Dennis Lillee
Dennis Lillee

Former Australian tearaway quick Dennis Lillee says the current Australian bowling attack lacks a spearhead and there is no way he would have accepted being rested for the third Test in Perth.

Australia entered the third and deciding Test with three new fast bowlers in Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Johnson, and John Hastings after they elected to rest Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus.

James Pattinson was ruled out of the WACA Test as a result of the side strain he suffered in Adelaide.

When asked how he would have felt being rested he joked: "I don't think I need to answer that."

"A few of us oldies went out last night and had a very big night and Ian (Chappell) said...'just imagine me trying to say that to you next Test, I'd have to duck real quick wouldn't I?'"

Australia had South Africa on the ropes on the first day at 6-75, but allowed the South Africans to recover to 225.

Lillee said he was impressed with the way the bowling unit had performed in the first innings, but that they let South Africa off the hook.

"I think they bowled pretty well the guys and I think they had an opportunity there to knock South Africa over for 140 odd," he said.

"I don't think they grabbed that and obviously (South Africa) batted well as well, there's no doubt about that, but I think that attack is a pretty good attack.

"You've got weigh up and say 'would the guys with a three day break, would they have bowled any better?'"

"There's talk of them being tired, but now would they have bowled better? Who knows?"

Lillee also compared the Australian attack to the South African's with Dale Steyn.

"Look at Steyn, there's a go to man, a man that can break it open when it gets a bit tough," Lillee said.

"I guess this attack at the moment you can't say there's a go to man.

"So yeah all good attacks have that one go to man."

Lillee said he felt the injured Pattinson was one man who might become the Australian's spearhead in years to come, while Mitchell Johnson would be more of a grunt bowler rather than blasting through top orders in the 'second phase' of his career.


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