Clark smarting after Perth loss

Perth, Jan 20 (UNI) After being outplayed by India in the third Test, Australian pacer Stuart Clark is smarting after his first experience of a Test loss.

''It is my first Test match loss and it hurts massively,'' Clark said. ''Anytime you lose, whether it's a game of cricket or tiddlywinks, it is disappointing.'' ''We sat down, had a beer and will try to make sure it doesn't happen again.'' Clark, who tasted his first Test defeat, had a 73-run eighth wicket stand with fellow pacer Mitchell Johnson.

''We were going along nicely and the runs we needed were getting less and less. I got out, it was disappointing because as great a cricketer as Shaun is, I'm not sure he had 50 or 60 runs in him,'' he rued.

''We always knew we were a chance if we kept going but it was going to be a miracle if it did happen,'' he added.

''We were enjoying ourselves and knew if we could get close the pressure would revert back to India.'' Clark refused to blame the surprisingly docile WACA pitch or the underperforming Aussie batsmen for the defeat.

''There isn't one thing we did wrong, we just didn't play our best cricket. We dropped a few catches, they scored too many runs and we didn't bat well enough,'' he said.

He praised Indian pacers for their brilliant display saying, ''They bowled really well and swung the ball better than we did.

Full credit to them, Irfan Pathan was a real handful and probably the difference in the game.

''I don't think it's the case at all that they pitched the ball up to swing more than us, though,'' he said.

Clark defended Shaun Tait for his flop show in the third Test after all the hype regarding his extraordinary pace before the match.

''Shaun hasn't played much longer version cricket and there is a difference in how you need to recover with back-to-back days.

He didn't have the best game, but he's a quality player and it shouldn't keep him down for too long.'' He conceded that the conditions in Adelaide will suit India and the Men in Blue have the upper hand going into the fourth and final Test.

''The conditions will suit them in Adelaide like they were supposed to in Melbourne and Sydney, I suppose. It might suit them, but hopefully we can play some good cricket to put them on the back foot again,'' he said.


Story first published: Monday, January 21, 2008, 14:02 [IST]
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