Australia’s one-day engine room was brutally exposed by the foursome of Steve Finn, James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Tim Bresnan in the 15-run loss in the series opener at Lord’s.
Chasing 273 for victory, Australia slumped from 1-96 in the 19th over to 5-147 in the 33rd over with David Hussey (13 off 29) and Steve Smith (8 off 13) in particular being unable to break the shackles.
“It is a tough game against a good attack,” Clarke said.
“But you have to find ways and you have a period when you are not scoring the key is to see that period off and we lost crucial wickets through that time.
“We were impatient but that is what good bowling does.”
Anderson is in doubt for Sunday’s clash at the Oval with a groin strain with Jade Dernbach in line to replace him in south London.
England’s preference to play five specialist bowlers shortens their batting lineup but means there is no let up for opposition batsmen.
The tight line and length and variation of the quicks, not to mention Graeme Swann’s tricky off-spin, made it tough going for Australia at the home of cricket.
Clarke said his side would weigh up their options for the Oval with all-rounder Smith coming under pressure to retain his spot with Peter Forrest waiting in the wings.
Smith has barely bowled his leg breaks on tour and his performance batting at No.6 at Lord’s was far from reassuring.
Clarke tipped his NSW teammate to rebound in his first tour for Australia since South Africa last year.
“He has been given a second opportunity. For him it is about taking his opportunity with both hands and not letting go of it,” Clarke said.
The skipper said the team was still figuring how to best utilise wicketkeeper Matthew Wade in the batting line-up.
With Mike Hussey missing this tour for family reasons, the Oval clash might be the time to elevate the hard-hitting left-hander up from No.7.
Meanwhile England captain Alastair Cook said his fast bowling stocks made his job a lot easier.
“It is nice as a captain when you can keep pulling on bowlers of that quality,” he said.
“It keeps the pressure on.”
Speedster Brett Lee is just one wicket away from claiming the mantle of the highest one-day wicket-taker for Australia.
He sits equal with Glenn McGrath on 380 after trapping Ian Bell in front at Lord’s.