Hilfenhaus should be rested for final Test if Aus win at Perth: de Winter

Ben Hilfenhaus is the leading wicket-taker for Australia in the Test series, having taken 15 wickets in the firs two matches Getty Images

Perth: Jan 10, 2012

If Australia could seal the series in the Perth Test, Ben Hilfenhaus should be rested for the fourth and final Test in Adelaide, said Allister de Winter, who helped the fast bowler fine-tune his bowling action.

De Winter, who was in contention of becoming Australia’s bowling coach, said there was no need to play Hilfenhaus at Adelaide since that wicket would not suit his bowling style.

“He needs to play in Perth. Whether he needs to then go to Adelaide on the back of it would be a red flag for me,” de Winter said.

“If he bowls 40 overs in Perth I’d be asking whether he needs to play in Adelaide where the wicket doesn’t suit him,” de Winter was quoted as saying by Sydney Morning Herald.

Australia are leading the series 2-0 after wins at Melbourne and Sydney.

Hilfenhaus, the leading wicket-taker this series, has bowled 98 overs in the past two Tests – more than any other Australian.

“If they win the series in Perth, they then have the opportunity to rest one or two of the fast bowlers. You might play Ryan Harris, you might play Mitchell Starc, you might play somebody else.

“That, to me, makes good management sense so that way you start getting some experience into your bowlers outside your first picked without any risk of losing a series.” (PTI)