Tim Paine, Michael Clarke
Tim Paine hits back at Michael Clarke. Image Courtesy: Getty

Last Update on: January 9th, 2019 at 06:06 pm

Recently updated on January 9th, 2019 at 06:06 pm

The last couple of days have been quite noisy in Cricket Australia’s setup. The former cricketers, especially, Michael Clarke bashed the current side for trying to be good blokes rather than playing the game hard as their old Australian players did so. Indeed, it didn’t sit down well with the skipper Tim Paine, who gave it back.

Ever since the ball-tampering drama took place, Cricket Australia has been struggling. They have lost the balance in the team and hardly, tasted the success in the last few months. Amidst, they are gearing up for the home series against India.

We are still playing the Australian way – Tim Paine

The skipper Tim Paine quoted Australia is still playing their aggressive cricket and not going for any special tags. He also stressed that none of their players or either him has spoken about the word being nice to the opposition.

Tim Paine, Michael Clarke, Australia vs India 2018/19
Australia. Image Courtesy: Getty

Further, Paine quoted he has got the boys, who can’t play the game by being quiet. Especially, with Starc, Hazlewood and Cummins around, he expects the boys to be aggressive in their play against the Indians.

“No one has spoken about being liked, certainly by the opposition,” Paine told ESPNcricinfo. “We’ve spoken about wanting to get the Australian public’s trust and make sure that clearly, you want the Australian public and cricket fans to like or love the Australian Test team. Certainly, there’s that aspect, but from an opposition perspective we’re not concerned about being liked one bit.”

Tim Paine, Michael Clarke, Australia vs India 2018/19
Tim Paine (Credits – Reuters)


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