Sydney: Former batsman Dean Jones has said the Australian team should stick with the Indian formula of playing two opening fast bowlers along with a spin duo and a part time bowler to improve their chances of winning the upcoming four-Test match series against the one-day world champions in the tough sub-continental conditions.
“The Australian tour to India this month will be a great examination of where this team is, mentally and physically. It is going to be tough. The triumph in 2004 was Australia`s only series win in India since 1969,” Jones wrote in his column. “India`s formula has been to have an opening bowling pair, then two specialist spinners and a part-timer to do some work when required. Last year, England replicated the ``Indian theory``, and was rewarded with a 2-1 series win. I feel Australia should do the same,” he added. “For the first Test at Chennai, I would have a batting line-up of David Warner, Shane Watson, Ed Cowan, Phillip Hughes, Michael Clarke, with Matthew Wade at No.6.
The selectors could pick another batsman, but I would go with Glenn Maxwell at No.7, and go in with the combination of two quicks and two specialist spinners,” he wrote. Jones further added: “I realise that India hasn`t really seen Maxwell with bat or ball, so I am willing to risk him.” Jones said the series would be a good chance for in form Clarke to prove his doubters wrong by playing well in India, where he only averages 37.