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Michael Clarke, along with Jonathan Trott, faced the media at the Adelaide Oval today

Australia vice-captain Michael Clarke insists Mitchell Johnson should keep his place for the second Ashes Test in Adelaide despite his poor showing in the drawn opener at the Gabba.

Johnson had a miserable time at what used to be his home ground - finishing with match figures of 0-170, dropping a regulation catch and making a duck in his only innings.

Clarke, who also looked out of sorts in making a tortured nine from 50 balls in his only innings, is confident the left-arm paceman can bounce back.

"Mitch is fine," he said. "All of us face criticism throughout our career - sometimes more often than not, especially when you're not scoring as many runs or taking as many wickets as you'd like.

"But he's faced it before; I'm sure he'll face it again.

"He's looking forward to this opportunity in this Test match, and if he gets his chance I'm sure he'll grab it with both hands."

Australia do have options if they wish to make a change to their attack, with Ryan Harris and Doug Bollinger added to the squad after the Brisbane Test.

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Michael Clarke has declared himself 100% fit now following back trouble that made him a major doubt for the first Test

Clarke anticipates they will let no one down, if either or both play at Adelaide.

Asked about facing Harris and Bollinger during Australia's practice session today, Clarke joked: "I tried to bat in the other net, didn't I?

"They're both class acts, no doubt. They've both had success in international cricket, whether that be one-day or Tests.

"They're both looking forward to an opportunity, and the selectors have obviously got a tough job.

"But we've got to pick the attack we think can take 20 wickets on a pretty good batting wicket."

As for Clarke, hampered by a back injury in his preparation for the Ashes opener, he reports himself fully fit - and determined to show himself in a better light.

"I thought they bowled pretty well, and there was a little bit in the wicket," he said of his uncomfortable experience in Brisbane.

"But my feet weren't moving as well as I'd like; I probably wasn't watching the ball as well as I should be and probably played not a very good shot.

"The ball I got out to was a pretty poor shot - the execution and shot selection probably wasn't right - so I'll learn from that and hope I can bat better in this Test."

He knows England may again try to test him with short balls, but believes that tactic is not suited to conditions.

"That might be their plan. They might try to bowl a bit back-of-a-length to sit me back before trying to come forward.

"But in Australia in the second innings, once the wickets even themselves out, it's a pretty hard place to bowl short."

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