Clarke's keys to succes this summer

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Big challenge ... the summer has got tougher for Clarke due to Watson's injury. Source: Andres Leighton / News Limited

Michael Clarke is in his second year as Australia's Test captain and after an excellent last Australian summer against India, his biggest challenge as a leader looms.

The World No.1 South Africa Test side looks to be at the peak of their powers and it will take a monumental effort for the Aussies to stop them, even on home soil.

So what does Clarke see as the keys to success against the Proteas.

In an exclusive one-on-one with Fox Sports cricket expert Mark Waugh for Inside Cricket, Clarke revealed what he sees as the keys to success.

Click on the video at the top of the page for all Clarke's insights on his biggest challenge as Australia's Test skipper yet.

On the challenges of South Africa ...

"There's no coincidence they're the number one side in the world. We had a really good summer last summer but I think the most important thing for us is to maintain that consistency. We speak a lot about that. Playing in your own backyard certainly helps ... but as we know, last time South Africa came to Australia they beat us, so we need to keep that consistency we took out of last summer against India and hopefully perform well."

How to become the benchmark? ...

"If we beat South Africa, we're the number one Test team in the world. The hardest thing about beating South Africa in these conditions is that they know them so well, because it's similar to back home. I think it's going to be a real battle in each Test match. The batters will need to play really well because I think the team that bats the best against two very good fast bowling oppositions, I think will have the most success in this series."

What can the Proteas hurt Australia with? ...

"South Africa have got a really good attack. They've got Philander, who with the new ball can swing the ball away, but generally brings the ball back in to the right-hander off the wicket. Dale Steyn has obviously been very successful over a long period of time. He bowls good pace, fast outswing. And then Morne Morkel who's a lot taller, I think he's about 6'7'', and he hits the deck hard and brings it back in to the right hander as well. It's a very good attack, they complement each other because they're all different."

Can success happen with a rotation policy? ...

"It's about each individual. Our goals don't change. We're trying to win every game we play for Australia, whether it's a Test match, T20 or a one-dayer. We're very lucky that we've got good stock so that if one bowler or one batter misses out, we're confident we can fill that role and have success. So I think when we talk about rotation policy, it's about each individual and assessing the right workloads and management for that player, so the team can have the most success. Pat Howard, John Inverarity and Mickey Arthur have got one eye on the future. There's always a lot of talk about the Ashes. But as a playing group we just focus on what's ahead of us."

Have we made our task more difficult without Haddin? ...

"It's going to be tough because he's such a good player but unfortunately we can only have one wicketkeeper. As captain, no decision I make as a selector will ever be personal. It's always about what's in the best interests of the team. I've spoken to Hadds and he understands that and respects that." 

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