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Hopes and Hogg in for next ODI

Perth, Feb 14 (UNI) After the five-wicket loss to India in Melbourne, Australia is looking to add more variety in the squad for the next CB Series one-dayer against Sri Lanka at Perth tomorrow by inducting all-rounder James Hopes and left arm spinner Brad Hogg.

''I had a look at the wicket out there and it looks hard and very flat so I think some change of pace with those guys coming into the side will help us out,'' Ponting said.

''I'll probably use the other part-timers as well otherwise the quicks out there will be the easiest bowlers to face,'' he added.

However, Clark is the unlucky omission after bowling superbly against the Indians in the last match. The 32-year-old paceman snared 1-26 from his 10 overs.

Ponting admitted it was a tough decision to drop Clark but said Hopes deserved a slot straight back into the playing XI.

''Hopes deserves his position in the side,'' he said.

''He's done very well in most games that he's played in the last six or eight months. Having him back fit and in the side gives us really good balance. That all-rounder position in any team is really important,'' he added.

Meanwhile, WACA's match will be Adam Gilchrist's last international match at his home ground and his skipper would like to give him a winning farewell.

''It's a big motivation for us as the series goes on,'' he said of the retiring wicketkeeper.

''We were disappointed by the way we played in Melbourne the other night so we want to make sure we do the right thing by GIlly as a team and hopefully we can win enough games to make it through to the finals and send him off appropriately,'' Ponting said.


Story first published: Thursday, February 14, 2008, 13:07 [IST]
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