Clarke reveals ‘major mistakes’ of Australia’s failure

History of Captain:

Former Australia captain Michael Clarke played 244 ODIs and made 7907 runs at an average of 44.42 with 8 centuries and 58 half-centuries.

He led his country in 73 matches, of which Australia won 49. Clarke captained Australia for the last time in the 2015 Ashes series.

Michael Clarke made 150 in his Test debut in Bangalore and said he didn’t want to buzz the players while they were miserable.

Statements of Micheal Clarke:

Nowadays the Test series Border Gavaskar Trophy plying between India vs Australia, Clarke was bemused by Australia’s reliance on the sweep shot in 2nd Test, which was to blame for five wickets in the collapse.

“We haven’t adapted to conditions,”

“I’m not saying don’t sweep in India, I’m saying the opposite. I’m telling you to sweep at the right time, at the right stage of your innings, on the right pitch, and, generally, with the spin.

“It’s tough to sweep against the spin when the ball is not bouncing. So, basics of batting and facing spin bowling in those conditions we are getting so wrong.”

He added, “I’ve got to say, I’m not sure what happened with our tactics either. We had 100 runs on the board, and at one stage Pat Cummins had four blokes on the boundary,”. 

“You’re either bowling India out for under 100, or you’re losing. If you lose in 20 overs or you lose in two days, it’s irrelevant.

“So fielders get up, (put a) bat-pad offside, bat-pad leg side, slip. If the ball turns, if the ball bounces, if the ball shoots along the ground, if you make an error in judgment, you are getting out. That’s what Australia had to do.

“We had mid-off back, mid-on back, deep point, deep square leg — what was I watching?”

What’s clear is that Australia had a predetermined plan about how it was going to approach the Indian challenge and it didn’t pan out.

“The captain and coach will say CA wanted them to play in the BBL, so we didn’t have time to play a tour game. So what do they say there?”

“Never again tell me we’re not playing a tour match to begin, at least two, there are no shortcuts to Test match success”

He added that a tour match would have given Australia a clearer picture of selections and time to adjust to new ways of thinking, such as playing three spinners and adapting to the surface.

“We didn’t have a tour game. Major, major, major mistake. At least one tour game over there to get used to the conditions,”

Clark Criticise selectors:

“Our selections for the first Test — major, major, major mistake.”

“I go back to Steve Smith not being picked at the T20 World Cup. Whoever is selecting the team has to be accountable for that mistake, No.1. No.2; not picking Travis Head in the first Test of the series, are two massive mistakes.

“One cost us a chance, I reckon, of winning the T20 World Cup, and this 100 percent cost us the first Test if not the second Test.”

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