London:With Australia desperate to make a comeback before it's too late, spin legend Shane Warne expects Peter Siddle to pave way for either Brett Lee or Stuart Clark in the fourth Ashes Test starting on Friday at Headingley.
Warne was hardly impressed with the performance of the three-pronged Australian pace attack of Ben Hilfenhaus, Peter Siddle and Mitchell Johnson and expects either Lee or Clark to sneak in for the last two Tests.
"Ben Hilfenhaus and Peter Siddle make a very inexperienced attack first off. I think Brett Lee and Stuart Clark may both be in contention for places," Warne wrote in his column for 'The Times'.
"It will be interesting to see whether Australia risk Lee or save him for the final game at the Oval. That way he could have a practice game against the England Lions at Canterbury before a big five-day Test.
"Siddle made a really good start to his Test career, but his inconsistency over the three games has been disappointing.
He hasn't always been aggressive and while I think he has a big future for Australia, I wouldn't be surprised to see either Clark or Lee take his place for now," he said.
Warne reckons England would hold the edge in Headingley but if Australia manage to get early breakthrough, things would turn their way. All Australia needed, Warne said, was a bowling unit which is capable of taking 20 English wickets.
"I think that both sides will be looking at their bowling attacks before Headingley. England will no doubt start as favourites given what has happened so far. Australia need to find a way of taking 20 wickets to get back into the series," Warne said.
"Of all the grounds in England, Headingley is the place where conditions can most help the bowlers. I sometimes found it a horrible place to bat, with the ball swinging and jagging and bouncing. The new ball is crucial and I still believe that if Australia can get to the England middle order early they have a great chance," Warne said.
The leg-spin great heaped praise on Michael Clarke whose gutsy unbeaten century earned Australia a draw in the third Test at Edgbaston.
"Clarke has really impressed me over here. He was always going to be an important player because of his all-round ability and technique against spin, but he has matured as a cricketer even during the tour...He has played 50 Tests now and he is clearly thriving on the responsibility of being vice-captain," Warne said.
He also doffed his hat at his former skipper Ricky Ponting, who overtook Allan Border as Australia's leading Test run scorer.
"He deserves to be up there with the Borders, Greg Chappells, David Boons and a few others. He is a gritty, determined player, one of the best," Warne said.