6 Aug 2015

Clarke draws on history to overcome form slump

8:02 am on 6 August 2015

Michael Clarke is drawing on his ability to conquer past struggles with the bat as he seeks to find form in the fourth Ashes cricket Test.

Michael Clarke bowled during third Ashes Test, Edgbaston 2015.

Michael Clarke bowled during third Ashes Test, Edgbaston 2015. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Clarke struggled to make an impact in the opening three Tests of the series, declaring last week that his personal woes left Australia playing with 10 men at Edgbaston.

Clarke admitted on the eve of the Trent Bridge clash, which starts tonight, that the end of his Test career will come sooner rather than later.

However, the captain has no intention to retire after the five-Test series and is adamant the runs will come soon.

The 34-year-old pointed to the way he came out of previous troughs in what has been a stellar Test career since 2004.

The most recent example was in South Africa last year, when Clarke failed to pass 25 in 11 Test innings before making a stoic century in the series decider at Cape Town.

He says he's had this scrutiny a number of times throughout his career, it's not new to him and that's what playing sport at the highest level is about, it's the rollercoaster ride.

Clarke says he's still got that love, desire and passion.

Australian cricketers after third Ashes Test loss Edgbaston 2015.

Australian cricketers after third Ashes Test loss Edgbaston 2015. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Meanwhile, Australia are set to name an unchanged pace attack as they seek to square the series in Nottingham.

Shaun Marsh, who has scored centuries against Kent and Derbyshire on tour, could be recalled at the expense of Adam Voges or brother Mitch Marsh.

England's captain Allistair Cook is confident that his underperforming opening batting partner Adam Lyth will end his form slump in tonight's fourth Test.

27 year old Lyth has scored 72 runs in the series at an average of just 12, but skipper Cook feels he looked more solid in the third test, and there could be a score just around the corner.

The former England captain Nasser Hussain wrote in his newspaper column that while Lyth deserves to play in Nottingham this week, another failure could spell the end of his career.

Pace bowler Mark Wood comes in for the injured Jimmy Anderson in this test, but England's all time leading wickettaker hasn't given up hope of playing in the fifth test starting on the 20th of this month.

England lead the series 2-1.

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