Clarke happy to get series under way

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Australia captain Michael Clarke is looking forward to getting the Ashes under way in Brisbane on Thursday, saying the players are excited to finally get the chance to show they are worthy of a win.

Australia captain Michael Clarke is looking forward to getting the Ashes under way in Brisbane on Thursday, saying the players are excited to finally get the chance to show they are worthy of a win.

England won the Ashes earlier this year in the UK, taking the series three-nil, but Clarke isn't worried about the score line this time, saying if they play their best cricket then a win could be on the cards at the 'Gabba.

Clarke said: "The boys are all extremely excited, there's been a lot of talk since we've returned home from England about this series and I think all the boys are looking forward to finally getting out there.

"For us, it's about coming out and playing our best cricket in five Test matches and hopefully the result will take care of itself.

"It's going to be a tough battle, like it was in England. We have to play our best cricket to have success no matter what conditions you play in. It's nice to be playing in front of our own fans."

Clarke also cautioned England against thinking this would be the same side, in terms of temperament, that faced them back in the UK. He said that more time together, and a growing sense of purpose, will make them a tougher prospect.

He added: "We've played a lot more cricket now as a group. The five tests in England helped us as a group. It would be silly to compare where we were then compared with where we are now. Different series, different conditions."

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