Nice guys don’t win, says former Aussie skipper Clarke

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I'd like to think the Gerald was deliberate.

As Australia's players work to clean up their on-field conduct in the wake of the ball tampering crisis, Clarke fired a broadside, saying "we're not going to win s.t" worrying about how others viewed them.

"That's 100 per cent how I feel and I look forward to one day saying that to his face", he said.Whateley finally responded to the media storm on Thursday morning, understanding the backlash from Clarke was "suitably severe" after his harsh criticsm."This is all I'll add today", Whateley began. "So it is pretty flimsy evidence but I am going to pick Australia". Not to a captain, a coach or those passing through.

Mitch Johnson has written about the toxic culture that developed under Clarke's leadership, the collapse in the sense of team that left some not even wanting to play.

"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", he said.

Teenage star Prithvi Shaw will miss the first test against Australia after sustaining a serious ankle injury while fielding for India against a Cricket Australia XI at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday.

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India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has underlined the importance of bowling well in partnerships, considering it is tougher to run through the opposition in Australia than South Africa and England. Now the word "fight" evokes fist fights, verbal diarrhoea and racial and religious taunts. "It was a good night and it puts things in perspective", he said.

"It is very specifically trying to no longer be the most despised team in world cricket, a scourge that is part of Clarke's legacy".

The Australians have endured a dire run of form since losing 17 matches out of 24 in all formats, ahead of a home Test series against top-ranked India starting on December 6. The teams play the final test beginning January 3 at the SCG, with others at Perth and Melbourne in between. We won't win a game. "Boys and girls want to win", Clarke said on Macquarie Sports Radio.The comments were slammed by SEN commentator Gerard Whateley. Australia had a very inexperienced team.

"It's a firmly-held belief that his misunderstanding of what happened in Australian cricket over the past nine months, and being wedded to an old idea that has proved to be the destruction of the team and it dates back to his time as captain".

Clarke insisted that if the national team played the game in the right way that the Australian public would respect and like them. "We had a number of conversations one on one about that line he couldn't overstep". It's very important for us to chip away every single day, every single ball, and if we can get our noses ahead, stay ahead, he signed off.

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