December 17, 2011

Australian cricket

Working hard to be at best on Boxing Day - Clarke

Nikita Bastian

Michael Clarke, writing in Australia's Daily Telegraph, says his team takes responsibility for the batting in Hobart. Australia, he says, have the prefect chance to start moving in the right direction once more in the Border-Gavaskar series.

When I first came into the Australian team everyone said we had a weakness against spin bowling and we did a lot of work on that. That's what we're doing now against the swinging and seaming ball. We're practising as much as we can. It will take time for us to improve and we will keep working on it. So, I think the pre-Test batting camp is a positive initiative.

[India's] their bowling lacks experience and they're dealing with injuries as well. They'll have concerns there. Zaheer Khan is a big player for them. I think it's going to be a really good contest between youth and enthusiasm versus some old wise heads in the Indian team ... I am 100 per cent confident there'll be no repeat of the unpleasantness the last time Australia played India in a Test series at home.


Nikita Bastian is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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