Australia v India, 3rd Test, Perth, 3rd day January 15, 2012

Clarke hopeful quicks will be fresh for Adelaide

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Michael Clarke is hoping Australia's fast bowlers will be fresh for the Adelaide Test after they wrapped up victory in Perth within two and a half days. The comprehensive win not only delivered the Border-Gavaskar Trophy into Australian hands, it gave the players an eight-day break to rest after their work in oppressively hot conditions in Perth.

While the Indians will need that time to regroup following three heavy defeats and the loss of their captain MS Dhoni to a suspension for slow over-rates, Australia can enjoy the time off. The offspinner Nathan Lyon will return in Adelaide at the expense of one of the four fast men, but there appears no need to rest either Peter Siddle or Ben Hilfenhaus, both of whom have toiled tirelessly in the first three Tests.

"Two-and-a-half-day Test matches help, that's for sure," Clarke said. "I honestly believe that's probably saved a few of us to be honest. The distance the Test matches have gone gives you an extra day, in this case a few days off, so with a good week before we even get to Adelaide, I'd imagine they [the fast bowlers] will be very fresh again and looking forward to playing that Test match.

"I think the break will be wonderful for us. I think it's important we enjoy this victory again. You need to celebrate your success as a team. You've got to enjoy this time together and we'll do that. But allowing everybody to go back home for a few days and freshen up before we get to Adelaide, which is generally a tougher wicket to bowl on, I think it will do us the world of good."

Following the innings victory at the WACA, Clarke was adamant that Australia would not treat the Adelaide Oval Test as a dead rubber, despite the 3-0 series scoreline. At least two members of the batting line-up, Shaun Marsh and Brad Haddin, will be desperate for runs in the fourth Test after a lean series so far, while Clarke knows his team has a long way to go before their goals have been achieved.

"Our goal is to be the No.1 team in the world and we aren't there yet," he said. "We've got a lot of work still to do and that starts in Adelaide.

"[There's] no such thing as a dead rubber for me. We haven't achieved much at this stage. We should be very proud, don't get me wrong, to have beaten the No.2-ranked Test team in the world, in this series. We should be very proud of that. But we've got a lot of work to do before we'll be satisfied."

All the same, temporary satisfaction has arrived thanks to the manner in which the Australians have dismantled India in this series. For the second match in succession, the Australians needed to bat only once in order to secure victory, a win that came not only to the consistency of their bowlers but also the wonderful 214-run opening stand between David Warner and Ed Cowan.

The pitch was not an easy one on which to get in - Virat Kohli was the only man besides Warner and Cowan to score a half-century, and cracks made life difficult in the second innings for India. Clarke said that made the efforts of Australia's openers all the more critical, while it had been important for the bowlers to ensure Australia were not set a chase.

"I think a lot of credit needs to go to not only Davey, who batted unbelievably well out there, but also his partner Ed Cowan," Clarke said. "As an opening partnership they played really well in pretty tough batting conditions. They made it look easy but there was certainly enough out there for the bowlers, as we've seen today. Once again our bowlers deserve a lot of credit. To be able to get such a good batting order out again and take 20 wickets I think they deserve a lot of credit.

"We made a pact yesterday that our bowlers should not have to send our batters back out on that wicket in this second innings. That's very pleasing that we were able to stick to our word today. We continue to show more consistency as a team, which is very pleasing. Our execution of our skills in all three facets of the game is getting more consistent. It's a reward for the hard work we've been putting in behind the scenes."

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • zenboomerang on January 18, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    @Imran Ahsan :- "why is Tim Paine constantly being overloooked in favour of Haddin" ... Broken finger / plates inserted which broke when he resumed training / plates removed, surgery replaced some bone / may not play for 6-18mths... Paine will then have to prove he is a better keeper than Wade/Neville who are both playing v.g. cricket & batting the house down... I would like Haddin out of the ODI's due to his poor batting form & to give either Wade/Neville a chance to go on tour to WI... With Haddin now 34y.o. I would prefer his replacement now to give the new incumbent time to settle in before meeting SA & Eng... Haddin averaged 20.9 last year & is currently 0.0 this year - so form is well below his average...

  • on January 16, 2012, 23:42 GMT

    Once again why is Tim Paine constantly being overloooked in favour of Haddin? Can anyone shed some light on this??

  • bumsonseats on January 16, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    why would they not be refreshed is there a match before the 24th. its not a back to back test get a grip captain.

  • HatsforBats on January 16, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    Beating the no.2 ranked side? India? Proof positive the ICC rankings are flawed. The real rankings go 1. England, 2-8. it just depends on the day.

  • Dashgar on January 16, 2012, 6:35 GMT

    Starc probably misses out for Adelaide. I'm looking forward to see Lyon bowl there. You can't go to Adelaide without a spinner and its his home ground.

  • Gilly67 on January 16, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    Haddin, the luckiest man in Australia at the moment. Where's Joe the cameraman with a well placed can't bat can't keep comment?

  • donda on January 16, 2012, 4:48 GMT

    Good job australia show the same intent in ODI series too. Entertain us with great cricket. Awesome to see australia back to top contenders and i hope they beat boring english team at 2013 ashes. Cricket should be entertaining instead of boring.

  • on January 16, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    Go For It Aussies. Make It: 4-0. Team India will be begging to play against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe; and who knows? Ireland too?

  • on January 16, 2012, 3:41 GMT

    Well, after only two days you would hope the quicks were fresh. Although it probably won't make much of a difference if India plan on surrendering in the fourth test as well. When will Australia have some quality opposition tour again?

  • redneck on January 16, 2012, 1:12 GMT

    the quicks might need to be fresh, adelaides forcast for everyday leading up to the test is mid to high 30s and sunshine. meaning the wickets going going to be a flat batsmans paradise doubling as a bowlers graveyard. if india cant put up a fight here then dont bother. same with sachin if he cant get a 100 on the adelaide pitch he isnt going to get it!

  • zenboomerang on January 18, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    @Imran Ahsan :- "why is Tim Paine constantly being overloooked in favour of Haddin" ... Broken finger / plates inserted which broke when he resumed training / plates removed, surgery replaced some bone / may not play for 6-18mths... Paine will then have to prove he is a better keeper than Wade/Neville who are both playing v.g. cricket & batting the house down... I would like Haddin out of the ODI's due to his poor batting form & to give either Wade/Neville a chance to go on tour to WI... With Haddin now 34y.o. I would prefer his replacement now to give the new incumbent time to settle in before meeting SA & Eng... Haddin averaged 20.9 last year & is currently 0.0 this year - so form is well below his average...

  • on January 16, 2012, 23:42 GMT

    Once again why is Tim Paine constantly being overloooked in favour of Haddin? Can anyone shed some light on this??

  • bumsonseats on January 16, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    why would they not be refreshed is there a match before the 24th. its not a back to back test get a grip captain.

  • HatsforBats on January 16, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    Beating the no.2 ranked side? India? Proof positive the ICC rankings are flawed. The real rankings go 1. England, 2-8. it just depends on the day.

  • Dashgar on January 16, 2012, 6:35 GMT

    Starc probably misses out for Adelaide. I'm looking forward to see Lyon bowl there. You can't go to Adelaide without a spinner and its his home ground.

  • Gilly67 on January 16, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    Haddin, the luckiest man in Australia at the moment. Where's Joe the cameraman with a well placed can't bat can't keep comment?

  • donda on January 16, 2012, 4:48 GMT

    Good job australia show the same intent in ODI series too. Entertain us with great cricket. Awesome to see australia back to top contenders and i hope they beat boring english team at 2013 ashes. Cricket should be entertaining instead of boring.

  • on January 16, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    Go For It Aussies. Make It: 4-0. Team India will be begging to play against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe; and who knows? Ireland too?

  • on January 16, 2012, 3:41 GMT

    Well, after only two days you would hope the quicks were fresh. Although it probably won't make much of a difference if India plan on surrendering in the fourth test as well. When will Australia have some quality opposition tour again?

  • redneck on January 16, 2012, 1:12 GMT

    the quicks might need to be fresh, adelaides forcast for everyday leading up to the test is mid to high 30s and sunshine. meaning the wickets going going to be a flat batsmans paradise doubling as a bowlers graveyard. if india cant put up a fight here then dont bother. same with sachin if he cant get a 100 on the adelaide pitch he isnt going to get it!

  • hhillbumper on January 15, 2012, 22:34 GMT

    is this basically the same bowling attack that got smacked around Aus by the Poms. Yeah guess thw Ashes will be safely in Englands hands for a few years more

  • NairUSA on January 15, 2012, 21:54 GMT

    Aussie bowlers should be fresh, as they were bowling medium pace anyway. However, full credit to them for getting indian batsmen out on length and variation. Umesh probably bowled with more pace than the aussie bowlers.

  • AbdullahShaikh on January 15, 2012, 21:54 GMT

    Yes Calrke's quicks will be fresh and the indian batsmen will fresh like vegetables, they can have.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 15, 2012, 20:58 GMT

    Michael 'RESPECT' Clarke, thanks for the awesome cricket you guys have played. But mate, your batting problems are far from over I guess.

  • AbdullahShaikh on January 15, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    Clarke is right. Now with two and half days extra rest the quicks will be fresh and they will come harder at the Indians.

  • AidanFX on January 15, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    That's the way Clarky leave it to your bowlers to ensure you batsmen get to keep your feet up :)

  • Vpx23 on January 15, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    INTENSITY , INTENSITY AND NOTHING BUT INTENSITY IS WHAT IS REQUIRED BY THE BOWLERS.!!

  • on January 15, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    Luckily the AUSSIES have not required the services of a genuine all-rounder like WATSON, CHRISTIAN, WHITE, David HUSSEY, JAMES HOPES and/or AB McDonald for these tests thus far.

    Good to see other players like KATICH, KHAWAJA, Phil Jacques, Phiipp HUGHES, WHITE, CHRISTIAN, David Hussey get a game in place of Mike Hussey and PONTING.....

    HILFENHAUS and Ryan HARRIS should be rested, and othesr like BOLLINGER, Mitchell Johnson, Lyon, Krejza, Doherty, Michael Beer, Hauritz, Cummins, Pattison should get a game at ADELAIDE instead..........

    MY AUSSIE XI for ADEALIDE will be:

    Cowan, Warner, Shaun Marsh, Michale Clarke (c), Khawaja, Daniel Christian, Haddin (wk &vc), Johnson, Siddle, Lyon, Starc.......

  • on January 15, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    @Clarke: Can you guys try to get closer to 700 at Adelaide, so that India can scale newer heights in defeat -- an innings and 300 + plus runs defeat? The 4-0 defeat at the hands of England did not wake up those who matter in Indian Cricket. A new record defeat at Adelaide may perhaps!

  • on January 15, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    Clarke - What makes you so sure the Indian team will turn up for the match?

  • tearsinblue on January 15, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    I think Clarke's done well as a captain so far. Not sure if Punter has been helping him in the background, but he certainly deserves praise for the way he has been handling his fast bowlers. But I do think that his greatest test as a captain will be away from home in India when they go there to defend the trophy.

  • peeeeet on January 15, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    These matches have been great wins for Australia no doubt, but there are still some major flaws in my opinion. Haddin is a liability now. His keeping has been ordinary and his batting woeful. And to top it off he said some dumb things in the media before this test that didn't help his cause. Marsh is also a problem. I have never been a fan of his for test cricket, particularly when there's someone like Khawaja (who looks like a test player) waiting. The problem with both these guys is they were thrown straight in at number 3. Ponting started his career at 6 before moving up, which is exactly where one of these guys should be having their chance. Hope Starc is dropped for Adelaide too.

  • on January 15, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    Pup is a real hero, everyone should play like him...not for himself only but for the country first! Cheersssss.....

  • AbdullahShaikh on January 15, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    definately, the quicks will be fresh in Adelaid, after all they got two and a half days extra rest. so they should be refreshed. But i Wonder of these very quicks would like to bowl in the subcontinent conditions.

  • yocasi on January 15, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    Good bowling alone will see you through against weak or demoralised opposition, but Aussies will have to get their batting act together when they play teams whose batsmen aren't shy against fast bowling. Enjoy your success against India but don't get carried away just yet.

  • rahulcricket007 on January 15, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    IN THE LAST PARAGRAPH WERE CLARKE DESCRIBES THAT WE BEAT NO.2 RANKED TEAM IN THE WORLD WHICH WE ARE REALLY PROUD OF , FIRST OF ALL CLARKE I CLEAR YOU THAT ON CURRENT FORM INDIA WOULD BE AT NO. 7 OR 8 IN ICC RANKINGS , THEY ARE NO.2 RANKING IS BEACUSE THEY WON CONSISTENTLY MATCHES IN 2007 -2010 , ON CURRENT FORM SOUTH AFRICA IS CURRENT NO.2 RANKED TEAM .

  • on January 15, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    india pls give win declare to australia in fourth test cant follow this stuff every time its confirmed india won all these days because of kristen not dhoni cricinfo please post this

  • Charindra on January 15, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    Congrats to Australia! But Brad Haddin really needs to go. I hear there's another keeper batsman waiting in the wings. Let's try him out. Haddin doesn't even look concerned about getting out cheaply these days. It's like he has impunity.

  • shuvo_bba on January 15, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    Yup of Course...I also think there is plenty of time to get plentiful rest. So use your strength and show the consistency which Australians need relentlessly to regain the top spot. Everybody got to contribute in that. Once again Clarke & co. was fantastic , unmatched & most importantly like the old times "domineering" That feeling is really awesome. Watch it buddies...Australia is coming back to its old business...

  • chappelis_last_blast on January 15, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    The 2013 Ashes series is gonna be a beauty if this keeps up! England would win 3-0 still. There batting is steadier and bowling is still more skilled.

  • whyowhy on January 15, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    Haddin and Marsh have to be given a rest as this is the ideal opportunity to give some of those on the wings a chance to play the most overrated test team in the world........with the talent available and the fact that there is no importance in the Adelaide test it will only give a youngster the exposure and confidence needed in the test arena. Even if the Australian A team plays it will beat these idiots.......Sorry Keppler Wessels.......I had to use your quote.

  • TheLoneStranger on January 15, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    It would be shameful to drop any of the quicks for Adelaide. This obsession with spinners at certain grounds borders on the absurd. If it was Warnie, it would be automatic. Any other spinner, and the option should be weighed up according to the talent offered by the spinner and the opposition. India eat off-spinners for breakfast; even this troubled team has not been troubled by Nathan Lyon. I'd play all four fast men if they are fit, and bowl Clarke and Warner if needed. Clarke is VERY under-rated as a spinner and, from what I've heard, Warner is a more than handy wrist spinner, so there are two different spinners already within the team who could play a role if necessary. If Watson's fit and seeing the ball well, he should come back for Marsh. If not, then bring Khawaja back. Marsh is simply not up to it.

  • amit.80s on January 15, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    Aus could have finished the Sydney test in three days as well but Clarke chose to have a batting practice and bats for entire 2nd day and declare on th 3rd day last session.

  • on January 15, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    Y Can't be Fresh My Dear Clark.They Dosen't Have to do a Lot On Indian Batsman as They had Not given efferts of 1 Innings also But they Got India Bowled Out Twice.So They Will Be Fresh for 4thTest As The Match is Over In 2.5 Dyas Only.Approx 15 Hrs of Play in Total.So They are Having so Much time to Get Back for the 4th Test.As it is due to start on 24th Jan'12.I think If Indian Batsman Play Any New Bowler and some One say them he is an Australian then they will be Out to Him ALso No matter How Bad He will Bowl.That Much of Terror They are Having in there Hearts for Austrila.

  • dinosaurus on January 15, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    Now can we please have the UDRS back!! Denying the players and the paying spectators the confidence that the worst mistakes are corrected hasn't given India the hoped-for series victory in Australia so let's get back to considering the best interests of the game.

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  • dinosaurus on January 15, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    Now can we please have the UDRS back!! Denying the players and the paying spectators the confidence that the worst mistakes are corrected hasn't given India the hoped-for series victory in Australia so let's get back to considering the best interests of the game.

  • on January 15, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    Y Can't be Fresh My Dear Clark.They Dosen't Have to do a Lot On Indian Batsman as They had Not given efferts of 1 Innings also But they Got India Bowled Out Twice.So They Will Be Fresh for 4thTest As The Match is Over In 2.5 Dyas Only.Approx 15 Hrs of Play in Total.So They are Having so Much time to Get Back for the 4th Test.As it is due to start on 24th Jan'12.I think If Indian Batsman Play Any New Bowler and some One say them he is an Australian then they will be Out to Him ALso No matter How Bad He will Bowl.That Much of Terror They are Having in there Hearts for Austrila.

  • amit.80s on January 15, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    Aus could have finished the Sydney test in three days as well but Clarke chose to have a batting practice and bats for entire 2nd day and declare on th 3rd day last session.

  • TheLoneStranger on January 15, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    It would be shameful to drop any of the quicks for Adelaide. This obsession with spinners at certain grounds borders on the absurd. If it was Warnie, it would be automatic. Any other spinner, and the option should be weighed up according to the talent offered by the spinner and the opposition. India eat off-spinners for breakfast; even this troubled team has not been troubled by Nathan Lyon. I'd play all four fast men if they are fit, and bowl Clarke and Warner if needed. Clarke is VERY under-rated as a spinner and, from what I've heard, Warner is a more than handy wrist spinner, so there are two different spinners already within the team who could play a role if necessary. If Watson's fit and seeing the ball well, he should come back for Marsh. If not, then bring Khawaja back. Marsh is simply not up to it.

  • whyowhy on January 15, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    Haddin and Marsh have to be given a rest as this is the ideal opportunity to give some of those on the wings a chance to play the most overrated test team in the world........with the talent available and the fact that there is no importance in the Adelaide test it will only give a youngster the exposure and confidence needed in the test arena. Even if the Australian A team plays it will beat these idiots.......Sorry Keppler Wessels.......I had to use your quote.

  • chappelis_last_blast on January 15, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    The 2013 Ashes series is gonna be a beauty if this keeps up! England would win 3-0 still. There batting is steadier and bowling is still more skilled.

  • shuvo_bba on January 15, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    Yup of Course...I also think there is plenty of time to get plentiful rest. So use your strength and show the consistency which Australians need relentlessly to regain the top spot. Everybody got to contribute in that. Once again Clarke & co. was fantastic , unmatched & most importantly like the old times "domineering" That feeling is really awesome. Watch it buddies...Australia is coming back to its old business...

  • Charindra on January 15, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    Congrats to Australia! But Brad Haddin really needs to go. I hear there's another keeper batsman waiting in the wings. Let's try him out. Haddin doesn't even look concerned about getting out cheaply these days. It's like he has impunity.

  • on January 15, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    india pls give win declare to australia in fourth test cant follow this stuff every time its confirmed india won all these days because of kristen not dhoni cricinfo please post this

  • rahulcricket007 on January 15, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    IN THE LAST PARAGRAPH WERE CLARKE DESCRIBES THAT WE BEAT NO.2 RANKED TEAM IN THE WORLD WHICH WE ARE REALLY PROUD OF , FIRST OF ALL CLARKE I CLEAR YOU THAT ON CURRENT FORM INDIA WOULD BE AT NO. 7 OR 8 IN ICC RANKINGS , THEY ARE NO.2 RANKING IS BEACUSE THEY WON CONSISTENTLY MATCHES IN 2007 -2010 , ON CURRENT FORM SOUTH AFRICA IS CURRENT NO.2 RANKED TEAM .