‘Fast bowlers need to be smart’ in Perth, says Michael Clarke

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“It’s one thing thinking you’re going to terrorise batsmen because the ball is flying around and quite another getting them out”

Australia captain Michael Clarke has announced that his “fast bowlers need to be smart” when bowling in Perth and added that they cannot overdo the short-pitched bowling.

Clarke’s comments come as Australia’s pace attack have taken most of their wickets with short-pitched bowling.

Clarke is also wary of the fact that his team are on the verge of regaining the Ashes for the first time in five years.

“This is going to be a tough Test match,” he wrote in his News Limited newspaper column. “History says we have a fabulous record here and we have certainly taken a lot of confidence out of winning the first two Tests.

“But history won’t mean a thing when the third Test starts on Friday. It’s about us creating our own history.

“And it won’t be simply a matter of bombing away with our fast bowlers.

“Starting your innings in Perth can be harder than most other places because of the extra pace and bounce but once you get in it can be a great place to bat because the surface is so even and the pace and bounce so consistent.

“Likewise, fast bowlers need to be smart. It’s one thing thinking you’re going to terrorise batsmen because the ball is flying around and quite another getting them out.

“Life can be uncomfortable at times, that’s Test cricket, but most wickets in Perth are taken in the slips with batsmen driving at full deliveries.”

Clarke also admitted that the weather, which is set to hover between 37 and 40 degrees Celsius throughout the five days, will make the Test match even more challenging.

“They can be long days in the field so you have to find ways of staying sharp and alert,” he wrote. “This is where all the hard physical work we do preparing for series comes fully into focus.

“That physical fitness also brings with it a mental fitness which helps you concentrate for long periods whether batting or in the field.”

The Australian captain added that he couldn’t think of any better place to win the Ashes than in Perth.

“Now we have grabbed the momentum in this series we want to run with it and there is no better place to do that than Perth,” Clarke said. “If you take the initiative in Perth it can be a very hard place for the other side to drag it back. Things can happen quickly here, whether it is wickets falling or runs being scored.”

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