Clarke anticipates England backlash

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Captain Michael Clarke insisted Sunday's 381-run rout of England put the first piece in place, ahead of Australia's puzzling quest for triumph in the Ashes series.

Captain Michael Clarke insisted Sunday's 381-run rout of England put the first piece in place, ahead of Australia's puzzling quest for triumph in the Ashes series.

Outgunned, outlasted and outdone three-nil in the United Kingdom earlier this year, the Aussies cherished some revenge at the Gabba in Brisbane, where fast bowler Mitchell Johnson's nine-wicket ensured a crucial one-nil series lead.

"It's a fantastic start, there were some fantastic individual performances, obviously no better than Mitchell both with bat and ball. It has been a good start," said Clarke.

"It's only one Test match we know there is still a lot of work to do in regards to preparing for the second Test match and I'm sure England will come back bigger and stronger. But I couldn't be any happier."

The second Test will get underway at the Adelaide Oval on 5 December. The WACA in Perth, the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Sydney Cricket Ground will host matches three, four and five respectively.

"It's only one game, we've got a lot of work to do to accomplish what we are trying to accomplish throughout this series. England are a very good team and they've shown that over a long period of time," added Clarke.

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