Perth Test: Proteas pacers targeting early wickets of ‘in-form’ Clarke, Hussey

Sydney: South African fast bowler Rory Kleinveldt has said team’s pace men would look to get in form Australia Michael Clarke and Michael Hussey out cheaply in the final Test match at Perth.

Clarke and Hussey are in raging-hot form, but aside from openers Ed Cowan and David Warner taking it in turns to score tons, Australia’s top four have been shaky this series and the skipper batting at No.5 has found himself at the crease early in the innings.

Confirmed on Monday as the No.1 batsman in Test cricket, Clarke has made back-to-back double tons to start the series, and Hussey has been right there with him, combining for consecutive double century partnerships with Clarke, and posting two fine hundreds of his own.

Kleinveldt hinted at plenty of time being spent with bowling coach Allan Donald this week to perfect tactics.

“We have to look at plans to get Clarke and Hussey out early,” the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Kleinveldt, as saying.

“They’ve been a massive thorn in our side. If we can come up with a plan and get them out early, we’ll have a massive chance of winning,” he added.