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Lehmann eyes allrounders for UAE series against Pakistan

MELBOURNE : “Allrounders capable of bowling a significant number of overs will definitely be part of Australia’s side during the upcoming Tests against Pakistan in the UAE”, said Coach of Australian Cricket team Darren Lehmann.

Darren Lehmann said that Mitchell Marsh appears likely to be that man after Shane Watson was ruled out of the tour with a calf injury, although the offspinning allrounder Glenn Maxwell is another option.

“I think it puts competition on everyone,” Lehmann said of Marsh, ahead of the team’s departure on Sunday.

Talking about Mitchell Johnson’s availability, who pulled out of the Champions League Twenty20 due to a rib problem, Lehmann said Johnson would miss the T20 match to allow him more time to recover from his rib injury but he is expected to be available for the three ODIs.

The spinners and the allrounder will have a heavy bowling workload in the heat of the UAE, which will be necessary to allow Johnson and his fast-bowling colleagues to operate in shorter spells.

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