Oz pacer Clark under consideration for fourth Ashes test

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Yorkshire (UK), Aug.6 (ANI): Australian fast bowler Stuart Clark is being strongly considered for the critical fourth Ashes Test.

According to a Fox Sports report, skipper Ricky Ponting has hinted that the tourists are considering tinkering with their attack at Headingley and seeking greater control to put the clamps on England's middle order of Ravi Bopara, Ian Bell, Paul Collingwood and Matt Prior.

"If anything, right through the series we've been just searching a little bit too much for wickets with our quicks," said Ponting.

"We haven't been able to build sustained periods of pressure on them. If we can do that, I'm sure with their middle order, the way it is, I'm sure we can create a lot of chances," he added.

Australia's inexperienced attack has also produced diminishing returns, taking 19 wickets in Cardiff, 16 at Lord's and then 10 in the weather-affected clash at Edgbaston.

If it is control Australia are really searching for, then surely Clark is their man.

He has taken 90 Test wickets at 22.96 and an economy rate of 2.54 runs an over and proved in the practice match a fortnight ago at Northampton that he has rediscovered his zip.

Siddle appears most likely to make way for the possible return of the tall NSW right-armer.

All-rounder Andrew McDonald is a slim chance of coming in for spinner Nathan Hauritz with his nagging medium-pacers in conditions expected to suit swing bowling. (ANI)

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