Aussies don't doctor pitches: Michael Clarke

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Published: Monday, January 23, 2012, 18:30 [IST]
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Aussies don't doctor pitches: Clarke

Adelaide, Jan 23: Australian skipper Michael Clarke on Monday dismissed allegations by Indian opener Gautam Gambhir that the Austrlia have doctored pitches to ensure the tourists' downfall.

"The pitches have been the same in Australia for the last two years. In my opinion, it's very hard to doctor the wicket when you're playing against very good opposition. It's about preparing a pitch and then both teams playing on it. That will be no different when we go to India," said Clarke on the eve of the fourth and final Test.

Gambhir said on Sunday that green-top pitches have been doctored to suit pace.

"We're beginning to realise that when we go overseas, every country prepares wickets according to their own strengths. We have seen in the last three Test matches and even in England that there was a lot of grass and that helped the seamers. So once these people come to India, I think that we should not be hesitant in making turners. That is when we will get to know whether they're mentally strong," Gambhir had said.

Rejecting the claims, Clarke felt juicier pitches are preferred all over the world.

"They were exactly the same against England - they were pretty similar in South Africa as well," Clarke said.

"So that is part of being an international sportsman - you travel the world and play in completely different conditions. I have played a number of times in India when the ball has spun so that will be no different next time we go there, I'm sure," he said.


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