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Jan 5, 2014
Australia captain Michael Clarke on Sunday said the drubbing received in India in early 2013 forced his side to take stock of the situation, adding that it was a personal battle as well.
Clarke, who led Australia to a remarkable 5-0 win over England in the Ashes 2013-14 revealed that his side has all the bases covered.
”Losing four-nil in India was extremely tough to deal with, especially for me personally going home in that last Test, missing my first Test match due to injury. That was probably as tough as it’s been in my career,” Clarke was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald.
”As hard as it is to look back on it and as hard as it is to try and imagine, I think that was what turned this team around,” Clarke said.
”That tough time made us say, ‘We can’t continue to do this, we have to make change.’ Individually, whether it be the way you train, the work you do on and off the field, our attitude, whatever it is, that was the time we all said, ‘Enough is enough, we’ve got to turn things around.’ We did that. Guys’ attitudes changed and we sit here now with the result from plenty of hard work,” he added.
The report added that Clarke is only player in history to be on the winning side of two Ashes whitewashes.
Clarke revealed Australia’s plans for the Ashes 2013-14, which he masterminded with Darren Lehmann.
”We spoke before the start of the series. We had set plans for individual batters, we had set plans once numbers 8, 9, 10, 11 walked in to bat. From ball one this series we knew we were going to hit them as hard as we could with short stuff,” said Clarke.
”It’s easy to have plans but it takes skill and courage to be able to execute them. I said to the boys before a ball was bowled this series [that] in my opinion they are the greatest attack in the world at the moment, and I think they’ve just shown that over the five Test matches,” he added.