We're not going to win shit: Michael Clarke
A major storm blew over Australian cricket in the aftermath of the Ethics Center review which criticized Cricket Australia (CA) for their mismanagement and promoting a tendency of recklessness within the cricketers. While CA is opting for a complete change in approach, former captain Michael Clarke has stated that Australia would not fare well if they decide to soften their attitude. Here's more.
The review mentioned that players generally have negative opinions about CA. Further, they felt that they were being treated as commodities by the board. The report also stated that "structures built around elite cricket are oriented to winning, without properly counting the cost." Regarding sledging, the review conjectured that 'playing the mongrel' attitude comes from the mentality of winning howsoever possible.
However, Clarke believes that Australia would lose their ingenuity if they decide to take a gentler approach. He said Australian cricket should stop worrying about being liked and concentrate on being respected. "If you try and walk away from it, we might be the most liked team in the world, we're not going to win s**t. We won't win a game," opined the former captain.
To recall, David Warner was one of the central figures to have been involved in the ball-tampering incident in South Africa which led to him getting banned along with the then captain Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft. Regarding Warner, Clarke said that he brings a positive attitude to the team. "It's his style; he's very upfront, in your face," quipped Clarke.
Meanwhile, another former Australian cricketer, Simon Katich, has, however, disagreed with Clarke's views. He said that it should be remembered that Australia were caught cheating during the Test match against South Africa, and it is the duty of Australian cricketers to regain the lost respect in the cricketing world. Katich believes Clarke is "missing the point" of the newly introduced changes.
It is unfortunate that Michael Clarke is endorsing a culture which was the reason for all the turmoil Australian cricket has been through. Clarke should understand that playing roughly or aggressively will not guarantee respect, but steadily winning through brilliant performances and respecting opponents is what does the trick. Energy should be spent in outsmarting the opponents, not out-shouting them.