Adelaide, Jan 22(ANI): Australian skipper Michael Clarke has said that his side is aiming for the Test series whitewash against India.
“WE are thinking one thing heading into the last Test against India – whitewash. Anything less than a 4-0 defeat of this powerful Indian team will be a disappointment to all of us,” telegraph.co.au quoted Clarke, as saying.
“There was great satisfaction with clinching the series in Perth. It was a fine achievement to beat a side ranked second in the world when the series started,” he added.
He, however, admitted that the Adelaide Test would be the toughest nut to crack because the pitch, which traditionally lacks bounce and presents a good batting wicket, would offer what can be regarded as the closest to home conditions to India.
Clarke pointed out that Australia has not beaten India in Adelaide for the past few years. The 2008 Test was drawn and 2004 Test was won by India.
“So no matter what may have happened earlier in the series, this is not going to be a walk in the park as we chase a 4-0 result,” he added.
Clarke admitted that dropping a pacer to make way for spinner Nathan Lyon’s inclusion in the squad would be difficult as all of them have performed well in the ongoing series.
He assured that deciding the best playing XI to win the Adelaide Test would be the only criteria for all decisions taken in this regard. (ANI)