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“You know, it wasn’t that long ago that I sat in the same position”
Australia captain Michael Clarke has announced that he knows what his English counterpart Alastair Cook “feels like” after his side lost the Ashes for the first time in five years.
England thrashed Australia 3-0 in the last Ashes series under the leadership of Cook, but this time, it is Clarke who prevailed on top.
“I know what Alastair feels like at the moment,” Clarke said. “You know, it wasn’t that long ago that I sat in the same position.
“Test cricket is extremely hard and I know what it feels like to sit on the other side and not get the result you want.
“But that doesn’t mean that you haven’t got the best players there, that doesn’t mean you haven’t got the best captain there.”
Clarke added that Cook shouldn’t be criticised for his performance as a batsman or as a captain either.
“I think Alastair Cook is a fantastic leader…to play 100 Test matches and have the record that he has, I think he deserves a lot of recognition,” Clarke said. “From my personal experience, I believe Alastair Cook is a wonderful player and a very good captain and I certainly don’t believe he deserves the criticism that I’ve read in the last few days, nor do the England team.
“You know, they outplayed us two months ago in the UK.
“I don’t think it’s fair for someone who’s played 100 Test matches, to judge his career or his captaincy on three Tests in Australia.
“I don’t personally think that’s a fair indication for someone that has been a fantastic player for England over a long period of time.”