Lehmann: Really tough to leave out Fawad


Australia coach Darren Lehmann admits it was really tough to leave spinner Fawad Ahmed out of the first Test against the West Indies in Dominica on Wednesday but the Aussies are comfortable with having three fast bowlers in their side.

First choice slow bowler Nathan Lyon was expected to be joined by Fawad in the starting team to provide captain Michael Clarke with another slow-bowling option on a pitch that traditionally offers more to spinners.

However Fawad was not selected to make his debut as the visiting team stuck with their three-man pace attack while Clarke, Steve Smith and, another debutant, Adam Voges will provide part-time spinning options.

Lehamnn said: "We know it spins here traditionally but at the end of the day we thought the three quick options were the best way to go considering we've got Smith, Clarke and Voges who can all bowl left-arm spin or wrist spin.

"So with Lyon we think that gives us enough spin options and with the three quicks it lets us go pretty hard at them. The practice wickets have played pretty well, they've taken spin but also had a little bit of carry.

"We think the option with Smith, Clarke and Voges doing the bowling covers that. It was a really tough decision. Time will tell but we're really comfortable with that side. Fawad might get his opportunity next Test."

Australia bowled their hosts out for 148 on day one of the first Test and were 85 for three at stumps.