Our attack is best in the world, boasts Aussie cricket captain

2014-01-31 14:15

Australian test captain Michael Clarke has hinted that the upcoming test series against South Africa will be decided by the team with the best bowling attack.

Both teams possess superb bowling attacks that have contributed immensely to their recent successes. Man for man, South Africa have the better batting line-up even though they will have to approach a series without Jacques Kallis for the first time.

Clarke said: “You need to take 20 wickets to win a test so they will definitely play a part. You have two very good bowling attacks but I don’t know what the wickets will be like. Generally, there is a little bit in the wickets here, so it will be a tough tour for both batting units.”

Clarke, who is on his fourth test tour of the country since making his debut against India in 2004, is well aware of South Africa’s excellent record at home. But he also knows how well Australia have done in South Africa, having not lost a series in the country since 1970.

He is still adamant that he possesses the best bowling attack in world cricket, a sentiment he echoed at the end of the recent Ashes series.

“Yep, I certainly think I do. Maybe I am a little bit biased but in my opinion, this Australian attack is the best in the world. I have said that. Statistically, the South African attack is unbelievable and there is no doubt about that and they love their own conditions,” Clarke said.

“We know as a batting unit that they will be tough to face but from what I have seen from the Australian fast bowlers over a long period of time, we have the best attack in the world.”

Clarke, who led his team to a 5-0 Ashes whitewash over England from November to December, said he saw no reason to reinvent the wheel and would look to stick to the same basics that helped them overpower their hapless visitors.

However, Clarke hoped the rain would stay away and give his team sufficient time to prepare.

“We’ll continue to play the way we played over the Australian summer. We need to make sure that we are scoring enough runs because we are up against a very strong bowling attack and our bowlers will have to keep executing very well to take 20 wickets to win test matches,” Clarke said.

“If it stops raining, everyone will get an opportunity. It’s not a first-class game, so it’s an opportunity for all of the guys to have a bat or a bowl and we’ll try to utilise that as much as we can.”

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