Ashes: Australia captain Michael Clarke 'really proud' of side's first-innings effort at Old Trafford
Australia captain Michael Clarke remained cautious after day two of the third Test against England.
Last Updated: 03/08/13 10:58am
Clarke's men declared on 527-7 soon after tea, leaving time enough for Peter Siddle to have both Joe Root and nightwatchman Tim Bresnan caught behind to leave the hosts on 52-2 in reply overnight.
Clarke, who contributed a mammoth 187, said afterwards: "It's a pretty good day for the team, there's no doubt about it. I think all the boys should be really proud of making over 500.
"Obviously we didn't bat as well as we would have liked to in the first two Test matches so it was good to win the toss and come and spend some time on a pretty good wicket.
"If we win the Test, I'll be extremely proud but if we don't then it's useless. It's always nice to score a hundred - don't get me wrong - but we've got three big days ahead so we'll see how we go.
"The ball's a little bit softer now so I think it's going to be tough to get 'traditional' wickets on this pitch. I think the three slips is probably not the case - I think it'll be more leg-befores, bowled and caught at short extra cover."
When asked how he had managed to get the better of England spinner Graeme Swann, Clarke added: "My father always taught me to move my feet to spin in either getting forward or in getting back. Also, growing up in Sydney and playing at the SCG - that wicket generally spins so it's just the way I've played.
"I think everybody's got strengths and weaknesses. For me, moving my feet is probably my greatest strength but it's also my greatest weakness because it gets me out. I think I've been stumped more than any other batsman in the world!
"Graeme bowled exceptionally well today and kept me back in my crease a lot of the time today so it's just about trying to adjust."