Melbourne, Dec.24 : Australian bowler Stuart Clark fears that his team has forfeited a degree of home-ground advantage by allowing India to begin its Test tour in Melbourne and has urged administrators to schedule future series-openers in Brisbane or Perth.
Clark said Australia's fast bowlers would enter the Boxing Day Test with "little expectation" of assistance from the Melbourne wicket, which curator Tony Ware believes will favour spin as the match progresses.
According to The Age, Clark believes Test series openers should be played on bouncier wickets, such as the Gabba or the WACA Ground, the likes of which are virtually non-existent in most corners of the cricketing globe.
"That way, we could really ram home our advantage. The conditions in Brisbane and Perth are so different to what you find in the subcontinent, and it would obviously be ideal from our perspective to play the first Test of series in places like that," Clark was quoted, as saying.
Of the nine Tests India has played in 2007, eight have been on the slower wickets of Bangladesh, England and India, while the other was played at the Newlands Ground; one of the slowest pitches in South Africa.
"The Indians don't get a lot of exposure to our bouncier surfaces and you'd probably say Melbourne isn't one of those. I'm not going into the match with any expectations for a fast bowler-friendly wicket, but we'll just roll up on the day and see what we're presented with," Clark said.
"We'll be playing the third Test in Perth and it will be interesting to see how that goes. We're all well aware that scheduling these days isn't a simple matter, but I suppose you'd just like to get that real home-ground advantage if it was possible," he added.
Clark believes the challenge of bowling to an Indian top-order likely to include Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly will be the greatest he has faced.
Clark's 11-Test career to date has involved contests with South Africa, Bangladesh, England and Sri Lanka, and the right-armer feels India's batting line-up will be more aggressive in its pursuit of the Australian attack. (ANI)
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