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Spin will play a big role in Hyderabad, says Michael Clarke

Press Trust of India
Mar 01, 2013 at 06:13pm IST

Hyderabad: Australian skipper Michael Clarke on Friday reckoned that spin will "again play a big role" in the second Test against India here but was non-committal on whether he would go with an extra spinner or a fast bowler. He felt the 22-yard strip at the Uppal Stadium was pretty "similar" to the one at Chepauk, where they were thrashed by eight wickets.

"There are a lot of similarities to the Chennai pitch in regards to the wicket. It looks as if it (pitch) was prepared quite early. It's going to be quite a dry and obviously spin will again play a big part. There will also be up and down bounce. I would be very surprised if India don't play with three spinners," Clarke said on the eve of the second Test.

Clarke's decision to play to his team's strength backfired in Chennai and probably that's the reason why the New South Wales man preferred to keep the cards close to his chest.

Spin will play a big role in Hyderabad, says Clarke

Clarke felt the 22-yard strip at the Uppal Stadium was pretty 'similar' to the one at Chepauk, where they were thrashed by eight wickets.

"Let me have a look at the wicket and then I will sit with the selectors and decide on the XI. I will have to check whether playing an extra spinner will be a better option than playing an extra fast bowler. We want to assess the conditions well and then make sure that we select the best XI," he said.

Clarke, however, clarified that opener David Warner was fully fit and available for selection.

"You will see him playing again," he said with a smile.

The stylish right-hander made no bones of the fact that just like the Indian team is comfortable playing in home conditions, the 'Baggy Greens' are an equally formidable opposition in their backyard.

"When you come to India, you know that the Indian team will be very comfortable because they play here on a regular basis. It's the same with the Australian team. We are very comfortable playing in our own backyard. The challenge is to make sure that you perform all over the world. Personally, this tour of India is a huge challenge for me as a captain. We have had a pretty consistent success rate in Australia and we want that to happen on overseas tours as well," he stated.

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