Wednesday 29 January 2014 

Video - Clarke Ready For South African Challenge

Watch as Australia captain Michael Clarke looks ahead to the three-Test series in South Africa which gets underway in early February.

The series comes soon after Clarke led Australia to a 5-0 Ashes success over England but now he must lead his side against the team ranked number one in the world.

They also face the challenge of adapting to conditions and missing all-rounder James Faulkner, who will miss the Tests due to a knee injury.

Clarke is well aware of the scale of the challenge his side faces as winning Test matches and series abroad is a true test of any side's credentials.

"I think I've said for a while now that the teams, especially in Test cricket, are having success in their own backyard but the greatest challenge is to be able to win away from home. And that's what we face right now," he said.

Asked about the challenges he expects from the conditions in South Africa, he said he hopes that Australia will be able to adapt quickly.

"I think, wicket-wise, temperature-wise, and country-wise there's a lot of similarities. So that'll help us become accustomed to conditions very quickly but like I say, when you play in front of your home fans, we've seen the benefit of that this summer and it's obviously going to help South Africa.

"But you know that's the challenge you face. You know, you've got to be on top of your game all the time to have success against the best teams in the world.

"And there is a reason South Africa is Number One. They've played really well over a long period of time.

"They've got a good mix of youth and experience in their team, even though they've lost Jacques Kallis but we look forward to the challenge."

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