India tour will be toughest challenge of my career: Michael Clarke

Michael Clarke’s performance will be vital for Australia in the absence of Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey who retired recently © Getty Images

Chennai: February 13, 2012

Australia captain Michael Clarke has said that playing a Test Series in India has always been the toughest challenge.

“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,” Clarke said to the Australian media.

Clarke also added that some of the players were sent early to get acquainted with conditions in India. “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 said, as reported DNA.

Clarke who suffered a hamstring strain during the recently concluded ODI series against West Indies, remains doubtful for the second warm-up match against India A starting February 16.

Speaking about the preparations ahead of the series Clarke said, “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.”

In their last tour to India in 2010, the kangaroos suffered a 2-0 defeat in the two-match Test series. The four-match Test series against India will commence from Friday, February 26 at the MA Chidambaram stadium, Chennai.