1 Dec 2011

Clarke says he has options with his bowling attack

8:13 am on 1 December 2011

With five frontline players absent through injury, the Australia cricket captain Michael Clarke will dole out at least three baggy green caps to debutants in Brisbane today before the first of two tests against New Zealand.

One of those caps is almost certain to go to David Warner, who is set to open the batting at the Gabba in place of injured all rounder Shane Watson, with fast bowlers Mitchell Starc, James Pattinson and Ben Cutting also jockeying to play their maiden tests.

One of the pace trio is likely to miss out with Clarke hinting strongly that finger spinner Nathan Lyon, a five-test 'veteran', will get his chance in a bowling unit alongside the relatively experienced quick Peter Siddle.

However Clarke is confident of his attack bowling the Black Caps out twice.

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