Australia ponder two spinners for second Test

Updated: April 14, 2012, 9:10 AM IST
Australia ponder two spinners for second Test

Port of Spain: Australia coach Mickey Arthur said his team may employ two specialist spinners for the second Test against the West Indies, which starts at the Queen's Park Oval on Sunday.

Nathan Lyon, who played in the first Test victory in Barbados, could be partnered by left-arm spinner Michael Beer as the Australians look to wrap up the three-match series. "Over the last two seasons it's been relatively low-scoring but also very, very spin-friendly. The temptation to play two spinners could be there," Arthur said. "You never write that off until you have a look at the conditions. I guess we've just got to look at conditions, then decide how best we're going to get 20 wickets."

Lyon took just one wicket in the three-wicket win over West Indies in Barbados, while Beer has played just one Test. That was against England in Sydney in January 2011, where his match figures were an embarrassing one for 112. Meanwhile, Arthur praised Michael Clarke after the skipper declared the team's first innings at 43 runs behind the West Indies before pushing for victory in the Bridgetown gloom on Wednesday.

"I thought it was a great idea and I sort of just backed him on it," said the coach. "Michael needs to take all the plaudits for that because it was a brave decision that worked out for us. Tactically he is very good. He's very positive, a very aggressive captain and that's something I really enjoy and something I really like."

First Published: April 14, 2012, 9:10 AM IST

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