England proved India no more invincible at home: Michael Clarke

Chief selector Inverarity says quest for becoming the No. 1 in ICC Test ranking starts from the first Test at Chennai.

updated: January 31, 2013 14:11 IST
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England's Test series (2-1) win on their recent tour of India is giving Michael Clarke and Company some extra dose of motivation ahead of Australia's campaign in India in February-March. With Indian spinners failing to exploit home conditions, the Australians will fly in with the self-belief that the Indians are no more tigers at home. Australia play four Test matches at Chennai (February 22-26), Hyderabad (March 2-6), Mohali (March 14-18) and Delhi (March 22-26).

Australia have included four spinners in their Test squad named on Thursday, but skipper Clarke believes his quick bowlers, spearheaded by Peter Siddle, will play a crucial role against a strong Indian batting line-up.

In an interview to Times of India, Clarke said: "It has been historically proven that quicks can be successful in India if they strive hard. In the 2005 series Glenn McGrath and Jason Gillespie bowled extremely well for Australia. Dale Steyn has done well for South Africa in India and James Anderson bowled brilliantly for England recently. We have a very good crop of fast bowlers and they are aware of the challenge a tour of India poses.

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