<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Australia will have advantage over South Africa in Perth Test: Michael Clarke" src="https://st3.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20121127123734.jpg" title="Australia will have advantage over South Africa in Perth Test: Michael Clarke" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Michael Clarke said it was unfortunate that Australia had to settle for a draw Getty Images </p> </div> <strong>Adelaide: Nov 27, 2012</strong><br /> <br /> Skipper <a href="/tags/Michael-Clarke/post" target="_blank">Michael Clarke</a> said <a href="/tags/Australia/post" target="_blank">Australia </a>are well placed in the run-up to this week's final Perth Test despite having to settle for a draw against <a href="/tags/South-Africa/post" target="_blank">South Africa </a>in the second Test on Monday.<br /> <br /> The Australians spent almost nine hours in the field in Adelaide and bowled a total of 148 overs but could not dismiss the Proteas.<br /> <br /> Inspired by Test debutant <a href="/tags/Faf-du-Plessis/post" target="_blank">Faf du Plessis</a>, who ended on 110 not out, they batted out the entire fifth day to finish on 248 for eight.<br /> <br /> The first Test in Brisbane was also drawn. Australia must win in Perth to take the series and the world number one ranking from South Africa.<br /> <br /> Clarke was reminded of the parallels with Australia's inability to bowl out the last two batsmen, <a href="/tags/James-Anderson/post" target="_blank">James Anderson </a>and <a href="/tags/Monty-Panesar/post" target="_blank">Monty Panesar</a>, when England held on for a famous draw in the first Test of the 2009 Ashes series in Cardiff.<br /> <br /> "I like to hope there's a lot of difference to Cardiff. We didn't bowl to numbers 9 and 10 as long as we did in Cardiff," he said.<br /> <br /> "It is a great example of how hard a fight Test cricket is. Nothing is a given in this game. You have to work your backside off to have success and it is even harder against the number one team in the world.<br /> <br /> "We didn't expect them to give us the game today. We knew we would have to fight. It was no different in Brisbane and it will be no different in Perth."<br /> <br /> Clarke said Australia would have to be prepared to play their best cricket over five days if they were to win. But he added: "I am confident we will be in a good place come day one of the Perth Test."<br /> <br /> Clarke praised his bowlers' "amazing" efforts, despite being one strike bowler down with an injury to paceman <a href="/tags/James-Pattinson/post" target="_blank">James Pattinson </a>for the final innings.<br /> <br /> "Losing James hurt us," he said. "I don't want to take anything away from South Africa because they played really well.<br /> <br /> "I thought Faf was outstanding on debut to make a hundred under conditions like that under pressure. The wicket played really well.<br /> <br /> "We tried everything in our power, we had a red-hot crack. It was unfortunate we didn't get over the line. But we didn't lose the Test, so we can take a lot of positives out of that.<br /> <br /> "We have to make sure physically we are as well prepared as we can for a crucial test in Perth."