Clarke says does not need `serious speed’ to defeat Pak in Dubai ODIs

April 22nd, 2009 - 5:32 pm ICT by ANI  

Dubai, Apr.22 (ANI): Australia’s acting captain Michael Clarke has said that he will not need “serious speed” to defeat Pakistan in the one-day series in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Admitting that he did not have the kind of pace attack that Pakistan has, Clarke said: “If you have a look at their three or four main fast bowlers, they’re as good as any attack around the world.”

“Speed obviously helps, but conditions will determine that. If the wickets are flat wickets it doesn’t matter how fast you bowl, if you bowl in the wrong area you’ll go for plenty of runs. We’ve got a lot of experience, Stuart Clark’s been around for a long time, Nathan Bracken’s a wonderful one-day bowler. Ben Hilfenhaus has done a wonderful job in the Test arena and he’s making his way in the one-dayers, obviously Ben Laughlin and Dougy will both continue to look for opportunities,” Fox Sports quoted Clarke, as saying.

“So, for me as a batsman, I see it as a wonderful opportunity to play against some fantastic quicks on what are hopefully going to be good wickets to test yourself,” he said.

“We’ve got a really good mix throughout our whole squad, but definitely with our five fast bowlers, you can include James Hopes and (Andrew Symonds) who can bowl some medium pacers. We’ve got plenty of bowling, it’s just a matter of execution,” Clarke said. (ANI)

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