Clarke confirms Aussies will continue 'full throttle'

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Michael Clarke has insisted Australia won't relent a dominant charge, come the fourth Ashes Test, which will get underway at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Thursday.

Michael Clarke has insisted Australia won't relent a dominant charge, come the fourth Ashes Test, which will get underway at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Thursday.

Beaten three-nil in the United Kingdom earlier this year, the Australians have since turned the tables on England, romping to big victories in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth – for an unassailable series lead.

At the fore of the success has been batsman David Warner, who has scored a duo of outstanding centuries, and fast bowler Mitchell Johnson, whose return to the XI has been marked by a terrific stretch of form.

"People have been asking me how we're going to approach the Boxing Day Test after already winning back the Ashes," said Clarke.

"The answer is easy – full throttle. Momentum is a rare and precious commodity. When you have it you run with it as hard as you can because you're never sure how long it will last.

"We want to show our many thousands of fans in Melbourne and Sydney the same dominant, aggressive cricket we have been able to play at near full stadiums in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth."

The tourists will be without spinner Graeme Swann for the remainder of the series. Swann retired from international and first-class cricket with immediate effect on Sunday.

The uncapped Scott Borthwick and inexperienced James Tredwell have subsequently been added to the squad as potential replacements, but left-armer Monty Panesar is expected to be drafted into the playing XI.

"I couldn't believe it when he announced his sudden retirement on Sunday. England are going to miss him for a number of reasons, not just because he was a high-quality spinner," added Clarke.

"He was also integral to England as a slips fieldsman with a very good set of hands and he's one of those cheerful guys who always make life in the changing rooms more fun."

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