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England cricket coach Andy Flower has suggested that he may make some changes to his bowling line-up when they play their fourth Test in Melbourne. England slumped to a heavy 267-run defeat as they struggled to break down the Aussies in the Third Test.

Australia’s fast bowlers dominated in Perth and it is thought that Flower may turn to Tim Bresnan or Ajmal Shahzad. Both have yet to feature so far this tour with Chris Tremlett deputising for the injured Stuart Broad

“A five-Test series is hard on everyone, both physically and emotionally. For the fast bowlers even more so, I would say,” Flower said. “We’ve got a few days now to reassess prior to Melbourne and the bottom line is we’ll pick the XI that we think will have the best chance of winning in Melbourne.

“The workload on our bowlers is heavy. In the absence of a quality all-rounder we’re sticking with our four-bowler attack and we’ve shown over the last 18 months that it’s served us well.”

Andy Flower is considering promoting Ian Bell up the order after Kevin Pietersen and Paul Collingwood have failed to deliver in the middle order.

“We are always looking at ways to improve our side,” Flower said. “Ian Bell looks in very good form, he’s very confident and he’s played beautifully throughout this tour.

“Jiggling with batting orders and personnel is always an option but you also have to be careful about altering a side that’s been very successful over the last 18 months.”