Updated: Tuesday, 24 December 2013 06:24 | By Agence France-Presse

Clarke vows 'full throttle' for Ashes whitewash

Michael Clarke is vowing to lead an all-out assault on England as Australia go for a 5-0 Ashes series triumph.


Clarke vows 'full throttle' for Ashes whitewash

Australian captain Michael Clarke runs into position in Perth on December 14, 2013

"People have been asking me how we're going to approach the Boxing Day Test after already winning back the Ashes," skipper Clarke wrote in his Tuesday column for The Telegraph.

"The answer is easy - full throttle," he said in what the daily called the "blueprint for Ashes whitewash".

"Momentum is a rare and precious commodity. When you have it you run with it as hard as you can because you're never sure how long it will last."

Clarke has taken Australia to victory in the opening three Tests, ending England's recent Ashes dominance.

"Now that we're starting to win again it would be silly to take our foot off the gas," he said.

The fourth Test starts in  Melbourne on Thursday with the final leg in Sydney from January 3.

"We want to show our many thousands of fans in Melbourne and Sydney the same dominant, aggressive cricket we have been able to play at near full stadiums in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth," Clarke said.

The Australian captain paid tribute to retiring off-spinner Graeme Swann and said England would miss him.

"I couldn't believe it when he announced his sudden retirement," on Sunday, Clarke admitted.

"England are going to miss him for a number of reasons, not just because he was a high quality spinner.

"He was also integral to England as a slips fieldsman with a very good set of hands and he's one of those cheerful guys who always make life in the change rooms more fun."

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