The presence of two of the 10 one-day bowlers to return more than two wickets a match has helped Michael Clarke brush off Sri Lankan captain Mahele Jayawardena's claim that Australia's bowling remains their main weakness leading into the clash at the WACA Ground today.
While remade swing star Ben Hilfenhaus is likely to be overlooked and batsman Peter Forrest could make his international debut, the Australian captain barely raised an eyebrow at his opposite number's analysis.
"That's Mahele's opinion and he is obviously a very good player who has played against a lot of international teams," Clarke said.
"We just have to make sure we play well with the bat and the ball, but I'm not really concerned about the opposition whether that is India or Sri Lanka."
Jayawardena identified the absence of experienced pacemen like Brett Lee, Mitchell Johnson and Doug Bollinger as an area that left Australia vulnerable.
"Right now I think the bowling probably (is a weakness) because of who they've lost," Jayawardena said. "(Ryan) Harris has come back from injury and is a decent bowler, but they're still missing quite a few front-line guys. That's an area we can target, but they still have a strong side."
Harris has one of the most remarkable records in the one-day game with 41 wickets at 16.80 in his 18 matches.
It is the best average of any of the 538 international bowlers to have claimed at least 15 wickets, while his WACA average of 7.88 has been bettered by just five occasional bowlers.
And Clint McKay, who has 34 scalps at 19.18 in his 16 matches, joins Harris among only 10 players in one-day history to snare better than two wickets a game.
Hilfenhaus bowled superbly at the WACA during the Test match against India and an earlier outing in the Big Bash but is not likely to be included in the attack that accounted for India in the opening one-dayer.
Clarke said spinner Xavier Doherty was guaranteed a game.
Jayawardena predicted Sri Lanka would field a new line-up after their predominantly seam attack struggled to contain India on Wednesday.
The WACA has a reputation as a pace haven but the two Indian spinners dominated on Wednesday and the average and median first innings score of 220 indicates that slow bowlers, with their greater economy, may prove highly valuable contributors.
David Hussey's tidy off-spinners may mean he is important enough to remain in the team when Australia seek a means to add Forrest.
Clarke said the team would not be finalised until after this morning's pitch inspection but said Forrest, the Queenslander who scored a Sheffield Shield century at the ground this season, had plenty to offer.
"Foz is a wonderful talent who has been pretty successful for Queensland this year," he said."He has a very good technique and is a very good top-order bats- man who could play a big part in Australian cricket going forward."
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