Clarke confirms fitness for second Test

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Australia will be led by skipper Michael Clarke in the second Ashes Test in Adelaide, after he assured fans that his missing practice on Tuesday due to a sore ankle was just a precaution.

Australia will be led by skipper Michael Clarke in the second Ashes Test in Adelaide, after he assured fans that his missing practice on Tuesday due to a sore ankle was just a precaution.

There was a bit of panic in the camp when he left training with a niggle on Tuesday, but that was soon dispelled as just being safe rather than sorry, and Clarke confirmed that on the eve of the match.

Clarke said after training on Wednesday: "I think not training yesterday gave me an extra day to make sure I was 100 per cent today, so I'm looking forward to tomorrow."

He then was wary of getting overly excited about the prospect of going two-nil up in the series, saying the results over the past year were not great, so one swallow did not a summer make.

He continued: "We have started well in Brisbane. But it's just a start – we have got a lot of work to do. I'm obviously excited by the way we played.

"But if you look at our results over the past 12 months, we have no reason to brag or gloat or be over the top."

Pup was then asked about his opposition's team composition, given the uncertainty surrounding their batting line-up in the wake of Jonathan Trott's exit from the tour, as well as the bowling options.

When asked if he thought second spinner Monty Panesar would play, Clarke said: "I don't think they will play Monty Panesar, but I wouldn't be surprised (if they did) on that wicket.

"I think spin is going to play a big part; we've got a lot of right-handers in our order. But I think they'll go 'safety'. I think they'll go Bresnan, and Ballance … so yes, I do have a team for you.

"Joe Root three, Ballance six, Bresnan at eight or nine or something like that."

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