"The issue with where the Australian team is now, compared to where it was 10 years ago, is that 10 years ago you had four or five or six or seven great players in one team," Michael Clarke said, as reported by Fox Sports.
"If they were 80 percent fit, they were still good enough to win a game for Australia. Where we sit now as a team is, it is a lot different to that. The gap between the 11 players that take the field and the 12th-16th player is quite close," he said.
"So if you are not 100 percent fit to perform at your best, it is not worth the risk to the team for you to take the field and let the team down. If somebody is not 100 per cent fit to play their role then they don't make the best XI no matter what their name is and no matter what their reputation is. Our team is a lot different now to what it was 10 years ago," Clarke added.
(with inputs from PTI)