Dean Jones says Oz could use India's own formula for Test glory
Sydney, Feb 9: 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 for the Sydney Morning Herald.
"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.