Australia captain Michael Clarke has said that his side must find ways to beat England in their backyard, after the tourists suffered a massive 169-run defeat in the opening Ashes 2015 Test at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff. READ: England thrash Australia by 169 runs in Ashes 2015 1st Test at Cardiff

Meanwhile, Australia are optimistic fast bowler Mitchell Starc will be fit to face England in the second Ashes Test at Lord’s starting on Thursday. The left-arm paceman suffered a right ankle injury during the series opener in Cardiff and needed pain-killing injections to finish the game, which England won by 169 runs with more than a day to spare on Saturday to go 1-0 up in the five-match series, AFP reported. READ: Australia must learn to thrive on flat decks

With just four days until the second Test gets underway, concerns had been voiced as to whether Starc, who was Australia’s leading bowler at Cardiff’s Sophia Gardens with seven wickets in 40.1 overs, would have sufficient time in which to recover. READ: Ashes 2015: Australia needs serious introspection after humiliating defeat to England in 1st Test at Cardiff

Australia do have experienced paceman Peter Siddle, who didn’t play in the first Test in a squad which lost fellow right-arm quick Ryan Harris on the eve of the Ashes wen the veteran bowler announced his retirement from all cricket because of a knee injury.