Australia captain Michael Clarke is ready for the biggest test of the summer to complete a 4-0 clean sweep in subcontinent-like conditions for the fourth and final Test against India starting on Tuesday.
Off-spinner Nathan Lyon has been included at the expense of left-arm swing bowler Mitch Starc in the only change to the Australian side that won in Perth by an innings and 23 runs inside three days.
Australia clinically and ruthlessly outplayed India in the first three Tests but Clarke believes things will be different at the Adelaide Oval.
“We have to be at our best to beat them,” Clarke said. “I say it is as close to Indian conditions you’re going to get in Australia. “As a batting unit we’ve been working in the nets against reverse swing and a fair bit of spin. Our preparation has been spot on.”
Clarke believes patience will be the key to winning the Test match with forecast temperatures of around 36 degrees Celsius throughout the duration of the game. “It is going to be a tough challenge. India will be very keen to finish the series on a high,” he said. “We have five really tough days of Test cricket. It’s a great test for us as a team in what’s going to be tough conditions to take 20 wickets and get some momentum to grab hold of it.”
Winning the Test series 4-0 will set up Australia’s chances of regaining the No.1 Test ranking. “I want us to be the best team in the world,” Clarke said. “I want to let every player inside that change room to know that right now we should be very proud that we’ve beaten a good team in the series. We haven’t achieved what we want to achieve ... until we get back to the top of that table I don’t think I will be satisfied.”
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