Sydney, May 23 (ANI): Australian captain Michael Clarke has said that he is not worried by the fact that England's highly rated swing and seam bowlers demolished New Zealand for just 68 this week.
England opening bowlers James Anderson and Stuart Broad were almost invincible as 14 wickets fell on the scheduled fourth day of the first Test, in which New Zealand, which was chasing 239 for victory in a low-scoring match at Lord's, lost by 170 with Anderson claiming five wickets in the first innings, News.com.au reports.
Stating that he had seen the result of the Tests rather than the Tests itself, Clarke, who will be leaving for England with the ICC Champions Trophy squad before the five-Test Ashes series begins in July, said that he wants to make sure that the team remains focused on their task ahead and does not get too involved in what is happening with England now.
However, Clarke admitted that England deserved credit with Broad's performance in the second innings, adding that his side has to try to find out a way to combat that, and as a bowling unit use those conditions as well as they can.
Agreeing that the conditions of a cold, damp England spring in May can be very different to high summer in July and August, Clarke however, said that even under such conditions, it is possible to seam and swing a ball in England, adding that it would be a bonus if the wickets are good.
In view of England coach Andy Flower reportedly banning his players from talking about the Ashes until after the Champions Trophy, a bemused Clarke has said that there is no restriction in regard to players talking about the Ashes as long as they are focused on their games. (ANI)