Paine not happy with Clarke’s comments
Australia captain Tim Paine disagrees with Micheal Clarke’s recent comments that the national team was trying too hard to be liked after the sandpaper scandal.
A lot has happened after the former Australia captain said “Australia won’t s**t if they don’t give tough fight and keep worrying about being liked.”
Paine disagreed to the claim and said his side is not concerned about being liked.
He told ESPNcricinfo:
“No one has spoken about being liked, certainly by the opposition. We’ve spoken about wanting to get the Australian public’s trust and make sure that clearly, you want the Australian public and cricket fans to like or love the Australian Test team. Certainly, there’s that aspect, but from an opposition perspective we’re not concerned about being liked one bit.”
“We’re still going to play hard Australian cricket, as Michael put it, that’s not going to change. Clearly, Johannesburg was a really strange circumstance and a difficult game to play in for everyone I think, but going into Dubai the guys competed as hard as they could and they’ll continue to, and we’ve got some more senior guys coming back now,” he added.
Paine also insisted that players like Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins, who are desperate to fight it out in the Test series are going to help guys grow with confidence around them.
“With Hazlewood, Starc and Cummins, that’s only going to help guys grow with confidence around them. With guys like Travis Head and Marcus Harris, when you’ve got Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc and Patrick Cummins running in, it’s a bit easier to play that confident, aggressive style of cricket that Australia want to play and our team certainly wants to play,” Paine concluded.
The four-match Test series will begin on December 6, with the first Test to be played at the Adelaide Oval.