Michael Clarke retired from the game in 2015    Getty Images (File Photo)
Michael Clarke retired from the game in 2015 Getty Images (File Photo)

India and Australia are slated to meet for the series opener of the five-match ODI series at Chennai on Sunday. Ahead of the tie, former Australia skipper Michael Clarke stated that tourists will not worry about their spin woes as shorter formats are usually played on flat tracks. A large section of the media speculated that Aussies will struggle against spin in the subcontinent, but Clarke remains optimistic.

Clarke told Times of India, “Conditions in Test matches and ODIs are a lot different. You get flat pitches to bat on in ODIs and T20s. 95 per cent of the pitches around the world are similar in ODIs. You don’t have to worry about dealing with spinners on Day 3, 4 and 5.”

Speaking on visitors’ chance to topple a daunting Indian line-up, Clarke stated, “It is a combination of quality of spinners and the pitches. Those days you faced very high quality spinners in Harbhajan and Anil Kumble. In Test cricket, it became tougher. Ashwin and Jadeja too have done that in Tests. These days and on these kind of pitches, Australian batsmen shouldn’t have much of a problem. If Australia can win the first game, they will be in with a real shot.”

Clarke also shared his thoughts on India’s strategy on resting Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja for the first three games. “We will be happily sponsoring Ashwin and Jadeja to play for us if India don’t need them for the first three games. That’s the advantage India have. I think Kuldeep Yadav is a superstar and he will be a big part of the team going forward”, he chuckled.

Clarke further highlighted few players who have to perform in the upcoming series. “People like Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell and James Faulkner will need to have a good series. The top four needs to fire.”

Last time, both India and Australia locked horns in a bilateral series in India resulted in a high-scoring series with hosts winning 3-2.