Clarke optimistic of enhancing Oz`s `proud record` at `own turf` Gabba

ANI| Updated: Nov 20, 2013, 13:15 PM IST

Sydney: Australian captain Michael Clarke has expressed optimism over his side`s chances in the first Test of the winter Ashes series at the Gabba, saying that Australia wants to escalate their proud record at the Gabba, which he branded as their `own turf`.

According to a website, Clarke stated that he has been looking forward to getting together in Gabba for the first Test of the winter for a decade as it’s a special feeling for him, adding that playing in their own `backyard` is an advantage because of their familiarity with the circumstances there.

Stating that the extra pace and bounce at the Gabba makes for `exciting cricket`, Clarke further said that if a bowler bowls well in the pitch, there are mostly some encouragement whether he bowls pace or spin, which was articulate in his teammate Nathan Lyon`s form amid his two Tests at the turf.

Clarke also said that Gabba is a great place to score runs for a batsman, adding that a player never forgets the first time he walks into the Gabba change rooms and put his gear down, following which he realises the sense of belonging to the team.