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Michael Clarke vowed on Tuesday to lead an all-out assault on England as Australia go for a 5-0 Ashes series triumph.

“People have been asking me how we’re going to approach the Boxing Day Test after already winning back the Ashes,” skipper Clarke wrote in his Tuesday column for The Telegraph.

“The answer is easy - full throttle,” he said.

“Momentum is a rare and precious commodity. When you have it you run with it as hard as you can because you’re never sure how long it will last.”

Clarke has taken Australia to victory in the opening three Tests, ending England’s recent Ashes dominance. “Now that we’re starting to win again it would be silly to take our foot off the gas,” he said.

Fighting spirit the same

Wicketkeeper Brad Haddin said the team were preparing in the same fighting spirit as the previous Tests despite having clinched the series.

“You never take a Test match for granted, I’ve never played in a dead rubber and that’s from the bottom of my heart,” he said.

“I don’t think the feeling in the group’s changed since we came together in Brisbane. We’ve had a clear goal of what we wanted to do as a team and that hasn’t changed.”

Haddin said the team’s plans had always looked beyond the Ashes to cementing the top spot in Test cricket.

“We want to challenge ourselves to be the best cricketers we can be as a group, and we hope that end result’s to be number one in the world,” he said.

Australia are currently in fifth place in the ICC’s Test rankings, while England are two places above them in third behind leaders South Africa and India. Australia are due to tour South Africa in February and March with Haddin saying that trip would be a “true test” of their current winning form.AFP

Momentum is a rare and precious commodity. When you have it you run with it as hard as you can because you’re never sure how long it will last….

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