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Spots undecided for Calcutta final

By Adam Cooper 17/11/2003 05:54:48 AM Comments (0)

Australia will on Monday complete its preparation for the tri-series cricket final against India, but the team selection is anything but a finished matter.

Australian captain Ricky Ponting is yet to discuss the line-up for Tuesday's clash at Eden Gardens with chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns and is unlikely to release the side until the morning of the match.

With seven batsmen certain to play, Australia is still deciding on the make-up of the bowling attack, which is likely to consist of medium pacer Ian Harvey and three fast bowlers.

Pacemen Nathan Bracken, Michael Kasprowicz, Brad Williams and Andy Bichel are vying for three spots, but Ponting insists even legspinner Brad Hogg is not out of the selection race.

"I actually told the guys that today at training, that I had no idea about the 11 yet, that everyone was up for selection," Ponting said.

"Just with the conditions here, I just wanted to leave it as long as I could and have a closer look at the wicket probably tomorrow morning or even maybe on the morning of the game before we decide."

Monday's training session is optional.

Meanwhile, Indian captain Sourav Ganguly is almost certain to lead his side into the final despite straining a muscle in his groin in Sunday's big win over New Zealand in Hyderabad.

Ganguly batted with a runner after he was injured and did not field during the match, but is desperate to lead his side in front of his home crowd, which is expected to number over 100,000 for the match.

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