A worried Michael Clarke looks on during the fifth and final day's play of the first Test against Pakistan © Getty Images
A worried Michael Clarke looks on during the fifth and final day’s play of the first Test against Pakistan © Getty Images

Oct 26, 2014

Australian captain Michael Clarke feels his team has improved against spinners since their 4-0 routing in India last year. Pakistan thrashed Australia by 221 runs on the fifth and final day of the first Test match in Dubai with just 21.5 overs remaining in the game.

“Unfortunately the result is the same as what it was in India. But I think as a team in general we’ve improved out of sight since that series, for a number of reasons,” said Clarke, who flopped in both innings with two and three.

Clarke promised his team will hit back in the second Test.

“Any time we lose a game it breeds fire in your belly. We don’t like losing, Australians in general don’t like losing. We’ve got a couple of days now to prepare as well as we can and we’ll look forward to that second Test match.

“We got outplayed and Pakistan deserves a lot of credit for the way they played over the whole five days. We know we can play a lot better and look forward to showing that in the second Test match.”

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