Hilton Cartwright to debut on Third Test with Pakistan, Australia changes bowling strategy

 . Last updated on January 2, 2017, 12:47 PM
Hilton Cartwright to debut on Third Test with Pakistan, Australia changes bowling strategy
Hilton Cartwright is expected to balance the team as an allrounder.
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In the third Test with Pakistan scheduled in Sydney, Australia will be boosted with debutant Hilton Cartwright, the allrounder player. He will bat at Number 6 down the line in the match. In Australia's Test tally, he will be the 450th player for the team as a debutant. The player was with Steve O'Keefe in the Australia XI team that won in Melbourne. Fast bowler O'Keefe will debut in the fourth Test. The performance of these debutants will be their critical markups to be induced in the team that will tour India shortly after the current tournament.

Cartwright has an average of 44.50 in first class matches and as a bowler, he had 15 wickets from 16 matches. With is induction, the selectors might be rolling back their former strategy to induce an allrounder at Number 6. The debutant has a good support from captain Steven Smith. The skipper said that his bowling has improved and he believes that how the team uses the player will be a crucial aspect. Within the team, the sixth batting position was occupied by Mitchell Marsh, Callum Ferguson and lastly by Nic Maddinson.

Steven Smith highlighted that the new player improved a lot and is certain that he has done it significantly over the last one year. He also said that Cartwright has become more consistent in his areas. Among two players, Jackson Bird and Ashton Agar, the latter has a strong chance to be in the test tour to India. Both players were dropped from the XI team earlier, but Agar was called into the group of the 13 men squad. As he is a spinner, Smith is trying to have a mix of three spinners in the team. The captain thinks that Agar's selection culminated because the selectors had an eye on India.

Per Smith, the spinners will work together. His reason of picking two spin options was the little grass the in the Sydney Pitch, but the situations, that would be different in India. He said, the home ground will offer plenty of turns, but in India they will face a different kind of spin. On Bird's dismissal, the captain said that conditions sometimes change the team and it is "unlucky for Jackson." Smith accepted that Bird bowled well in Melbourne and he had a good contribution in the Team. He also said that the bowler continues to improve. Bird has played eight international Tests so far and his claimed 34 wickets at 27.47.

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