Australia will not settle for a draw in Oval Test, says Clarke

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London, Aug.19 (ANI): Australian vice captain Michael Clarke has said that his side has no intention of chasing a draw in the decisive Ashes Test that starts tomorrow at The Oval.

"I don't think we should start that way, no," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Clarke, as saying.

"In the 50-odd Tests I've played, we've never played for a draw, I'm pretty confident we won't be out there trying for a draw," he added.

He said Australia's statistical dominance in the series would count for nothing at The Oval with the tourists having five of top six run-scorers and the three leading wicket-takers.

"That doesn't guarantee you are going to win. What's important is the four Tests that are gone are exactly that - gone. Right now they mean nothing. It's 1-1, this is the important Test match and this is the one we're focused on," he said further.

Meanwhile, England all rounder Andrew Flintoff said he expected to be fit for his final Test appearance before retiring at the age of 31 due to persistent injuries.

"One of the things I've been trying to do is get the swelling down," he said. "I'm confident I'll be all right, I just have to prove it. I'm sure there will be an element of swelling, however that can be managed," he said. (ANI)

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