Oz skipper Paine slams Clarke's criticism

SYDNEY AUSTRALIA- JANUARY 05 Australian captain Michael Clarke and Ryan Harris of Australia smile after winning the Ashes series 5-0 during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test match between Australia and England at Sydney Cricket Ground

Michael Clarke says Australia 'won't win' being nice

Test captain Tim Paine has also spoken of shaking opponents' hand before a series and respecting umpires, in stark contrast to the Australians' previous conduct.

Michael Clarke and Gerard Whateley are both standing their ground after a tense war of words over the attitude of the Australian cricket team. He added that he had detected a big difference in the field in that the Australians were now letting their cricket do the talking - much to his disappointment. Bancroft will become available for selection at the end of 2018, but Smith and Warner will be out for three more months. "Now we're getting called tame".

Clarke added that Warner, who received a year-long ban by Cricket Australia for the part he played in the ball-tampering scandal, was a key part of his team due to the "aggression" he provided.

Mitch Johnson has written about the toxic culture that developed under Clarke's leadership, the collapse in the sense of team that left some not even wanting to play.

"Perhaps Clarke is not far from the money when, in his reply to Whateley, he says: "...if you think the current No 1 team in the world puts being liked as of higher importance than being respected and playing to win inside the rules you're s delirious as you are ill-informed".

According to Cricket records, Australia hasn't played an official tour match against Australia A since January 1995. Whether we like it or not, that's in our blood. We're not going to be going over the top, but certainly you've got to stand up for your team and your teammates, and I'm sure when the time comes for that we'll be doing that.

"We had a fantastic series against India, closer than the margin suggests", said Gower during the inaugural Ranji Memorial Public Conversation on Cricket in London. "Boys and girls want to win".

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Ishant said no player is thinking about the personal performance, rather all players have one aim of winning the Test series. Your greatest strength can be your greatest weakness. I wanted it to be between us because there's lots to be spoken about and then over time we'll bring the brotherhood together and everything will be okay. They are always going to be flat we know that.

Vijay, returning to the Test squad after being dropped mid-way through the England tour, celebrated his comeback with an unbeaten century off 118 balls.

The trio got suspended for ball-tampering. Michael, he's got great integrity.

"Australian cricket, I think, needs to stop worrying about being liked and start worrying about being respected", Clarke said. "It's not fair on them, it's not fair on the team, it's not fair on everyone", said Langer.

Shaw picked up the injury in the 15th over of Cricket Australia XI's innings, when Max Bryant latched on to Ravichandran Ashwin's delivery and hit him for a six at midwicket.

Clarke doubled down on his criticism of Whateley on Thursday, saying he wants his daughter to remember him as somebody who abhors unfounded attacks on character and warned Whateley he "looked forward to saying it to his face".

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