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Australia captain Michael Clarke has revealed that he doesn’t have any regrets over the decisions he made during his side’s disastrous tour of India last year.
Clarke had agreed with then head coach Mickey Arthur’s decision to axe four players for the third Test against India due to the infamous ‘homework-gate’ incident. The players who were dropped for the third Test were left-arm pace bowler Mitchell Johnson, all-rounder Shane Watson, fast bowler James Pattinson and batsman Usman Khawaja.
“In the build up to that event, there were a number of things that occurred over a long period of time; it wasn’t just that event,” Clarke told the Sydney Morning Herald. “Mickey drew a line in the sand and yes, I was a part of it, I stand by that, but I don’t regret it one bit. I backed my coach, I supported him and I believe the decision, especially now that I look back, was the best decision for Australian cricket.
“I was more disappointed and upset at the fact a team I was captaining was labelled the worst Australian team to tour India; I blame me.”
However, Clarke has drastically turned Australia’s fortunes around as they are now the top-ranked Test team after whitewashing England 5-0 in the last Ashes series and dethroning South Africa by beating them 2-1 in March.
Clarke is looking to keep his side’s winning streak alive when they head to the United Arab Emirates to take on Pakistan in October. However, Australia will have to survive without batsman Shaun Marsh, who will be having elbow surgery, and pace bowler Ryan Harris, who has not yet recovered from knee surgery.
“There’s a hell of a lot still to achieve, I think our team’s still growing,” Clarke said. “I still don’t think we’re at our best as a group, but we’re extremely proud of what we have achieved. We’ve got India, a tough test team coming to Australia this summer, and then we go back to England next summer for the Ashes, so there’s still a lot of tough cricket in front of us, but we’re excited by that.”