Michael Clarke: Touring India toughest in my career

Just before leaving from Sydney on Tuesday, Australian captain Michael Clarke told media that India series would be the toughest in his cricketing career and it would be difficult to regain the Border-Gavaskar trophy.

The Australia captain said touring is the toughest challenge of his cricketing career.

The Australia cricket team is coming to India without experienced Michael Hussey and Ricky Ponting, as both retired from Test Cricket. And, they failed to perform their against Board President’s XI in the first warm-up game.

Talking to media, Clarke said, “Touring India is as tough a challenge as I’ve had in my career. Every time I’ve been there on a Test tour it’s been extremely difficult, hence the Australian team hasn’t won that much over there. So it’s a huge challenge, the players know that.”

On the other hand, uncapped Parvez Rassol, the Kashmir-born allrounder picked 7 wickets on the first day of the warm-up match at Chennai on Tuesday against touring team Australia.

The Australian captain said, “That’s partly why we’re trying to prepare as well as we can by sending players early to get them used to conditions, to give ourselves the best chance. We know it’s going to be tough, we know how good India is, but we look forward to it.”

He added, “Ed, like Davey Warner, had a really good summer and put their hand up against the No.1 test team in the world, so I think it’s a really positive sign that we’ve got so many options in our squad.”

He added, “What I’ve learned in the past is how important preparation is for my personal performance. I need to make sure I’ve done all my training to give myself the best chance of scoring runs.”

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