‘Ordinary’: India great’s blunt assessment of Australia

SYDNEY AUSTRALIA- JANUARY 05 Australian captain Michael Clarke and Ryan Harris of Australia smile after winning the Ashes series 5-0 during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test match between Australia and England at Sydney Cricket Ground

‘Ordinary’: India great’s blunt assessment of Australia

"Mostly the first innings are big scoring innings so we have to be aware to play some smart cricket through the series", the off-spinner said in Sydney.

"I think what Gerard has said is completely out of line".

Clarke found an unlikely ally in former teammate Matthew Hayden who backed Clarke's views on Australia's hard-nosed approach, putting it down to competitiveness rather than bad sportsmanship.

According to Cricket records, Australia hasn't played an official tour match against Australia A since January 1995. Not to a captain, a coach or those passing through. "When I first took over Western Australian cricket it was like a dysfunctional family and what I meant by that then the media hated the team, the team hated them back, club cricket hated the WACA, the WACA hated them back, the past players hated the WACA, the WACA hated them back".

"Australian cricket needs to stop being liked and start worrying about being respected".

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"I'm not sure what people want from us", Langer said.

"The sport is in a dark place, whether we want to admit it or not".

The Day three of the ongoing four-day warm-up match between India and Cricket Australia XI (CA XI) ended up slightly inclined to the hosts' favour on Friday.

"In the Ashes they nearly whitewashed England, knocked them over, and so as far as I'm concerned they are starting favourites", he signed off. Simon Katich, whose relationship with Clarke fell apart after an argument over singing the team song in 2009, said that Australia's problems stemmed from more than just their aggression, but rather that they premeditatedly cheated. "It's just about having respect for your opposition, respect for the game, but as soon as we cross the line we're absolutely in it to win it".

"I never said that he was responsible for what happened in South Africa, but where Australia became a reviled cricket team, that dates back to his time as captain and it continued on from there".

He said if he ever did take to the field with Clarke, he knew what to expect raising the former Australia captain's infamous sledge of James Anderson in 2010-11.

"We've been a disliked team for a number of years through that on-field behaviour and it obviously came to a head in Cape Town".

"As much of a threat that the Indian fast bowlers might pose, I think he's got a game that can cope with it here in Australia".

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