Will skipper Clarke play four quicks?

Australian captain Michael Clarke says he is considering ignoring two of his own golden rules for the third Test against India at Perth's WACA Ground, starting tomorrow.

Michael Clarke

Both teams are considering playing four fast bowlers in the match, with the WACA pitch still boasting a healthy covering of grass and a distinctive green tinge when Clarke inspected it on last afternoon.

With the luxury of a 2-0 series lead after emphatic wins in Melbourne and Sydney, Clarke said he was considering going for broke against the Indians, not only by using four seamers, but by bowling first if he wins the toss.

"I really find it hard to bowl first if I win the toss no matter what the conditions are like," he said. "And I find it really hard to leave a spinner out of my team no matter what conditions are like.

"But in saying that you need to do whatever is best to win the game. The conditions are obviously going to suit fast bowling, especially on Day One.

"I need to assess conditions and make a couple of very smart decisions." Like the Indians, Clarke said the home side would not settle on their final 11 until a final look at the pitch on the morning of the match.



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