A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Michael Clarke concerned about South African pace attack

Philander will be looking to repeat the success he had when he debuted against Australia last year

Australia captain Michael Clarke has admitted that he expects the national team to struggle against the South African pace attack when the two nations square off against each other later this year.

The South African pace trio of Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel is considered to be the best in the world since they seem to trouble batsmen during every series they take part in.

The trio played a huge role in helping South Africa defeat England by an innings and 12 runs in the first Test at The Oval.

South Africa are scheduled to play three Tests against Australia in November to December this year, with two of the Tests being played at Brisbane and Perth, which usually have a lot in them for pace bowlers, while the third Test will take place in Adelaide.

“It’ll be as fast as you’ll face in world cricket in those conditions. Fast and bouncy, you’ve got to combat it, that’s part of playing international cricket,” Clarke said.

However, Clarke stated that he wanted to concentrate on getting his team prepared for the series instead of worrying about how to conquer the almighty South African pace trio.

“I don’t really care what their team is doing, to be honest, I care that we’re doing exactly what we did against India. Our bowlers in general are taking 20 wickets and our batters are putting lots of runs on the board,” Clarke added.

Australia have a tough schedule ahead of them as they play a limited overs series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates this month, before they return home to face South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies, after which they will travel to India for a series.

The Australians will also be involved in back-to-back Ashes series against England this year, with one being hosted on English soil, while the other will be on Australian soil.

“It’s going to be tough, the Australian summer, then we go play Test matches in India and then we’ve got Ashes away and home. The next 15 months don’t get any harder as an international cricketer,” Clarke said when asked about the upcoming season.

Australia will play their first ODI in the United Arab Emirates against Pakistan on August 25.

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