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Maiden Test defeat hurts Clark

Stuart Clark is among the six Australian cricketers who tasted their first Test defeat in Perth and the pacer admits it hurts.

cricket Updated: Jan 21, 2008 16:53 IST

Stuart Clark is among the six Australian cricketers who tasted their first Test defeat in Perth against India and the pacer admits it hurts.

It was first of its kind experience for Clark, Chris Rogers, Phil Jaques, Michael Hussey, Andrew Symonds and Mitchell Johnson at Perth because they had not experienced defeat in the Test arena earlier.

And once India managed to upstage the mighty hosts, Clark admitted it was not a pleasant feeling.

"It hurts massively," Clark said.

"I don't like losing at any stage, in anything I do. Obviously there would have been a nice record at the end of this, but is a horrible feeling," he was quoted as saying by 'The Age'.

Clark said he loathed defeats but also derived a positive out of the loss.

"It just goes to show that if we're not on every day, any team in the world is competitive.
"It was my first loss. Every time you lose a game of cricket or a game of tiddlywinks, it's disappointing. We sat down and had a beer and tried to make sure that next time we play it won't happen again," he said.

Clark echoed his captain's view and felt the hosts probably misread the WACA pitch and went for an all-pace attack that came a cropper.

And as the teams move to Adelaide for the fourth and final Test, Clark reckons the track there too might suit India.

"Like Melbourne and Sydney, I suppose the conditions will suit them. Hopefully we can play well and put them back on the back foot."