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Won’t abandon five-bowler strategy after one defeat – Anil Kumble

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India will not revise its five-bowler-strategy only because of the loss in Pune, Anil Kumble stated here on Thursday.

India’s batsmen played less than 75 overs in both innings as Australia won the first Test in three days, but Kumble, the home team’s head coach, was clear that a single result did not justify any big changes.

“I don’t think so. It all depends on what we think is the right combination to win a Test match. If we consider that four bowlers are enough or five bowlers are needed [then we will do that]. Which five bowlers or which four bowlers…all that depends on what we want. Our intention is to win every game,” he said.

Kumble was asked if Karun Nair could play the second Test, beginning here on Saturday, in place of Ajinkya Rahane.

“There’s surely no question of dropping Rahane,” the 46-year-old said. “He’s been very successful over the last couple of years. In terms of the team composition, we still haven’t talked that. All 16 are available.

“It’s unlucky that Karun missed out after he hit that triple hundred (against England). That’s the way the composition of the team has been where we’ve looked to play with five bowlers and you know it’s unfortunate…he came in as a replacement. It’s really nice to have these kinds of choices. That’s the beauty about this group: whoever comes in does well.”

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