Aussies set for all-out attack on West Indies

Apr 23, 2012, 08:56 IST | AFP

Australia coach Mickey Arthur vowed his team will go for the West Indies' jugular in the third and final Test even if their full throttle assault backfires.

Australia have already ensured they will keep the Frank Worrell Trophy they have held for two decades after winning the first Test in Barbados and then seeing the rain-hit second match in Trinidad peter out into a draw. But Arthur said his side will continue their positive approach, which was highlighted by two sporting declarations made by skipper Michael Clarke in the first two games.

Mickey Arthur

Rather lose...
“I’d rather lose a Test match trying to win it than just play dull cricket, because then you don’t learn anything about your players,” said Arthur, ahead of the final Test which starts at Windsor Park today. “You want to see players stand up in pressure situations. I’d rather that we went all out to win a game rather than just let a game meander.” Australia face a selection dilemma after fast bowlers Peter Siddle and James Pattinson were both forced to return home with back injuries. That means Ryan Harris, man of the match in Barbados before being rested in Port of Spain, may be recalled while left-armer Mitchell Starc could also get the nod if the pitch looks likely to favour pace.

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