All-rounder Albie Morkel will be missed--his lusty blows and tidy bowling have helped CSK win many tense games.
However, coach Stephen Fleming reckons his team has the depth to replace him. “We will put another all -rounder in the playing eleven. We have a core of seven good Indian players. Also, (Ravi) Ashwin, at number seven, plays the role of all-rounder, and with the likes of Bravo we have the all round skills. We have the top six to cover the lower order,” he said.
That means one of the three uncapped domestic medium-pacers wo uld are in line to debut.
“You will see that CSK is more considerate with Indian bowlers. Maybe we can give (chance) to one or two Indian pace bowlers in the team, and have some small options with the likes of Chris Morris until Albie Morkel comes back. We are excited about providing chances for the local talents,’’ replied Fleming.
Morkel’s absence can also pave way for Australian pacer Ben Hilfenhaus. “Of couse, Ben is good. We have good players in Dirk Nannes and Christopher Morris. We have lot of players to choose from. We are very conscious about strategy as well,” he said.