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Michael Clarke calls on Australia batsmen to perform

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Michael Clarke has identified Australia's shaky batting line-up as the key area for improvement for this summer's eagerly-anticipated, and ever closer, Ashes series in England.

Clarke was the only batsman to emerge from the humiliating tour of India with any credit for his performances, with both veteran and rookie members of the squad failing to make any contributions of note.

Shane Watson's form has been a particular concern for Australia, and the former opener recently relinquished his position as vice-captain in order to afford more focus on improving his game before the Ashes.

Australia's desperation for some consistency can perhaps be highlighted by the surprise inclusion of 35-year-old Chris Rogers for the touring party, with the batter possessing a wealth of experience playing in English conditions.

Rogers has, however, played only one Test match - coming in 2008 - and Clarke knows Australia's batting performances will be where the Ashes is won or lost this year.

"We've got a good attack, there's no doubt about it. The squad of quicks we have is a really good combination. They gel well together, they're all a little bit different," Clarke he said.

"But there's the other side. As batters we've got to put runs on the board, it's no good giving our attack 150 runs to bowl at.

"So as batters we have a huge responsibility and a big job to make sure we're getting 350, getting 400 and putting those runs on the board, and I'm very confident if we can select the best attack we can have some success over there."

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