Calcutta: Michael Clarke, on Wednesday, said Australia are not going to compromise on the aggressive brand of cricket that they have been playing in recent times when they take on world No. 1 side South Africa in a three-Test series, starting February 12, at Centurion.
On the team’s prospects
We are happy to carry a winning momentum with us to South Africa. But the hardest thing is to be able to replicate that performance abroad and we are looking forward to the challenge.
South Africa will be playing at home and they will be in an advantageous position. But then, I think there are a lot of similarities between the two countries as far as wickets and conditions are concerned. That is definitely going to help us. We hope to get accustomed to the conditions quickly… And we have to be on the top of our game to do well against them.
On their strategy
I think our tactics will be different to some extent from what we had against England since they have a different set of players. I don’t think our brand of cricket will change…
We will not be compromising on the aggressive brand of cricket that we have been playing in recent times… I can promise you that we will attack from the outset.
On batting at No. 3
Haven’t decided on my batting position yet… We have a lot of players who are capable of batting at No. 3… Shane Watson has been really brilliant for us in that position in the last series. He is a senior player and he loves that extra bit of responsibility, setting the game up for Australia.
On whether Kallis’ absence will make Proteas vulnerable...
Jacques is irreplaceable and once in a lifetime you come across such a player. There’s no doubt South Africa will miss his experience. He was an amazing all-rounder…
But I believe they have enough quality in their dressing room and someone will surely come forward and take up the responsibility.
On Dale Steyn
He is on top of his game. He and Vernon Philander are the top two bowlers in the world and they are always going to make things difficult for you.
Their bowling attack is a lot like us. They complement each other really well.
On whether getting all out for 47 against South Africa in a Test few years ago still haunts him...
Really, no… Moreover, the conditions were conducive to fast bowling and they had some of the world’s best bowlers. But we came back strongly and won the next Test. The batsmen showed great character and it was one of the best Test wins of my career.