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posted on May 19, 2015 06:42
Australia Captain Michael Clarke urged his side to be cautious against a revitalised West Indies in the two-Test next month.
Clarke said he was wary of the Windies seamers and with the Caribbean side at home in their conditions, he expected them to prove a handful, reports CMC.
“Obviously (we want) success. Nothing has changed there. That’s our number one goal, to have some success in the West Indies,” he said prior to his departure for the Caribbean on Sunday.
“I think they have a really good bowling attack. I think they swung the ball, whether that was with the brand new ball or reverse swing, and they’ve got some handy spinners as well.
“I think the conditions we’re going to face will be very similar to the subcontinent so I think the wickets will be slow and low and will spin,” he added.
The West Indies defied the odds earlier this month to pull off a surprise 1-1 draw with touring England in their three-Test series.
They drew the first Test in Antigua, lost the second in Grenada by nine wickets before stealing a shock five-wicket victory in the final Test in Barbados.
Clarke said it was important Australia did well away from home in foreign conditions.
“Obviously they are coming with some form from against England so nothing changes for us as a team,” he explained.
“Travelling overseas is a tough part of playing international cricket, to be able to win away from home and that’s the challenge we face in the West Indies.”
Australia will clash with the Windies in the first Test starting June 3 in Dominica before squaring off in the second match in Jamaica June 11th.
The Aussies will have one warm-up match prior to the first Test, a three-day game against a West Indies President’s XI starting May 27th.