Former skipper Michael Clarke slams Australia's nice-guy attitude

Michael Clarke says Australia 'won't win' being nice

Michael Clarke says Australia 'won't win' being nice

"One of the things I've always expressed through my career is I've been able to cop my fair share of criticism, whether it's been fair or unfair I've copped it, but when somebody questions or insults my integrity and my credibility - that's not for sale, that's not on", Clarke told Macquarie Sports Radio on Thursday.

Michael Clarke has clapped back at journalist Gerard Whateley's claim the Australian cricket team's cultural issues can be traced to his appointment as captain.

"I think he was just dishing out a lesson to all the bowlers on probably where we should bowl", Ashwin jokingly said after the third day's play. He was later found by Cricket Australia investigators to be the architect of the ball tampering plot.

Michael Clarke says Australia 'won't win' being nice

Taking a dig at the Australian team, Clarke had said if the team were anxious about being liked then they won't win anything. Not to a captain, a coach or those passing through.

Harris also defended the way the Clarke instructed his players to behave whilst he was Captain, "We played hard".

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

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"There are a lot of headaches when you play worldwide cricket, personally and for the teams you are part of, so it makes no sense to try and get your heads into another dressing room". Now the word "fight" evokes fist fights, verbal diarrhoea and racial and religious taunts.

Paine said he will allow his players to decide if they need to spur an individual contest or play the game without any verbal battles. "Boys and girls want to win".

The first of four Tests between Australia and India starts in Adelaide on 6 December. "Mostly the first innings are big scoring innings so we have to be aware to play some smart cricket through the series", he said on Friday.

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Under Tim Paine, Smith's replacement as captain of the test side, Australia has committed to being less aggressive on the field of play, a stance which has drawn derision from Clarke and a number of former players. We have some quality batsmen who can take the game away from them.

Clarke made waves with his contention that Australia "won't win s**t" by "worrying about being liked", though his former team-mate Simon Katich quickly asserted that Clarke was "missing the point" in the wake of the Newlands ball-tampering scandal. The teams play the final test beginning January 3 at the SCG, with others at Perth and Melbourne in between.

"I think some people just took it the wrong way - they thought it means the Australian cricket team is going to be overly nice, or a bit soft, but it's not that at all".

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"If you're representing the country the pressure is there, I think it's a great opportunity as well because you have a healthy competition in the team as you can see there a lot of fast bowlers coming up and if you are not doing well then any time you can sit behind and watch the game", he said. On the one hand we're too aggressive and probably stepped over the line. When the series starts, we will get to know what faces to make.

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