SYDNEY  - Australia's newly-appointed South African coach Mickey arthur believes that "all pace and no spin" will make Australia an ordinary side. arthur 's line of thinking will certainly find many takers but it is unlikely that skipper Michael clarke will agree.
clarke had hinted quite strongly at the post-match press conference at the Melbourne Cricket Ground that he might be tempted to play four fast bowlers against India at Sydney if the pitch is suitable. The Australian selectors too responded positively by including a fit-again Ryan Harris in the 12-member squad for the second Test.
But arthur sang a different tune soon after the Australian team landed here. "We haven't made any decisions on our bowling combinations but I'm pretty loath to go into any Test match without a spinner," he said. "Conditions will determine that but the scg has got a history of favouring spin down the line. Five days is a long time as well. You've got to work out how to bowl a side out in the second innings, not only the first innings."
With arthur making his preference clear, maybe Australia will have little choice but to stick to their winning combination, leaving Harris to carry drinks in the second Test.
arthur was all praise for seamers Ben Hilfenhaus, Peter Siddle and James Pattinson, who ruled the roost at the MCG. "The three guys that did the job in Melbourne, and did it fantastically well," arthur said.
"It's a great position to be in when you consider you've got Harris, Patrick Cummins and Shane Watson outside of this group and knocking on the door to get back at some stage. I do think this pace attack has the potential to become the best in the world."
arthur is also enthused by the depth of Australia's talent pool.