Clarke believes the team should aim to be respected, rather than being liked.
Clarke believes the team should aim to be respected, rather than being liked.

Former Australia captain Michael Clarke asserted that playing tough cricket is part of Australian cricket culture and walking away from it will not help the team win a game.

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“Play tough Australian cricket, because whether we like it or not, that is in our blood. If you try and walk away from it, yeah we might be the most liked team in the world, we’re not going to win s**t, we won’t win a game. All we can want to do is want to win,” Clarke told Macquarie Sports Radio, as reported by foxsports.com.au.

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After the Sandpaper scandal and the subsequent damning Longstaff review report, the focus for Australian cricket been to approach the game with a mellowed down attitude, but Clarke believes the team should aim to be respected, rather than being liked. “Australian cricket I think need to stop worrying  about being liked and start worry about being respected,” said Clarke, who led Australia in 47 Tests between 2011 and 2015.

Former Australian skipper Kim Hughes had also reckoned that Australia should continue playing cricket the Australian way and the bit of banter should be part of the game, especially against someone like Indian batting lynchpin Virat Kohli, who Hughes feels can be put under pressure.

“You are not going to become pussycats. That’s not racially vilifying him (Kohli) at all or anything like that but just a good stare, or a couple of words, that’s part of the Australian way,” Hughes told Canberra Times.