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Bichel warns against bowling short

By Michael Crutcher 28/11/2002 05:55:33 AM Comments (0)

Australian fast bowler Andrew Bichel has warned England against falling for a fast bowlers' trap at the WACA Ground when the third Test begins on Friday.

Bichel said the bouncy Perth wicket could entice inexperienced quicks into bowling too short, claiming England was guilty of a bad length during tour matches against Western Australia last month.

But Bichel has confirmed Australia's plan to bounce key England batsman Michael Vaughan out of the match, questioning his ability to play short balls despite knocks of 177 and 41 in the second Test.

"He looked uncomfortable at certain times. We'll be targeting him," Bichel said.

"He's a dangerman and he comes out and plays his shots. That's aggressive cricket and that's what we play and he is attacking all the time.

"There is going to be a fair bit of short-pitched bowling in this game but teams can get a bit carried away with it.

"In the Western Australian game recently the English bowled a little short especially (Stephen) Harmison and (Simon) Jones.

"It's a trap so you have to make sure you use it the right way."

Bichel faces the usual battle to hold his spot as selectors again decide between him and Brett Lee for the final bowling spot.

Bichel has played the last four Tests - his longest sequence - admitting the constant speculation over his place was frustrating.

But the Queenslander said he was happy with his returns of 1-78 and 2-31 in Adelaide, including the wickets of Vaughan and England captain Nasser Hussain from the last balls of the first and third day respectively.

"That (pressure) is always going to be there," Bichel said.

"The Pura Cup is so strong and there are young guys taking wickets everywhere so the pressure is always going to be there.

"Brett has played a lot of Test cricket and he's gone back and done what the selectors wanted him to do now they have to make their decision.

"I've had a lot of success here before and it's one of the pitches you want to play on as a fast bowler.

Australia will hold an optional training session on Thursday while England maintains its fitness watches over fast bowler Andrew Caddick (back) and batsman John Crawley (hip).

Caddick had an epidural Wednesday in a desperate attempt to overcome the injury.

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