Proteas banking on short balls

Morne Morkel said short-pitched bowling may be the trick to outwit Australia's Michael Clarke.

Australian captain Michael Clarke. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - Proteas paceman Morne Morkel on Monday said short-pitched bowling may be the trick to outwit Australia's Michael Clarke.

The Aussie player has been in exceptional form with the bat in 2012, which includes an unbeaten 259 in the first Test at the Gabba, last week.

Morkel said clever short-pitched bowling could be crucial.

"Any batsman struggles at first with a short ball. We'll probably sit and come up with a game plan today."

Morkel said they need to be smart with their bowling.

"They play well in these conditions. We've played against a quality opposition, so this will be just a challenge for us. There's a lot of talk about our bowling line up and our bowling attack being number one, so hopefully we can produce that."

The second test gets underway in Adelaide on Thursday.

At the same time, Australian all-rounder Shane Watson has been named in the home side's squad despite a calf strain.