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Spinners will play a crucial role: Clarke

Source : IBNS
Last Updated: Tue, Mar 05, 2013 18:00 hrs

Hyderabad, Mar 1 (IBNS) Australia captain Michael Clarke has asked his boys to raise their performance during the second Test against India starting here Saturday.

"The series opener did not go to plan and there are a few lessons we must take out of it," Clarke said.

"First and foremost, our bowlers and batsmen need to display more consistency and patience. Wickets and runs don´t come in a hurry on pitches like they turned out in Chennai and we have to be prepared to stick to plans and slog it out for long periods to achieve success," he said.



"We´ve got to be honest with ourselves in selecting the XI for Hyderabad, taking the experiences of Chennai and the local pitch conditions into consideration," he said.

Clarke said spin will ´again play a big role´ in the second Test.

"There are a lot of similarities to the Chennai pitch in regards to the wicket. It looks as if it (pitch) was prepared quite early. It´s going to be quite a dry and obviously spin will again play a big part. There will also be up and down bounce. I would be very surprised if India don´t play with three spinners," Clarke told reporters on the eve of the second Test.

Clarke preferred to keep the cards close to his chest and said he would name the final XI after having a meeting with the selectors.

"Let me have a look at the wicket and then I will sit with the selectors and decide on the XI. I will have to check whether playing an extra spinner will be a better option than playing an extra fast bowler. We want to assess the conditions well and then make sure that we select the best XI," he said.

Clarke said opener David Warner was fully fit and available for selection.

"You will see him playing again," he said.

Clarke said it was important to strike the right balance in the team.

"It´s easy to look at our attack in the wake of our first Test loss and question whether we got the balance right but what´s most important now is making sure we get our preparations right for Hyderabad.

"The spinning options of Xavier Doherty and Glenn Maxwell, along with the pace of Mitchell Johnson, will all come under consideration," he said.

"It´s now up to the rest of the batting unit to show that hunger and resolve at the crease. Not enough of us cashed in in Chennai," he concluded.

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