Port-of-Spain: Australia captain Michael Clarke has vowed to keep making ambitious declarations in order to force a result even if it meant risking his plans.
Clarke set the West Indies a 215-run target off 61 overs in the second Test on Thursday, after declaring on 160 for eight early in the afternoon. Torrential rains, however, washed away any chance of a result.
His decision to tempt the West Indies to force a result had paid dividends in the first Test in Barbados, which his team won by three wickets, despite declaring his team`s first innings 43 runs behind.
Clarke said: “My goal my whole career has been to help the Australian team win as many games as possible and I guess now that I am captain I have the opportunity to show that. At times with my declaration, when there is a chance for winning, you`ve got to have a go at it."
"There`s going to be times that it might backfire and we might lose every now and then. But I enjoy the brand of cricket that we`re playing at the moment. I know the guys are really focused on the team having success and trying to win as many games as we can. And I think it`s bringing the best out of the team.”
The draw meant that Australia retained their two-decade grip on the Frank Worrell Trophy with just the final Test to play starting in Dominica on Monday, Sport24 reports.
Australia have injury worries ahead of the third Test after fast bowlers Peter Siddle and James Pattinson were forced to return home with back injuries.