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Rohit Sharma ducks DRS drama, floats four-pace prospect at the Gabba

Indian opener Rohit Sharma sidestepped the DRS drama surrounding the team as he suggested the tourists may bring to life the enduring Gabba tale of playing four fast bowlers against Australia.

The tourists, like Australia, will finalise their 11 on the day of the match, but bright, hot conditions should prevail and Sharma confirmed there had already been discussions about ditching the slow bowling for game two.

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Australia chased down a big total to win the opening match of the series in Perth, with the spin duo of Ravi Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja going for a combined 129 runs off 18 overs as Steve Smith guided his side home with a century.

Rarely does a summer go by without talk of of an all-pace attack, and even with Sharma's suggestion it seems an unlikely option. Still, Sharma confirmed discussions were being held as they try to lock down their side.

"You have to wait and see tomorrow," Sharma said. "But certainly, yes, we know there is an extra bit of bounce and that will help the fast bowlers more than the spinners. Yes, there are discussions going on but we will have to wait and see.

"We weren't able to get back into the game. There was a lot of positives with our batting but we need to work on our bowling and work on getting some breakthroughs when those partnerships are on." 

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Veteran quick Ishant Sharma missed the opening match with a finger injury but will be available for selection in Brisbane. He has only played once at the Gabba but should return in place of Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Sharma was happy to speculate on team selection but less inclined to have his say on the enduring DRS saga. India missed a trick in the opening match after George Bailey gloved his first ball but was given not out.

Replays showed the catch should have stood and he made them pay, going on to score a century as Australia ran down the target of 309.

India refuse to use the Decision Review System and their captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, later went as far as to suggest there was a conspiracy at play with his side not getting the rub of the green on 50-50 calls.

When the notion was put to him after the match, Dhoni said: "I may agree with you. I may agree with you."

The rest of the side have little choice but to go along with the stand of the BCCI and Sharma said he had no input into any future direction on the stance.

"What I say here is going to be immaterial because it's not my decision. I think whatever is best for the team, I am sure the BCCI and the captain will do it."

Potential teams:

India: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Barinder Sran, Ishant Sharma

Australia; Shaun Marsh, Aaron Finch, Steve Smith, George Bailey, Glenn Maxwell, James Faulkner, Matthew Wade, Kane Richardson, Scott Boland, Joel Paris, Josh Hazlewood.

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