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'We've seen so many young guys come in and do well for Australia'

Last updated on: February 10, 2012 11:38 IST

'We've seen so many young guys come in and do well for Australia'

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Australian captain Michael Clarke says his team's on-the-rise pace battery, which brought a formidable Indian batting line-up to its knees, will truly be considered intimidating after it performs on foreign pitches.

"I think the fact we've seen so many young guys come in and do well, automatically we think the grass is very green on the other side," Clarke was quoted as saying by newspapers in Perth.



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'You are expected to perform well in your own backyard'

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"We think there's a lot of good stock still waiting to get an opportunity, which is very positive for Australian cricket.

It's been a really good start to the summer winning the Test series, but I guess you are expected to perform well in your own backyard.



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'It's going to be a good test to see how we play overseas'

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"You travel all around the world and play in completely different conditions. It's now going to be a good test to see how we go when we play overseas," he added.

Australia's young pace attack comprising the likes of James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc and Patrick Cummins has given a good account of itself so far.

The trio, along with more experienced pacers Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus, managed to upstage experienced and in-form Indian batsmen in the Test series.




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Clarke bats for Forrest

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Meanwhile, Clarke has anointed Peter Forrest as a future Test player.

Forrest was poised to make his international debut for Australia in Perth. He eventually did not but Clarke is already talking up the in-form Queenslander's chances in the longer format of the game.

The 26-year-old right-hander has plundered 581 runs at 58.1 in six Sheffield Shield matches this season after making the move north from New South Wales at the start of the summer.


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'I think he's a very gifted player'

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The Herald Sun quoted Clarke, as saying of Forrest: "I think he's a very gifted player, he's a good fielder and very good player, not just in One-day cricket, but I think he's got the potential to play Test cricket as well in the future."

Clarke added: "He's got a very good technique, he's a very good top-order batsman and I think he can play a big part in Australian cricket going forward.

It's good that Foz is around the group. It gives him a great opportunity to see what it's like around the Australian change rooms and how we go about our work in training and things like that."


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