Clark calls on patient pace
Australian pacer Stuart Clark insists patience will be needed from the fast bowlers during the series in India.
By Elliot Ball
Last Updated: 07/10/08 3:23pm
Australian pacer Stuart Clark insists patience will be needed from the fast bowlers during the four-Test series in India.
Clark emerged as Australia's most successful bowler with six wickets in last week's warm-up draw against the Indian Cricket Board President's XI in Hyderabad.
The into-the-wind seamer knows the difficulty of the task ahead however and has consulted to Glenn McGrath for advice on dealing with conditions before he left Australia.
And the 33-year-old also expects to talk with Indian Cricket League bound Michael Kasprowicz and Jason Gillespie about bowling in India.
"You don't get love back from the wickets here, you have to work hard and be patient," Clark said after Australia's training session at the Chinaswamy Stadium, where the opening Test starts Thursday.
"It can be hard work, but you got to put all that aside. I think Michael Kasprowicz did it well. He got in there and bowled all day and we all know stories about how he lost eight kilograms.
"But, I think that's the secret to it, you just got to do it all day and guys who have been successful here have done that. You cannot shirk the responsibility.
Clark said the Australian bowlers were aware of the difficulty in extracting pace from Indian pitches although he believes the wicket for the first Test in Bangalore is a competitive one.
"The wicket looks like its going to be a very good cricket wicket," Clark said.
"There's a little more grass than I thought there would be on it. All in all, I think its going to make for a good Test match."
Clark is confident that his side are fully prepared in the lead up to the first Test.
"Jaipur was good because we got acclimatised to the conditions," He said.
"Hyderabad was also good because of the fact that we got to play a competitive game on a wicket that didn't really suit the quicker bowlers.
"It's something we really needed to do, to get here and get used to the conditions."
Clark also claimed the Australian bowlers had, unlike predecessors such as Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne, not singled out individual batsmen to target.
"I think what we are trying to do is not to focus on just a one or a couple of individuals," he said.
"They have some great players in their team and when you focus on one you tend to forget about the other ones.
"Maybe Glenn and Shane found that it worked better for them.
"We've really come here with a group mentality and target all the batters. We've got to take 20 wickets and try and win the Test match."