Melbourne: The selectors have justified their decision to take four fast bowlers into the third Ashes Test, as Australia beat England to tie the series 1-1, according to Damien Fleming.
Most of the people thought that spinner Michael Beer would be included in the XI with one of the four pacers carrying the drinks, as the Australian attack was under question.
Not so Fleming, who lauded the selectors for their judgement. “How good was the decision not to play a spinner in this Test match,” he said.
“I wasn’t keen on it (playing a spinner) going in, so I was absolutely rapt. Spinners just don’t get wickets at the WACA ... correct decision,” FOX Sports quoted him, as saying.
Indeed Australia’s frontline bowlers ensured that their side level the series and set up a tantalising Boxing Day Test at the MCG.
“The Aussies with the ball were just sensational. We’re red hot; just an amazing turnaround from the Aussies. What a cracking series is being set up from now on,” Fleming said.
Not only have Australia’s fast-bowling battalion injected life back into the Ashes offensive; they may well have quietened both their own critics and those of the selection panel, he said.