Australia captain Michael Clarke is convinced that spinners will play a huge role in the second Test against India here at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) starting today. Clarke is prepared to throw himself into the scheme of things as a bowler, and relive Indian nightmares if the match goes down to the wire.
During the last Australia-India Test at SCG in 2008, Clarke took three wickets in five balls during the dying stages of the match to clinch an extraordinary 16th consecutive win for Ricky Ponting's men. Clarke has taken only 23 wickets from 77 Tests � more than a dozen of them (13) coming against India.
"We will have to wait and see how the wicket deteriorates. Traditionally, it always does (deteriorate). The weather will always play a big part here. If it's sunshine for all the five days, then I think spin will play a huge part in the game at the back end," he told reporters.
"Definitely, if required I would be more than happy to bowl. I've always enjoyed my bowling. I haven't done much bowling in recent times but that's because our bowlers have done their job so if required and if the wicket does spin Nathan Lyon will play a big part and I can bowl a few overs for sure," he added.
Local boy Clarke said it was an honour to lead Australia in the centenary SCG Test. "It is a special feeling to be playing at my home ground, and obviously the chance to captain Australia in the 100th Test match here. I think that it will sink in over the next 24 hours for me personally.
"The nerves will certainly kick in � playing another Test match at the SCG in front of my family and friends, and now having the chance to captain here is a huge privilege," he said.