Michael Clarke stands by bizarre fielding antics

AUSTRALIAN skipper Michael Clarke says his bizarre field settings in the second Test against Pakistan were forced on him by the lifeless Abu Dhabi pitch.

Australia used eight bowlers on a flat batting track on day one as Pakistan reached an imposing tally of 2-304 on Thursday.

Clarke says he tried everything he possibly could in a bid to make something happen.


Pakistan’s Younis Khan struck his third consecutive century, fading all of Australia’s hoped of levelling the two-Test series with victory.

Younis is unbeaten on 111, having added 208 for the third wicket with Azhar Ali (101 not out).

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