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Flower hints at changes

England coach could tinker with bowling line-up

Flower: Could make changes

England coach Andy Flower has hinted at changes to his bowling line-up ahead of the fourth Test in Melbourne.

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"We've got a few days now to reassess prior to Melbourne and the bottom line is we'll pick the XI that we think will have the best chance of winning in Melbourne."

Andy Flower

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England came unstuck in Perth as they slumped to a 267-run defeat, with Australia's pace attack dominant.

And Flower is now considering tinkering with his attack heading to the MCG - with Tim Bresnan, Monty Panesar and Ajmal Shahzad pushing for places in the side.

"A five-Test series is hard on everyone, both physically and emotionally. For the fast bowlers even more so, I would say," Flower said.

"We've got a few days now to reassess prior to Melbourne and the bottom line is we'll pick the XI that we think will have the best chance of winning in Melbourne.

"The workload on our bowlers is heavy. In the absence of a quality all-rounder we're sticking with our four-bowler attack and we've shown over the last 18 months that it's served us well."

Improve

Flower could also make some changes to the batting line-up with calls for Ian Bell to be promoted up the order after some impressive form so far down under.

"We are always looking at ways to improve our side," Flower said.

"Ian Bell looks in very good form, he's very confident and he's played beautifully throughout this tour.

"Jiggling with batting orders and personnel is always an option but you also have to be careful about altering a side that's been very successful over the last 18 months."

Meanwhile Flower insists things in the Australia camp are "not rosy" despite their series-levelling win in Perth, with the hosts dependent on Mike Hussey and Shane Watson to score most of their runs.

"There's no doubt that everything is not rosy in their camp," Flower said.

"One Test match does not create that so, yes, we realize that. Watson and Hussey have been very good for them so far and we will be looking to make the most of that in this next Test (in Melbourne)."