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Clarke bullish ahead of Ashes series

UPDATED 23 May, 2013 11:12AM AEST | by Omnisport

Australia captain Michael Clarke knows his team will need to dig deep for Ashes victory in England.

The tourists head into cricket's most prestigious Test series starting at Trent Bridge on July 10 in the wake of a 4-0 series defeat in India.

England drew their three-Test series in New Zealand in February before winning the first return Test at Lord's last week.

Alastair Cook's team have won three out of the last four Ashes series after Australia won eight in a row from 1989 to 2002.

Clarke said: "England have a lot of experience. A lot of the guys have been involved in Ashes series before and they're playing some really good cricket.

"Our recent series in India wasn't nearly as good as we would have liked so I accept that we are the underdogs, but we'll be doing everything in our power to have success.

"Our goal is to win the series. We know it's going to be tough, but we're going to have a red-hot crack at hopefully winning the Ashes for the Australian people."

In terms of the balance of his side, the 32-year-old added: "We know that if we can bat well as a unit, that will give our young, talented fast bowlers every opportunity to take 20 wickets [in a match]."

When quizzed on his long-term back problem, Clarke revealed: "My body's going pretty well at the moment.

"I've had this six or seven weeks to work on my rehab, work on my strength for my hamstring and my back and, touch wood, I think I'm fully fit."

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 23 May, 2013 11:08AM AEST

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