Clarke takes spin lessons from Warne

Spin legend Shane Warne is doing his bit to ensure that his compatriots come out with flying colours against Anil Kumble's men next month.

updated: September 11, 2008 16:01 IST
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Shane Warne may not be part of the Australian squad in the tour of India but the retired spin great is doing his bit to ensure that his compatriots come out with flying colours against Anil Kumble's men in the four-match Test series starting next month.

Australia vice-captain Michael Clarke revealed he is taking lessons from the leg-spin legend to combat the spinner-friendly tracks in India.

"I spent four days with Warnie before I came (to Darwin) and did a lot of talking and going through field placements for my type of bowling, which I found really helpful," said Clarke, hoping to repeat his performance in India when he took 6-9 in Mumbai during the cricket team's winning tour in 2004.

"I will be on the phone to him continuously," Clarke was quoted by 'The Age' after Australia wrapped up the one-day Top End series 3-0 against Bangladesh.

"My back touch wood has been really good, I certainly don't see that as a problem. Now when I get home, I'll do some more work (on spin bowling)," said the stand-in one-day skipper, who had a lean series with the bat.

"I think batting's my priority," he said. "I have always been serious about my bowling... I do believe I am a part-time bowler and I'm not going to try and be a front-line bowler but as I said, I think there is a role for me to play over there."

Australia's spin trio of Beau Casson, Bryce McGain and Jason Krejza are currently touring India with the A team. Among them Casson has a one-Test experience when he debuted against the West Indies in June.

The relative inexperience means Clarke might be forced to shoulder more bowling responsibility.

With India's spin duo of Kumble and Harbhajan Singh expected to have a go at the Australian batting order, Clarke's spin could come in handy on the spinning tracks.

Australia players have a two-week break before they head to India on September 21.