Michael Clarke beats new attitude: "We're not going to win s ***"


Michael Clarke was criticized by Simon Katich, a former Test teammate, for declaring that "we will not gain anything" by softening an aggressive cricket tradition.

Former Australian captain Clarke spoke on Tuesday, but Katich said his comments on Australian cricket were soft.

"Once again we find someone without the point," Katich told the SEN radio. Whateley.

"The point is we've been cheated for cheating and we have to fix that as fast as possible to win back the respect of the cricket public in Australia and the world.

"We have been an unfriendly team for several years through on-field behavior and this has obviously surfaced in Cape Town.

"It's a difficult battle for this team to take the weight of what comes before them.

"They can still play the Australian way in terms of playing competitively and playing fair but without going over and following the rules as they did in Cape Town."

After a cultural review launched after the Cape Town ball tampering scandal, the Australian cricket emerged with a new mission: "Compete with us, smile with us, fight with us, dream about us."

The statement was widely ridiculed by former players and Clarke – who told Jimmy Anderson during an Ash Test to "prepare for a broken arm" – warned it could cause a big drop in results.

"You do not have to be your best friend. Australian cricket, I think, needs to stop worrying about being loved and start worrying about being respected," Clarke told Macquarie Sports Radio.

"Play tough Australian cricket because whether we like it or not, it's in our blood.

"If you try to get away from that, we can be the most beloved team in the world, we're not going to win anything, we're not going to win a game, boys and girls want to win."

Clarke has launched a passionate defense of forbidden star David Warner, the main scapegoat of the Cape Town disaster, which has been banished from leading positions in the Australian team.

Without specifically naming suspended captain Steve Smith, Clarke said the team's leadership failed to deal with Warner – the vice captain before his fall – and his unique attributes properly.

"" It's your style, it's very straightforward, in your face. What you see with David Warner is what you get, "Clarke said.

"For me, I always loved to have him on the team that I was captaining because he brought that aggression I wanted." When he said there was always a line, he knew it. individual conversations about that line, he could not get over it.

"If it takes the best out of Warner, which I think he does, then you have to let him take it to you either, and then say: "Rightio, back you come, pull your head, this is enough, no more".

"He [Warner] brings this positive approach to the Australian cricket team. You can not ask him to bring this, and then on the other hand, blame him or ask him to be a kitten when it comes to giving him.

"David Warner gives certain guys on the field because he wants to give it to him when he's beating. It's like a turnaround, that makes him play better.

"The people who praise David Warner … they know him. You need to accept David as he is and what he brings to the team."

Warner trains with Aussie players

Clarke lamented that of all the players going into the field this summer, Indian captain Virat Kohli seems to be the best exponent of Australia's famous ultra-aggressive cricket style.

"Virat Kohli's class, absolute class," Clarke said.

"I love the way he plays. I love his intention, I love his aggression and most of all, I love his passion.

"He loves playing in India and loves to beat Australia – and that's so Australian.

"That's how I grew up, seeing Warney, Matty Hayden, Border, Chappell." Watching those guys, they taught that when you walk into that field, you fight for every race or wicket you get for yours country, because it is so important.

"I think Virat Kohli does this. I think that's why [the Australian public] I hate him because he does exactly what we do.

"And at the moment, he's better than us, unfortunately."


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