Home > News >

Australia’s losing streak won’t end my career: Michael Clarke

Australia's losing streak won't end my career: Michael Clarke

Michael Clarke said he wants to help Australia achieve success © Getty Images

Manchester: Jul 31, 2013

Michael Clarke said on Wednesday that Australia‘s current losing streak will not curtail his Test career, as the tourists look to bounce back from two straight defeats in the third Ashes Test.

The losses come on the back of a 4-0 series loss in India earlier this year, leaving Australia winless in six successive Tests — their worst run of results since a similarly dire streak against a powerful West Indies side back in 1984.
 
Five games into that run, a tearful Kim Hughes resigned as Australia captain.

But Clarke said he had no intention of following suit — or calling time on his Test career any time soon.

“I’m not retiring in the near future,” he said in Manchester, where the third Test starts at Old Trafford on Thursday.

“I’m like every other player — you get frustrated that you don’t make as many runs as you would like and get frustrated that the team’s not having success but that only makes the challenge more exciting I guess.

“I want to help this team have success. I want to make sure I’m leading the way and scoring runs and I’m 32 and not 36, so luckily I’ve got a few years before I have that discussion.”

Clarke, who has has had to deal with a longstanding back complaint throughout his career, added: “I’m not ready to walk away from cricket.

“I love the game as much now as I ever have that’s for sure. I have no intention to walk away from this game right now.

“As a captain you probably take it more personally when the team doesn’t have as much success as you would like, which probably just makes me work harder.”

Not since an Australia side inspired by batting great Don Bradman has any team come from 2-0 down to win a five-match Ashes series.

Australia suffered a 347-run thrashing in the second Test at Lord’s but Clarke believed that all was not lost.

“We’ve got to play better cricket but like I said after Lord’s I’m confident we can turn it around I really am, I’m   onfident we can win these next three Test matches and win the series,” he said.

Neither Clarke — a world-class batsman who averages over 51 in Tests — nor anyone else in the Australia side have yet made a hundred this series with the tourists’ top-order woes a key cause for concern.

“I think you’ve got to give credit to England as well,” said Clarke.

“They’re bowling very well with reverse swing and their spinners are doing a very good job at the moment. Their batters are finding a way to get through the very tough periods and make big scores. That’s the difference at the moment.”

England have never won an Ashes series 5-0 but have twice been on the receiving end of a whitewash, most recently in Australia in 2006/7.

Current England captain Alastair Cook — on the 2006/7 tour as a 21-year-old — said that was a chastening experience.

But he added that more recent Ashes history was a warning against complacency.

In 2009, England were 1-0 up with two to play when Australia hammered them by an innings and 80 runs in the fourth Test at Headingley.

England recovered to win the fifth Test at The Oval by 197 runs to regain the Ashes but the Headingley experience should be a warning not to get carried away.

“We’ve got to concentrate in doing that first hour very well on Thursday, followed by the next hour,” he said.

“That’s very boring but if you start thinking about other stuff, we’ve experienced it in the past. I think Headingley in 2009 was a prime example of that. We didn’t play very well in that game. We knew if we played well in that game, we would have won the Ashes. It’s about making sure we are totally on it for this match.”

 

India tour of Australia 2014, Practice matches

Nov 24, 2014 (05:29 IST)   at Glenelg, Adelaide

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Nov 26, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Sharjah

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 26, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Colombo

India tour of Australia 2014, Practice matches

Nov 28, 2014 (05:29 IST)   at Adelaide

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 28, 2014 (12:00 IST)   at Dhaka

More

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 26, 2014  at Dhaka

Bangladesh won by 124 runs

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 24, 2014  at Colombo

Hong Kong won by 2 wkts

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 23, 2014  at Chittagong

Bangladesh won by 68 runs

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 23, 2014  at Sydney

Australia won by 2 wickets (D/L method)

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 22, 2014  at Dambulla

Match abandoned without a ball being bowled

Photos

Phil Hughes suffers head injury: In photos

Videos

AB de Villiers: Disappointed with defeat in Australia

Daniel Vettori becomes the most capped New Zealand player

Quinton de Kock equals record for most centuries before the age of 22

Wriddhiman Saha’s performance in the 1st Test at Brisbane could make or break his career

England tour of Sri Lanka 2014: Stats overview of past encounters

Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014: New Zealand’s inspired performance in 2nd Test serves important lesson to non-Asian countries

Australia Australia vs South Africa 2014 Bangladesh Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2014 England India India tour of Australia 2014-15 South Africa South Africa tour of Australia 2014 Sri Lanka Zimbabwe Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh 2014 Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh 2014

Moeen Ali, Ravi Bopara’s efforts go in vain as Sri Lanka trump England by 25 runs in 1st ODI

West Indies tour of South Africa 2014-15: Sheldon Cottrell ready for return

Phil Hughes’ injury asks for review of safety factor in cricket equipment, feels Jagmohan Dalmiya

Shikha Pandey shines in India Women’s win over South Africa

Phil Hughes would have felt the impact like a bullet, say experts

Daniel Vettori becomes the most capped New Zealand player

Quinton de Kock equals record for most centuries before the age of 22

Wriddhiman Saha’s performance in the 1st Test at Brisbane could make or break his career

England tour of Sri Lanka 2014: Stats overview of past encounters

Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014: New Zealand’s inspired performance in 2nd Test serves important lesson to non-Asian countries

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

682 Posts | 6 Fans

Video: Phil Hughes suffers head injury, collapses on field during New South Wales vs South Australia tie

Bigg Boss 8: Ali Quli Mirza slapped by Sonali Raut in Salman Khan’s show!

More broadband connections to boost GDP growth in Asia Pacific: GSMA

Why did Sonali Raut slap Ali Quli Mirza? Bigg Boss 8 Episode update

Week by Week Pregnancy Guide – Week 28 of your pregnancy

Bigg Boss 8 Day 66 episode recap: Karishma Tanna couldn’t meet her mother thanks to selfish Renee Dhyani

Bigg Boss 8: Should Sonali Raut be disqualified for slapping Ali Quli Mirza? Vote!

विपाशा बासु: पिनकेथॉन महिलाओं को जागरूक करने का महत्वपूर्ण प्लैटफॉर्म

India is becoming our largest overseas market, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun says

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here