'Clear-cut' Clarke warns Oz players to be fully committed or perish

Sydney, Mar 13 (ANI): Australia captain Michael Clarke has clearly told his players to give their all for the team or forget wearing a baggy green again, adding some players in their dressing room know they haven't been fully committed towards the team's culture.

"This was simply the last straw. It was a message to everyone involved in Australian cricket that, if you want to play at the elite level, you need to be fully committed or you will struggle to be part of this team," Clarke wrote in his column for News.com.au.

"We need to show fight. I have no doubt in my mind that there is enough talent in this squad to take back our position as the world's No. 1 Test team. If we had continued to allow things to drift on, we'd never rise above our current ranking of third. That's not good enough for an Australian team," he added.

"There are millions of people at home and around the world supporting us and we owe it to them to be 100 per cent committed every time we take the field," he further wrote.

Clarke further added: "I understand and accept that sometimes you lose, but what's important in those cases is how you lose. We need to fight. That's the Australian way. We fight for every run and wicket and dive for every ball in the outfield. That's what we've always been about and it's what we need to be in the future."

"There are some members of the squad who, if they looked themselves in the mirror, couldn't honestly say that they were doing everything they could to get the best out of themselves," he wrote.

"The last thing I want as captain is to have a limited squad to call upon for a Test match. But enough's enough and sometimes you have to make a stand to change things," he concluded. (ANI)


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