Hilfenhaus should be rested for Adelaide Test: de Winter

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 21:10

Perth: 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."

Talking about helping Hilfenhaus rebuilding his action, De Winter said, "He got very round arm which almost meant he swung the ball from the hand, so not even the very good players, the better domestic players were able to play him from the hand."

"He invested the first three months of the off-season in recovery and physical preparation then he went down the path of the technical change we needed to do to get him back to what we thought was a Test match bowler.”

"On the surface, it looks like we`ve managed to do that. It`s been a great result, it`s been a lot of hard work from Ben and demonstrates guys, even when they get towards 30, you can still fix them and get them back up and going again. It`s a good story," he added.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 21:10

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