be up to the challenge. You can definitely see a scenario in which guys like Mitchell Johnson and Shaun Tait will get a chance, and they are in a good position to take it.

"Nathan Bracken and Ben Hilfenhaus have also shown that they can do the business when called upon," he said.

First Published: Dec 30, 2006 16:52 IST