Clark - Homework paid off
Stuart Clark revealed the key to his impressive debut spell at the Caribbean came from studying performances from Glenn McGrath.
Last Updated: 24/05/08 10:30am
Australia seamer Stuart Clark revealed the key to his impressive debut spell at the Caribbean came from studying previous performances from Glenn McGrath.
Clark took important wickets on the second day of the first test against West Indies, and later admitted that studying video footage of McGrath's previous performances inspired him to first-innings figures of 3-18.
"I thought about these wickets and I looked at quite a bit of footage of what Glenn did," said Clark.
"He was really patient and bowled very close to the stumps. Stump-to-stump type stuff - that's what worked for him. I am doing similar sort of things."
Since making his Australia debut against South Africa in 2006 - Clark has claimed 68 wickets at an average of under 22.
The 32-year-old's metronomic style has resulted in comparisons with Australian stalwart McGrath, however, Clark believes the New South Wales seamer is in a league of his own.
"We bowl the ball at similar paces, similar height, we bowl from similar spots on the crease," he said.
"It's easy for me to look at him and say this is what he did and it was successful.
"I don't think I'll ever be as good as Glenn, because I think Glenn is one of the greatest bowlers of all time. But if you can emulate him in some sort of way and be 80 percent as good as he was, then you'll have a fairly good test career."
The right-armer picked up West Indies openers Devon Smith and Brenton Parchment before grabbing the precious wicket of captain Ramnaresh Sarwan.
The experienced Shivnarine Chanderpaul and the recalled Runako Morton battled through to stumps to leave West Indies on 115-3 chasing Australia's 431.
"It was good to get a few wickets, we are in a pretty decent spot in the game, if we can get a couple of early ones tomorrow especially Chanderpaul we can put them under a lot of pressure," said Clark.
"His record suggests that he is a very good player and he batted well again tonight.
"We've just got to grind him out somehow and we can get ourselves into a really good spot if we can get into the middle to lower order."