Clarke says Oz batsmen, not bowlers, `real worry` for Ashes

Updated: Jun 22, 2013, 12:34 PM IST

Sydney: Australian captain Michael Clarke has said that his team`s batsmen are the real worry for the Ashes, instead of the bowlers.

Although coach Mickey Arthur said that his team has the best bowling attack in the world and can win the Ashes, Clarke said that that counts for little if there are not enough runs on the board, the Sydney.

Stating that they have to play very well as a team to have success in the Ashes, Clarke said that Australia`s focus during the two practice matches before the first Test on July 10 was to make sure that they are scoring enough runs as well as giving the bowlers an opportunity to show their class.

According to Clarke, they have got plenty of time in view of preparation to stay focused on what they need as a team, adding that they will be prepared as well as they can for the first Test.

Stating that the suspended David Warner was training `exceptionally hard` to regain his spot at the top of the order, Clarke however, admitted that it would be tough for Warner as he would not have any game time, although he added that the opener will be doing everything he can to put his name up for the first Test.

While the skipper had `no idea` if Fawad Ahmed will be playing in the Ashes although legislation fast-tracking citizenship in special circumstances, including for elite athletes, cleared the Senate, he was certain the Pakistan-born leg-spinner is a very good cricketer.