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Clarke blames pitches for Ashes woe

Australia's Michael Clarke catches the ball during play on fourth day of the fifth Ashes cricket test match between England and Australia at The Oval cricket ground in London, on August 23, 2015Australia captain Michael Clarke claimed pitches prepared specifically to help England’s bowlers were to blame for his side’s failure to retain the Ashes. Despite marking his last match before international retirement by leading Australia to victory by an innings and 46 runs in the fifth Test at The Oval, Clarke was frustrated that a succession of bowler-friendly pitches had played a decisive role as England won the series 3-2. While Australia won on the two flattest pitches of the series at Lord’s and The Oval, they were ruthlessly exposed by England’s pace bowlers on lively tracks at Cardiff, Edgbaston and Trent Bridge.

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