Captain Michael Clarke admitted his team had not learned their lesson against spin after crashing to their sixth straight loss on the sub-continent against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates on Monday.

Pakistan inflicted a 356-run defeat in the second Test in Abu Dhabi Australia's third heaviest loss in all matches to take the two-match series 2-0. Howard said moves were in place to rectify the problem with spin pitches installed at CA's USD 25 million training facility in Brisbane.
He added that CA would continue to use external spin consultants, such as Sri Lanka great Muttiah Muralitharan, and undertake developmental sub-continent tours that expose Test candidates to the foreign playing conditions at an early age.

“All of those things will bring about improvement, but in no way are they an overnight solution," Howard said. "It will take time and hard work."

Australia were embarrassed by Pakistan, struggling to bat on the same pitches that were made to look easy by their hosts, who have been forced to play all "home" matches on neutral turf since the 2009 Lahore terrorist attacks.

Australia have now lost 10 Tests out of their last 15 in Asia since 2008, winning just one against Sri Lanka and drawing the remaining four.

Latest News from Sports News Desk