The Ashes preview: Michael Clarke defiant as Australia change team for Oval Test

Michael Clarke, having previously said, "this is not a charity tour, it's not about giving blokes a go and hoping for the best," found himself having to defend the selectors' decision Tuesday to give a Test debut to James Faulkner, which appeared to be a classic case of taking a punt on a player with the series lost.

updated: August 21, 2013 12:12 IST
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London: Australia captain Michael Clarke insisted on Tuesday the latest changes to his side were all designed to help the tourists salvage some pride in their Ashes finale against England at The Oval.

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Ashes-holders England have an unbeatable 3-0 series lead heading into the final Test at The Oval in south London starting on Wednesday.

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