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  Wednesday, 27 November, 2002, 06:18 GMT
Australia set sights on Vaughan
Michael Vaughan in action for England
Vaughan was England's silver lining in the last Test
Australia's pace bowlers plan to 'reward' Michael Vaughan for his Ashes batting exploits by singling him out for short-pitched bowling.

Yorkshire opener Vaughan scored 218 runs during England's innings defeat to Australia in the second Test.

The hosts were impressed and when the third Test gets underway on a fast and bouncy Perth wicket on Friday Vaughan can expect to need his helmet.

"He's the dangerman in the England line-up," stressed seamer Andy Bichel, who is expected to win the vote over Brett Lee to bowl alongside Glenn McGrath, Jason Gillespie and Shane Warne.

"He comes out and plays his shots - that's aggressive cricket and that's what we play and he attacks all the time.


It's probably going to be a bit pacier than it has been in previous years
Waca groundsman Richard Winter

"He's going to give you a chance playing like that, but you can also go for some runs against him.

"There's no doubt during his innings he looked uncomfortable at times against short-pitched bowling and we'll be targeting him at certain times."

The wicket is said to be Perth's quickest for 20 years and that means Vaughan will not be the only one on the end of short-pitched bowling.

Bichel revealed: "We've talked about their team and there's going to be a lot of short-pitched bowling in this game, but teams can get a bit carried away with that at Perth.

"In their game against Western Australia at the start of the tour, the English bowled pretty short, especially Steve Harmison and Simon Jones, and that's a trap you can fall into - you've got to use the pitch in the right way.

"I've had a lot of success here before for Queensland and it's one of the pitches you want to play on as a fast bowler.

Andy Bichel
Bichel celebrates a wicket for Australia

"There's plenty of bounce in the wicket and there's a little bit of swing."

Waca groundsman Richard Winter confirmed that the Perth strip would be back to something near its 1970s heyday - when it was considered to be the world's fastest.

"It's probably going to be a bit pacier than it has been in previous years," said Winter.

"It's hard and flat and we're expecting it to be a lot more bouncy than it has been in the last few years.

"It's been our plan to get the pitches back to what they used to be like and we've done a lot regenerative work on them for that reason."

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