Clarke desperate to test 'fragile' Oz fast bowlers
Melbourne, Aug 1 (ANI): Australia's next Test is against world cricket heavyweights South Africa at the pace friendly Gabba, and skipper Michael Clarke is desperate to get Australia's fragile fast bowlers to work out as much as possible.
Australia has a make or break year coming up, with South Africa and Sri Lanka in Australia, before a tour of India, and then an away and a home Ashes series back to back.
"It'll be as fast as you'll face in world cricket in those conditions. Fast and bouncy. But I look at it the other way as well. With the young bowling attack that's got plenty of pace, I think it's really exciting for the Australian boys as well," Clarke said.
These exciting young pacemen are being dogged by injury, particularly Pat Cummins and James Pattinson, who have been ruled out of the current Australia A tour of England with ongoing problems, news.com.au reports.
"You'd love everyone to be fit all day every day but that's the way the game goes when you're playing a lot of cricket," Clarke said.
"You're doing a lot of hard work. Guy's are going to get injured; especially when you're young and you're body is not accustomed to the amount of bowling you need to do to play at the highest level," he said.
"We need to keep making sure we're monitoring the guy's workloads, but also getting enough cricket into them as well. We've got to push ourselves, it's as simple as that, and when you're doing that at the highest-level guys are going to break.
"But then we're pretty lucky. We've got a good amount of quicks in the Australian squad who've got plenty of talent. Now we've got to turn that talent into performance and the only way to do that is get them on the field."
Clarke claimed that initially at least Australia would keep faith with the same attack, which routed India 4-0. (ANI)
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