Clarke banking on pacemen to win in India

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Updated: Thursday, January 31, 2013, 15:09 [IST]
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Clarke banks on quicks for India series

Bangalore, Jan 31: Australia captain Michael Clarke is banking on his pacemen to deliver in "really tough" Indian conditions in the four-Test series which starts in Chennai on February 22.

Australia named a 17-man squad on Thursday and that includes five fast bowlers in Peter Siddle, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Jackson Bird and James Pattinson.

In an interview to "The Times of India" newspaper on Thursday, Clarke said it has been "historically proven" that quicks can be successful in India.

"It has been historically proven that quicks can be successful in India if they strive hard. In the 2005 series Glenn McGrath and Jason Gillespie bowled extremely well for Australia. Dale Steyn has done well for South Africa in India. And you said James Anderson bowled brilliantly for England recently. We have a very good crop of fast bowlers and they are aware of the challenge a tour of India poses.

"In fact, I can tell you they are all waiting to come to India and play before Indian crowds in what is going to be a really tough and important cricket assignment for each of them going forward in their careers. Bowlers like Peter Siddle have the experience of bowling in India before and I am confident our fast bowlers will be up for it come February 22 in Chennai," Clarke said.

The right-hand batsman also mentioned how important it was for him as a captain to lead from the front.

"It is always important that a leader leads from the front and I am no different," he said.

Having enjoyed a great year of 2012 with the bat, Clarke wants to continue that form in India.

"In fact, having played a lot of my cricket in India right through my career I can say that I am aware of the differences in conditions and wickets, which are profoundly different to what we get in Australia. This what makes a tour of India so fascinating for me as a cricketer and also as the captain of Australia," Clarke, who made his Test debut against India in Bangalore in 2004, said. In his first Test he scored a century.


Story first published:  Thursday, January 31, 2013, 15:04 [IST]
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