Michael Clarke: We Start On Zero Again
• Australia will decide their playing eleven after another assessment of the pitch
• Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood to vie for the third seamer's role
• Adelaide pitch said to have a 'greenish' tinge
Australian captain Michael Clare, on Thursday, said the team management was undecided on the playing eleven for the quarter-final clash against Pakistan. Australia are known to make public their playing combination on the eve of the match but have deferred this time owing to a 'greenish tinge' on the Adelaide Oval surface. The think-tank will have to take a call on which of Josh Hazlewood or Pat Cummins takes the third seamer's spot.
"We want to assess the wicket again today," Clarke told reporters. "Everyone is 100 per cent fit and available for selection so that is a real positive for us and obviously a good problem to have for selectors. It's more for the selectors to be 100 per cent sure, confirm what they think in regards to looking at the pitch and make their decision. All 15 players are fit and prepared, if they are given the opportunity."
Pakistan ended Australia's unbeaten run in World Cups during the 2011 edition and Clarke said the Australians were relishing playing Pakistan in the knockout phase of the tournament. The Australian skipper was also quick to add the tag of being favourites would be irrelevant.
"When you walk out on the field tomorrow it's a new day," Clarke said. "We all start on zero with the bat and zero with the ball as well. The past is the past. We need to turn up tomorrow and play our best cricket if we want to beat Pakistan, it's as simple as that. I don't think you are ever owed anything in this game of cricket so we have to make sure we're ready to go tomorrow, which we will be."
Clarke also expected the pitch at the Adelaide Oval to favour the battery of quick bowlers for both teams. Australia are likely to field seamers Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Johnson and either Pat Cummins or Josh Hazlewood, in a strong pace attack. "I think the pitch has certainly gotten quicker over the years," he said.
"Fast bowling will play a big part in the match especially if they leave that grass on the wicket like there is now. Both teams have good fast bowlers and the batters will have to make sure they play really well."
Source © Cricbuzz
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