Ashes: Michael Clarke tells his quicks not to overdo short-pitched bowling

Last Updated: 12/12/13 12:27pm

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Australia captain insists Michael Clarke says his fast bowlers will be under orders not to overdo the short-pitched bowling in the third Test.

England go into the third Test 2-0 down and needing to avoid defeat just to keep the five-match series alive.

Their main tormentor has been Mitchell Johnson, who has caused havoc with his pace, much of it short and aimed at intimidating the batsmen.

And although the pitch at the WACA is the fastest and bounciest in Australia, Clarke says his bowlers must not get carried away, and instead bowl "smart."

"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," he said.

"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."

The weather forecast - temperatures are expected to reach 40 degrees - make it more likely that both teams will field a spinner. The groundsman said that although the first few days would be all about the fast bowlers, the pitch may take spin later in the match.

Clarke said the weather would pose challenges.

"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."

Despite Australia's emphatic victories in the first two Tests, Clarke has been keen to keep his side firmly grounded, with the 3-0 Ashes defeat on English soil earlier this year still fresh in his mind.

"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," he added.

"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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