Sydney, Apr 25 (ANI): Australian captain Michael Clarke has slammed critics, saying that he is confident that he and his team can prove them wrong during the upcoming back-to-back Ashes against their long-term rivals England.
Recalling a reporter's description of them being the 'worst Ashes squad' ever, Clarke said that he is not surprised as he had being hearing such comments through his captainship stint, although he added that he is sure that his team can bring the Ashes urn home if they play to their potential, News.com.au reports.
Stating that although he does not believe in making predictions about the Ashes results like Glenn McGrath, Clarke said that keeping in mind England's ease in their home conditions, the new Ashes squad has a number of players who have succeeded in England in previous games.
Giving the example of Chris Rogers, Ryan Harris and Brad Haddin as such players, Clarke said that Rogers has played more than 100 games, scored almost 10,000 runs and averaged close to 55 in English conditions, which is an asset for them.
According to Clarke, Harris also has the potential to make a big impact for the team as he has been consistently one of the best quicks in the country when fit and his style of bowling is well suited to English conditions.
Clarke also praised new deputy Haddin, saying that the player will not burdened by the vice-captaincy or the intensity of an Ashes series as he is a born leader and loves the heat of battle.
Expressing confidence about the young talent present in his team, Clarke further said that most of them have experienced Test cricket, adding that they have an excellent mix of experience and youth, which, in his experience, is a vital ingredient in a team's success. (ANI)