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Clarke confident numbers will come up

AUSTRALIAN captain Michael Clarke has gone 11 innings without passing 25 but has declared he is "due" for a big knock.

Asked about his run of low scores after the second Test defeat in Port Elizabeth, which allowed South Africa to level the three-Test series at 1-1, Clarke (pictured) said it was something he was trying to remedy.

"Obviously I'd like to score a hundred every time I bat," said Clarke, who contributed just one as Australia was bowled out for 216 in its second innings to lose by 231 runs with a day to spare.

"I'm not looking forward to the next however-many press conferences until I make a score over 25 or 50 or 100.

"(But) I have been there before. The one thing I will say is that in this game of cricket you have some great times and I remember those fondly. There are some tough times and it makes you enjoy the good times.

"Right now you're right, it is 11 innings since I've scored more than 25. I'm due."

Clarke's Aussies have until Saturday to put right its batting issues when the third Test starts at Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town.

Asked how they would turn things around, Clarke answered: "Probably the same way South Africa got over it after Centurion."

"I said last time we were here I wished there was a third Test match being one-all, so now we've got that challenge,'' he added.

"We're trying to challenge the No.1 team in the world in their own backyard so we know how difficult it is and we're excited by that challenge. It was only seven days ago we were playing fantastic cricket, so I'm not too concerned."


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