17 Oct 2008

Debutant pace bowler to replace Stuart Clark

6:20 am on 17 October 2008

The Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting is confident they'll cope without their injured pace bowler Stuart Clark for the second test against India starting today on a pace friendly pitch in Mohali.

Clark is carrying an elbow injury from the drawn first test in Bangalore and his replacement will be 23 year old Peter Siddle who'll be making his test debut.

Ponting says he's impressed with everything Siddle's done on tour so far, especially his ability to exploit reverse swing.

There's concern in the Indian camp about their captain and leg spinner Anil Kumble who has a shoulder problem.