Stuart Clark not in favour of four pacer for Perth Test

Stuart Clark feels the attack wouldn’t be balanced without an off-spinner like Nathan Lyon Getty Images

Perth: Jan 10, 2012

Former fast bowler Stuart Clark feels Australia should not go with four pacers in the third Test against India at the dreaded WACA here as the team could find itself in trouble on the issue of over-rates in the absence of a spinner.

“I always felt that with four quicks there was an extra bowler for no apparent reason,” Clark told Herald Sun on Monday.

“I don’t think the attack is balanced without a spinner or another option. I’m sure if the wicket is that green there may be the option not to play a spinner but that’s few and far between. Without a spinner you’ve got over rate issues,” he added.

Clark felt having off-spinner Nathan Lyon would in fact help the team’s cause as it aims to take a 3-0 lead in the four-match series.

“…with the breeze over there (in Perth), if you can find an off-spinner who can curve the ball, which Lyon can do really well, that would always be my go.”

Australia had ended up losing the last time they played against India at the WACA in 2008 after going in with a four-pronged pace attack. (PTI)