Aussies will reply on the field to India's verbal blows: Clarke

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Melbourne, Dec 24 (UNI) Australian middle order batsman Michael Clarke has cautioned India that the verbal battle can boomerang for the visitors as both the teams prepare themselves ahead of the Boxing Day Test at Melbourne.

He added that everytime the Australians have been challenged verbally, they have avenged that on the cricket field and said this Australian side is least bothered about such tactics.

Speaking to mediapersons today Clarke said, ''I don't think verbal aggression will affect any player in the Australian team.'' ''We've all copped it before and I believe you would've seen in the one-dayers in India, when they (the Indians) showed verbal aggression to the Australian players, they (the Australians) reacted pretty well.

''Guys love that, they sweat on that. Andrew Symonds - if somebody says something to him - that gees him up, it makes him play better,'' he said.

Clarke made his debut in India against the home side and was confident of carrying forward his great form in the upcoming Test series against the same team.

He has a very impressive batting average against India. In four matches against India, he has averaged 57.14 in eight innings. His best bowling figures of 6 wickets for 9 runs in Tests too came against India at Wankhede Stadium.

''Definitely thoughts come back into my mind as to how I was successful, or how I have been successful against India, and without doubt it's been because of my preparation,'' he revealed.

The newly appointed captain of Australia's Twenty20 side, Clarke made it clear that the Indians can not be taken lightly but he along with his team members are prepared to break the opponents' continuity.

''It's going to be different. I haven't played India in a Test series in Australia, so that's obviously been different for me.'' ''I have made sure I have done the work, I have looked at the bowlers I was going to face, I have assessed the conditions and played the way I love playing, aggressive and positive.'' UNI

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