Clarke needs to get 'hands dirty' to revive shell-shocked Oz team

Sydney, Mar 5 (ANI): Michael Clarke needs to get rid of the like-minded batsmen in the Australian top-order, and as the best player in the team he should bat at two or four down in order to help the team come out of their current slump in form against India, according to cricket writer, Richard Hinds.

"Clearly, in any sense, Michael Clarke ain't broke. Currently, he is one of the few members of the Australian team who doesn't rattle, squeak or have clouds of black smoke billowing from beneath his Baggy Green," Hinds wrote in his article for the Sydney Morning Herald.

"It is time for Clarke to get his hands dirty. To move of the comfort zone. To put the team first. Choose your cliche. Until now, we had indulged a fantasy in which Australia would find four batsmen who could hold up an end, at least, until Clarke had time to velcro up the pads," he added.

"Clarke has, to date, passed most reasonable tests of leadership. He has inspired - or at least should have done so - with his batting. He has marshaled his troops well. Two stern challenges remain," he further wrote.

Hinds added: "The captain must do more to entertain, engage - and select - players who are not like-minded. And he must fix his bayonet, move up to three or four and lead the charge. For the religious minded, Clarke must suffer for the sins of his fellow batsmen."

"Currently, Australia does not have a batting line-up, it has a curtain call. Six of the seven members of the top order are either auditioning for the role, or looking nervously over their shoulders at their understudies," he further wrote. (ANI)


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