Clarke likens Pak thrashing of Oz in first Test to rout against India in 2013

Clarke likens Pak thrashing of Oz in first Test to rout against India in 2013

By: || Updated: 27 Oct 2014 06:40 AM
Wellington: Australia cricket team captain Michael Clarke has said that it was the same result unfortunately as what it was in India, after his side's 221-run loss to Pakistan in the first Test in Dubai.



However, Clarke said that Australia has made key improvements since their disastrous 4-0 series defeat in India in 2013.



Clarke said that as a team in general Australia has improved out of sight since that series, but added that unfortunately the result is the same as what it was in India, reported.



The score sheet of the first Test against Pakistan in Dubai displays Australia's poor batting against slow bowlers on a turning pitch.



Pakistan's debutant leggie Yasir Shah and three-Test spinner Zulfiqar Babar took seven wickets each in the match, which ended an hour after tea on Sunday's fifth day of play.



Pakistan set a world-record target of 438 for Australia to win, but they bowled the tourists out for just 216 in their second innings.



Resuming on 4-59 on the final day of the first Test, Australia slumped to be 7-117 at lunch. However Steve Smith (55) and tailender Mitchell Johnson (61) added 65 for the eighth wicket in gutsy performances.



Johnson's stumping by the slimmest of margins, given out by TV umpire Nigel Llong, came at 9-213 and Peter Siddle was out three runs later.



Australia would head to Abu Dhabi for Thursday's second and final Test of the series with an interest in seeing more video footage of their opponents.



Debutant left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe, who delivered match figures of 4-219, and pace spearhead Johnson (3-73) were the only Australia bowlers to take more than two wickets in the match.



Clarke said that they have got to keep trying to find a way to take wickets, keep looking at footage of Pakistan players. He added that he thinks Australia can know Pakistan's players a little bit better.



Clarke also said that he was very disappointed with the result which leaves Pakistan within sight of their first Test-series win over Australia since 1994.

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