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Border sees no role for Krejza in World Cup

Melbourne: Jason Krejza is the only frontline spinner in the Australian World Cup squad but former Test skipper Allan Border does not see much of a role for him in the side.

Border favours inclusion of fast bowling all-rounder John Hastings in the side although the sub-continent pitches help slow bowlers.

In the warm-up match against India on Sunday, Hastings had taken two wickets at the expense of 24 runs in six overs while Krejza scalped one while giving away 56 runs in his quota of 10 overs.

Border feels Australia should focus on a fast bowling attack with Brett Lee, Mitchell Johnson and Shaun Tait being the main bowlers.

“I’d probably go Johnny Hastings initially, with (Doug) Bollinger as cover if one of the three quicks aren’t going at their best,” Border said.

“Dave Hussey can bowl some spin, (Shane) Watson can bowl some medium pace and Clarkey (Michael Clarke) can bowl some spin. So maybe Krejza’s the odd man out there and it will just be a pace-bowling barrage with the part-timers to throw in some overs. I wouldn’t mind having Krejza in the 12,” Border told reporters.

Off-spinner Nathan Hauritz was ruled out of the World Cup due to injury.  

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