Clarke denies Australia culture soured under his watch

01 December, 2018, 10:11 | Author: Alyssa Little
  • Michael Clarke says Australia 'won't win' being nice

Kohli indeed has the credentials to take Team India to a much-awaited Test series win in Australia. Yesterday's hero's response was savage: Clarke accused Whateley (in a tweet where he misspelled the broadcaster's name) of being a "headline chasing coward" and suggested his opinion is irrelevant because he was never "talented enough or courageous enough" to play global cricket. He then spoke on Macquarie Sports Radio to double down on his comments.

Whateley had claimed the Australian cricket team's cultural issues could be traced to Clarke's appointment as captain.

Clarke said playing "hard cricket" was the Australian way.

On their previous overseas tours to South Africa and England, India have baulked at the task of playing tour games against weakened opposition.

"Australia's quest is to indeed restore respect but without being reviled and that was the dissent that began under Clarke".

"I never said that he was responsible for what happened in South Africa, but where Australia became a reviled cricket team, that dates back to his time as captain and it continued on from there".

"My criticism of Michael Clarke was harsh and his reply was suitably severe", Whateley said on SEN.

"We batted for a day and a half. we ground them into the dirt and showed that even us blokes not playing Shield are high-quality players".

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However, he added that "unless better sense prevailed in India, we may have to wait for Sidhu to become (India's) Prime Minister". PM Imran Khan said that looking at the past yields no results and he is not accountable for what transpired in the past.

It was that same venue four years later where the ball-tampering scandal kicked off a year of drama for Australian cricket, with a raft of personnel - players, support staff and executive - copping it sweet.

Clarke is not happy with the direction the national team has taken. While he has been ruled out of the first Test, the visitors were about to be rocked with an injury on the second day of the game itself when Umesh Yadav slipped while bowling his first delivery of the Australian summer.

Meanwhile, ominously, the Indian team's leaders, captain Virat Kholi and coach Ravi Shastri, both combative characters, have made an unsurprising pledge of their own. "It's a special distinction that comes with an expectation they will represent us".

The wicketkeeper told ESPNcricinfo: "No one has spoken about being liked, certainly by the opposition".

"If you think about the ACA and CA, the public and the team, the media and the team, it's a bit disjointed at the moment, the more we can bring it back, the more harmony you get the happier environment for everyone".

"I speak to Cameron Bancroft a bit, they've been through a tough 12 months, they've been penalised for making a really big mistake, no doubt about that, but we've got to get them into the group and every opportunity we get is a positive one".

I see this as "significant chance" for India, says Steve Waugh "They have got some terrific fast bowlers, as good a group as I've seen for a long time and they've got the spinners that always do the job", Lawson was quoted as saying by reporters.

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