Sydney: Injured Australian pacer Stuart Clark remains convinced that the Australians will recover rapidly from their home series loss to the South Africans, comparing the current Tests against the Proteas to the 2005 Ashes defeat.
"I see things turning around very quickly. It hasn't been the most ideal series, but at the same time, a couple of losses, as we saw with the Ashes in '05, is the start of something new. After those losses in the Ashes in ''05, we won 16 straight Tests," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Clark, as saying.
Clark is sidelined with an elbow injury, and despite surgery little more than a fortnight ago, he hopes to begin bowling again next week.
Clark said a return to his prime remained a strong chance, and believed Australia could turn their fortunes around against the new force of world cricket on their soil.
And the 33-year-old still saw positives in Australia''s first home Test series defeat since 1992-93.
"It''s very difficult when you're not playing because you just never know if you'll ever play cricket for Australia again," Clark said.
"But it's good that they're playing, it's good they're getting experience, and it's good that they're doing well. Experience is the thing that you can''t buy in state cricket. It''s the intensity … you need to get that experience, play the game in front of that sort of pressure. It''s invaluable," he added.
"We've gone through a bit of a learning curve, and there''s obviously been a transition … but we don''t consider it to be the end of the generation or the demise, we consider it to be an opportunity to come in and do something very special, and become the future greats of the game," Clark said.