Michael Clarke, Steven Smith, Australia vs India 2018/19
Michael Clarke says Australia has to stop thinking about being the most liked team in the world. Image Courtesy: Getty

Last Update on: January 9th, 2019 at 05:58 pm

Recently updated on January 9th, 2019 at 05:58 pm

Former Aussie captain, Michael Clarke says Australia needs to stop worrying about trying to be the most liked team in the world. Instead, they should focus on their cricket and win much more matches. Furthermore, Clarke says Australia should seek respect which would pave the way for greatness in future. Meanwhile, both teams would face-off in four-match Tests, which begins on December 6th in Adelaide.

Let’s win matches instead thinking otherwise – Clarke

“Australian cricket I think need to stop worry about being liked and start to worry about being respected,” Clarke told Macquarie Sports Radio.

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Michael Clarke says winning games should be of an utmost priority. Image Courtesy: Getty

Moreover, Australia failed to win the T20Is, as they lost the final game by six wickets at the SCG. As the second game in Melbourne got washed out, hosts Australia landed in Sydney maintaining a 1-0 lead; however, things didn’t pan out in their favour, as they lost the match and had to settle for the draw.

Furthermore, Clarke explained his statement saying Australia loves playing rough and hard, and that winning games should be of an utmost priority than anything.

“Play tough Australian cricket, because whether we like it or not, that is in our blood. If you try and walk away from it, yeah we might be the most liked team in the world, we’re not going to win s**t, we won’t win a game. All we can want to do is want to win.” Clarke added.

Warner loves attention, reckons Clarke

David Warner, Michael Clarke
David Warner loves seeking attention from opposition’s camp, reckons Michael Clarke. Image Courtesy: Getty

The batting legend also spoke about David Warner who is serving a ban for twelve months. Previously, he along with Steven Smith involved themselves in a ball-tampering scandal earlier this year in South Africa.

“What you see with Davey Warner is what you get, and I think your greatest strength can be your greatest weakness,” he said.

“To me, I always loved having him in the team that I was captaining, because he brought that aggression that I wanted from a player. But in saying that, there was always a line. He knew that. We had a number of conversations one-on-one about that line that he couldn’t overstep.” Michael Clarke further added.

Furthermore, the 37-year-old suggested sledging on the field never bothered him. But for players like Warner, they relished the extra attention from opposition teams.

“He brings that positive approach to the Australian cricket team. But you can’t ask him to bring that and then in the other hand to blame him or ask him to be a pussycat when it comes to giving it,” Clarke concluded.

Arijit Chatterjee

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