Michael Clarke has said that Australia will have to be at their very best to beat England in the coming Ashes 2015 Tests, despite the thumping 405-run win over the hosts at Lord’s. According to him, England are a very tough and well balanced side to beat in home conditions and Australia will have to continue to produce their A game. In regards to victory in the Lord’s Test, Clarke said the credit belonged majorly to Chris Rogers and Steven Smith for the record-breaking partnership in the first innings that set the momentum and their bowling attack who then drove home the advantage. ALSO READ: Mitchell Johnson leads Australia’s roar back in Ashes 2015

Clarke went on to heap praise on Mitchell Marsh and debutant Peter Nevill for filling in the big boots of Shane Watson and Brad Haddin respectively. Watson was dropped from the side after his ill-form in the Test format showed no signs of relenting during the first match at Cardiff where he got out lbw in both innings. ALSO READ: England’s scars deepen after monumental thrashing by Australia at Lord’s in Ashes 2015

“That’s why I think Chris Rogers and Steve Smith deserve a lot of credit. “Obviously when we got a crack with the ball the boys executed really well and we continued that in the second innings,” said Clarke.

About Rogers’ worrying dizziness which struck during Australia’s second innings and made him retire out, Clarke sounded optimistic about his chances of recovering in time for the third Test at Edgbaston and said he felt the attack of dizziness wasn’t related to Rogers getting struck on the helmet by an Anderson bouncer.