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Clarke was less than impressed with the Daily Mail‘s headline
The Daily Mail have never been known to keep their opinions to themselves, so it was no surprise when Australia captain Michael Clarke reacted angrily after seeing the headline “Is that all you’ve got? As Aussies name worst Ashes squad in recent memory… get ready for a 5-0 thumping”.
Clarke stated that the “worst Ashes squad”, which has become a recurring theme amongst the cricketing community, will prove everybody wrong and bring the coveted urn back home to Australia.
The Australian team got dubbed as the “worst Ashes squad” after their 4-0 whitewashing at the hands of India earlier this year and Clarke noted that the reaction of the media was not surprising at all.
“It didn’t come as much of a surprise when an English reporter described us as Australia’s ‘worst Ashes squad'” Clarke wrote in his column for the Sydney-based Daily Telegraph. I’ve been hearing comments like that throughout my time as captain and, more often than not, I’d like to think we’ve proven our critics wrong.
“I’m not going to make any Glenn McGrath-style (5-0) predictions about the Ashes result, but I will say that I’m confident we can bring the urn home with us if we play to our potential.”
Clarke noted that his team were eager to come out, all guns blazing, and catch England on the back foot since the national team have been constantly underestimated over the past few months.
The Australian skipper also stated that his team was made up of individuals, all of whom have experienced success in English conditions.
One player who is going to be closely monitored throughout the series is 35-year-old Chris Rogers, who is currently representing Middlesex and has scored close to 20,000 first-class runs at an unbelievable average of 50.27 in England’s County Championship.
“This is obviously a huge tour for Australian cricket and to be in a position to call a batsman into the squad with that kind of experience is a huge asset for us,” Clarke said.
Clarke added that pace bowler Ryan Harris, who is currently recovering from an Achilles injury, has the potential to trouble many of the English batsmen and vice-captain Brad Haddin has never been one to shy away from the pressures of an Ashes series since he “absolutely loves the heat of battle”.