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England will stick with four bowlers for the fourth Ashes Test in Melbourne but coach Andy Flower has hinted paceman Steve Finn could be rested.
The 21-year-old is England’s leading wicket taker in the series with 14 but was expensive in the third Test and looked exhausted to many observers.
“I think we expect a lot of these young men, to come in and shoulder a lot of responsibility,” said Flower.
“A five-Test series is hard on everyone – for the fast bowlers even more so.”
Full story: BBC Sport
Australia’s leadership crisis has deepened further, with Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke both dismissed cheaply for the second time in the match.
The Australian captain gloved a ball down the leg side to England wicketkeeper Matt Prior that was not given out, but the decision was reversed when the tourists called for a video review.
Clarke looked the goods as he raced to 20 off 17 balls, but then took an inside edge onto his stumps. It followed the four runs he made in Australia’s first innings.
Australia is now 3-64 and has a lead of 146 runs, with Shane Watson (31 not out) and Mike Hussey (0 not out) at the crease.
The Aussies began their innings after tea with a lead of 81 runs after Mitchell Johnson’s remarkable haul of 6-38 helped dismiss England for 187.
Johnson’s stunning return, just a fortnight after being dropped for the second test, came a day after he top scored for Australia with a fighting 62 and could yet be the turning point in the series.
A jubilant Brad Haddin ran towards the Barmy Army to celebrate the wicket of Graeme Swann as Australia kept its foot on England’s throat.
Full story: Herald Sun