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Skipper Clarke aims Delhi victory

The prospect of suffering a rare series-whitewash against India is looming large on them but Australian skipper Michael Clarke said such a situation has  not arisen due to lack of hard work and they would do everything to sign off the tour with a win in Delhi.

India for the first time have won three Test matches in a series against Australia and stand a very fare chance of making it 4-0 in Delhi.

Clarke though said they have learnt their lessons from the defeats and the improvements in the side give him hope that they can tuen the tables on India in the fourth match.

‘It’s very hard when you are losing. You want to win every game. The boys are disappointed as we have not had as much success as we would have really liked from this tour.

But its not for lack of work, we are working hard and trying to get better and like I say we would really love to finish on a high in last Test at Delhi,’ Clarke said after losing the third Test by six wickets.

‘It is disappointing that we cant win the series, we cant level the series, but I think the players have learnt a lot.

We would like to go home with a win in our last Test in Delhi,’ he added.

Clarke was extremely pleased with the fight put on by his teammates while defending a meagre total of 132.

‘The best form of defence is taking wickets, in my opinion. If you want to slow scoring, whether T20, Test cricket or One day cricket, the best thing is to take wickets. ‘Our goal was to take as many wickets as we could. With 130 plus on the board, you never know what can happen in this game I thought the boys put up a lot of fight and deserve  a lot of credit for that,’ he said.

Clarke said the intention was to win the match and not just go for a draw and that was the reason they did not opt for negative field settings.
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