Wednesday 20 August 2014 

Video - Clarke Expects Tough Series In Zimbabwe

Watch a series of videos as Australia captain Michael Clarke previews Australia's tour of Zimbabwe, where they will also play South Africa in a One-Day International tri-series.

Please note these videos will be available until 3rd September 2014, after which time they will display the latest live content.

The four-time World Cup winners play both sides twice once the tournament gets underway on 25th August, and the final will be held in Harare on 6th September.

Here, Clarke begins by saying he expects a tough challenge for his side, but the tour also represents an opportunity for players coming into the squad.

"It's exciting for people like Mitch Marsh, Smithy (Steve Smith) comes into our one-day team, Philip Hughes gets an opportunity, Kane Richardson, you know, Ben Cutting.

"There's a number of guys now that have been given a chance which is exciting. I think it's a good chance for them to grab their opportunities I think, you know, the reason you train so hard, perform so well in first-class cricket, your goal is to represent Australia.

"So, when you get this chance you've got to make the most of it. I think it's going to be a tough series.

"I think the conditions in Zimbabwe will be tough, the wicket will be quite slow, there's generally a little bit of spin there as well.

"So, I think we're in for a tough series and I'm pretty sure these young guys will stand up."

This series is the start of an important cycle for Australia, who co-host the World Cup with New Zealand next year.

"We've got a hard 15 months of cricket ahead and we have to make sure we're physically and mentally as well-prepared as possible and be able to maintain that consistency," Clarke said.

"I've said for a couple of years now that our greatest weakness as a team is winning away from home, so that's a challenge for us.

"We've got obviously this series now, it'll be a nice way to start coming back, you know, winning this tri-series."

And he reiterated that the team will not be taking this tour lightly at all.

"It's not a token tour, it's about winning, so, you know, the selectors with (coach) Darren Lehmann will come up with what they feel is the best eleven," he said.

"But I'm certainly not there to give guys an opportunity. I'm there to win."

Videos courtesy of SNTV

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