Mental scars from the first Test have healed: Michael Clarke

Michael Clarke (L) said that the players made a pact with each other that once they left the ground, they were going to look to this second Test Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Johannesburg: Nov 16, 2011

Australia captain Michael Clarke on Wednesday insisted that the mental scars from their humiliating first Test defeat against South Africa have healed.

Australia had collapsed to 47 all out in the Cape Town Test which, their lowest total in more than 100 years, which resulted in an eight-wicket defeat inside three days.

“I think we got rid of them (the mental scars), to be honest, after we left the change room after the day’s play in (Cape Town),” Clarke said. “We had a really long chat after the game and we made a pact with each other that once we left there, the ground, that we were going to look to this second Test.”

“As a captain and as a player … you want to win every game that you play. Well, we have no choice out there. We have to pick a team to try and take 20 wickets,” Clarke said.

“We also have to pick a team that is going to be positive and confident with the bat as well, and be willing to take the game forward. We have no choice.”

Change to the line-up is certain, but not the extreme level.

“There is the possibility of a couple of other changes as well,” Clarke said