Clarke expects testing time
Pakistan bowlers impress Australia batsman
Last Updated: 07/07/10 9:24am
Clarke: praised Pakistan bowlers
Australia batsman Michael Clarke believes conditions in England will make for a closely-fought Test series against Pakistan.
"They are going to have a very good attack so our batters are going to have be at our best. I imagine they will get the Duke ball to swing in conditions which, if it is overcast, are going to be quite tough."
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The two-match series is taking place on neutral soil - at Lord's and Headingley - due to the security situation in Pakistan, which has prevented any international cricket taking place in the country since Sri Lanka's team bus was ambushed by gun-toting terrorists in Lahore in March 2009.
Pakistan have not won a Test against Australia since their victory in Sydney in 1995 and have lost the last 12 in a row, dating back to 1999.
They also endured a winless tour Down Under at the turn of the year but have shown more positive signs since arriving in England, winning both Twenty20 internationals.
That pair of victories at Edgbaston left Clarke - who skippers Australia in the 20-over format - impressed with Pakistan's bowling attack.
"If it's overcast in England, it generally swings all day," said the New South Wales right-hander.
"Pakistan's bowling was outstanding. I think we can learn a lot from the way they bowl at the death.
"Umar Gul is outstanding and they are going to be tough opposition in the Tests.
"They are going to have a very good attack so our batters are going to have be at our best. I imagine they will get the Duke ball to swing in conditions which, if it is overcast, are going to be quite tough.
"I think we are going to be in for a really good Test series."
The series opener takes place at Lord's from July 13-17, followed by the second Test at Headingley from July 21-25.