Hilfenhaus backs young pacemen
July 07, 2012 11:55:47 UK
Ben Hilfenhaus reckons Australia's young pace attack will have had a positive education despite the wet weather and a testing NatWest series against England.
Michael Clarke's Australia have found it tough in England.
Hilfenhaus is one of the experienced campaigners among the Australian bowling group which has included Pat Cummins and James Pattinson.
And he believes they will have benefitted from a first go in international cricket in England ahead of next year's Ashes.
"Australian cricket is in a positive place in terms of the depth of fast bowling - we came over here with six fast bowlers and the selectors have quite a lot of options about what make-up they want to take into every game depending on the conditions," said Hilfenhaus, who was recalled for the fourth one-day international at the Riverside.
"Just playing in these conditions you're going to learn from them a bit, even though next year we're playing with a different colour ball and a different type of ball. I'm sure the younger blokes who haven't been here are going to learn something.
"I wouldn't say it's an exercise (just) about the Ashes, we've come here to win one-day cricket. That's what the tour's for.
"It's disappointing that we are in a position where we can't win the series now but we are pretty focused on the job we need to do now.
"We have got a lot of different options with the ball. My skill is swinging the ball up front - that is something I have always done and that is particularly my role.
"And when it stops swinging I try to keep it tight for as long as I can, while the others are probably more impact (bowlers)."
It's disappointing that we are in a position where we can't win the series.Ben Hilfenhaus
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Australia remain world number ones in one-day internationals after avoiding a 5-0 whitewash - England won the first two matches with the third rained off at Edgbaston without a ball being bowled.
Australia are rated as 4.33 to win the Ashes when they travel to England next year, with the hosts 1.44.
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