`Disappointed` Clarke says `now knows pain of losing Ashes series as captain`

Sydney, Aug 13 (ANI): Australian captain Michael Clarke has expressed his disappointment after his side's loss to England at the fourth Ashes Test in Durham, saying that he now knows what it feels like to lose an Ashes series as a captain.

According to News.com.au, Australia is facing the prospect of having the worst Ashes tour in 133 years of their playing in England by losing four Tests on an England tour, ahead of the last Test at The Oval, beginning next Wednesday.

Stating that he did not want to know the statistics after Australia capitulated to lose at Durham, Clarke said that they do not bother him as he has been a part of 'not so great' records lately, adding that he now just wants to try and win at The Oval

The report further said that the prospects of a revival are tempered by the reality that Australia's modest batting line-up, winless in eight Tests in a row, is the best they can offer, although Clarke believes that they are picking the best players as it is necessary to have players making runs in first-class cricket to replace someone in the national squad.

According to Clarke, they have to continue to show faith in young players in Australia as selectors cannot just drop a player if there is no one better to take their spot, adding that it takes time for a player to grow when he is playing against a good opposition.

However, the skipper said that his side is playing the best oppositions in the world like England now and South Africa next year, adding that he believes that the selectors are doing the best they can to pick the best players given that they have to select 11 players to take the field.

Clarke also said that he believes that the selectors are doing a fine job, adding that it is not an easy job for them as players are not scoring as many runs as needed in first-class cricket.

Clarke further admitted that if he led the example and scored a few more runs along with the other players, then it would help the selectors' job as they have to keep the faith and try and get the best out of players while picking the squad.

The one batting positive for Australia yesterday was the 109-run opening partnership between David Warner, who scored a fine 71, and Chris Rogers, who made 49 to add to his first innings century, the report added. (ANI)