Australia should play with an extra batsman, says Manjrekar

New Delhi: Former Test player Sanjay Manjrekar feels that Australia should play with an extra batsman against India in the second Test beginning tomorrow in Bangalore.

"Their (Australia) batting did not click as it should have, so I wonder whether they will get an extra batsman in and leave out somebody like Nathan Hauritz," Manjrekar said.

Manjrekar hopes that the Chinnaswamy pitch will be a sporting wicket with a fair amount of bounce.

"The Bangalore pitch has a little bit of bounce and turn and should be a sporting wicket. The pitch at Mohali though was not good enough but it turned out to be a great match, so hope it`s not the other way around," he told reporters.

The former Indian cricketer believed India would be "super confident" after the Mohali win and said Australia are a little hurt.

The former Test batsman feels that Sreesanth is an obvious replacement for injured Ishant Sharma, but Jaydev Unadkat is a tempting option.

"India will be forced to make two changes as Gautam Gambhir is also out with a knee injury. India will be looking to give Sreesanth a game and going by his recent performances, Unadkat might be a tempting option. But I feel that India should stick to logic and go with Sreesanth," Manjrekar said.

Left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat, who performed well in the Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand, was included included in the squad for the second Test against Australia.

PTI