AUSTRALIA could be forced to change up its bowling attack ahead of the next World Cup clash after struggling to take crucial wickets in their 36-run loss to India.
The Aussies were going to have to pull of a miracle to beat the Indians, after the side’s top batsmen set the highest score against Australia in the tournament’s history with 5-352 at The Oval on Sunday.
However, Australia kept losing wickets at all the wrong times and just couldn’t gather enough momentum to pull off a record breaking win, finishing all out for 316 on the last ball of the innings.
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The pressure is now firmly with the Australian bowlers heading into Wednesday’s clash with Pakistan.
“You look at all scenarios, all team make-ups, especially for the opposition,” captain Aaron Finch said.
“And being a World Cup and you’re playing a different side every game, you have to keep reassessing the best combination for each game.
“I think that going into Pakistan we’ll have a look at it again, no doubt, which we have been every game.
“It’s hard to comment on it (bowling options for Pakistan) until you see the wicket,” Finch said.
Left-armer Jason Behrendorff and Kane Richardson are the other pace options, while Nathan Lyon is a back-up spinner.
Australia lost Jhye Richardson to a dislocated shoulder before the tournament, while Josh Hazlewood was controversially overlooked.
Nathan Coulter-Nile and all-rounders Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis look most likely to be on the chopping block after taking just five wickets between them for 372 runs.