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Pace quartet still on the cards

By Paul Mulvey 21/09/2004 05:36:54 AM Comments (0)

Australia could again use a four-strong pace attack in today's Champions Trophy semi-final as it bids to stretch its winning streak against England in one-day internationals to 15 matches.

Brett Lee was dropped from last week's seven-wicket win over New Zealand, but captain Ricky Ponting said the NSW speedster was still in contention to regain his place from Shane Watson at Edgbaston.

The quartet of Lee, Glenn McGrath, Jason Gillespie and Michael Kasprowicz destroyed the United States for 65 runs in Australia's opening match of the tournament.

"I think we've got four very good fast bowlers who have all done fantastically well over a long period of time in all conditions," Ponting said.

"If we get a wicket that seams around a little bit it will suit us more than England.

"Four fast bowlers on that wicket out there if there is a bit of assistance could be the way we go. But Shane Watson played the last game.

"He can do a handy job with the ball, he's very good in the field and a very handy lower order batsman.

"Obviously the selection will probably come down to those two for tomorrow, Watson and Lee."

While Australia has never won the Champions Trophy, England captain Michael Vaughan said his team was not thinking about its five-and-a-half-year losing streak against the world champions.

"We are certainly not going into the game looking at those 14 defeats. Look at our team, not many of our players were involved in those 14 defeats," Vaughan said.

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