Cricket, Michael Clarke

A Hard day for Captain Michael Clarke!

3/15/12 in Cricket   |   ironhide10   |   31 respect

Australian Captain Michael Clarke faced the media with great disappointment after his team gave a very bad show at Cape Town against South Africa. Michael Clarke said that his team’s performance was completely unacceptable and a great disappointment for him and his people. Michael Clarke also said that South Africa’s bowling was marvelous but still his team must have played better. Michael Clarke’s side collapsed to 21 for nine and was almost in the corner of making the lowest ever test total but it was saved by the last-wicket pair Peter Siddle and Nathan Lyon added 26.
“The top seven needs to take full responsibility, that certainly was not good enough,” Michael Clarke told a news conference as he regretted his team’s performance.
“I myself as the leader, especially coming off a hundred, am to blame. Our shot selection was horrible, you have to give South Africa credit for bowling very well, but it was unacceptable’’ he said.
“Our shot selection was disgraceful, there’s no excuse for being bowled out for 47, and we just did not exercise our skills. We played big shots at the wrong time,” Michael Clarke added.
“I’ve never had a day like that in my career before. Hopefully I never will again,” Michael Clarke added in distress.
“But apart from numbers 10 and 11, who else even lasted 20 balls? It’s the one thing we’ve worked really hard on in the nets and we forgot all about it,” Michael Clarke said.
“I have no doubt we can still win, we have a great opportunity to win tomorrow in my opinion,” Michael Clarke said.
Michael Clarke added that his team had chances to win tomorrow as the pitch is the same and they will not be repeating the mistakes they made in the previous game.  Michael Clarke also added that if they are able to ball right and not miss the catches, victory would not be very hard to achieve.
Australian captain seem to be under great pressure after the game and has held is team very tight for the next match as the match is very crucial and important. He seemed completely drained after the match in the press conference and his moral was pitched deep down.

South African openers on the other side are very optimistic to stretch their victory forward and believe that they will keep the match on their side even in the second inning. They believe that they will keep their attacking strategy same and use their built up confidence and energy in the best possible way to take wickets early and score maximum if they are required to give the target. They believe second innings will be completely under their control and they will be performing to best of their abilities to show a similar performance again.
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